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BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Jeffrey J. Provost, 21, of 45 Douglas Road, Massena, on a bench warrant at 4:50 a.m. Saturday on Park Avenue. The warrant alleged Provost had failed to appear in court as directed on a December 2011 criminal contempt count. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on his own recognizance.

The Massena was charged with criminal contempt following an investigation into an incident on Dec. 3, 2011 when he allegedly violated a temporary order of protection that directed him to stay away from another teenager.

Village police had charged Provostwith a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt. Provost allegedly violated the order at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 3, 2011 when he made contact with Jacob J. Mitchell on Ames Street and allegedly attempted to draw him into an altercation,

Mr. Mitchell, in a statement provided to police, said he was driving eastbound on Ames Street with his friend, Travis Casselman, in the vehicle when he saw a purple car approaching his car in his rear view mirror.

He said the car passed him and then slammed on its brakes, blocking his path. Provost and Willie Rochefort then reportedly exited that vehicle and walked toward the Mitchell car, yelling and flailing their arms.

Mr. Mitchell reportedly put his car in reverse and fled the potential altercation.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall had signed a temporary order of protection on Aug. 31, 2011 directing Provost to stay away from Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Casselman.The order was issued following Provost’s arrest on a third-degree assault charge.

Village police had charged Provost with third-degree assault in late August 2011.

Provost allegedly punched Jacob Mitchell several times in the face during a fight at 4:12 a.m. Aug. 19, 2011, threw him to the ground and then kicked him in the face.

Mr. Mitchell told police he noticed Provost was standing next to his vehicle when he left a friend’s house early that morning. He said he attempted to avoid fighting, but after approximately 15 minutes it became clear he was not going to get into his vehicle without a confrontation.

He said he was attacked as he approached his vehicle.

“Jeff came up to me and started punching me in the head and face. He then flopped me on the ground, and he jumped on me and started punching me in the face once again,” Mr. Mitchell noted in the statement he signed for police.

Mr. Mitchell told police he was having problems breathing because his face was covered in blood.

“I then yelled at Jeff that I had had enough. Jeff then got off of me and then he kicked me in the face,” the then 18-year-old told police, noting he lost consciousness for a period of time.

He went to the village police station shortly after the incident and then went to Massena Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Mr. Mitchell reportedly suffered swelling and bruising as a result of the attack.

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