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Sun., Oct. 4
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Raymondville man jailed for shoplifting at Massena Walmart


MASSENA - A Raymondville man already serving time in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail after admitting he had shoplifted approximately $700 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Chad S. Wickwire, 29, of 8720 state Route 56, Raymondville, to pay a $205 surcharge for his attempted petit larceny conviction. The jail time will run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving. St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Heather Dona said Wickwire won’t be eligible for release from jail on the initial charge until early May.

Village police had charged Wickwire with petit larceny at 11:40 p.m. Dec. 9 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart. Wickwire allegedly walked past the last point of sale without paying for $698.04 worth of merchandise.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Derek C. Sessions, 23, of 15 Remington Ave., Norfolk, was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county jail and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for an attempted criminal possession of a hypodermic needle conviction.

Village police had charged him with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle following a traffic stop May 2 on Woodlawn Avenue.

Village police said they stopped a vehicle being operated by Gerald Dissottle Jr., 22, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, and ticketed him for failure to properly signal a turn and failure to produce a license after he turned into a driveway at 100 Woodlawn Ave. at 6:36 p.m. May 2.

During the traffic stop, police said Rachel E. Riley, 23, of 2224 state Route 420, Massena, was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failure to appear as directed on a petit larceny count pending in Massena court.

Police said Riley consented to a search of her purse, where they said they located two used hypodermic needles and a packet containing a light brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Sessions, was also charged with possession of a hypodermic needle after one was found in his pants pocket. He did not have a prescription for the needle.

Massena-based state police had charged Sessions with false personation Saturday morning.

Troopers said while they were searching for someone else on a warrant at 2224 Route 420 at 10:45 a.m. Saturday they found Sessions hiding under a mattress. They said the man located under the mattress, later identified as Sessions, initially identified himself as Barry K. Hill, 23.

Troopers said Hill is wanted on a warrant from Franklin County so they took him into custody. Troopers said Sessions then admitted his actual identity and said he had tried to hide his identity in an effort to avoid being picked up on a warrant out for his arrest.

Troopers said there were bench warrants for his arrest from Norfolk Town Court and Massena Village Court. A warrant signed July 29 by Norfolk Town Justice George Grubee alleged Sessions had failed to pay $1,050 in fines and surcharge for a criminal mischief conviction. The warrant signed by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson on Nov. 19 alleged Sessions had failed to appear as directed on a pending criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument count.

He had been arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow on the warrants and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $4,000 cash or $8,000 bond - $1,000 on the bench warrant from Massena, $1,000 on the warrant from Norfolk and $2,000 on the false personation count.

In other recent court action:

■ Cory A. Tuper, 28, of 111 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $5,000 on a third-degree assault count and an additional $1,000 on a second-degree assault count stemming from two altercations with the same victim.

Village police charged Tuper with third-degree assault and unlawful possession of marijuana after responding to his apartment at approximately 4:40 p.m. Dec. 31.

Tuper was additionally charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

According to his statement to police, Mark S. Lefrancois, 45, of 207 Water St., Fort Jackson, was assaulted by Tuper as he was attempting to leave after having a few drinks at the apartment with Patti Snyder.

“At around 10:30 a.m. I went over to Patti Snyder’s apartment at 111 Woodlawn Ave. in Massena. I spent a few hours drinking at Patti’s,” he said. “Shortly before the police arrived Patti told me that I was not going to stay all day drinking.”

As he then attempted to leave the apartment, Mr. Lefrancois said the problems began.

“I started to leave Patti’s house and Cory Tuper told me to ‘Get the ... out of here,’” he recalled. “Cory grabbed a hold of me and started to punch me. I fell to the floor and Cory continued to punch me. I told Cory to stop hitting me. Patti also told Cory to stop hitting me and he did not. Cory had me pinned to the floor and wouldn’t let me get up and leave.”

At that point Mr. Lefrancois said Ms. Snyder called the police, who arrived while Mr. Lefrancois was still there.

“The police asked Cory what was going on and he started fighting with them,” Mr. Lefrancois said. “The police officers arrested Cory and he still fought with them.”

Mr. Lefrancois also noted the police contacted the Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad who were dispatched to the scene and took him to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Tuper had been charged with second-degree assault in early October after police responded to his residence for a report of a male seeking transport to the hospital for treatment of injuries he had suffered in an altercation.

Mr. Lefrancois told police on that occasion Tuper had punched him twice in the face and then kicked him approximately a dozen times in the face after he fell to the floor. Police said Mr. Lefrancois was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue. He reportedly suffered numerous contusions and was bleeding from his eye at the scene of the altercation.

Lefrancois said he had been invited into the residence by Ms. Snider, but Tuper ordered him to leave. He said Ms. Snider again told him he could stay before Tuper attacked him.

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