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Massena woman sentenced to six months in jail for petit larceny conviction


MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart was sentenced to serve 180 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to a reduced count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Courtney E. Lashomb, 23, of 82 Cook St., Massena, to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit her DNA sample to the state database for a petit larceny conviction.

Village police had charged Lashomb with fourth-degree grand larceny on Jan. 2 following an investigation into a Dec. 2 shoplifting incident at Walmart.

Police had also charged Jamie L. Northrup, 36, of 351 East Orvis St., Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with that incident.

Northrup and Lashomb had been charged with walking past the last point of sale at the store without paying for $1,341.12 worth of merchandise.

A store loss prevention associate told police Northrup placed two Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy II cell phones, each valued at $399, a variety of groceries and laundry supplies ranging from laundry soap to bleach, and from steak and potatoes to ice cream and clothing items including lingerie in a shopping cart and then walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items. She was assisted in the effort by Lashomb, according to court documents.

Lashomb had also been charged with petit larceny in early December stemming from a shoplifting complaint from an anchor store at the St. Lawrence Centre mall. That charge was satisfied by her guilty plea to the case pending in village court.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Terry D. Power, 32, of 300 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond following a brief appearance in village court.

Village police had charged Power with two counts of third-degree burglary and petit larceny and a single count of sixth-degree conspiracy Sunday following two shoplifting complaints at the Massena Walmart - one on Sunday night and a previous incident in November.

Power had previously been banned from the Walmart store and, since he was trespassing at the store, the petit larceny counts were elevated to felony burglary charges.

Walmart officials had told Power in August 2012 he would be charged with trespassing if he entered the Massena store again.

Police allege Power, working with another person, stole a generator on Nov. 18 and then walked past the store’s last point of sale Sunday night without paying for a generator valued at $499.

St. Lawrence County Conflict Public Defender Amy Dona asked the court to release Power under the supervision of the probation department. She noted he had three children and was a long-time resident of St. Lawrence County.

Mr. Gustafson wasn’t swayed by her argument. “He’s got quite the criminal history. I see warrants issued for non-appearances. In fact, it looks like a bench warrant has been issued for one reason or another on every arrest,” he pointed out.

After Mr. Gustafson indicated he wouldn’t be changing the securing order, Ms. Dona asked the court to require her client to undergo a substance abuse evaluation. That request was granted by the court.

■ Mary Thomas, 25, of 424 St. Regis Road, Akwesasne, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after completing 15 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Thomas with petit larceny after responding to a shoplifting complaint at 6:20 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Massena Walmart. She allegedly walked past the last point of sale at the store without paying for $102.88 worth of merchandise, including several pairs of gloves, a lint roller, a nail clipper, a snowbrush, table wear and bread.

■ Shannon M. Price, 44, of 67 Parker Ave., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Village police had charged Price with theft of services at 10:22 p.m. July 29 on Howard Street after she refused to pay a $3.50 fare for a cab ride she had taken from Massena Taxi. She reportedly was transported from 2218 state Route 420 to the corner of East Orvis Street at Howard.

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