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Massena man released from jail following court appearance

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MASSENA - A Massena man jailed Saturday following a domestic dispute has been released from custody and placed under the supervision of the probation department following his first court appearance with an attorney.

Village police had charged Kevin S. Hughes II, 23, of 96 Cook St., Massena, formerly of 48 East Hatfield St., with second-degree custodial interference, second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child at 1:12 a.m. Saturday following an investigation into a domestic dispute that reportedly took place at the East Hatfield Street residence.

He was arraigned Saturday morning by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $750.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Heather A. Dona urged the court to follow the probation department’s recommendation to release Hughes from the county jail.

“Prior to his arrest, he had two jobs, which is unusual for our clients,” she said, drawing a response from the courtroom crowd. “It’s the truth. They are lucky if they have one job.”

Hughes was charged Saturday with violating an order of protection issued by Norfolk Town Justice George Grubee on May 22, 2013. That order, which directed Hughes not to harass, annoy or alarm Brittany L. Clare, expires on May 21, 2014.

Ms. Clare, in her statement to police, said Hughes had become enraged after she asked him to clean the tub.

“Kevin bugged out. Kevin got in my face and pushed me. Kevin shoved me against the wall in the hallway. Kevin was screaming at me and slammed me to the floor,” she noted in her statement to police.

She also charged Hughes had thrown her phone and other items all over and scratched her arms during the physical altercation, which reportedly took place in the presence of a 3-month-old baby.

Village Justice Eric Gustafson released Hughes under the supervision of the probation department after being informed by Ms. Dona that previous charges pending against the Massena man had been resolved this past summer in Norfolk Town Court.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Kaitlyn A. Robinson, 22, of 1108 Knox St., Ogdensburg, had her release under the supervision of the probation department continued, but she was warned she needed to stay out of trouble if she wanted to stay out of jail.

She told the court she has a grand larceny count pending in Watertown and a petit larceny charge pending in the city of Ogdensburg, but she indicated she had completed a substance abuse treatment program since those arrests.

“With the record you are building up, if I see you again on something new I’ll be setting substantial bail,” Mr. Gustafson warned the Ogdensburg woman.

Robinson was charged with shoplifting three trail cameras, valued at $466.95, from the Massena Walmart on Jan. 18 and working in concert with a second person on Dec. 3 to shoplift $866 worth of merchandise from the store. The items included a two 18V drills, a Dyson vacuum cleaner and a Keurig.

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