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Massena woman jailed on bench warrant


BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Nicole Brothers, 18, of 10 Dodge St., Massena, on a bench warrant Friday afternoon at her residence charging she had failed to appear as directed in court on a pending second-degree menacing charge.

She was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle and unlawful possession of marijuana after a used needle and a bag containing 2 grams of marijuana were located inside her purse during processing on the bench warrant.

Brothers was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Brothers told the court she was currently unemployed. “I’ve been looking for a job since I’ve been out of rehab,” she noted.

She also asked the court if it would be willing to lower her bail. “I have $800 cash on me,” Brothers told Judge Sharlow.

The town justice said he was going to maintain bail at $1,000 since a warrant had been issued due to Brothers’s failure to appear in court.

She had been charged with second-degree menacing July 22, 2012 after allegedly pointing a gun, which turned out to be a pellet gun, at a vehicle passing by her on Beach Street.

Police said Brothers pointed a .177 calibre pellet pistol toward Erin E. Sheets and Raymond J. Goday when they drove past her on Beach Street near the cemetery.

“As I drove by her, I saw her swinging a black pistol by her side like she was proud to be carrying it. As we went by her, she pulled up the gun in front of her and pointed it toward my car and jerked her arm like she was pulling the trigger. I was scared for my life and nervous,” Ms. Sheets noted in her statement.

Police said Brothers was taken into custody in the First Niagara parking lot. They said the pellet gun was a replica of the service revolvers carried by village police officers.

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