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Massena man has bail reduced following court appearance


MASSENA - A 20-year-old Massena man had his bail reduced following an appearance this week in Massena Village Court.

Village police had charged Zachary M. Pitts of 224 Center St., Massena, with second-degree harassment, unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing at 5:02 a.m. Monday following an investigation into a domestic dispute reported approximately an hour earlier.

Pitts had been arraigned Monday morning by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $750 cash. When he reappeared in village court on Tuesday, Mr. Gustafson reduced the bail to $500.

Candis Phillips was reportedly staying with her ex-boyfriend’s cousin when the incident took place. Kara Lapoint reportedly left the residence, and Pitts paid a visit. He reportedly became upset when Ms. Phillips received a phone call from a friend.

Court documents indicate Pitts started yelling at Phillips, threw her purse and then threw a knife at her when she was lying on a bed. The knife reportedly landed on the pillow next to her head.

Pitts allegedly repeatedly blocked her efforts to leave the residence and pushed her over boxes into a television during the argument. He also allegedly punched and slapped his ex-girlfriend, shoved her onto the couch and then slammed her into the coffee table when she attempted to get back off the couch.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jessica J. Davison, 26, of 66 Spruce St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she not harass, annoy or alarm Lisa L. Rupert.

Ms. Rupert and Davison had both been charged with second-degree harassment following two separate incidents July 20 at Ms. Rupert’s residence at 59 Sycamore St.

Police said Ms. Rupert reportedly struck Davison during an argument in the afternoon and then Davison returned to their residence at approximately 9 p.m. that night to pick up her belongings and allegedly attacked Ms. Rupert.

■ Rahnienhawi Burns, 22, of 211 state Route 37, Hogansburg, pleaded guilty to a petit larceny count. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 13.

Village police had charged Burns with petit larceny after responding to a shoplifting complaint at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Massena Walmart. He reportedly opened a box of Versace colgone, put the cologne bottle in his jacket pocket and walked past the last point of sale without paying for the merchandise, valued at $43.94.

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