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Massena woman admits writing bad checks


MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with writing several bad checks at the Massena Amvets post and the former Charlie’s Tavern has pleaded guilty to one count of issuing a bad check in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied several charges.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Tammy L. Wray, 37, of 159 Main St., Massena, also listing a Waddington address, for April 22.

She was charged by village police with writing checks for $50 and $30 to Charlie’s Tavern on Nov. 30, 2012 on a closed account.

Wray had also been charged with writing checks on a close account for $50 on Oct. 22, 2012, $150 on Oct. 23, 2012, $75 on Oct. 25, 2012 and $100 on Oct. 25, 2012 at Amvets Post 4.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Michael Gebo said Wray will be required to make restitution on all the bad checks covered by the plea bargain agreement, which also satisfied a possession of a hypodermic needle count.

Massena-based state police had stopped to investigate a disabled vehicle July 15 on state Route 37 after Wray’s vehicle reportedly ran out of gas. During that stop, troopers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest. They located a needle in her vehicle, troopers said.

In recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Bobby J. Murray, 20, of 235 Center St., Apt. 2, Massena, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after a fourth-degree criminal mischief count was reduced to disorderly conduct and was fined an additional $100 and a $5 surcharge after an endangering the welfare of a child count was also reduced to disorderly conduct violation.

He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge, and the court signed an order of protection directing Murray not to harass, annoy or alarm his mother, Patty Dodge. Murray reportedly damaged a door frame, broke a window in a door frame and damaged items inside the residence during an argument with his mother on Nov. 17.

■ Jennifer Woodward, 36, formerly of Center Street, Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after completing 20 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Woodward, of Waterford, with second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal trespass at 10:19 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013 at her mother’s residence on Paddock Street. Police said Woodward got in an argument with her mother and then refused when her mother asked her to leave the apartment.

The younger Ms. Woodward also refused to comply with several requests by a police officer to leave the residence. She reportedly shoved and spit at her mother, Cheryl Woodward, during the argument and also threw a tray, a bowl of cereal, a foot stool and a bible during the domestic dispute.

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