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Ogdensburg man sentenced to 45 days in jail for Massena shoplifting conviction


MASSENA - An Ogdensburg man charged with shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart has been sentenced to serve 45 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for an attempted petit larceny conviction.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered that the jail sentence for Thomas M. Larose, 45, of 1915 Lafayette St., Ogdensburg, should run consecutive to a 90-day jail sentence he is currently serving at the county jail for an attempted petit larceny conviction from the city of Ogdensburg. His scheduled release date is May 15. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to civil judgment.

Larose had turned himself in Feb. 5 on a warrant issued after he had failed to appear for a court appearance on his scheduled sentencing date.

The Ogdensburg man had been charged with walking past the last point of sale without paying for $460.23 worth of merchandise.

The probation department had recommended Larose be sentenced to jail time. They noted he had 37 arrests on his rap sheet and had been sentenced to probation four times, local jail 12 times and to prison during his lengthy criminal career.

In other recent village court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Christopher T. Ash, 30, of 1 Maple St., Lot 17, Norwood, was placed on probation for one year for an attempted endangering the welfare of a child conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to have his DNA sample submitted to the state data base.

Village police had charged Ash and Lynn M. LaPage, both listing 190 Center St., Massena, addresses at the time of their arrests, with four counts each of endangering the welfare of a child after they allegedly left their children - ages 1, 4, 6 and 7 - home alone in the early morning hours of March 21, 2012.

Police said they had responded to a complaint at 12:45 a.m. that a young child was standing in the street yelling for his father. They said Ash and LaPage were later located in an another apartment in the complex, where a social event was taking place.

Ash’s plea had also satisfied a harassment count stemming from a March 3, 2012 incident when he allegedly threw LaPage on the floor, pinned her to a wall and threw her into a wall during an argument.

■ Korey S. Mitchell, 27, of 235 Center St., Apt. 5, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he have no contact with his girlfriend’s mother.

Mitchell had been charged with harassment following an incident on New Year’s Eve where he reportedly pushed Mary L. Lavalley to the floor in the hallway of their apartment complex during an argument over rent money.

Tiffany Lavalley, in a statement she provided police, said her boyfriend had only nudged her mother, whom she said was blocking the doorway to their apartment.

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