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Massena man fined after forcible touching charge reduced to violation

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with walking up onto the porch of a neighbor’s residence in the early morning hours of a fall day and attempting to fondle a woman sitting on the porch will have to pay $325.

Massena Village Police had charged Jeffrey D. Fontaine, 45, of 23 Spruce St., Massena, with forcible touching at 3:15 a.m. Sept. 7 after responding to a complaint at 2:38 a.m. that he had inappropriate contact with a female on Spruce Street.

Fontaine pleaded guilty a reduced count of disorderly conduct, a violation. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Fontaine $200 and a $125 surcharge and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge. The court also signed an order of protection directing Fontaine to have no contact with the victim in the case.

The female told police she was sitting on a porch on Spruce Street with a female friend when an allegedly intoxicated Fontaine was walking down the street, walked up onto the porch and grabbed both of her breasts. She said she hit Fontaine in the face and yelled at him, but he refused to leave.

Moments later, she said, a village police vehicle on routine patrol drove down the street and she was able to flag the officers down. Fontaine had reportedly gone to the residence earlier in the evening to ask if the home’s residents were partying.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Leanne K. Thompson, 22, of 145 Okwarine Road, Hogansburg, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 15 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Tacala D. Buckshot, 29, of 72 Jock Road, Akwesasne, and Thompson with petit larceny at 10:05 p.m. Feb. 25 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at the Massena Walmart. They reportedly walked past the last point of sale without paying for makeup, buttons, lip care products, nail polish and hair items. The merchandise was valued at $130.29.

■ Terry J. Gordon, 40, of 62 Ames St., Massena, was fined $40 for allowing a dog to run at large. The dog control officer alleged Gordon allowed his 8-year-old son to walk an American Staffordshire Terrier down the road on Feb. 16, and the young boy was unable to control the dog. The terrier reportedly attacked and injured another dog.

■ Christopher W. Trimm, 35, of Hannawa Falls was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 10 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Trimm with unlawful possession of marijuana on Jan. 17 after he was allegedly found in possession of 7.9 grams of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe with marijuana residue.

■ Tyler A. Nevill, 20, of 21 Baldwin Ave., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 10 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Nevill with unlawful possession of marijuana at 4:40 p.m. Jan. 16 after an officer observed suspicious behavior on North Main Street near the Dollar General store. Nevill was reportedly found in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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