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Massena woman told she has room booked at the Last Chance Hotel


MASSENA - A Massena woman was warned she had booked a room at the Last Chance Hotel and her next stop will be the county jail unless she complies with substance abuse treatment.

Village police had charged Trista D. Ladue, 22, of 17 1/2 Parker Ave., Massena, with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Ladue was charged with stealing blank checks from her grandmother, Denille Dillabough, and cashing one of those checks for $24.16 on Oct. 25 at Walmart and a check for $84.32 on Oct. 26, also at Walmart. The arrests were made after the review of video footage at Walmart, according to court documents. Other checks written on the account without Ms. Dillabough’s permission totaled $350.

Ladue, who court documents indicated suffers from substance abuse addiction issues, reportedly admitted taking the checks and gave several of the blank checks she had taken back to her grandmother.

Defense attorney Denice (Goodrich) Smith acknowledged there had been a lapse since Ladue was released from custody following her arrest and her involvement in a substance abuse treatment program.

“There was an insurance issue. She is scheduled to begin an intensive outpatient treatment program. Her insurance requires outpatient treatment first. If she is unsuccessful in outpatient, it would then cover in-patient,” she said.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall noted he had received a uniform court report from the St. Lawrence County Probation Department indicating Ladue had been a no-show for an outpatient appointment on March 13. The report also charged when Ladue had been contacted by the counselor she had been irate and told the counselor her vehicle was in a ditch. Probation officials said her counselor and probation officer both questioned the credibility of that excuse.

The report also noted Ladue had tested positive for marijuana and heroin use earlier this month.

“You want to see irate. I’ll show you irate,” Mr. Crandall told Ladue. “The Last Chance Hotel is where you are at. If there are any more positive drug tests, you will be going to Canton.”

The local justice stressed she needed to comply with treatment to stay out of jail.

“If you want treatment, that’s good. But if you want to jerk us around, you will go to jail,” Mr. Crandall stressed.

“The ball is in your court. You need to comply. That’s the thing you have to do if you want things to go in some positive way for you,” he added.

Ms. Smith admitted her client had tested positive for drug use.

“She admits she has a problem. That is why she wants treatment,” according to the defense attorney.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Samuel O. Hurlbut, 20, of 408 County Route 37, Massena, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a plea that satisfied an unlawful possession of marijuana violation.

He had been charged with possessing a glass smoking device containing marijuana residue and a glass jar with marijuana residue on March 11 at the trailer park on County Route 42A.

■ Dario O. Hernandez, 25, of 4 Cutry Lane, Massena, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction.

He had also been charged with marijuana possession in connection with the March 11 incident on County Route 42A.

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