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Massena man pleads guilty to domestic violence count

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MASSENA -A Massena man has pleaded guilty to an attempted assault count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied charges from three separate domestic incidents with his wife late last summer and fall.

Village police charged Christopher A. Northrup, 39, of 587 South Main St., Massena, formerly of Parker Avenue, with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 2:21 a.m. Oct. 27 after responding to a domestic dispute complaint.

Northrup pleaded guilty to a third-degree attempted assault count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied the assault and criminal mischief counts as well as harassment and endangering the welfare of a child counts stemming from an incident on Oct. 4 and a harassment count stemming from an incident on Aug. 22.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 5.

The couple were reportedly returning home from Friar Tucks in the early morning hours of Oct. 27 when Northrup punched his wife, Cassondra, several times. She reportedly suffered several lacerations to her tongue and lips.

The argument reportedly continued when the couple returned home, and Northrup allegedly took his wife’s keys and phone and threw them across the yard. He also allegedly dragged Ms. Northrup across the yard.

Village police had previously charged Northrup with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child at 11:31 p.m. Oct. 4. Police said in that incident an argument broke out over someone eating the last of the ice cream. He reportedly pushed his wife into the bedroom and onto the bed. The argument took place in the presence of the couple’s children - ages 6, 11 and 13.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Lisa J. Gonzalez, 49, of 147 East Orvis St., Massena, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied a second-degree harassment count as well as a separate petit larceny count. Mr. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 5.

Village police had charged Gonzales with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment after responding to a domestic dispute call on June 9. She reportedly bit Corey White on the upper right arm and used a rock to break a window in his vehicle after the couple argued over his lack of enthusiasm for her plan to have him take children swimming at the S curve on the St. Lawrence River.

Court documents indicate that after Mr. White rejected the plan, Gonzalez grabbed the keys and got in his vehicle. He reached in the vehicle and grabbed back his keys. Gonzalez reportedly responded by biting Mr. White’s arm and then threw a rock into the driver’s side window, breaking it.

The plea satisfied a petit larceny count stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident on Oct. 1 when Gonzalez and her daughter allegedly shoplifted paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap and other household items from Walmart.

■ Robert F. Lytle Jr., 40, of 18 Pine St., Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Village police charged Lytle with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to use designated lane following a traffic stop at 2:28 a.m. Feb. 3 on South Main Street. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent, the minimum threshold for a DWI count.

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