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Sun., Oct. 4
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Massena woman finds release from custody is a fleeting experience


MASSENA - A Massena woman had little opportunity to enjoy her freedom after a local justice revoked her release under the supervision of the probation department moments after her handcuffs had been removed by a sheriff’s deputy following an appearance in Massena Court.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall had released Trista Ladue, 22, of 14 Malby Ave., Massena, under the supervision of the probation department while is awaiting a bed in an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility. But after Ladue started engaging in an animated discussion with her mother, Darcy Dillabough, in front of Mr. Crandall he revoked Ladue’s release and sent her back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Ladue was upset after Ms. Dillabough had shared her concerns with the court that her daughter would be unable to follow stipulations requiring her to abide by the terms of a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, reside with her mother and have no contact with people with criminal histories until after she successfully completes a treatment program.

“This isn’t going to work out, not unless she goes to rehab. She is just going to take off. That is what she does,” Ladue’s mother acknowledged.

Ladue has been in custody since April 18 when she was picked up on a bench warrant for violating the conditions of her release under probation supervision. The probation department had filed a uniform court report on March 31 indicating Ladue had failed to report to her probation officer as directed and had failed to follow through with an outpatient treatment program.

“(Ladue’s) treatment provider stated (she) had not returned since she was admitted on March 24,” the report said, noting Ladue was scheduled to attend sessions on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Mr. Crandall had grappled with Ladue’s release status during her court appearance, considering reducing her bail to $5,000 cash or releasing her under the supervision of the probation department. She was number 10 on a waiting list for a facility earlier this week.

“I don’t want to facilitate you ruining your life,” he told the Massena woman.

She had been incarcerated after being picked up by village police at 2:14 a.m. Christmas Eve on an arrest warrant charging her with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She was released in early 2014.

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.

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