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Massena man who stole beer from Price Chopper placed on probation


MASSENA - A Massena man who admitted he stole two cases of beer from Price Chopper in June in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied charges stemming from a September incident in the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room has been sentenced to probation for three years.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also fined Scott D. Donnelly, 24, of 239 County Route 42, Lot 40, Massena, $100 and ordered him to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database for a petit larceny conviction a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident at 9:55 p.m. June 9 on South Main Street.

The plea also satisfied a criminal mischief charge stemming from a Sept. 14 incident at Massena Memorial Hospital. The plea bargain agreement requires Donnelly to make $578.04 restitution to the hospital.

Village police had charged Donnelly with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an investigation into an incident that occurred Sept. 14 at the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Police said an allegedly highly intoxicated Donnelly was allegedly out of control in the emergency room and punched and damaged an x-ray reading box.

Prosecutors later made an oral motion to have the felony criminal mischief count reduced to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief before moving the plea bargain offer forward.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Daniel P. Robertson, 35, of 154 North Main St., Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny as part of a global plea bargain agreement that also requires him to plead guilty fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana in Gouverneur Town Court.

The petit larceny count stemmed from the reduction of a fourth-degree grand larceny charge stemming from an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred on Sept. 17, 2012.

Mr. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for mid-July.

Robertson stole a wallet containing several credit and debit cards that Cheryl Gardner had mistakenly left at the Stewart’s Shoppe on North Main Street. He allegedly attempted to use those cards to make purchases at several Massena businesses.

Ms. Gardner, in the statement she signed for police, said she had taken her daughters to Stewart’s for ice cream on Sept. 17, 2012, and they had eaten at the picnic table outside the store. She said . She said she only took her wallet into the store that night and realized it was missing the next day when she went to get her insurance card out of her wallet during a visit to the dentist office.

She told police son the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2012 she had checked with SeaComm and learned her debit card had last been used to purchase the ice cream the previous night but discovered someone had used her Community Bank debit card without her permission to purchase Busch beer and school supplies totaling $78.59 at 9:45 p.m. Sept. 17, 2012.

Ms. Gardner said she had also checked with her credit card companies and discovered several attempted transactions with her cards - most of which had been declined - at Walmart, Price Chopper, NBT Bank and Sunoco.

Van Alexander , whose debit card was also in Ms. Gardner’s wallet, said he had received a statement from SeaComm on Sept. 21, 2012 informing him his Visa debit card had been used without his permission on Sept. 19, 2012 at Sunoco for a $115.27 transaction.

■ Kristin R. Miller, 28, of 556 South Main St., Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

Village police had charged Miller and a male accomplice with petit larceny Nov. 8, 2011 after they allegedly shoplifted $54.42 worth of merchandise from Walmart. Police said the duo entered the store with a Walmart bag and filled it with three pairs of men’s pants and bird feed.

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