MASSENA - A 39-year-old Massena woman charged with forging a prescription in order to get more painkillers has been sentenced to probation.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson placed Dori A. St. Louisof 104 Bishop Ave., Massena, on probation for three years for a third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument conviction. She was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and $50 to submit a sample of her DNA to the states database.
Village police had charged St. Louis with second-degree forgery - medical prescriptions and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
St. Louis received a prescription for 30 Percoset pills when she was being discharged on Dec. 16, 2012 from Massena Memorial Hospital, but she altered the script to 80 pills before she presented it at the Walmart pharmacy.
St. Louis, in a statement she provided police, admitted she had changed the prescription so she would have some pills left over to deal with chronic pain issues.
I felt I did not have enough pills because I missed an appointment with a pain specialist prior to this. I was scared with dealing with excessive pain because it ruins me. I know what I did was wrong, but I did it to get through the pain until March when my appointment with the pain specialist is going to be, she noted in her statement to police at the time of the incident.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ John W. Holmes, 22, of 10 West Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 22.
Massena-based state police had chargedHolmes with aggravated driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at 2:37 a.m. Nov. 18, 2012 on Perkins Road in the village of Massena. He also was charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway and was ticketed for speed in zone. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent.
■ Myles F. Norman, 26, of 351 E. Orvis Street, Apt. 7, Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge and had his operating privileges suspended for 90 days after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired in a plea bargain agreement.
Village police had charged Norman with driving while intoxicated at 4 a.m. April 7, 2013 on North Main Street, Massena, after he got his vehicle stuck in a yard while trying to turn around. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent.
■ Jonathan Hazelton, 31, of 64 Franklin St., Apt. 2, Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.
He had been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop on Feb. 7, 2013.Village police had alleged Hazelton had been found to be in possession of .4 grams of cocaine during that traffic stop.