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Sun., Oct. 4
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Norwood man’s release simply results in move to a different jail


MASSENA - A Norwood man facing drug charges stemming from a late April traffic stop was released from custody on charges pending in Massena following an appearance this week in village court. But it resulted in a simple change of address rather than freedom.

Village police had charged Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 23, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and false personation at 9:43 p.m. April 28 following a traffic stop on the Parker Avenue bridge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson released Dissottle from custody on the charges pending from the traffic stop. But the Norwood-area man reportedly has four felony warrants pending in Franklin County and is now being held at the Franklin County Jail.

Police said Dissottle was in possession of a small amount of cocaine. Dissottle had been held since his arrest at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow

Police said Dissottle was a passenger in a vehicle and initially identified himself to police as Chase R. McCarthy, 20, but later acknowledged his actual identity during further questioning by police. He reportedly told police he used the false name so he wouldn’t be picked up on outstanding warrants.

“You wouldn’t want to go to jail, right?” he reportedly told village police Sgt. Andrew Richards, noting there were warrants pending for his arrest on four felony charges.

Police said Dissottle was found in possession of a small plastic bag containing 0.04 grams of cocaine and told police he had hidden a needle in the back seat of the vehicle. The needle was recovered by police.

Dissottle is also being held on a warrant for felony charges held by the Malone Village Police Department.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Kevin J. Lapage, 26, of 111 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction.

Village police had charged Lapage with disorderly conduct at 4:25 a.m. March 22 at 190 Center St. Lapage had reported he had been assaulted and police said when they arrived on scene they found him screaming in his driveway. Police said he was charged after he refused to comply with requests to stop yelling.

■ Shawn E. Tessier, 16, of 18 West Main St., Norfolk, was fined $25 and a $25 surcharge for violating Environmental Conservation Law by fishing without a license at 6:24 p.m. April 24 on the Grasse River.

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