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Massena man sentenced to time served for chasing man with brick, knife

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MASSENA - A 27-year-old Massena man charged with chasing another man with a knife and a brick on South Main Street in mid-May was sentenced to time served in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a reduced count in Massena Village Court.

Village police had charged Bobby C. Page Jr., of 33 McCluskey Ave., with two counts of second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment April 12 after he allegedly attempted to attack another man with a brick and then a knife on South Main Street. He served 31 days in custody following his arrest before he posted bail.

Page pleaded guilty to a two counts of second-degree attempted menacing. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Page to the time he had served in the county jail and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge. The Massena man was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

Village police said they received a complaint at 3:30 p.m. April 12 that Page had been chasing James J. Love, 28, with a brick on South Main Street. After Mr. Love was able to wrestle the brick away from him, Page went inside his apartment, grabbed a knife and again attempted to attack Mr. Love.

Police said Page initially swung a red brick at Mr. Love several times in front of 441 South Main St. before the alleged victim was able to knock the brick out of his hands. Page then reportedly went inside his residence, grabbed a kitchen knife with a four-and-a-half-inch blade, returned to the sidewalk in front of the apartment building and started swinging the knife at Mr. Love. The alleged victim kept backing away from Page until he threw the kitchen knife into a grass embankment near the bridge crossing state Route 420 near East Hatfield Street.

Page, in a previous appearance before Mr. Gustafson, had claimed he was simply defending his girlfriend, whom he claimed was being sexually harassed by Mr. Love.

Prior to sentencing, defense attorney Joseph Welch acknowledged his client had shown a lack of common sense during the incident and displayed a “macho” attitude that he suggested was immature.

Page concurred with his attorney. “I should have just gone back inside and avoided the situation entirely,” he told the court.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Johnnie Mack Eldridge Jr., 34, of 53 Maple St., Massena, was released from custody and placed under the supervision of the probation department.

Village police had charged Eldridge with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after responding to a domestic dispute complaint at 7:05 p.m. May 15 on Richards Street. He reportedly punched his child’s mother in the face. Eldridge had been held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $500 bail since his arrest.

■ Michael “Miko” J. Brown, 34, of 377 County Route 41, Massena, was sent back to the county jail without bail following his initial arraignment with counsel on a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny, three misdemeanor charges of petit larceny, second-degree menacing and a disorderly conduct violation stemming from a series of incidents that took place between December and Sunday. He was picked up by Norfolk Town Police on the arrest warrants Monday in Norfolk and turned over to village police.

Mr. Gustafson had previously told Brown he was unable to set bail on the new felony count since he has two prior felony convictions. Brown was sentenced to two to four years in state prison in May 2000 for a fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property count. He had been sentenced to 180 days in the county correctional facility in February 1999 for a third-degree burglary conviction..

Brown allegedly walked past the last point of sale at the Massena Walmart store on Dec. 16 without paying for $1,103.97 worth of merchandise, including a Gateway computer, a 39-inch Phillips LED television, a 32-inch Samsung television and a package of paper towels.

■ Sawyer White, 17, of 41 Somerset Ave., Massena, had a second-degree burglary count reduced to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal trespass and a fourth-degree grand larceny count reduced to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. He was also charged with third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. After the felonies were reduced to misdemeanors, White was adjudicated as a youthful offender.

White was one of four young men charged following an investigation into a complaint of a residential burglary in July 2013 on Nightengale Avenue after the owners returned home to find their house had been unlawfully entered and items stolen, including a 32 caliber handgun.

They said that, as a result of their investigation, they obtained a search warrant which was executed at 351 East Orvis St., Massena, where the stolen handgun was recovered.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Michael Gebo said he was asking to have the felonies reduced to misdemeanors after a review of the case revealed the victim’s grandson had let the other three males into the home that was burglarized.

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