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Sun., Oct. 4
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Hogansburg man admits graffiti work at Massena businesses


MASSENA - A Hogansburg man charged with leaving graffiti on signs and walls of several businesses last year has pleaded guilty to one count in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 27 for Cesar A. Rodriguez, 20, of 367 Cook Road.

Village police had charged Rodriguez, then listing a Lacombe Road, Norfolk, address with fourth-degree criminal mischief and four counts of making graffiti July 4. Rodriguez allegedly spray painted graffiti on the exterior of Spaulding Pool, North Main Street; McDonald’s, South Main Street; On A Roll deli, North Main Street; and the former Agway store at 528 South Main St. in June 2013. Police said damage to the buildings was estimated to be over $500.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Jeffrey J. Provost, 21, of 120 Hough Road, Norfolk, was fined $150 and a $125 surcharge after a second-degree criminal contempt charge was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. The plea also satisfied an unlawful possession of marijuana count.

The Massena was charged with criminal contempt following an investigation into an incident on Dec. 3, 2011 when he allegedly violated a temporary order of protection that directed him to stay away from another teenager.

Provost allegedly violated the order at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 3, 2011 when he made contact with Jacob J. Mitchell on Ames Street and allegedly attempted to draw him into an altercation,

Mr. Mitchell, in a statement provided to police, said he was driving eastbound on Ames Street with his friend, Travis Casselman, in the vehicle when he saw a purple car approaching his car in his rear view mirror.

He said the car passed him and then slammed on its brakes, blocking his path. Provost and Willie Rochefort then reportedly exited that vehicle and walked toward the Mitchell car, yelling and flailing their arms.

Mr. Mitchell reportedly put his car in reverse and fled the potential altercation.

Mr. Crandall had signed a temporary order of protection on Aug. 31, 2011 directing Provost to stay away from Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Casselman. The order was issued following Provost’s arrest on a third-degree assault charge.

Village police had charged Provost with third-degree assault after he allegedly punched Mr. Mitchell several times in the face, threw him to the ground and then kicked him in the face during a fight at 4:12 a.m. Aug. 19, 2011.

■ Dennis J. Stephenson, 19, of Parker Avenue, Massena, and Evan Fregoe, 17, of Nightengale Avenue, Massena, were each granted six-month adjournments in contemplation of dismissal with stipulations they complete 40 hours of community service.

Stephenson and Fregoe had been charged with disorderly conduct after they allegedly mutually agreed to meet for a fight after school on Feb. 18 at the Massena Creative Playground. The two teenagers were reportedly fighting over a female.

Court documents said videotape of the fight was posted on social media sites including Facebook.

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