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Malone woman fined for shoplifting incident at Massena Walmart


MASSENA - A Malone woman charged with shoplifting over $100 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart store has been fined after pleading guilty to a reduced count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Meagan M. Williams, 22, of 45 Howard Ave., Apt. 2, Malone, $25 and a $150 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

She was fined an additional $25 and a $150 surcharge after a possession of a hypodermic instrument charge reduced to a second disorderly conduct violation.

Village police had charged Williams with petit larceny on Feb. 9 after responding to a complaint that she had shoplifted $114.78 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart. During processing, she was found in possession of two hypodermic needles, police said at the time of her arrest.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Michael B. Middlemiss, 24, of 3635 County Route 14, Madrid, was fined $100 after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct in a plea bargain agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. He had previously made restitution so the surcharge was waived.

Middlemiss and Becky L. Harris of 3734 County Route 14, Madrid, were charged with petit larceny at 9:34 p.m. Feb. 6 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at the Massena Walmart.

They reportedly walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for $12.96 worth of merchandise. Middlemiss allegedly opened a DVD, put the disc for Ted in his hoodie and walked past the store’s last point of sale.

■ Julie A. Chapman, 47, of 7812 Shepard Lane, Zephyr Hills, Fla., formerly of Massena, was fined $500 and a $400 surcharge for a driving while intoxicated conviction. Her operating privileges were revoked for six months, and she was ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of her DNA to the state database.

Village police charged Chapman with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed her for failure to keep right at 12:58 a.m. Nov. 7 following a traffic stop on East Orvis Street.

She reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent. A DWI charge is elevated to aggravated DWI when the blood alcohol content is 0.18 percent or higher.

■ Neil M. Dineen, 33, of 38 Roosevelt St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Village police had charged Dineen with criminal trespass at 5:40 p.m. March 16. Dineen allegedly went to his children’s mother’s boyfriend’s home at 55 Liberty Ave., walked onto the enclosed porch of the residence rented by Andew Katura and started arguing with Amber Miller.

They had reportedly been arguing over the phone earlier in the day with Dineen seeking to removed his children from the residence. Police said Dineen failed to comply with several requests by Katura that he leave the property.

Village police charged Katura on March 27 with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - assault rifle, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - high capacity ammo feeding device.

He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police also charged Katura with a second count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance stemming from a sale that took place in January.

Police also charged Miller with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon - assault rifle and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Katura and Miller had reportedly been in possession of an AR-15 that had been reported stolen earlier in the day by Timothy Alguire, 345 East Orvis St. Katura, a convicted felon, was also reportedly in possession of a fully-loaded 30-round magazine.

Police also reportedly found several grams of cocaine packaged for sale in 27 plastic bags and over 6 ounces of marijuana during their search of the residence.

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