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Former Massena man returns home and lands in county jail


MASSENA - A Massena man who skipped town and went to Florida when he had charges pending against him in St. Lawrence County Court and the town and village courts in Massena turned himself in Wednesday night.

Village police picked up Jacob L. Farrell, 23, of 31 Malby Ave., Massena, on three warrants. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow on the warrants issued by the local courts and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $3,000 cash or $6,000. He is also being held on a county court warrant alleging he violated the conditions of his probationary sentence.

He told the court at his arraignment that he had spent several months in Florida before returning to Massena.

Farrell had been sentenced in September 2012 to probation for five years and ordered to pay $3,520 in restitution for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction.

A uniform court report from the St. Lawrence County Probation Department, dated Jan. 24, 2013, alleged Farrell had been charged with petit larceny on Jan. 1, 2013, failed to appear for a scheduled evaluation on Jan. 7, 2013 at St. Lawrence County Chemical Dependency Services, failed to report a new address to his probation officer after being kicked out of a Garond Road, North Lawrence residence following a domestic dispute, failed to report to his probation officer as directed numerous times from Nov. 28, 2012 until the UCR had been filed and only made $80 toward restitution despite a court order directing him to make monthly payments of $70.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards had signed a warrant for Farrell’s residence on Jan 24, 2013.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had signed a warrant for Farrell’s arrest on March 26, 2013 after he allegedly failed to appear in court as directed on petit larceny and trespass charges. The charges stemmed from an incident at 3:54 a.m. Aug. 25, 2012 when Farrell allegedly stole approximately $3 in loose change from Gerald Cook’s vehicle.

Mr. Sharlow had issued a warrant for Farrell’s arrest on a petit larceny count on April 26, 2013. Farrell allegedly stole a 37-inch flat screen television and a WII gaming system on Dec. 30, 2012 from the Amber Hinkley residence on North Raquette River Road.

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