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BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Rachel E. Riley, 24, of 2224 state Route 420, Massena, on a bench warrant at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday at the Massena town hall. The warrant alleges Riley failed to appear as directed on a petit larceny count that dated back to October 2011. She had initially been granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 20 hours of community service. The case was returned to the court calendar when she failed to complete the community service work. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson said he was becoming increasingly frustrated by the number of people who police and the courts have to chase because they fail to complete their community service work in a timely fashion. Riley told the court she had completed 12 hours of community service. Mr. Gustafson released her from custody and told her she had one week to complete the final eight hours of her community service obligation.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Hannah Hayden, 23, of 69 Beach St., Massena, on a bench warrant at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at the police station. The warrant alleged Hayden had violated the conditions of her release under the supervision of the probation department on second-degree harassment and endangerment of the welfare of a child charges pending in village court. Defense attorney Denice (Goodrich) Smith told the court her client had no prior criminal history and no record of failing to appear in court as directed on the pending charges. “She advised me she relapsed,” Ms. Smith, noting her client had a bed available at 11 a.m. Wednesday at a treatment facility in Syracuse. Probation officials recommended Hayden be incarcerated at the county jail overnight and picked up by her parents Wednesday morning for the trip to the rehab center. But Ms. Smith argued vehemently that Hayden should be allowed to go home with her father and stressed she would be under the care of her parents. Hayden’s father concurred with that argument. “You have to understand that isn’t all that comforting to people gathered around this bench,” Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson said, noting the relapse had also taken place when she had the opportunity to be under her parent’s care. Hayden’s father told the court the family had been trying to get their daughter into a rehab program for the past three weeks. “It’s an insurance issue,” he told the court. Mr. Gustafson continued Hayden’s release under the supervision of the probation department with the stipulation she enter the treatment program on Wednesday.

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