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Massena woman faces 10 weekends in jail for spitting on, scratching police officer


MASSENA - A 48-year-old Massena woman will be sentenced in March after to serve weekends for two months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after she admitted she spit on and scratched a village police officer when she was being processed on disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment charges.

Lisa J. Gonzalez of 147 East Orvis St. pleaded guilty to second-degree obstruction of governmental administration in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest charges.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall committed to sentence Gonzalez to 30 days in jail and later agreed to modify it to an intermittent weekend sentence after defense attorney David Haggard noted his client was the sole caregiver for her children and has no close relatives to assist her with the children while she is incarcerated. “She’s going to have to find somebody, find a babysitter, for the 10 weekends,” he said.

Mr. Crandall told Mr. Haggard he recalled his client’s arraignment on a previous charge. “She had a wrestling match here with a police officer on the night of the arraignment,” he said.

Police said the disorderly conduct charge was lodged after she was observed fighting at 2:35 a.m. July 6, 2011 in the middle of Park Avenue in front of Charlie’s.

She then allegedly fought with officers and attempted to kick Patrolman Travis MacDonald when police attempted to place her under arrest for the disorderly conduct count. She also reportedly kicked Patrolman Mark Englert in the groin and upper leg.

Gonzalez also scratched Sgt. Patrick Serguson when she allegedly struck him in the face two times while he was attempting to remove her handcuffs in the cell block. She also spit on the police sergeant two times during that incident.

Sgt. Serguson reportedly suffered scratches to his face and a bloody lip during the incident that reportedly took place at 2:55 a.m. at the police station.

Mr. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 27.

In recent court action before Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow:

■ Leah T. Benedict, 36, of 117 Raquette Point Road, Hogansburg, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 27.

Benedict, then listing a 203 County Route 1, Bombay address, had been charged with a felony count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in May after she was taken into custody on an arrest warrant at the port of entry in Rooseveltown.She allegedly sold eight Oxycontin pills in January 2012 in the village of Massena.

■ Allan J. Dennis, 21, of Massena was granted a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal to satisfy a charge that had been pending since September 2009. The court also signed an order of protection directing him to have no contact with Anneliese Reed.

He had initially been charged with third-degree burglary following a Sept. 25, 2009 when he entered Mrs. Reed’s home and allegedly removed money from her billfold. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

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