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Massena man sentenced to jail for violating probation


MASSENA - A Massena man was sentenced to serve two weeks in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after he admitted he had violated his probationary sentence on a May 2010 driving while intoxicated conviction.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson resentenced Stephen W. Mattice, 24, of 6 South St., Apt. 2, Massena, to 15 days in the county jail for the driving while intoxicated conviction. He had been fined and placed under probation supervision for three years in February 2010 when he was initially sentenced for the DWI conviction.

Mattice reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent when he was stopped by police for failing to keep right following a traffic stop at 6:32 a.m. Oct. 4, 2009 on Maple Street.

Mattice asked for a few days to get his affairs in order, but the village justice rejected that offer.

Mr. Gustafson pointed out, with credit for good time, Mattice would likely be back on the streets in 10 days.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Benjamin P. Sheldon, 38, of 128 Merchia Road, Churubusco, was sentenced to time served at the time of his arrest, 22 days, and fined $75 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harasment conviction. He was also ordered to make restitution of $32.10.

He had been charged with second-degree harassment and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief following a domestic dispute Dec. 18 with his then long-time girlfriend.

Sheldon was arraigned Tuesday night by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

Sheldon allegedly pushed Christine A. Dumas during an argument and threw Ms. Dumas’ cell phone and a cordless phone during the 3:15 p.m. argument. She told police her cell phone was broken during the dispute.

Ms. Dumas, in her statement to police, said she had dated Sheldon for the past nine years, but she said he had moved in and out several times over the past year.

“Today he came to the house to pick up his items. He came to the door to give me my cell phone. When I opened the door, he pushed me back. He put both hands on me, and I wouldn’t let him in. He pushed his way into the house. I asked for my cell phone,and he threw it down the stairs into the basement,” she noted in her statement.

She said Sheldon then grabbed the cordless phone, preventing her from calling the police.

Ms. Dumas said Sheldon then headed toward his vehicle, and she followed him, grabbed the phone and called police.

■ Scott S. Stewart, 26, of 77 Maple St., Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

Stewart, a Walmart associate at the time, stole an XBox 360 charger valued at $19.96 from the store on March 19, 2011.

■ Michael A. Wilson, 25, of 8 Somerset Ave., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after successfully completing a parenting class.

Wilson had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and ticketed him for leaving an unattended motor vehicle in a prohibited parking zone at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Harte Haven Shopping Plaza.

Police said Wilson had parked in front of the Big Lot’s store and left the a 2-year-old inside the vehicle with the car still running and windows down approximately a foot. A complainant told police she had observed the unattended child for five minutes and police said another five minutes went by after they were on the scene before Wilson returned to the vehicle.

Wilson reportedly told police he had simply run into the store to buy a plunger and the transaction had taken longer than he had anticipated because there wasn’t a bar code on the plunger when he took it to the cash register to check out.

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