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Massena man pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault count


MASSENA - A 23-year-old Massena man charged with stabbing another man will be sentenced in August after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault count in Massena Village Court.

David A. Lawrence of 13 Clark St. pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 20.

Lawrence was sent back to the county jail with bail set at $1,000 cash or bond. He has been incarcerated since February when he was accused of violating the conditions of his release under probation supervision.

Village police had charged Lawrence with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon at 3:44 a.m. Sept. 23 on Willow Street. The St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office later filed a motion to have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and returned to local court.

Lawrence allegedly stabbed Eugene E. Lamb, 45, of 303A Gates St., Palmer, Mass., on Willow Street. Mr. Lamb was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of his injuries and was released.

The two men had reportedly been involved in a brief altercation earlier in the evening at The Rusty Wheel.

Mr. Lamb said he was sitting on the steps outside the bar about an hour later waiting for a ride. “I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. I saw a guy standing in the lawn across the road from where I was sitting,” he said, noting he yelled over at the man and asked if he could call for a cab for him.

He said the man, later identified as Lawrence, replied he remembered him from the incident inside the bar and quickly walked across the street toward him.

“He had a screwdriver in his left hand and a knife in his right hand. He was swearing and yelling at me. He started trying to stab me. He swung and swung over again. I was running backwards down Willow Street towards (the) Parker Avenue Bridge,” he said, noting he called 911 to report the incident as it was occurring.

“I kept telling him to stop and that I was calling the police. When he was swinging, I dropped the phone. He stabbed me several times in the left arm and once in the back,” Mr. Lamb added in his statement to police.

The Massachusetts man said Lawrence had been standing behind the man he had briefly argued with inside the bar. He told police he feared for his life during the attack. “The guy continued to say, ‘I’m going to ... you up. He was relentless. I ... thought he was trying to kill me,” Mr. Lamb said.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Amanda M. Miller, 30, of 8 James St., Massena, was fined $50 and a $205 surcharge for an unlawfully dealing with a child conviction in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied four other counts of the same charge. Miller was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

She reportedly hosted a party at her residence and allowed numerous people under age 21 to consume alcohol in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, including two 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old. Police said they responded to a noise complaint on James Street and en route encountered two teenagers that appeared to be intoxicated.

■ Matthew Buckshot, 23, of Hogansburg was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated charge was reduced to driving while ability impaired. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Buckshot reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent when he was stopped by village police Jan. 15, 2012 on Main Street.

■ Michael T. Swinyer, 18, of Malone, who told the court he is now living and working in New Jersey, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 10 hours of community service.

He was reportedly found in possession of a pipe with marijuana residue following a traffic stop at 12:11 a.m. April 11 for making an unsafe turn.

■ Alex M. Danboise, 21, of 200 East Hatfield St., Massena, was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for a second-degree reckless endangerment conviction.

Village police had charged Danboisewith a felony count of first-degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

He was also ticketed for failure to obey a police officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to keep right, failure to signal, speed not prudent and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

According to court documents, Ptl. Mark Englert noted he was northbound on North Main Street at 1:04 a.m. Aug. 1, 2010 when a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo allegedly operated by Danboise made a left turn from Lincoln Drive onto North Main Street at a high rate of speed.Danboise reportedly lost control of his SUV and drove directly at the marked patrol vehicle. The village police officer said he had to swerve his vehicle to avoid a collision.

He said he then activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop Danboise to charge him with reckless driving. Police allege Danboise was operating at speeds at least 25 miles per hour above the speed limit, drove his vehicle in a reckless manner and failed to comply with a traffic stop. Danboise then allegedly lost control of his vehicle again on Stoughton Avenue and struck a tree. He then fled the scene. Police alleged in their complaint that Danboise had consumed alcohol prior to the accident.

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