MASSENA - A 19-year-old Massena woman charged with punching another girl in the face during an incident in May was fined and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a misdemeanor third-degree assault count was reduced to second-degree harassment violation.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Deanna M. Peterson of 18 Amherst Road $250 and a $125 surcharge for the harassment conviction.
She had been charged after she punched Kali L. Sharlow in the cheek and eye during an incident at 5:48 p.m. May 16 at 54 Sycamore St., where both females were reportedly on hand for a planned fight between two males.
Ms. Sharlow told police she was sitting in her vehicle in the driveway waiting for the fight that was scheduled to take place between the two males when Peterson drove by and heard her make an uncomplimentary remark about the fight between the two young men.
Peterson reportedly got out of her vehicle, walked over to Ms. Sharlows vehicle, opened her door and punched Ms. Sharlow on the left cheek. Ms. Sharlow said Peterson then asked her if she was going to cry and punched her a second time, splitting open her right eye lid. She said Peterson then told her she was bleeding and went back to her own vehicle. Ms. Sharlow was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital, treated for the laceration and released.
Meanwhile, Peterson was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on a second harassment count that had been pending in village court since her arrest in January.
Village police had charged Peterson with second-degree harassment Jan. 17 following an investigation into a fight that took place Nov. 7 in the cat food aisle at the Massena Walmart store.
Peterson was accused of shoving Samatha Hayden and then punching her several times in the face. Ms. Hayden reportedly suffered a minor cut above her left eye, a cut behind her right ear and had hair extensions pulled out during the altercation. Court documents indicated Ms. Hayden was dating Petersons ex-boyfriend.
Ms. Hayden, in a statement she signed for police, said she was at the store with two friends when they encountered Peterson. Ms. Hayden said Peterson turned the corner into the cat food aisle, started shouting and charged at her. She said Peterson shoved her with both hands and then started punching her.
I had a bottle in my hands that I used to smack Deanna in the face to get her off me, she said.
Peterson, in her statement to police, acknowledged she had shoved Ms. Hayden, but she suggested the fight broke out after Ms. Hayden punched her.
Prior to this fight Sam has been threatening me on Facebook by saying shes going to have her friends come after me. One of Samathas friends told me that she was going to use my intestines as a jump rope, she noted in her statement.
She said that led to her decision to confront Ms. Hayden and ask if she had been talking about her when she saw her at the Wal-Mart store.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ Robert J. Mackerer, 43, of 387 South Main St., Apt. 4, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 15 hours of community service.
He had been charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana at 6:43 a.m. March 9 when police were investigating a domestic dispute.
Police said his girlfriend, Carrie Gambaccini, had gone to the home of her ex-boyfriend, Marc Judware, at 492 S. Main St., Apt. 1, after arguing with Mr. Mackerer, and he then attempted to enter Mr. Judwares apartment without permission, according to police.
When police arrived he was allegedly intoxicated and kicking and pounding on the door while screaming. Police said they found a pipe containing a small amount of marijuana in his pocket.
■ Chris R. Lefrancois, 41, of 34 Douglas Road, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Oct. 25, 2011 on East Orvis Street. Police reportedly found Lefrancois was in possession of a pipe with marijuana residue and a small baggie containing a green, leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.