MASSENA - A Bombay man charged with harassing his sisters then estranged husband has been fined and directed to abide by the terms of an order of protection requiring him to stay away from his former brother-in-law.
Massena Justice James E. Crandall fined Brian E. Stoddard, 22, of 1684 state Route 95, Bombay, $250 and a $125 surcharge after he pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation that satisfied second-degree criminal contempt and trespassing charges pending from an incident on Jan. 6 in the driveway at 2264 state Route 420.
Raymond T. Clark told police he arrived home to find Stoddards vehicle blocking the entrance to his driveway and noticed his estranged wife, Caitlyn Clark, was in her brothers car as well. An order of protection was in place from a previous altercation between the two men.
Mr. Clark said then he then tried to pull in to the first driveway at a neighboring business but Stoddard moved his vehicle to block that entrance as well. He said when he attempted to enter a second driveway on the neighboring Stoddard again moved his vehicle to attempt to block the driveway and the two vehicles scraped brothers. He said his estranged wifes brother then drove away from the scene.
Massena-based state police had charged Stoddard with second-degree criminal contempt and trespassing and ticketed him for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a right of way violation, unsafe movement of a stopped vehicle and speed not reasonable and prudent following an investigation into the incident reported at 9:49 p.m. Jan. 6 from the town of Massena.
In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:
■ Edward T. Smith, 48, of 662 Oswegatchie Trail, Oswegatchie, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge and Ronald G. Davenport, 34, of 667 Oswegatchie Trail, Oswegatchie, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after they pleaded guilty to reduced counts of unlawful possession of marijuana violations stemming from an incident July 5 at Robert Moses State Park.
New York State Park Police had charged Smith and Davenport with misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana for smoking marijuana in a public place after a foot patrol spotted individuals reportedly smoking marijuana from a large smoking device at their campsite.
■ Donald L. Hassig, 58, of 42 Green Pond Lane, Colton, paid his $250 fine and a $125 surcharge for a trespassing conviction. Following a jury trial earlier this summer before Judge Crandall, Hassig had been found guilty of trespassing May 30 at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Hassig had argued he was simply expressing his freedom of speech by handing out pamphlets on the dangers of chemicals in the environment to hospital when he was ordered to leave the hospital building by a senior administrator at Massena Memorial. Hassig was arrested and charged with trespassing a short time later after police were called to assist with Hassigs removal from the hospital.
Hassig indicated he was paying the fine and surcharge so he could get a certificate of disposition that would allow him to enter Canada. He had previously informed the court he needed to travel to Canada this fall. I have work to do in a remote part of Canada during the upcoming months. In order to enter Canada, I need to have all pending charges resolved and to have in my possession certificates of disposition, Hassig had written in a letter to the court earlier this year asking to have the trial on his trespassing charge scheduled before early September.