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Sun., Oct. 4
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Massena teen learns the hard way; Authority always wins


DISORDERLY CONDUCT - A Massena teenager could have been singing John Cougar Mellencamp’s “I fight authority, authority always wins” lyrics after his second contact with village police over a four-hour stretch Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Village police charged Jarrett C. Pelkey, 19, of 704 state Route 37C, Massena, with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 9:45 p.m. Monday and then with trespassing and resisting again at 1:27 a.m. Tuesday. He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100.

Police responded to South Main Street for a report of a male walking in the roadway shortly after 9 p.m. and made contact with Pelkey, whom they indicated was intoxicated. They said Pelkey started screaming obscenities at the police officer and continued walking in the roadway, disregarding several requests to alter his behavior before being taken into custody.

They said Pelkey struggled with officers when they were attempting to handcuff him to the bench in the holding room at the village police station. Pelkey also reportedly kicked and pushed officers and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed.

Police said after he was processed on that charge he informed police he planned to go back to walking in the street and refused to leave the police station. After being charged with trespassing for that action, he again struggled with officers, earning a second resisting arrest count.

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