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Massena man charged following domestic dispute


HARASSMENT - MASSENA - Village police charged Joseph P. Sokolowski Jr., 40, of 19 Washington St., Massena, with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 7:52 p.m. Thurday after responding to a domestic dispute call.

He reportedly pushed his wife Francine to the floor and ripped her shirt during an argument. She complained of head and neck pain and was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Seaway Valley Ambulance.

Sokolowski was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing him to stay away from Ms. Sokolowski.

She told police the argument started when she returned home after moving a couch into her mother’s apartment. She said he had rejected her request for assistance with that task.

“I’m tired of Joe being lazy and not wanting to help me so I confronted him tonight about the issue,” she noted in her statement to police.

She said as she was walking upstairs to talk to him he started calling her names. She said she went into the bedroom and told him she really needed his help.

Ms. Sokolowski reportedly had a soda in her hand when he grabbed her by the left arm, pulled her toward him and threw her to the floor. She said her Harley-Davison short, which she said had cost $60, was ripped during the altercation.

Mr. Sokolowski denied the allegations and said he had been sleeping at approximately 7:15 p.m. when his wife arrived home. He charged she had thrown a soda at him.

He had been charged with possessing more than 8 pounds of marijuana when he was stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol Sept. 12 on Route 37 in the town of Waddington.

Border Patrol agents turned the case over to Massena-based state police, and troopers charged Sokolowski with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He reportedly had 8.38 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

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