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Sun., Oct. 4
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Massena man pleads guilty to criminal mischief count


MASSENA - A Massena man will be sentenced in February after pleading guilty to a reduced count of criminal mischief during an appearance in Massena Village Court.

Michael A. Dresser, 25, of 6 Lincoln Place, Massena, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.

Village police had charged Dresser with third-degree criminal mischief after responding to a domestic dispute complaint on Aug. 28 during an argument that took place in the presence of four children under 12 years of age.

Police said Dresser destroyed Amy Gambaccini’s dress and purse, threw a glass object across the room and started beating the bumper on her car with a muffler that was reportedly lying on the ground in the yard.

“My boyfriend ... started fighting with me because I wouldn’t let him use my phone. Michael told me he was going to destroy all of my clothes,” Ms. Gambaccini noted in her statement to police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Gina Berry, 35, of 77 Ober St., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a second-degree obstruction of governmental administration count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Village police had charged Berry with obstruction of governmental administration after she told police on multiple occasions Oct. 27 that Joseph Olmstead was not in her residence when police were attempting to pick him up on a county court warrant and an arrest warrant.

Police alleged Berry attempted to deceive police officers attempting to execute the warrants by lying when she told them Olmstead was not inside the residence. He was arrested later that evening after he was observed by police leaving the 77 Ober St. residence.

■ Christopher T. Ash, 30, of 1 Maple St., Lot 17, Norwood, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted endangering the welfare of a child. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.

Village police had charged Ash and Lynn M. LaPage, both listing 190 Center St., Massena, addresses at the time of their arrests, with four counts each of endangering the welfare of a child after they allegedly left their children - ages 1, 4, 6 and 7 - home alone in the early morning hours of March 21, 2012.

Police said they had responded to a complaint at 12:45 a.m. that a young child was standing in the street yelling for his father. They said Ash and LaPage were later located in an another apartment in the complex, where a social event was taking place.

■ Kenneth A. Grose, 42, of 7 North Clarkson Ave., Massena, had a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief filed in local court under a prosecutor’s information replacing the initial felony count of third-degree criminal mischief. He is also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a second-degree harassment violation.

The court also modified a no contact order of protection directing him to stay away from his wife, Jana, signed following his arrest on Oct. 1. The order was changed to a no harassment order of protection, a request that St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby said was supported by the alleged victim in the case.

Mr. Grose was reportedly upset about his brother, niece and nephew staying at his residence and started arguing about the situation with his wife. She told police he threw a cell phone at her and then went upstairs, grabbed his cell phone and broke it by throwing in on the ground.

“Ken then went into the kitchen and grabbed two of the kitchen chairs and broke them on the ground, then went in the kitchen and broke more things. Then he went into the living room and swiped everything off the wine cabinet and broke a lot of wine bottles, flower vases and other things,” Ms. Grose noted in the statement she provided police, estimating damage to be in the $800 range.

She said something hit her in the face during the acts of vandalism but she didn’t know what it was.

Mr. Grose reportedly then grabbed her purse and left the house. He got into his truck but was unable to leave because police responding to the domestic dispute call blocked his vehicle in the driveway. He hopped out of his vehicle and led police on a short chase before being taken into custody.

■ Dennis Stephenson, 19, of 67 Parker Ave., Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction and $50 for a harassment conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge stipulating that he not violate a no harassment order of protection and complete 20 hours of community service.

Village police charged Stephenson with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Stephenson reportedly started throwing items around the residence, breaking glass and ripping pans off the stove while dinner was being cooked during the argument with his mother, Shannon R. Price.

Police said they responded to the Parker Avenue residence at 5:31 p.m. Monday after a complaint of a 911 hangup call and saw Stephenson walking in the backyard. They said he refused to comply with orders to stop and started shouting obscenities and vulgarities, opting not to obey several requests to alter his behavior.

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