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Massena man pleads guilty to violation to resolve domestic dispute charges


MASSENA - A domestic dispute that initially led to felony charges against a Massena man has been resolved by a guilty plea to a violation.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Kenneth A. Grose, 42, of 7 North Clarkson Ave., Massena, $75 and a $125 surcharge after he pleaded guilty to the harassment violation. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he engage in and complete an anger management program and abide by the terms of an order of protection that directs him not to harass his wife, Jana.

Village police initially had charged Grose with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief after responding to the domestic dispute complaint on Oct. 1. He was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a second-degree harassment violation. The district attorney’s office later filed a prosecutor’s information replacing the felony count with a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

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,” Mrs. 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.

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.

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