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Massena woman fined for refusing to pay cab fare


MASSENA - A Massena woman who refused to pay her cab fare after getting a ride from the Westbrook Trailer Park on the Town Line Road to a residence on the Plum Brook Road in the town of Norfolk has pleaded guilty to a theft of services charge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Bonnie S. Lamay, 46, of 39 Beach St., Massena, $100 and ordered her to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of her DNA to the state database. She previously made restitution of $28.

The charge stemmed from an incident in the early morning hours of April 4.

Massena Transport driver Bruce Green, in a statement he provided police, said he took Lamay to a residence on the Plum Brook Road, and she told him the male at that residence would be paying her fare when she arrived there.

But he said Lamay changed her story when they arrived at the residence.

“Bonnie told me (he) was a pervert and that she would like me to take her to jail. Bonnie stated that he did not have any money. Bonnie was highly intoxicated and very mouthy,” Mr. Green noted in his statement.

The Massena Transport driver drove Lamay to the village of Massena police station, where she told officers she was not paying the $28 cab fare. She had then been charged with theft of services. While she did not go to jail, she did spend that night in the village of Massena’s lockup due to concerns about her level of intoxication.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Alan L. Russell, Jr., 33, of 230 Barnhart Road, Massena, was granted a one-year conditional discharge with stipulations he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection, commit no further offenses and comply with his current treatment regimen.

Village police had charged Russell with criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 1 following an investigation into a domestic dispute that reportedly took place at 12:40 a.m. that same day.

Sarah Paquin, in the statement she signed for police, said she had gone to her boyfriend’s residence and an argument broke out after Russell grabbed and dragged her off the bed and onto the floor by her hair. She said he then knelt on her throat and held her arms to the floor.

“I could not breathe,” she said.

She said he also broke her phone so she could not contact police. Ms. Paquin said when Russell finally released her she grabbed her purse and went to a friend’s house.

Russell, a seven-year combat veteran, suffered serious injuries in November 2013 in a one-vehicle accident in Ontario County. He was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

■ Bryan D. Hillis, 27, of 1491 Kyle Road, Chrysler, Ont., was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. He had bee charged with disorderly conduct at 2:14 a.m. March 30 after he was observed urinating in public view on Church Street.

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