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Massena woman back in jail after latest release from custody goes bad


MASSENA - A Massena woman jailed for nearly two months after allegedly violating the conditions of her release under the supervision of the probation before being released from custody June 18 while she awaits placement in an in-patient substance abuse treatment center is back in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Village police picked up Trista Ladue, 23, of 14 Malby Ave., Massena, for violating the conditions of her release Sunday afternoon. Police said they found Ladue sleeping on a porch at 2 Ripley St.

She was arraigned on the warrant by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent back to the county jail with bail set at $2.500 cash or $5,000 bond.

The warrant had been signed June 19 by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall after Ladue failed to comply with orders to report to the probation office the day after her release from custody for drug testing.

Mr. Crandall had acknowledged on June 18 he had mixed feelings about releasing Ladue under the supervision of the probation department while she is awaiting a bed in an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility.

But he also had said Ladue had been in custody for several weeks waiting for a treatment bed. He said the latest estimate was it would be approximately another week before a treatment bed was available for Ladue.

“I’m afraid for her, afraid that when she gets out she will get tied up with her old buddies and start using drugs again. You will be getting drug tested all along the way. You are in a way better frame of mind now then when I first saw you,” Mr. Crandall told Ladue.

Defense attorney Denice Goodrich said prosecutors had agreed to accept a plea offer to a misdemeanor count if Ladue successfully completed a treatment program.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo had stressed that offer would be withdrawn if Ladue violated her release conditions.

“Quite frankly, if she is released and messes up the deal will be off. If she tests dirty (for drug use), the offer comes off the table,” he said. Ladue had nearly been released from jail in late April, but the acting village justice had reconsidered his release plans after her mother, Darcy Dillabough, had shared her concern with the court that her daughter would be unable to follow stipulations requiring her to abide by the terms of a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, reside with her mother and have no contact with people with criminal histories until after she successfully completes a treatment program.

“This isn’t going to work out, not unless she goes to rehab. She is just going to take off. That is what she does,” Ladue’s mother said during the April court appearance.

Ladue had been in custody since April 18 when she was picked up on a bench warrant for violating the conditions of her release under probation supervision. The probation department had filed a uniform court report on March 31 indicating Ladue had failed to report to her probation officer as directed and had failed to follow through with an outpatient treatment program. She had been charged with two felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Ladue was charged with stealing blank checks from her grandmother, Denille Dillabough, and cashing one of those checks for $24.16 on Oct. 25 at Walmart and a check for $84.32 on Oct. 26, also at Walmart. The arrests were made after the review of video footage at Walmart, according to court documents. Other checks written on the account without Ms. Dillabough’s permission totaled $350. Ladue, who court documents indicated suffers from substance abuse addiction issues, reportedly admitted taking the checks and gave several of the blank checks she had taken back to her grandmother.

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