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Massena man sentenced for threatening estranged wife’s father with knife

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MASSENA - A Massena man has been fined for threatening his then-estranged wife’s father with a kitchen knife during an incident on the morning of Oct. 27.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall fined Ronald J. Joubert, 20, of 64 Franklin St., Massena, $400 and a $205 surcharge for a second-degree attempted menacing conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $50 fee and provide a DNA sample. The court also signed a temporary order of protection.

He had been charged with jabbing a large kitchen knife toward Jeffrey C. Kirkey’s stomach and swinging that knife at Mr. Kirkey’s face during a dispute on the morning of Oct. 27.

Village police had charged Joubert with second-degree menacing. Mr. Kirkey told police he went to his daughter’s Franklin Street residence that morning to take her car shopping and received a cool greeting from his daughter’s estranged husband, who was at the residence and started swearing at him and ordering him to leave the residence.

“He started coming at me quickly with fists clenched by his side. I told him he better make it a good shot because he was going to be arrested,” Mr. Kirkey noted in the statement he signed for police.

“Ronald then grabbed a big knife off the stove and pulled it back as he lunged at my stomach with it. I was able to move out of the way of the knife. Ronald then pulled the knife back again and swung it at my face, but I was able to pull my head back to avoid it,” he added.

Mr. Kirkey said he then left the residence, went to his vehicle and called police. Joubert said he left his residence and had started walking to his friend’s home on Maple Street when he was picked up by police.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Patricia T. Rosenberg, 21, of 1156 Walton St., Cornwall, Ont., was fined $200 and a $175 surcharge after a seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She was fined an additional $50 for having a prescription in a non-original container.

She had been charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance outside its original container following a secondary inspection at 10:03 p.m. Nov. 1 at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents reportedly found a pill that tested positive for MDMA or ecstasy and a second pill labeled Hydro Contin in her wallet inside her purse.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Botts told the court he was willing to make the offer to a violation because Rosenberg had no prior criminal history and the pills had been destroyed.

■ Rachel E. Riley, 22, of 2 Willow St., Massena, was fined $350 and ordered to make restitution of $144.99 to BJ’s for an attempted petit larceny conviction in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two counts of petit larceny.

She had been charged with shoplifting a Kindle Touch 3G from BJ’s on Dec. 28, 2011.

“I went into BJ’s store looking at the Kindle that was on display and put it in my purse. I then went and asked an employee if I could look at the new Kindles, and he let me have one,” Riley said in her statement to police.

“I walked away and switched the new Kindle with the demo one and put the new one in my purse and the demo in the box for the new one, and I left the store. I have since sold the Kindle Touch for $150,” she added in her statement.

The plea bargain also satisfied a Dec. 21, 2011 charge stemming from a shoplifting incident at Champ’s when she allegedly left the store without paying for an Underarmour hooded sweatshirt valued at $61.

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