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Massena man fined for attempted resisting arrest conviction

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with stealing money his daughter gave him to buy her marijuana has been fined after pleading guilty to a reduced count in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Melvin Lashomb, 60, of 227 Main St., Massena, was fined $200 and a $205 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson for an attempted resisting arrest conviction. The court also placed Lashomb under a one-year conditional discharge.

Village police had charged had Lashomb with petit larceny, second-degree harassment, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana on Aug. 25. Erin Abelard, 30, reportedly told police she gave her father $90 to purchase marijuana for her, and he kept the money but didn’t get her any weed.

Police said Lashomb attempted to walk away officers and then struggled with them when they were taking him into custody.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Steven Huber, 46, of 218 Jefferson Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted menacing in a plea bargain agreement. The court directed the probation department to schedule a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for March 26.

Village police had charged Huber with second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child at 4 p.m. July 7 following a domestic dispute complaint.

Lisa S. Huber told police her husband became enraged when she tried to take a nap after caring for a sick child and during the argument bumped her with his chest while he was yelling at her. He also reportedly threw her on the floor and threatened her when he had possession of the two knives. The argument took place in the presence of two children, ages 2 and 3, police said.

Court documents indicated Mr. Hubert is a former U.S. Army Ranger and has been diagnosed and treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

■ Joshua J. Love, 21, of 81 Chase St., Massena, pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied several other charges. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for March 26.

Village police had charged Love with reckless driving, illegally passing through a red light and littering following an incident at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 6 on Grove Street.

A town of Massena woman, in a statement to police, said she was turning onto Route 37 eastbound from Grove Street and a black Jimmy turned into his lane and then served toward her vehicle.

She said her daughter “flipped off” the driver of the Jimmy, and he responded by speeding up, getting next to her vehicle and then swerving at her again. She said that time she went off the road and onto the rumble strips on the shoulder of the highway to avoid a collision. She said the Jimmy then pulled ahead of her and the occupants of the sports utility vehicle started throwing garbage out of their vehicle into the path of her vehicle.

She said she made a 911 call and initially had contact with a state trooper who told her the case needed to be turned over to the village police since it happened within the village limits. St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police stopped the Jimmy and identified Love as the vehicle’s operator. He was turned over to village police and ticketed.

■ Jessica L. Cruse, 30, of 14 Howard St., Massena, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of attempted petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 26.

Cruse had been charged with petit larceny Nov. 21 following an investigation into a shoplifting incident that took place on Nov. 21 at Wal-Mart. She reportedly left the store without paying for $91.15 worth of merchandise, including food, cosmetics and clothing.

■ Jamie W. Pruner, 48, of 250 Main St., Apt. 6, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 15 hours of community service.

Village police had charged Pruner with petit larceny at 2:01 a.m. Dec. 1 after an investigation into allegations he allegedly attempted to shoplift a can of Hormel Spam from the Sunoco station on Main at West Orvis. Pruner reportedly purchased a bag of beer shortly before 2 a.m. and the can of Spam fell out of his coat as he was leaving the store.

■ Heather S. Olmstead, 19, of 152 East Orvis St., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after having an endangering the welfare of a child count reduced to disorderly conduct. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Olmstead reportedly left her six-year-old child unsupervised for over an hour. The child reportedly crossed a roadway and spent an hour to an hour and a half playing in a neighbor’s yard without the six-year-old’s mother knowing where he child was.

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