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Massena man fined for July 2011 altercation

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MASSENA - A Massena man was charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly stomped on another man’s finger during a fight July 29 behind Dar’s Restaurant in downtown Massena had been fined after a misdemeanor count was reduced to a violation in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Stephenson M.”Cheetah” Deshane, 36, of 18 Bishop Ave., Massena, $250 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Village police had charged Deshane with third-degree assault following an altercation behind the Quality Inn hotel in the early morning hours of July 29, 2011.

Deshane grabbed Curtis Mitchell out of a van parked behind the restaurant, punched him several times and then dragged him out of the van and onto the pavement.

“Steven was accusing me of breaking his brother’s window and said that if I wanted to break that he was going to break me. While on the ground, Steven stomped on my right finger, breaking it,” Mr. Mitchell of Brasher Iron Works told police shortly after the incident.

Mr. Mitchell reportedly ran from the scene to the nearby police department, but he said he had opted not to press charges at that time. “I figured that it would be done and over with and just wanted to leave it at that,” he said in his statement to police.

But the Brasher area man told police he opted to press charges after a second confrontation with Deshane later that morning. He said Deshane followed him to the Richard Rafter residence and assaulted him again. He said he went to the hospital to get checked out after that incident.

Mr. Mitchell said he had suffered a broken finger and abrasions to his knees from the fight that took place in the village of Massena.

Deshane, in a statement he provided police, acknowledged he had been involved in an altercation with Mr. Mitchell after asking him what his beef was with brother, Stewart Deshane.

He said Mr. Mitchell angered him when he ignored him and then yelled derogatory remarks at him as he was leaving the area. He said Mr. Mitchell told him he was just like his brother and wouldn’t do anything.

“I then snapped and ran up to Curtis, opened the door to the van and dragged him out. I struck Curtis a few times with my first and then gave him a knee to the head,” Deshane told police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Robert J. Larock, 29, of 118 Jefferson Ave., Massena, was granted a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts noted the charge had resulted in a parole violation that sent Larock back to state prison for three months. Larock was incarcerated in the Willard Substance Abuse Treatment Program from Oct., 12 to Jan. 29, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Mr. Botts said the offer had been extended after he discussed the case with the mother of the three children that were present on the night of the domestic dispute that led to Larock’s latest arrest. He said she was hopeful were husband would be granted the adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Village police had charged Larock with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and four counts of endangering the welfare at 1:54 a.m. Sept. 6 after responding to a domestic dispute complaint.

Police had alleged Larock intentionally punched and broke the glass door at 118 Jefferson Ave. during a dispute with his wife, Bobbi Jo. He also pushed a chair into the fish tank during the argument.

The fish tank was cracked and water spilled out flooding the dining room along with shards of glass from the tank, police said. A two year old had reportedly been sleeping near the fish tank when it was broken.

Three other children - ages 12, 11 and 10 - were also in the residence when the domestic dispute took place.

Ms. Larock said Robert came back to the residence intoxicated, and she noted she had asked him to leave because he was being very loud.

“Robert got mad so he pushed a kitchen chair and hit our fish tank causing it to break and spill on the floor,” she said in her statement.

“Robert came back asking, ‘Why would you call the cops on me?’ The more I talked the more agitated Robert got. I then told Robert to leave for good, to not come back,” Ms. Larock added.

■ Elizabeth M. Collins, 24, of 351 Leslie Road, Apt. 4, Massena, was fined $250 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with stipulations she perform 10 hours of community service and abide by the terms of an order of protection directing her to stay away from Kelly M. Greene. The plea also satisfied an unlawful possession of marijuana charge.

Village police had charged Collins with petit larceny following an investigation into an incident that occurred June 13. She allegedly stole property belonging to Kelly Greene while she was living at that Tamarack Street home. Collins’ mother also resides at that residence. Collins reportedly stole three $1 silver certificates with blue stamps and used them to pay for a beer at The Rusty Wheel.

“ ... I was sitting at home chatting with some friends about going out to the bars. Since I didn’t have any money to go out, I decided to look around the house for some money to buy some drinks,” she said.

Collins said she began searching in Ms. Greene’s bedroom and took some money she found there. She said she went to a friend’s house and then to The Rusty Wheel. “... I ordered a beer and paid for it with the $3 that I had taken from Kelly’s room,” she said, noting she left the bar a short time later and went to Amanda Degagne’s residence.

“Soon after, my mother, Kathy Bradish, showed up and started yelling at me and began asking me questions about stealing some silver dollar certificates from Kelly, which I denied,” Collins said in her statement to police.

She said her mother left but called her a short time later and told her that she needed to move out of the Tamarack Street residence. “I thought the money I stole from Kelly was normal currency and not silver dollar certificates since it looked about the same,” she said.

Ms. Greene, whose pizza business is located in the same building as The Rusty Wheel, said Collins had been living at her residence for approximately a month when the incident took place.

“Bob Bishop came up to me and showed me some silver certificates that Elizabeth had used to buy the drink. Bob, knowing that she was living with me, thought maybe she had stolen these from my house since she was known to steal,” Ms. Greene told police.

She said she went home and discovered some of her silver $1, $2 and $5 certificates were missing.

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