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Woman gets probation for possession of hypodermic needle

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MASSENA - A 21-year-old Massena woman who was in possession of a hypodermic needle that she had intended to use to inject herself with precription drugs has been placed on probation.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Katelynn A. Warnock, 29 Depot St., Massena, formerly of 595 Smith Road, Brasher Iron Works, to probation for three years for a criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument connviction. She was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 DNA fee.

She had pleaded guilty to the hypodermic instrument count in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied an endangering the welfare of a child count. The guilty plea also resulted in the petit larceny count stemming from an unrelated incident on Oct. 22, 2011 when she had been charged with stealing a wallet belonging to Teaya Raymo at Burger King.

Warnock admitted she was in possession of a needle when she was in the bathroom at her mother’s house on July 9 after her two children under age 4 had both gone to bed.

“I have had a drug problem for a couple years. I had a pill named Ms. Contin from someone. I was going to inject myself with this drug. I melted it down and put it in a hypodermic needle. I was in the bathroom getting ready to do it, and my mother walked into the bathroom,” she said at the time of her arrest, noting she then squirted the drug into the toilet.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Nancy L. Norris, 44, of 45 Murray-Flint Road, Brasher Falls, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She had been charged with petit larceny Dec. 9 following a shoplifting incident at Walmart. She reportedly went past the last point of sale without paying for $240.10 worth of merchandise, including a phone, steak, shrimp, bacon, dog food and numerous other items.

■ Codi G. Burke, 21, of 15 Haskell St., Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he perform 30 hours of community service.

■ Thomas G. Boice, 28, of 598 South Main St., Massena, was fined $40 for an open container violation. He reportedly had an open bottle of beer in his hand at 2 a.m. April 7 just off Andrews Street.

■ Delbert G. House, 51, of 118 Jefferson Ave., Massena, was fined $40 for an open container violation. He reportedly had an alcoholic beverage in his hand at 3:30 p.m. April 4 while walking on Spruce Street.

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