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Massena man pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault count

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with a felony assault count following a domestic incident last fall has pleaded guilty to a reduced count in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

The St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to have a felony second-degree assault count reduced to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault and returned to Massena Village Court.

John L. Rogers, 54, of 15 Burney Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to the reduced count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a fourth-degree criminal mischief count stemming from that same incident on Oct. 24. Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 17,

Village police had charged Rogers with a felony count of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief following an investigation into a domestic dispute. He reportedly went to 45 Pine St. to pick up his belongings and became involved in an encounter that turned physical. Rogers reportedly pushed Tina Hannah into a cabinet in the kitchen and bumped into her, resulting in a crock pot falling out of her hands and breaking. Court documents indicated Hannah injured her left leg and fractured her left foot during the incident.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Norman R. Rochefort, 19, of 40 Cook St., Massena, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 16.

Village police had charged Rochefort with endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and resisting arrest following an incident Oct. 5 at 221 Andrews Street.

Rochefort reportedly became angry when his mother. Terri L. Leggue, told him he needed to calm down. He responded by punching holes in the wall, throwing a coffee mug against the living room wall and throwing his mother’s Kindle.

Police said a one-year-old child was present during the outburst. They also said Rochefort resisted when they were attempting to handcuff him.

■ Valerie L. Jessmer, 23, of 922 County Route 37, Massena, was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge and abide by the terms of a one-year conditional discharge, including a stipulation she perform 25 hours of community service, after entering a guilty plea after a second-degree criminal contempt count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

Jessmer had been charged with violating a St. Lawrence County Family Court order on Sept. 8 when she allowed her son to be in the presence of Jonathan Huto during the week of Sept. 8 at his residence in Massena. The order had been signed on Aug. 5. The incident came to light when sheriff’s deputies investigated a domestic dispute involving Jessmer and her mother, Ellie Rexford. Ms. Rexford told police she had a photograph of then one-year-old child sitting on Mr. Huto’s lap. She said she had also reminded Jessmer about the order of protection when they were driving to Mr. Huto’s residence.

■ Carmelo V. Canales, 34, of 21 Perkins Road, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

He had been charged with petit larceny on Dec. 2 following an alleged shoplifting incident at the Massena Walmart. He reportedly walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for $43.03 worth of merchandise, including socks, underwear and a pair of children’s snowpants.

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