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Sex Offender Given Time Served For Misdemeanor

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MASSENA - A 23-year-old Massena man was released from custody Tuesday after being sentenced to time served for a misdemeanor count of attempted failure to register as a sex offender.
Paul J. Gurrola Jr., 23, has been in custody since March, and the court had previously committed to hand down a maximum sentence of one year in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. With credit for good time, Gurrola has served that one-year sentence.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Gurrola to pay a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to judgment.
Police had alleged the Level II sex offender registered his home address inaccurately on Feb. 2 and again on March 4. They charged Gurrola had listed his home addresses as 498 South Main St., Apt. 6, and 454 County Route 48, Norwood, but the residents at those addresses discounted that allegation.
One woman told police on Feb. 17 that Gurrola, whom she described as a friend, had stayed at her apartment for approximately a week in February, but she said he had actually bounced from house to house during that period. She told police that day he hadn't stayed at her residence since Feb. 10.
Another women, whom described Gurrola as her boyfriend in court papers, said he had asked her if he could use her address on County Route 48 as his address on the sex offender registry.
She said Gurrola had stayed at her residence a few times when he told her he was homeless or did not have a ride back to Massena. But she indicated that was no longer the case.
"I kicked Paul out and told him not to come back. I did not want Paul at my address near my kids," she reiterated.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
* Ryan P. Hebert, 25, of Massena was remanded back to the county correctional facility after admitting he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence. The admission was part of a plea that resulted in Hebert being sentenced to serve a one-year jail sentence for a second-degree aggravated harassment conviction in the county's Integrated Domestic Violence Court.
Hebert was reportedly arrested at least five times after being placed on probation for a fourth-degree criminal mischief conviction in the town of Dewitt stemming from an incident involving his mother. Probation officials said the five arrests all stemmed from incidents involving his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Rush.
He admitted he had consumed alcohol after being placed on probation for three years in August 2009 following his conviction for fourth-degree criminal mischief. The terms of his probationary sentence prohibited him from consuming alcohol.
* Adam P. Chelluk, 19, of 7 Chatham West Drive, Brockton, Mass., was remanded back to the county correctional facility with bail continued at $10,000 cash.
He has been incarcerated since being charged Oct. 29 with third-degree grand larceny, false personation and resisting arrest. He reportedly stole $4,300 from the teen drug program he was taking part in during its week-long stop in Massena.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan L. Becker said Chelluck's case had been presented to a grand jury, but he noted the grand jury had not handed up its indictments from that presentation yet.
* Mary L. Whalen, 40, of 780 East Road, Burke, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 40 hours of community service.
Whalen had been charged with petit larceny on Sept. 25 after she allegedly was observed switching price tags on items at Walmart. Police said she replaced stickers on $74.90 worth of merchandise with price tags claiming those items cost 88 cents each. Police said most of the items were toys. She reportedly placed tags from four tubs of Play-Doh on Barbie dolls and Barbie accessories.
* Randy A. Neal, 50, of 28 Middlebury Ave., Massena, was granted a one-year conditional discharge. He had been charged with second-degree harassment.
Neal had been charged with pushing his 79-year-old father in the chest during a dispute in the family's garage on July 28. The elder Neal fell off the steps onto the cement floor. He suffered a laceration to his left eye and complained of a tingling sensation and numbness in his legs and back at the time of the incident.

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