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Traffic stop in Massena leads two arrests

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CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - MASSENA - A Monday afternoon traffic stop of a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Brushton turned into vehicle and traffic charges for the woman driving the vehicle and ended with a drug count for the complainant’s son.

Village police ticketed Shari L. Caza, who was celebrating her 50th birthday Monday, for operation of a vehicle with no insurance and a suspended registration and charged her with consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway at 1:15 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Center Street.

She also provided police with an address for the stolen vehicle complainant’s son, Barry K. Hill III, 23, of 924 County Route 8, Apt. 1, Brushton, who had several warrants pending from Massena courts.

Police said Hill was locating hiding under a bed at 39 Beach St. He was taken into custody on the warrants and then was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after police located a plastic bag with a white powder that tested positive for codeine in his hoodie pocket.

The stolen vehicle complaint was later withdrawn, police said, after the complainant determined it had simply been a family misunderstanding.

Hill was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and released under the supervision of the probation department. He also remains released on $500 bail from a previous case still pending in the Massena court.

But he remained in custody and was transported to Potsdam for an arraignment on an issuing a bad check charge pending there.

Hill vehemently denied the drug charge.

“You guys want to pull a fast one,” Hill told a village patrolman after the judge read the controlled substance charge to him.

“They have nothing on me,” he told the acting village justice. “I feel a lot of crooked stuff is going on in this town. They try to get me on something stupid, they do.”

The local justice repeatedly cautioned Hill for his use of salty language as he commented on the numerous petit larceny charges and other counts pending against him in Massena courts, who repeatedly reminded the Franklin County man he was going to face a contempt of court count if he didn’t drop his use of four letter words in the courtroom.

Hill suggested he had stayed out of trouble since moving out of Massena. “I clear this town. I haven’t been in any trouble. If you get the video footage, maybe you could put that up so we could really see what happened,” he said, referring to one of three petit larceny charges spending against him.

He was charged with stealing two 12 packs of Blue Light beer from Sunoco on West Main Street on Aug. 8, two 30 packs of Labatt’s from Price Chopper at 1:37 a.m. Sept. 21 and one Bud Light beer from Sunoco at 12:29 a.m. that same day.

Hill was also arraigned on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident on Nov. 10 when he allegedly attempted to initiate a fight with Arthur Lundrigan at 58 Sycamore St.

He told the judge other people should have been charged with crimes that night, including a man he claimed stabbed him that same night, raising his shirt in an apparent effort to show the judge a scar on his side.

“I was covered in blood, got sliced. They never arrested anyone else. They know what happened, but the end result is I get arrested,” he fumed.

The justice asked Hill if he had filed a complaint with police about the alleged stabbing. Hill told the judge he had not made a complaint to the police. “I ain’t like that,” he said.

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