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Massena man must pay $250 in fees for pizza-sparked arrest

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MASSENA - A Massena man who got in an argument with restaurant owners after they told him he had to pre-pay for his order found out that would have been much cheaper than the charges that stemmed from his reaction.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies had charged Jeffrey A. Lashomb, 51, of 345 Larue Road, Massena, with second-degree harassment, aggravated harassment and trespassing in the early morning hours of Feb. 2 following an investigation into an incident that took place a few hours earlier.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow ordered Lashomb to pay $250 in surcharges after he pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied the charges. The court also imposed a one-year conditional discharge, including a stipulation requiring Lashomb to stay out of Sprague’s Restaurant.

Deputies said they had received a complaint that Lashomb had failed to comply with a request to leave Sprague’s despite being told several times to leave the location. During the dispute, it is alleged Lashomb pushed himself against the victim in an attempt to intimidate her. He also reportedly made several calls to the business harassing the victim.

Lisa Sprague, in the statement she signed for deputies, said Lashomb and another man came in to Sprague’s Restaurant at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and ordered pizzas. She said Lashomb became upset when she told him he would need to pay for his pizza up-front.

“Lashomb told me he was not going to pay a ... penny for his pizza first, and I told him I was not going to make him a ... pizza. I then turned around to walk into the kitchen to make (the other man’s ) pizza, and Lashomb told me I better ... check myself. I then turned around, asked Lashomb what he said, and I told him he needed to leave my business. Lashomb then told me he was not going to leave,” she noted in her statement to police.

She said she told Lashomb a second time he needed to leave, and he again refused and started walking to toward her “as he was trying to intimidate me,” she told deputies. “He then brushed up against me, and I told him he needed to leave now.”

Her husband, Donald, then intervened, told Lashomb to leave again, grabbed him and pushed him toward the door. She said Lashomb, who she told deputies was highly intoxicated, grabbed onto her husband when they got to the front door. She said Lashomb tripped on a step down, fell and pulled her husband down on top of him. She said her husband got up and walked into the restaurant, and Lashomb did not return.

But he reportedly called Ms. Sprague later in the evening, shouted profanities at her and harassed her about kicking him out of the restaurant. Her reportedly called her at 10 a.m. Saturday and told her he had broken his arm when he fell and that she should not have treated him the way she had the previous evening. Ms. Sprague said she hung up on Lashomb and reported the incident to the sheriff’s department.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Eric J. Deshane, 19, of 733 state Route 37C, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a misdemeanor criminal contempt count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. The court also signed a one-year conditional discharge, including a stipulation that the teenager abide by the terms of a stay away order of protection.

Massena-based state police charged Deshane with second-degree criminal contempt at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 for violating a stay away order of protection. A trooper in the St. Lawrence Centre mall was alerted Deshane had repeatedly walked in the vicinity of the protected party and had not made an attempt to leave the mall.

Massena-based state police had charged Deshane with misdemeanor counts of second-degree attempted unlawful surveillance, second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation into a Jan. 9 incident in the town of Lawrence. He was reportedly attempting to take a cell phone photo of a 15-year-old female through a bathroom window at a residence in the town of Lawrence.

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