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RESISTING ARREST - MASSENA - A routine traffic stop on Main Street Wednesday afternoon turned into two misdemeanor charges for a Norwood man.

Village police stopped Louis C. Nelson, 27, of 33 Park St., Norwood, in the Spanky’s parking lot following an incident that occurred at the pedestrian crossing in front of the Massena Town Hall.

Police said Nelson was forced to squeal his brakes to avoid rearending a village patrol vehicle stopped on Main Street to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway. He was ticketed for following too closely and for having the driver’s view obstructed.

He was additionally charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and a disorderly conduct violation.

Police said Nelson jumped out of his vehicle after stopping and refused to comply with orders to get back in his car. Police said Nelson initially told them he needed to stretch his back but continued to refuse to get back into the vehicle after they gave him a period of time to remedy his back issue.

They said the Norwood man became combative when they told him they were going to handcuff him for officer safety, struggled with the village patrolmen and state trooper that were on the scene kicked officers before being subdued.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance May 14 in village court. The village justice had initially set the return date for Tuesday but Nelson asked for the delay. He noted he is a student at SUNY Canton and has final examinations next week and has lived in the area since leaving the military in 2009.

He also told the village justice he had complaints about the conduct of the police officers that handled his case. “These guys are real fine gentlemen,” he told the court with no effort to hide his sarcasm.

Another defendant in the courtroom for Nelson’s arraignment indicated that the Norwood man’s behavior while in custody at the police station had been less than stellar in an unsolicited commentary offered at the conclusion of Nelson’s arraignment.



FELONY DWI - MASSENA - A Buffalo-are man with 11 prior drinking and driving convictions was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop on the Leslie Road.

Massena-based state police also charged Gilbert B. Murdoch, 38, of 465 74th St., Niagara Falls, with unlawful possession of marijuana and ticketed him for failure to keep right and illegally passing a steady red light.

Troopers said they stopped Murdoch’s vehicle after observing him drive through a steady red light before stopping in an intersection and then crossing the double solid center yellow line.

Court documents said Murdoch failed field sobriety tests and blew a 0.19 percent at the scene of the traffic stop. He refused to take the breathalyzer test when he was taken to the Massena state police station. They said Murdoch was also in possession of a baggie containing approximately 4 grams of marijuana.

Murdoch was previously been convicted of felony DWI on Jan. 30, 1997 and his last drinking and driving count was a snowmobiling while intoxicated conviction on Jan. 27 in Salamanca Town Court.

He was arraigned on the latest felony DWI charge by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond.



UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT - MASSENA - Village police charged Robert A. Gonyou, 36, of 2 Ripley St., Massena, with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief as the result of a domestic dispute at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

He reportedly started throwing items around the home, including a table he threw across he room, and broke the windows in two doors when he slammed them during the argument. Tina Fumano said Gonyou pulled her back into the house several times when she attempted to leave the residence.

Gonyou was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released on his own recognizance,



AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged John a. Bigtree, 26, of Hogansburg with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday on East Orvis Street.



UNPAID PARKING TICKETS - MASSENA - Village police issued Tracy Morin, 48, of 75 Beach St., Massena, a summons at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday for failure to pay approximately a dozen parking tickets.



UNSAFE BACKING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Christopher J. Barney, 35, of Cook Road, Massena, for unsafe backing at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday following a property damage accident at the Massena High School parking lot.



PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Edward L. Gonyeau IV, 23, of Potsdam with petit larceny at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday following an investigation into the March 13 theft of medications from a local store. Video footage was reviewed, and police said Gonyeau was observed on the footage stealing the medications. Paperwork was filed with the village court as Gonyeau was out of the area. He turned himself in on the arrest warrant Tuesday at the Potsdam Police Department.



NUISANCE DOG - POTSDAM - Village police charged Mary F. Boyd, 54, of Potsdam with having a nuisance dog at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street after her dog jumped a fence and became involved in a fight with another dog. A person attempting to break up the fight was bitten on the hand.



CROSSWALK VIOLATION - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Nicole K. Richard, 18, of Antwerp for passing through a pedestrian crossway with a pedestrian in the crosswalk following a traffic stop at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street.

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