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Massena man warned not to mess up again after being released from jail


MASSENA - A Massena man facing a drug count following a May 1 traffic stop on Woodlawn Avenue was released from custody during an appearance last week and another passenger in the vehicle had her bail reduced.

Village police stopped a vehicle being operated by Gerald Dissottle Jr., 22, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, and ticketed him for failure to properly signal a turn and failure to produce a license after he turned into a driveway at 100 Woodlawn Ave. at 6:36 p.m. May 1.

During the traffic stop, police said Rachel E. Riley, 23, of 2224 state Route 420, Massena, was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failure to appear as directed on a petit larceny count pending in Massena court.

Police said Riley consented to a search of her purse, where they said they located two used hypodermic needles and a packet containing a light brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

She had been held on $2,500 bail following her arrest, but Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson reduced that bail on the criminal possession of a controlled substance to $500 cash or bond following her arraignment with counsel in village court. He also released Riley on her own recognizance on the petit larceny count. She had been held on $500 bail on that charge.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Derek Sessions, 22, of 15 Remington Ave., Norfolk, was also charged with possession of a hypodermic needle. He had also been held with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

“The probation department is recommending your release under the supervision of the probation department. I take a look at your criminal history, and I’m a little reluctant to do that,” Mr. Gustafson said.

“I’ll sign that order, but you should know it is not going to take much to make me reconsider. This is a bit of a break. I suggest you use it wisely,” he added.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jesse A. Mashaw, 22, of Parker Avenue, Massena, was released under the supervision of the probation department. He had been held on $2,500 bail after being picked up on a bench warrant May .

The warrant alleged Mashaw had failed to appear in Massena court as directed.

Mashaw had pleaded guilty in Dec. 1,2010 to endangering the welfare of a child in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two other endangering charges and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

He failed to show for scheduled pre-sentence investigation interviews on Dec. 15, 2010 and Dec. 23, 2010 and did not appear in Massena Village Court on Jan. 23, 2011, his scheduled sentencing date before Mr. Gustafson. The bench warrant was signed on April 23.

Mashaw was charged after he allegedly had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female on two occasions in June and one occasion in July 2010. “I thought she was 15, not that it makes it any less wrong,” he noted in a statement he signed for police.

He is scheduled to appear in village court this week. “This was all a miscommunication,” Mashaw assured the village justice during his last court appearance.

■ Adam M. Deleel, 26, of 90 E. Hatfield St., Apt. 32, Massena, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and had his case turned over to drug court following an appearance in village court. He was charged with third-degree attempted burglary and possession of burglar tools by state police onMay 4.

Troopers allege Deleel had a hammer and a small pry bar with him when he went to J & J Auto Sales, 2241 Route 420, with the intent to break in the business and look for money on the evening of May 4.

He was discovered lying on the ground by the business owner’s son and a friend who had been inside working on a truck when they were alerted by their barking dog who seemed to think there was activity near a tire pile behind the business.

He provided troopers with a statement acknowledging he had planned to break into the business in an attempt to steal change or money so he could pay off a debt.

“I was told that I had to pay by 11:30 p.m. or the consequences would be bad,” he told police.

“I intended to use the hammer and pry bar to gain entry, if necessary. When my truck got stuck, the whole plan fell apart, and I ended up falling asleep by the tires next to the garage,” he noted in his statement.

Mr. Gustafson sent Deleel back to the county jail with bail continued at $2,500 with stipulations he undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and following any recommended treatment plans.

■ Derek W. Wagstaff, 21, of 49 1/2 Maple St., Lot 14, Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. He was in possession of a smoking device with marijuana residue and a tin can containing a green leafy substance during a traffic stop April 23 on Main Street. Police said the smoking device and tin can were in the vehicle’s center console.

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