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Massena man pleads guilty to criminal mischief count


MASSENA - A 28-year-old Massena-area man will be sentenced in July after pleading guilty to harassment and criminal mischief counts stemming from a May 2012 domestic dispute.

Village police had charged Chad J. Kirkey of 6139 McGinnis Road, Waddington, formerly of 6 Woodlawn Ave., Apt. 2, Massena, with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief, misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment as well as three count of endangering the welfare of a child following an incident in the early morning hours of May 11, 2012.

He pleaded guilty to reduced counts of second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 23.

Kirkey, who was allegedly was intoxicated at the time, returned to the Micheleine Cogdill residence at 2 a.m. May 11 and assaulted her. He reportedly bit Ms. Cogdill on the left cheek and burned her left leg with a cigarette during an altercation he initiated. She also reportedly suffered a cut to her arm.

He also reportedly grabbed her by the neck when she was trying to get three children back to sleep after they woke up due to the commotion. He also reportedly dragged her to the bedroom and restrained her on the bed during the argument. He also broke a 42-inch television during the dispute, police said.

Ms. Cogdill told police at the time of the incident Kirkey was heavily intoxicated when he came to her residence and accused her of cheating on him.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Samantha H. Larue, 21, of 13921 state Route 420, Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied a charge pending in the town of Madrid. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 23.

Larue was charged with shoplifting $34.82 worth of merchandise from Price Chopper on Jan. 26. The items included a candle, two story books, a box of hair dye and food coloring.

Mr. Gustafson warned Larue that she needed to stay out of trouble while she is waiting to be sentenced. “Ms. Larue, I note this is your fifth arrest for petit larceny,” he noted.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby assured the court her client had cleaned up her act. “There’s been nothing for some time,” Ms. Appleby said.

“Nothing since January, and she was incarcerated for some of the time since then,” Mr. Gustafson countered. “There are some people out there who wouldn’t find that to be an amazing accomplishment.”

■ Donna M. Smoke, 50, of 149 Helena Road, Hogansburg, entered a guilty plea after a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 23.

Smoke and her son, Tony R. Thomas, 27, also of 149 Helena Road, Hogansburg, were arrested by village police Sunday and charged with grand larceny.

The pair allegedly stole $1,411.43 worth of electronics, groceries and other merchandise from Walmart. Police said the items included DVD players, two Xbox 360, games, videos and several other items.

Store employees witnessed the theft and gave police a description of the suspects’ vehicle, including a license plate number. They were arrested a short time later after a traffic stop.

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