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Massena man warned jail could be next stop after crumpling order of protection

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MASSENA - A Massena man was warned jail could be his next stop after he crumpled up a temporary order of protection directing him to stay away from his on again, off again girlfriend moments after it was handed to him by the court.

“I’m releasing you here today,” Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson told Matthew Green, 26, of 553 County Route 37, Massena, during his appearance in court last week.

But he reminded the Massena man that the court determines its release conditions are based, in part, on reputation and character. Village police had charged Green with fourth-degree stalking and second-degree harassment at 11:05 p.m. June 17 stemming from an investigation into an incident reported on May 12 with a female he is reportedly involved with in an on again, off again relationship.

He reportedly sent Samantha Heald several text messages inquiring about her whereabouts and then becoming increasingly upset when he learned she was hanging out with friends, involving some males.

Green asked the court on two occasions during his first arraignment with counsel on the charges what steps could be taken to tell Ms. Heald to stay away from him after the court informed him it was going to sign a temporary order of protection directing him to stay away from her.

“I don’t have any jurisdiction over her,” Mr. Gustafson told Green, “but I do have jurisdiction over you.”

When he was chastised for crumpling up the order of protection, Green told the court he was simply doing it because he already knew what the order read. Mr. Gustafson, with sarcasm dripping from his words, indicated he wasn’t swayed by Green’s argument.

“As persuasive as your argument was about knowing what was on the paper ... I’m releasing you here today, but what you did today looked a little contemptuous to me. Just know I’m releasing you on your own recognizance today, but I may reconsider it,” Mr. Gustafson said.

Ms. Heald, in her statement to police, said during the course of the early morning hours of June 17 Green was in a vehicle being driven by Bob Goodreau that followed her vehicle into the Sunoco Mini Mart station. She told police Goodreau pulled his vehicle up behind her, blocking her in the parking lot. She said Green exited the vehicle and started yelling at he. She said she got out of her vehicle and told Green she didn’t want to talk to him and wanted him to leave her alone. She said she then got back in her vehicle, locked the door as Green attempted to open it and slowly pulled out of her parking spot.

She said Goodreau and Green slowly drove past her vehicle a short time later when she was at Walmart with two friends. She said Green also continued to text her, and she sent a text back telling him to leave her alone and stop following her. She said later in the evening the trio went to Willy Rochefort’s home on Stoughton Avenue and while there Goodreau and Green reportedly pulled in front of that residence and blew the vehicle’s horn before squealing the tires and leaving. “Soon after, I got a text message from Matt telling me that he knew I was at Willy’s and told me that I needed to leave. I then told Matt again to leave me alone and stop stalking and texting me. Matt then said that he was going to go to jail and that he was leaving but would be back with something,” Ms. Heald noted in her statement to police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Ginny L. King, 30, of Malone was fined $125 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

Jason A. Farney of Malone was fined $100 and a $205 surcharge in January 2012 for a petit larceny conviction in connection with that same incident. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Farney and King had been charged with petit larceny following an alleged shoplifting incident Aug. 28, 2011 at Walmart. King was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said the duo shoplifted $14.02 worth of merchandise, including Cheez Its and two Red Bulls. They said the stolen food items were put in and under a baby that was in a stroller being pushed by King.

Loss prevention associates at Walmart told police Farney and King had secreted several other items in two canvas bags, but ditched those items after a third person informed them police were at the front of the store.

■ Samantha P. Sherwood, 18, of 46 Park Ave., Massena, was fined $250 and a $125 surcharge after having a petit larceny count reduced to disorderly conduct. Sherwood was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge. She had been charged with stealing two pain killers from her mother on April 9.

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