BURGLARY ARREST WARRANT - MASSENA - A 20-year-old stopped by police for operating a vehicle with a suspended license ended up facing more serious charges when police determined there was a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree burglary count.
Village police initially charged Brandon R. Graves, 21, of 77 Ober St., Massena, with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed him for operation of an unregistered motor vehicle. While they were executing the arrest warrant, they also found he was in possession of a needle and charged him with possession of a hypodermic needle.
The felony burglary count alleges that at about 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 2012 Graves was unlawfully inside Jacob J. Mitchells residence, 41 Belmont St., and got into a physical altercation and attempted to steal Mr. Mitchells personal property.
Graves was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash or $20 bond, to appear this afternoon.
In a statement he signed for police, Mr. Mitchell said Graves came to his house at about 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
He just walked in the front door and came up to my room. He has come over a few other times in the past. He came in to my room and started having a conversation with me, he wrote.
While there, Mr. Mitchell said Graves asked him if wanted to buy some drugs from him. Mr. Mitchell said he told him no numerous times and Graves got visibly angry.
At this point I stood up from my computer chair and told him I was not gonna buy any dope off him, and I wanted him out of my house. He told me he wasnt going to leave so I pushed him. He came back at me and kinda bear hugged me, and we fell onto my futon. I grabbed Brandon by the neck and told him he had five seconds to get out of my house, Mr. Mitchell said.
He said he let Graves get up and Mr. Mitchell said he raised his fist to him.
He told me that if I hit him I was dead. I told him to leave again. As he turned around to leave he tried to grab my X Box. I pushed him away from the X Box and as I did this he grabbed my friend Travis Casselmans cell phone off my dresser. He headed down the stairs with it ,and Travis cornered him and told him he wasnt leaving with his phone, he told police.
At this point, he said, Graves threw the phone at Mr. Casselman and, as he was leaving the residence, kicked the screen door open, according to Mr. Mitchell. Graves also threw rocks at the house before taking off in his car, he said.
I contacted the police and after they showed up and after I spoke with them Brandon came back. He showed up in a gray SUV, full of people. They pulled right in on the lawn and got out (and) started pounding on the door, he said.
Mr. Mitchell said he contacted police again and the group left before the police arrived at the scene.
UNSAFE BACKING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Charles T. Caplin, 43, of Chase Street, Massena, for unsafe backing following a property damage accident at 5 p.m. Monday on Pleasant Street. Police said Caplin backed into a vehicle being operated by Kenneth Waite.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Tyler James McGregor 20, of 41 Beach St., Massena, with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 3:49 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Sycamore Street.
UNSAFE BACKING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Robert E. Cunningham, 17, of Horton Road, Massena, for unsafe backing at 2:51 p.m. Monday after he reportedly backed into a vehicle being operated by Sandra Zappia in the Walmart parking lot.
SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Joseph Mullins, 46, of New Albany for speed in zone (45/30) at 11:51 a.m. Monday following a traffic stop on the South Raquette Road.
NO SEATBELT - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Jason T. Page, 42, of Winter Street, Massena, for failure to wear his seatbelt at 11:36 a.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Garvin Avenue.