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Massena traffic stops results in drug, weapon charges and jail for Lisbon couple


CRIMINAL POSSESSION WEAPON - MASSENA - Village police charged Brandon R. Graves, 21, and Danielle S. Jensen, who turned 17 this week, both of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, each with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Thursday night. Graves was additionally ticketed for operation of a vehicle with no plate lamp.

They were arraigned Friday morning by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and, after consultation with the District Attorney’s office, were sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond for Graves and $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond for Jensen.

Police said during the 11:26 p.m. Thursday traffic stop two loaded revolvers - a silver barrel, wooded handle Smith and Wesson .38 special and a black RG Industries .22 caliber - were found in the 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by Graves, with the serial number being obliterated on one of the weapons.

They said Graves was in possession of a small amount of Suboxone in his wallet, and Jensen possessed a cotton filter in her purse that tested positive for heroin. Jensen was additionally charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

In a statement she signed for police, Jensen said she and Graves, her boyfriend, had come to Massena to meet with Gerry Dissotelle Jr. and other people inside an apartment near the Rusty Wheel on Willow Street.

“Gerry asked Brandon for the keys to the car and when we went to leave. Brandon gave Gerry the keys to our car and Gerry placed his air mattress and some shirts in the trunk of the car. I asked Gerry what it was and Gerry would not tell me,” she said.

Jensen said that, after they were pulled over on Woodlawn Avenue for no plate lamp, Graves consented to a search of the vehicle and police found a bong and guns, along with bullets in her purse.

“When I was placed in the back of the police car, I removed a needle from my pants and placed it down in the floor,” she wrote in her statement.

Graves had been picked up on a warrant for second-degree burglary last month following a traffic stop in the village.

He had been stopped by police for operating a vehicle with a suspended license but 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 Graves, then listing an Ober Street, Massena, address, in mid-July 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. Mitchell’s residence, 41 Belmont St., and got into a physical altercation and attempted to steal Mr. Mitchell’s personal property.

In a statement he signed for police, Mr. Mitchell said Graves came to his house at about 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 2012.

“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 wasn’t 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 Casselman’s cell phone off my dresser. He headed down the stairs with it ,and Travis cornered him and told him he wasn’t 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.

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