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Massena man released from jail; waiting for treatment bed


MASSENA - A Massena man charged with putting his shin across his girlfriend’s throat during a domestic dispute Oct. 1 has been released from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Village police had charged Alan L. Russell Jr., 32, of 230 Barnhart Road, Massena, with criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 1 following an investigation into a domestic dispute that reportedly took place at 12:40 a.m. that same day.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson acknowledged the probation department had recommended Russell be held at the county jail until a treatment bed becomes available.

But he told the seven-year combat veteran he was going to release him from custody and place him under the supervision of the probation department with a stipulation that he enter and successfully complete any recommended treatment program when a bed becomes available.

Russell pleaded not guilty to the charges pending against him. “I’m not interested in a plea bargain,” he stressed.

He had been held at the county jail with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond since Oct. 2.

Sarah Paquin, in the statement she signed for police, said she had gone to her boyfriend’s residence and an argument broke out after Russell grabbed and dragged her off the bed and onto the floor by her hair. She said he then knelt on her throat and held her arms to the floor. “I could not breathe,” she said.

She said he also broke her phone so she could not contact police. Ms. Paquin said when Russell finally released her she grabbed her purse and went to a friend’s house.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Cecelia A. Lindsey, 26, of 251 Hubbard Road, Massena, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of seventh-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence interview and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 17.

Lindsey had been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on April 26 after she was found in possession of a small clear plastic bag containing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine and a wax paper bindle containing a substance that tested positive for heroin.

The drugs were found in her purse after police said they received permission to search the vehicle following a traffic stop on South Main Street.

■ Katie L. Monroe, 23, of 10 Cook St., Apt. B, Massena, was granted a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. If she remains arrest free for the next 365 days, an endangering the welfare of a child charge will be dismissed.

Village police had charged Monroe and Brent W. Pelkey, also 23, of 10 Cook St., Massena, with endangering the welfare of a child at 2:22 a.m. May 29 after responding to a domestic dispute complaint.

Police said the couple was reportedly arguing over Monroe’s decision to ride to Norfolk with another male. They said Monroe threw a television down the stairs during the argument, and Pelkey kicked sand at her and knocked her phone out of her hand. Two children under the age of five were at the residence during the argument, police said.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby, in a motion filed with the court, had sought to have the charge against Monroe dismissed. She argued the supporting deposition filed with the court papers contradicted allegations that the domestic dispute took place in front of the children.

Her motion argued the children were not present in the room where the physical contact, arguing and throwing of household items took place. “There is no allegation sthat the children were in any way affected or likely to be affected by the alleged actions of the parents because the children were not in the room,” she wrote in her motion.

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