MASSENA - Two Massena women facing felony charges remain held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility awaiting placement in in-patient substance abuse treatment programs.
Acting Massena Village Justice James M Crandall continued bail at $20,000 cash for Jamie L. Northrup, 36, of 351 East Orvis St., Massena.
She has been jailed since 3 a.m. Christmas Eve when she was picked up on an arrest warrant charging her with fourth-degree grand larceny.
Police said the warrant was based on a shoplifting complaint from Walmart on Dec. 2 alleging Northrup and a second female had walked past the last point of sale at the store without paying for $1,341.12 worth of merchandise. A store loss prevention associate told police Northrup placed two Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy II cell phones, each valued at $399, a variety of groceries and laundry supplies ranging from laundry soap to bleach amd from steak and potatoes to ice cream and clothing items including lingerie in a shopping cart and then walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items.
When the store employee called out Northrup by name, she reportedly grabbed her purse from the shopping cart, left the full cart, hopped in a vehicle described as a red Pontiac Grand Am and fled the area.
Mr. Crandall said he would release Northrup under probation supervision when a bed became available at an in-patient treatment facility. Court documents indicated Northrup said she had taken cocaine and heroin before stealing the items.
In other recent court action before Mr. Crandal:
■ Trista Ladue, 22, of 14 Malby Ave., Massena, had her bail continued at $20,000 cash. She has been incarcerated since being picked up by village police at 2:14 a.m. Christmas Eve on an arrest warrant charging her with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Mr. Crandall said he would release Ladue under the supervision of the probation department when a bed becomes available at an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility.
Ladue is charged with stealing blank checks from her grandmother, Denille Dillabough, and cashing one of those checks for $24.16 on Oct. 25 at Walmart and a check for $84.32 on Oct. 26, also at Walmart. The arrests were made after the review of video footage at Walmart, according to court documents. Other checks written on the account without Ms. Dillaboughs permission totaled $350.
Ladue, who court documents indicated suffers from substance abuse addiction issues, reportedly admitted taking the checks and gave several of the blank checks she had taken back to her grandmother.
■ Joedi L. Foster, 21, of 670 state Route 11B, Potsdam, was released from the county correctional facility and placed under the supervision of the probation department.
Village police had charged Foster with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 12:35 Christmas Day. She had been held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail. Police allege Foster attempted to cash a forged check written out to cash on Ms. Dillaboughs account Oct. 27 at On A Roll Deli.
The stores owner, who knows Ms. Dillabough, told police Foster provided him with conflicting stories about the checks origin and fled the store when he told he was going to be calling Ms. Dillabough to check on the authenticity of the transaction.
Court documents indicated Ladue had given Foster the check as collateral for something she had been given. That item was not disclosed in court documents.