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Massena man admits shoplifting two cases of beer from Price Chopper


MASSENA - A Massena man will be sentenced in April after admitting he stole two cases of beer from Price Chopper in June in a plea bargain agreement that will also satisfy charges stemming from a September incident in the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Scott D. Donnelly, 24, of 239 County Route 42, Lot 40, Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident at 9:55 p.m. June 9 on South Main Street.

Police said they responded to a complaint of a man urinating in plain view near 415 South Main St. Police said they located Donnelly pushing a Price Chopper shopping cart containing a 30-pack of Coors Light and a 20-pack of Labatt’s Blue that had been shoplifted from Price Chopper. Police said Donnelly appeared to be highly intoxicated and became combative when he was taken into custody.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Michael Gebo said that plea would also satisfy a criminal mischief charge stemming from a Sept. 14 incident at Massena Memorial Hospital, but he said the plea bargain agreement would require Donnelly to make restitution to the hospital.

Village police had charged Donnelly with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an investigation into an incident that occurred Sept. 14 at the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Police said an allegedly highly intoxicated Donnelly was allegedly out of control in the emergency room and punched and damaged an x-ray reading box.

Mr. Gebo made an oral motion to have the felony criminal mischief count reduced to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief before moving the plea bargain offer forward.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for April 27.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Dawn M. Snyder, 45, of 42 Park Ave., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Ms. Snyder and Richard A. Snyder, 50, had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child at 10:02 p.m. May 22 after police responded to a domestic dispute at their residence. Ms. Snyder was additionally charged with obstruction of governmental administration.

Police said the couple engaged in a domestic dispute in front of a 15-year-old female that left household items strewn throughout the residence after they had been thrown during the argument.

Police said Mr. Snyder was bleeding from the mouth, and Ms. Snyder had blood on her hands when they arrived at the residence. Ms. Snyder also reportedly grabbed and pushed officers when they were attempting to take her husband into custody.

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