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Massena woman heads back to jail following appearance in village court


MASSENA - A Massena woman picked up on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court as directed was returned to the county jail following her appearance in village court this week.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sent Deshelia Thomas-Jandrew, 44, of 144 South Raquette River Road, Massena, back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond on pending fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle counts.

Thomas-Jandrew had been arrested Monday evening on the bench warrant and sent to the county jail.

She had been charged with grand larceny following an incident on Sept. 15 when she allegedly stole a white fleece jacket and a purse containing 10 $100 gift certificates from a vehicle parked at Walmart. The aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle stemmed from an Aug. 26 traffic stop.

The court was also informed Thomas-Jandrew has a federal hold alleging she has failed to report as directed to her federal probation officer in Plattsburgh.

Thomas-Jandrew has also been charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny in separate case in recent weeks.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Amanda L. Kerr, 25, of 63 Oliver Road, Massena, was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for a possession of a hypodermic instrument conviction that satisfied several other charges stemming from an April traffic stop.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby urged the village justice to find there were compelling circumstances not to suspend Kerr’s operating privileges.

The court concurred.

Ms. Appleby had argued her client lived in Louisville and needed to drive to get to her job in Akwesasne.

Kerr was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, three counts of possession of hypodermic instruments and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with unsafe tires and obstructed vision following a traffic stop at 7:40 p.m. April 23.

Kerr, in her statement to police, said the village patrolman told her he had pulled her over because she had an obstructed view with a couple of air fresheners and her work ID badge hanging from her rear view mirror.

She said he also told her she had a bald rear tire on her vehicle.

Village police had reported finding five hypodermic needles, a pink packet containing a small amount of heroin, several ripped packages that reportedly contained heroin residue and six packages that each contained one gram of heroin.

They had charged a passenger in her vehicle, Douglas M. Monroe, same address, with third-degree criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and three counts of possession of a hypodermic needle.

Monroe was reportedly in possession of six packets of heroin located in the center console of the vehicle he was riding in and being operated by Kerr, who was described as his girlfriend at the time of the April incident.

The drugs were located after Kerr reportedly consented to have her vehicle searched.

“This officer found my two needles I had in my center console storage area and asked about them. I told them they were mine, and I did use them to shoot up heroin. He also had located Doug’s packets of heroin he had tried to hide from them as we were being pulled over,” she noted in her statement to police.

■ Josh R. Beamish, 35, of 68 Curtis Ave., Massena, was fined $500 and a $400 surcharge and placed on probation for three years for a driving while intoxicated conviction. His operating privileges were revoked for six months.

He had been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed for speed in zone, failure to keep right and making an improper signal following a traffic stop at 2:26 a.m. Oct. 25.

He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the 0.08 level that constitutes a DWI charge.

Beamish reportedly was observed traveling 44 mph in a 30 mph zone on East Orvis Street and failed to signal when he turned from Bayley Road onto Curtis Avenue as he headed home from a downtown Massena business.

The guilty plea to the reduced count of DWI also satisfied a second driving while intoxicated charge stemming from an incident at 1:04 a.m. Feb. 28 after police responded to a report of vehicle in the ditch on Park Avenue at Beach Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent at the time of that incident.

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