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Massena man charged with felony criminal contempt released from custody


MASSENA - A Massena teenager facing a felony criminal contempt count was released from jail during his first appearance with counsel Tuesday afternoon in Massena Village Court.

Village police had charged Richard Schwartfigure, 19, of 17 Parker Ave., Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct at 7:40 p.m. Sunday.

He had been arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Mr. Gustafson followed the recommendation of the St. Lawrence County Probation Department to release the Massena teenager under the supervision of the probation department on Tuesday. But he warned Schwartfigure if there were any more issues he could expect that he would be headed back to the county jail.

Schwartfigure is charged with violating an order of protection issued by St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily Morris that remains in effect until Sept. 24, 2014.

Macey L. Barney, accompanied by her grandmother, reportedly went to 17 Parker Ave. to visit the baby she had with Schwartfigure. An argument broke out shortly after she arrived at Schwartfigure’s home, according to court documents.

Ms. Barney said she was upset and decided to just leave, but when she attempted to leave the residence, Schwartfigure yelled at her repeatedly to go see her baby, shoved her and slammed a door in her face.

In other recent village court action:

■ Timothy J. Oakes, 27, of 13 South Main St., Norfolk, was sentenced to one weekend in the county jail - from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday - and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and $50 to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database for his attempted falsely reporting an incident conviction.

“Show up at the jail on time and sober. If you don’t, they will call me, and I will have you brought back here and next time it won’t be two days in jail,” Mr. Gustafson told Oakes.

Oakes pleaded guilty in May to attempted falsely reporting child abuse in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied charges pending in the town of Pierrepont.

Oakes admitted he had falsely reported a drug sale. He reportedly made the report after an argument with the mother of two of his children.

Massena-based state police had charged Oakes with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he allegedly falsely reported to the director of the Massena Mental Health Clinic that his ex-girlfriend was selling him prescription medication intended for her 9-year-old son.

The Massena Mental Health Clinic director said in a statement she signed for police that Oakes had called her and said his ex-girlfriend had been selling him prescription medication.

He had claimed the 9-year-old boy was being deprived of his medication by his mother because she was selling it.

■ Demetrius J. Goolden, 31, of 20 Perkins Road, Massena, was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and fined $100 and a $205 surcharge for a second-degree attempted criminal contempt conviction. He was also ordered to pay $50 to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

Goolden had initially been charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt before prosecutors filed a motion seeking to have that reduced to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal contempt. Goolden pleaded guilty to the attempted criminal contempt count in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place at 2:25 a.m. Feb. 1, 2013 at the Center Street residence he had been sharing with his girlfriend, the mother of his three children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years old.

He reportedly pinned Christine Rizzo against the wall and struck her and then pushed her into a door frame. Ms. Rizzo complained of scratches to both her arms and said her face had been shoved into the door frame. The village court had issued an order of protection in July 2012 directing Golden not to harass, annoy or alarm Ms. Rizzo.

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