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Massena-area man admits he lied when he said his ex was selling him her son’s meds

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MASSENA - A 27-year-old Massena-area man will be sentenced in July after he admitted he had falsely told a mental health provider that his ex-girlfriend was selling him her elementary school-aged son’s prescription medication.

Timothy J. Oakes of 1305 County Route 38, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to attempted falsely reporting chid abuse in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied charges pending in the town of Pierrepont.

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

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 20.

Massena-based state police charged Oakes with third-degree falsely reporting an incident Monday 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.

Massena Mental Health Director Kathleen Straka 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 claimed this medication was prescribed to (the woman’s) son... Oakes went on to claim the nine year old boy was being deprived of his medication by his mother, because she was selling it. Oakes further explained that (the 9-year-old) had not reported this to anyone because (he) was being paid to keep quiet about it,” Ms. Straka wrote.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Ryan R. Avery, 33, of 455 County Route 32, Lot 22, Brushton, pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisifed two counts of petit larceny.

The court adjourned sentencing until June 18 so prosecutors could provide a restitution amount.

Police said Avery attempted to leave the store Dec. 15 without paying for the 42-inch Vizio television and X-Box - with a combined value of $649.49 - he had in his cart. Police took Avery into custody after he fled into a wooded area. Walmart loss prevention associates told police Avery had left the store the previous day without paying for $618.46 worth of merchandise, including an LG LED television.

■ Larry J. Tassie, 49, of 441 South Main St., Apt. 5, Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 20.

He had been charged with petit larceny on Jan. 28 stemming from an investigation into the theft of $350 from a wallet inadvertently left on the counter at Price Chopper on Dec. 9. Tassie reportedly found Joseph Reardon’s wallet, took $350 from it and ditched the wallet in the Price Chopper parking lot

■ Jacqueline F. Haggett, 28, of 490 state Route 131, Massena, was fined $250 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She had been charged with taking a bottle of Twisted Tea out of the cooler at Mountain Mart on the afternoon of Sept. 14, drinking it and leaving the store without paying for her beverage.

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