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Miami man charged with using stolen credit card in Watertown


A Florida man faces allegations that he twice used another man’s stolen credit card to make purchases at Walmart Supercenter in the town of Watertown.

Edward Pascual, 22, Miami, faces two counts each of fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identity theft and petit larceny.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on Aug. 10, 2012, he possessed a credit card stolen from Chris Wade and used it to make purchases at the Route 3 store and that he did the same thing the next day.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $2,500 bail.

In other court activity Friday, Doniyor V. Hodjimetov, 34, formerly of Calcium, but whose last known address was in Horseheads, Chemung County, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB for a February 2011 guilty plea to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He admitted that he drove while intoxicated in June 2010 in the parking lot of Walmart on Route 11 in the town of LeRay while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He originally was due to be sentenced in April 2011, but failed to return to court, necessitating that a bench warrant be issued. He was returned to County Court on Aug. 12.

In addition to time served, he was fined $1,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

James D. Manton, 44, Watertown, had bail set at $10,000 on two counts of first-degree criminal contempt and a single count of second-degree criminal impersonation. He was charged Sept. 4 by Watertown police with twice violating an order of protection held by Heather M. LaVancha and with providing a false name to police at the time of his arrest. City Court was unable to establish his bail as he has six prior felony convictions.

In court Thursday, Lucas J. Lavancha, 29, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault and subsequently was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $6,066 in restitution. He and two others were charged in February with striking Joshua M. McCargar on the head, causing the victim to suffer a broken jaw and a closed head wound Oct. 28 in Watertown. His plea cancels a trial that was scheduled to begin today.

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