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Trio admit guilt over Lyons Falls meth lab


LOWVILLE — Three people admitted on Friday in Lewis County Court to drug charges stemming from a methamphetamine lab bust in Lyons Falls.

James R. Sees, 41, and his wife, Nicole L., 28, both of High Falls Apartments, 4061 Cherry St., Apt. 3, and Jody A. Kirk Jr., 28, no permanent address, all pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, satisfying several other charges lodged against them. Sentencing for the trio was set for March 28.

The three were accused of operating a meth lab Sept. 3 in the Sees apartment.

Each also had been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, while Mr. and Mrs. Sees additionally were charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, Mr. Sees and Mr. Kirk were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and Mr. Kirk was charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Blake A. Matuszczak, 18, of 6992 W. Main St., Port Leyden, and Joshua W. Stocking, 18, of 5398 Rural Ave., both pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mischief charges. They were placed on one-year interim conditions of probation, with sentencing to take place in January 2015. The two were accused of shooting a radiator of a wind turbine off India Road, causing more than $150,000 worth of damage for Maple Ridge Wind Farm.

Wenrick J. Fleming Jr., 39, of 5490 River Road, Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, amended from first-degree reckless assault of a child, also satisfying charges of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Sentencing was set for March 7. Mr. Fleming was accused of shaking his 9-month-old son on Nov. 13, 2012, causing brain injuries.

Joshua S. Alexander, 30, of 10144 Washington St., Copenhagen, was sentenced to 113 to four years in state prison on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated, to which he pleaded guilty in November 2012, and an additional one- to three-year term on a charge of second-degree bail jumping, to which he pleaded guilty Jan. 10. The initial term is to run concurrently with one stemming from a DWI conviction in Jefferson County.

Mr. Alexander also was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, a $2,000 fine, $895 in court fees and mandatory participation in ignition interlock and victim impact panel programs.

He was stopped Sept. 1, 2012, on Route 3 in the town of Diana, then was accused of failing to appear Nov. 19 for a Drug Court appointment, thus violating his program contract.

Andrew J. Scholl, 55, of 6014 Swackhammer Road, Turin, was sentenced to five days in county jail, three years’ probation, $1,250 in fines, $395 in court fees, a one-year driver’s license revocation and mandatory participation in ignition interlock and victim impact panel programs on charges of DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, to which he pleaded guilty Dec. 20. Mr. Scholl was stopped Sept. 24 on South State Street in Lowville.

Thomas C. Hanno Jr., 38, Lowville, was sentenced to three years’ probation, $20 in restitution that has been paid, a six-month driver’s license suspension and $50 in court fees on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty Dec. 6. He was accused of possessing hydrocodone in October 2012 in Lowville.

Gabriel E. Jewett, 21, of 3966 Factory St., Natural Bridge, was arraigned on a charge of petit larceny and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for March 14. He was accused of stealing checks belonging to Edward Jewett between July 24 and Aug. 22 in the town of Diana.

Scott J. Tanner, 53, Blossvale, was arraigned on charges of felony aggravated DWI and failure to stop at a stop sign and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Feb. 14. Mr. Tanner was accused of driving while drunk Aug. 6 on Osceola and Kirk roads in the town of Lewis.

Brandon E. Hoffert, 28, Quarry Street, Port Leyden, had a trial set for March 10 in his case of second-degree burglary, first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Mr. Hoffert was accused of entering a residence illegally May 26 in the town of Lyonsdale, choking a woman there and subjecting her to improper sexual contact. He also was accused of removing batteries from a cellphone so the alleged victim could not call for help.

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