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Calcium man admits having $14,000 in stolen property purchased with benefit card


WATERTOWN — A Calcium man faces a year in jail after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he and his wife used another person’s state benefit card to unlawfully make more than $14,000 in purchases.

Christopher E. Martin, 25, whose last known address was 24428 Route 11, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He admitted that his wife, Karen M., acquired $14,195 in merchandise from Rite-Aid, 315 Arsenal St., from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5 while using an unidentified person’s benefit card without the cardholder’s permission and that he benefited from the act. Information about the exact items acquired was not available.

In addition to time in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Mr. Martin is expected to be ordered to pay full restitution at sentencing June 23. A charge of third-degree grand larceny against Mrs. Martin is pending.

In other court activity:

Pasquale S. Brancatella, 48, of 36914 Ore Bed Road, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that on June 29, 2012, he damaged a 2012 Toyota Tacoma owned by Nhung H. Nguyen on Keyes Avenue. Police said at the time of Mr. Brancatella’s arrest that two of the vehicle’s tires were punctured. He is expected to be sentenced June 25 to no more than probation supervision.

Dick E. Murphy III, 29, of 12 S. Main St., West Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, a noncriminal violation. He admitted that he subjected his estranged wife to unwanted contact Nov. 26 in the town of LeRay. He subsequently was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge.

Marshall W. Vanschepen, 23, formerly of Watertown and now living in Iowa, was sentenced to 30 days in the Public Safety Building and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty Jan. 24 to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and resisting arrest. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated at an excessive speed Sept. 8 in Thompson Park. He also admitted that he drove his vehicle into an occupied city police cruiser and that he struggled with officers as they tried to arrest to him. He had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Glenn R. Simmons, 20, of 525 Francis St., and Thomas A. Hubbard, 19, of 232 W. Main St., Apt. 38, were sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service after both pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to third-degree burglary. Both admitted that they broke into the town of Adams residence of Michael Stewart on Nov. 16.

Caleb M. Burns, 27, of 206 Franklin St., Apt. 103, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $3,967 in restitution after pleading guilty Feb. 18 to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on April 6 he tried to enter a residence on West Grove Street in Dexter with the intent to commit a crime.

Angela M. Dusharm, 41, whose last known address was 234 Coffeen St., Apt. 4E, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 19 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that on Dec. 18 she tried to possess hydrocodone with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown.

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