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WATERTOWN — A city man faces jail time and probation supervision after admitting Thursday in Jefferson County Court to a cocaine-sale attempt in November.

Cleo E. Vaughns IV, 19, whose last known address was 143 N. Hamilton St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, acknowledging an incident that took place Nov. 8.

He is expected to be sentenced June 10 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

In other court activity:

Shane M. Millard, 33, of 264 S. Massey St., pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

He admitted that he drove while intoxicated without a valid driver’s license March 27 on Route 37 in the town of Pamelia.

He is expected to be sentenced June 24 to 30 days in the PSB and five years’ probation on the charges.

He also is awaiting sentencing after a Feb. 4 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, having admitted that on Jan. 2 he possessed an AR-15 rifle with a flash suppressor, collapsible stock and pistol grip.

Christopher E. Hickey, 24, Syracuse, was sentenced to about a year’s time served at the PSB after pleading guilty April 21 to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. He admitted that he stole a phone from Tammy Snyder on Sept. 21 in Watertown.

Police said at the time of his arrest that the phone was taken after Mr. Hickey allegedly threatened to punch Ms. Snyder.

Steven J. Pechey, 28, Cape Vincent, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty March 24 to third-degree grand larceny and petit larceny as a result of separate incidents.

He admitted that he failed to report accurate wages to the Department of Social Services while receiving benefits. He also admitted using a credit card belonging to Guilfoyle Ambulance Service to buy gasoline without permission. He paid a total of $5,714 in restitution up front.

Gregory A. Hess, 33, Evans Mills, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program after pleading guilty March 24 to third-degree burglary.

He admitted that he broke into a town of LeRay residence Jan. 11 to beat up an occupant, Michael Young. He also was ordered to pay $7,704 in restitution.

Scott E. Smith, 56, of 23109 Stone Road, Dexter, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty March 24 to third-degree grand larceny and second-degree falsifying business records.

It had been alleged that Mr. Smith collected money owed to Gillee’s Auto Truck and Marine, Ogdensburg, but failed to remit the money to the business and never entered payments into the business’s records.

He paid $8,435 in restitution up front.

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