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Lowville woman sent to prison on drug, forged-check charges

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LOWVILLE — A Lowville woman was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to five years in state prison for selling drugs and possessing a forged check.

Amy S. Brodt, 28, South State Street, additionally was sentenced as a second felony offender to three years of parole supervision, $363 restitution and a six-month driver’s license suspension on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, to which she pleaded guilty in June 2010. She had been a participant in the county’s Drug Court program.

Ms. Brodt was charged with selling morphine Jan. 20 and 21, 2010, in Lowville and with possessing on Dec. 7, 2009, a personal check belonging to David Weatherhead with a forged signature on it.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Eric S. Fowler, 25, East State Street, Lowville, was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of parole supervision on a charge of third-degree rape, to which he pleaded guilty June 17. He also was registered as a sex offender, and Judge Charles C. Merrell issued an order of protection on the victim’s behalf that is to expire eight years after his maximum release date. Mr. Fowler was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl on Jan. 3, 2010, in the village of Lowville.

Joseph F. Greene, 26, of 5588 Trinity Ave., Lowville, was sentenced to 1 years in county jail and registered as a Level 3 sex offender on two counts of third-degree attempted rape, to which he pleaded guilty May 6. Mr. Greene was accused of attempting to have sexual relations with a girl under age 17 on multiple occasions during December 2009 in the village of Lowville.

Joshua S. Alexander, 27, of 6430 Number Four Road, Lowville, was sentenced to time served plus an additional year in county jail, $1,430 restitution, a $500 fine and a six-month driver’s license revocation on charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs and petit larceny, to which he pleaded guilty Aug. 3. Mr. Alexander was accused of entering a town of Pinckney home owned by Walter Castor on May 31, 2010, and of helping to steal numerous items, including two stoves, several lawn mowers, a bicycle, roofing material and a smoker cooker. He also was charged with driving under the influence of drugs on June 8, 2009, in the village of Lowville.

Donald J. Smith, 35, address listed as Lewis County jail, was arraigned on two counts of second-degree attempted course of sexual conduct against a child and felony driving while intoxicated and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Oct. 7. Mr. Smith was accused of attempting sexual relations with two girls under age 11 between December 2006 and December 2008 in the village of Lowville. He was charged with DWI on Dec. 28 on Route 12 in the town of Martinsburg

Brothers Kevin G. Sexton, 36, and Paul G. Sexton, 30, both of 1954 Route 12D, were arraigned on charges of possession of a sexual performance by a child, while Kevin Sexton additionally was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child. Both pleaded innocent, and their cases were adjourned to Oct. 7. The Sextons were accused of having child pornography Jan. 24 at their residence.

James J. Jeffrey, 19, of 67 Rose Road, Harrisville, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree attempted burglary and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Nov. 18. He was accused of trying to break into Chuck’s Market in Harrisville on March 18.

Scott D. Zehr, 26, address not available, was arraigned on a charge of driving while intoxicated and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Sept. 30. Mr. Zehr was stopped Aug. 10 on South State Street in Lowville.

Justin E. Branagan, 24, of 4316 Lyons Falls Road, Lyons Falls, was arraigned on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Oct. 7. Mr. Branagan was accused of possessing a prescription for Percocet containing an altered pill quantity on June 6 in the village of Lowville.

A special session of County Court also was held Friday morning at the Martinsburg Town Hall, which served as the Lewis County’s first courthouse.

Paul T. Taylor Jr., 20, of 7116 Snell Road, Lowville, was sentenced to five years’ probation, 90 days of house arrest, a $1,000 fine and one-year driver’s license revocation on a charge of felony DWI, to which he pleaded guilty July 7. He was stopped Feb. 17 on Number Three Road in the town of Lowville.

Victoria J. Barrows, 40, of 4376 Michigan Mills Road, Constableville, was sentenced to three years’ probation and $10,560 restitution on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, to which she pleaded guilty July 7. Ms. Barrows was accused of filing false rental reports between October 2009 and April 2010 with the New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Co. containing the forged signature of John Higby; that allowed her to receive rental assistance improperly after her home was destroyed by fire.

Amanda S. Ackerman, 24, of 3943 West Road, Turin, was sentenced to three years’ probation, a one-year conditional discharge, $1,300 in fines and a one-year driver’s license revocation on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, aggravated DWI and driving while ability impaired by alcohol, to which she pleaded guilty May 13. A restitution hearing was set for Oct. 7.

Ms. Ackerman was accused of possessing, on Dec. 24, 2009, in the town of West Turin, a $5,060.18 insurance check made payable to her and David Mahaffy that contained the forged signature of Mr. Mahaffy. She was charged with the DWI on March 29, 2010, on Greig Road in the town of Greig and with the DWAI on Oct. 10, 2009, on Route 26 in the town of Turin.

Jessi J. Parry, 21, of 8110 Moose River Road, Port Leyden, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, $110 restitution and 50 hours of community service on charges of second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment, to which he pleaded guilty July 7. An order of protection was issued on the victim’s behalf. Mr. Parry was accused of unlawfully entering the apartment of Melinda Cobb on James Street in Constableville on Jan. 26 and slapping her in the face.

Samantha L. Ablan, 26, of 6319 Glendale Road, Glenfield, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, $187 restitution and 50 hours of community service on a charge of third-degree assault, to which she pleaded guilty July 7. An order of protection was issued on the victim’s behalf. Ms. Ablan was charged with throwing a beer bottle at Ashley M. Hutchins on March 18 at the Watson Inn.

Eric S. Saulsbury, 48, Homer, was arraigned on charges of misdemeanor DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and pleaded guilty to both charges. Sentencing was set for Nov. 18. Mr. Saulsbury was stopped April 2 on Dayan Street in Lowville.

Philip B. Damuth, 37, of 6093 Glendale Road, Glenfield, was arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief and pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Sept. 30. Mr. Damuth was accused of damaging a 2004 Ford Explorer owned by his wife, Rebecca, on May 21 in the town of Martinsburg.

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