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Croghan man sentenced to jail time for stealing rifles

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LOWVILLE — A Croghan man was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to jail time for stealing two rifles over the winter.

Robert G. Campany, 38, of 9496 Erie Canal Road, Croghan, is to serve a six-month county jail term and pay restitution of $330 and court fees of $375 on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, to which he pleaded guilty April 27. He also was sentenced to five years’ probation, and Judge Charles C. Merrell issued an eight-year stay-away order of protection on the victim’s behalf.

Mr. Campany was accused of stealing a pair of rifles belonging to Jeanette Flynn on Jan. 10 and 11 in the town of Watson.

Also in Lewis County Court Friday:

Nikolas R. Mellnitz, 22, of 5028 Route 410, Castorland, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, amended from second-degree, also satisfying charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny that were lodged against him. He was sentenced to six months’ house arrest with electronic monitoring, 100 hours of community service, $100 restitution and $50 in court fees.

Mr. Mellnitz was accused of breaking into a building in Castorland owned by William Blake and Pennie Getman on Oct. 11 or 12, damaging a safe and stealing money.

Andrew C. Murphy, 30, of 3364 Elm St., Port Leyden, was arraigned on a new charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, then pleaded guilty to that charge and a pending charge of third-degree burglary. The plea also satisfied a fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property charge that had been lodged against him.

Sentencing was set for July 13.

Mr. Murphy was accused of, on Nov. 14, entering a shed owned by Larry Combs on North Street in Port Leyden and stealing two fisher pelts and, on March 25, possessing a .22-caliber rifle belonging to Bruce Axtell.

Eric L. Campbell, 31, of 7869 Moose River Road, Port Leyden, was arraigned on a charge of petit larceny and pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for July 27. Mr. Campbell was accused of stealing an air compressor belonging to Frank Hunkins on April 14 in the town of Lyonsdale.

Angela S. Hirschey, 29, of 5636 Division St., Lowville, was arraigned on charges of first- and third-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child and pleaded innocent. Her case was adjourned to July 13, and Judge Merrell issued a temporary order of protection on behalf of the alleged victim. Ms. Hirschey was accused of having oral sex with a girl under the age of 13 in late March.

Mark V. Kohn, 40, Rome, was arraigned on six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to July 13, and Judge Merrell issued a temporary order of protection on behalf of the alleged victim. Mr. Kohn was accused of having six forged checks belonging to Ingeborg Davidson in May, June and August 2011 in the town of Lewis.

Justin S. Moran, 17, of 7196 Moose River Road, Port Leyden, had his case of fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of marijuana adjourned to Wednesday. He was accused of turning off a refrigerator/freezer sometime in December at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield, causing the food inside to spoil, and attempting on Sept. 30 to sell marijuana in the town of West Turin.

Anthony D. Pignone, 31, of 7171 Murphy Road, Port Leyden, had his case of failure to register or verify as a sex offender adjourned to Friday. He was accused of failing to register a Facebook page opened under the name of Anthony Campany.

Michael E. Enslow, 34, of 5656 Maple Ave., had sentencing on a charge of second-degree strangulation adjourned to Sept. 7. He was accused in connection with a July 8 assault on Lori Snyder in the town of Martinsburg.

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