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Cocaine-sale attempt gets Henderson man two years in prison


A Henderson man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to two years in state prison for trying to sell cocaine earlier this year.

Lee M. Alverson, 34, whose last known address was 5493 Nutting St., also was ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release for an Oct. 9 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine within the county in either late March or early April.

He was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in 2006 of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after having been charged with having several counterfeit $100 bills in November 2004.

In other court activity:

Jamie L. Thorne, 22, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for an Oct. 5 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt and a probation violation admission. She admitted that she violated an order of protection by going to a Huntington Street apartment where the protected parties lived on Aug. 4 and that she violated probation by committing the new crime. She was sentenced June 4 in County Court to time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree counts of criminal contempt for two incidents. In January, she punched her husband, Brian M., in the face, and in March she made threatening phone calls to him.

Billy Joe Simmons, 24, Watertown, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for an Oct. 5 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on July 24 in Watertown, he tried to possess a kitchen knife with the intent to use it unlawfully against Suzanne E. Szatanek.

Rebecca J. Minnick, 35, whose last known address was 126 Winslow St., was sentenced to three years’ probation for an earlier guilty plea to third-degree forgery. She was charged in February with altering a prescription that was presented to the pharmacy at Kmart, 21110 Pioneer Plaza Drive.

Scott A. Monroe, 43, of 23363 Boyd Road, Carthage, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program for Oct. 1 guilty pleas to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Aug. 13 on Route 3 in the town of Wilna after his driver’s license was suspended or revoked in August 2008 in Carthage Village Court for a misdemeanor DWI conviction. He also was sentenced to five days in the PSB, fined $2,500 and ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he owns or operates.

Cleveland C. Calhoun, 43, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB, with credit for time served. He was placed on five years’ probation in May 2011 after successfully completing Drug Court after being referred to the substance abuse rehabilitation program for a felony DWI conviction. He admitted violating probation by continuing to consume alcohol while under supervision. He was also fined $1,000.

Tyler J. McCargar, 19, of 22372 County Route 30, LaFargeville, admitted violating probation by using “glass cleaner,” a synthetic drug, while under supervision and by being charged in August with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly having items taken from the Mavis shop at 1662 State St. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court. Sentencing was deferred until Feb. 22 to provide him an opportunity to perform 40 hours of community service.

Mia E. LaMarche, 31, of 135 N. Rutland St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to DWI as a misdemeanor and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated April 8 on Flower Avenue East while her driver’s license was revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. She subsequently was sentenced to three years’ probation, fined $1,000 and had her driver’s license revoked, and is subject to the interlock provision.

Zane M. Abrahamson, 23, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that, with others, he went into the residence of Jacob J. Traynor on James Street in Clayton with the intent to steal something on Oct. 30. State police said at the time that heroin and cash was taken from the residence. Mr. Abrahamson is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Robert G. Williams, 26, of 86 Public Square, Apt. 202, pleaded guilty to felony DWI, admitting that he drove while intoxicated April 21 on County Route 42 in the town of Wilna. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 25 to five years’ probation, be fined $1,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Micah E. Hines, 33, an inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility, was arraigned on four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and single counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that in mid-September, he had heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown and had small plastic envelopes used to package the drugs for sale. He also possessed a small amount of marijuana, according to the indictment.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $20,000 bail. He also is being held without bail on a parole violation. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, Mr. Hines was sentenced to prison in Albany County in 2004 for a third-degree criminal possession of a weapon conviction. He was released to parole supervision in 2008, but returned to prison on a parole violation in October.

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