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Adams man sentenced to 10 years’ probation for abusing children


An Adams teen was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years’ probation for repeatedly sexually abusing three children.

Dakota J. Weaver, 18, whose last known address was 35 S. Main St., Apt. 134, also was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and was ordered to register with the state as a Level 3 sex offender for Oct. 23 guilty pleas to three counts of course of sexual conduct against a child.

He admitted that he molested three children under the ages of 10 between March 31, 2009, and March 31, 2011, in Watertown.

In other court activity Friday:

Zachary S. Cushman, 21, Watertown, was sentenced to a year in the PSB for a Dec. 3 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and an admission that he violated probation. He admitted that on July 17 he possessed brass knuckles on North Rutland Street. It was illegal for him to have the weapon because of previous criminal convictions of second-degree criminal trespass in November 2009 and third-degree burglary in August 2010. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court, but he violated probation by being convicted of the new crime.

Robert G. Williams, 26, of 86 Public Square, Apt. 202, was sentenced to five days at the PSB, five years’ probation and a $1,500 fine for a Nov. 30 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated April 21 on County Route 42 in the town of Wilna.

He also had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Jeffrey R. Ashwood, 50, of 215 S. Pleasant St., was sentenced to five years’ probation for a Sept. 14 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that, with another person, he tried to sell cocaine April 9.

Derek C. Gamble, 29, Black River, and his wife, Michelle M. Vebber, 22, were sentenced to three years’ probation for earlier guilty pleas to petit larceny. They admitted that they cashed $5,000 worth of traveler’s checks that had been stolen from Mr. Gamble’s mother, Sheila Vance, Ellisburg.

Plumer D. Reed III, 36, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he sold crack cocaine Oct. 19 within the county.

He is expected to be sentenced March 15 to 3 years in state prison, followed by an additional two years of supervision upon his release. He will serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision.

William S. Paluzzi, 21, of 31677 Sandy Hollow Road, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. He admitted that on Aug. 4, 2011, he had sexual intercourse with a 23-year-old woman without her consent in the town of Theresa. He is due to be sentenced March 15 to 10 years’ probation and be required to register with the state as a sex offender.

Garet R. David, 26, Massena, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He admitted that he possessed 15 pounds of the drug during a March 15 traffic stop on Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced April 15 to five years’ probation.

Brooke E. Staniski, 20, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary. She admitted that, with others, she tried to go into the residence of Jacob J. Traynor on James Street in Clayton and steal cash and heroin. She subsequently was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Omar Ramirez, 22, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He admitted that he punched and injured Victor Carpio in November 2011 while both were incarcerated at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. He subsequently was sentenced to time served and returned to prison, where he is serving a 3- to 6-year sentenced imposed in 2010 in Suffolk County on drug charges.

Heather L. Soluri, 30, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 30 days in the PSB. She was serving a sentence of five years’ probation given her in October 2011 for a felony aggravated DWI conviction. She admitted violated probation by being charged with petit larceny for stealing merchandise from Burlington Coat Factory, Salmon Run Mall.

In court activity Thursday, Brian S. Dick, 43, was sentenced to three to six years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay $7,522 in restitution for violating conditions of Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program that is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration.

He was referred to the program in January 2012 for a guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. State police charged him with possessing gold jewelry valued at more than $7,000 that had been stolen from a town of Lorraine residence.

Information about what led to his Drug Court violation was not available from the court. He was sentenced to prison as a second-felony offender, having pleaded guilty in 2004 to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for having a stolen credit card. He was sentenced to five years’ probation in that case.

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