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Fort Drum pair admit to Deer River storage unit thefts


LOWVILLE — Two Fort Drum men jailed on storage unit thefts in both Jefferson and Lewis counties entered guilty pleas Friday in Lewis County Court.

Richard E. Reinhardt II, 22, was arraigned on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree burglary, while Dominic M. Walters, 22, was arraigned on a third-degree burglary charge. Both men then pleaded guilty to those charges, with sentencing set for June 7 for Mr. Reinhardt and June 28 for Mr. Walters.

Mr. Reinhardt admitted to possessing a 2009 Honda Foreman all-terrain vehicle Oct. 26 and breaking into a storage unit at Care Free Storage, Deer River, on Oct. 30.

Mr. Walters admitted to a theft at the town of Denmark storage facility on Nov. 12.

Mr. Reinhardt earlier this month pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in Jefferson County Court and is expected to be sentenced May 31 to 1 to 4 years in state prison and be ordered to pay $13,770 in restitution. Jefferson County charges against Dominic M. Walters, 22, Fort Drum, remain pending.

Various weapons, electronics, tools and other items were stolen in the two-county ring, police have said.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Brian G. Aikens, 52, Plattsburgh, had his case of first-degree reckless endangerment and other charges adjourned to May 10, with a possible trial date set for June 24. The other charges include third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to comply, improper passing, moving from a lane unsafely, and two counts of speeding.

Mr. Aikens was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase May 6 along Route 3 in the town of Diana — in the midst of a flight from Plattsburgh that eventually ended with his arrest at a bar in West Carthage — that saw him drive 90 mph in both 30- and 55-mph zones.

Cody J. Amidon, 21, of 6334 E. Main St., Turin, had his case of first-degree reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and unlawful possession of marijuana adjourned to Friday.

Mr. Amidon was accused of driving a van over the speed limit July 12 in the town of Lyonsdale while a passenger was hanging out the side door skateboarding, going on the wrong side of the road while on two wheels and going off the road and nearly hitting a building in Lyons Falls. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, just above the state’s threshold of 0.18 percent for aggravated DWI.

Michael A. Bauer, 32, Poughkeepsie, had sentencing on a third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge adjourned to Friday; he pleaded guilty Feb. 1. Mr. Bauer was accused of stealing two revolvers from the town of Greig residence of Randolph Bauer.

Matthew D. Ludwikowski, 17, of 7052 W. Main St., Port Leyden, had sentencing on a petit larceny charge adjourned to June 14; he pleaded guilty March 1. He was accused Dec. 9 of stealing a hammer and wired fencing belonging to Robert Reese in the town of Leyden.

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