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Hammond man admits fault in fatal Theresa crash

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A Hammond man admitted Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he was driving recklessly when he caused a crash in October that killed a Redwood woman and injured her companion.

Mark C. Hujar, 47, of 3167 County Route 6, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault. He admitted that on Oct. 18 on Route 37 in the town of Theresa he tried to pass several vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, in a no-passing zone, resulting in a head-on collision that killed Robin T. Broughan, 53, and injured the driver of the struck vehicle, Michael W. Homan, also of Redwood. Mr. Homan suffered multiple broken bones, an abdominal injury and a cut to his scalp in the crash.

Mr. Hujar is expected to be sentenced Oct. 15 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

In other court activity:

Christopher L. Clearwater, 35, whose last known address was 310 Main St., Theresa, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was accused in July of taking an unidentified woman’s debit card and using it to acquire $2,471 on Feb. 7 in the town of LeRay. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 23 to two to four years in prison and be ordered to pay restitution. Mr. Clearwater is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in December 2010 to 2 to 5 years in prison for a third-degree criminal possession of stolen property conviction.

Shaka Z. Alexander, 21, of 122 S. Orchard St., Lower Apt., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine within the county Sept. 25. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 24 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Lucas C. Stage, 24, of 825 Rees St., Clayton, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated on an unspecified date in Clayton and then tried to run from police before needing to be restrained. The DWI charge was a felony because he had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in City Court in August 2010. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 30 to five years’ probation and a fine. He will also have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Kevin L. Lyon, 28, of 645 Olive St., pleaded guilty to misuse of food stamps. He admitted that between Nov. 1, 2011, and Oct. 31, he received $2,098 in food stamps from the Department of Social Services while failing to report income from a job. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 16 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay restitution.

Miguel A. Medina III, 26, no fixed address, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the PSB. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in November for a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction. He admitted violating probation by leaving a residential substance abuse treatment program against clinical advice and by continuing to use marijuana and alcohol.

Willis T. Baughman, 48, whose last known address was 54381 Otter St., Alexandria Bay, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He admitted that on May 30 he possessed items stolen from Bruce A. Carhart in Alexandria Bay. The incident occurred the same day Mr. Baughman was sentenced in County Court to three years’ probation for a second-degree trespassing conviction. He admitted July 11 that he violated probation by being charged with the new crime and was sentenced Tuesday to a new probation term of three years and was ordered to pay up to $1,320 in restitution.

Paige H. Johnson, 25, whose last known address was 622 Gotham St., was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision for a July 1 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and an admission that she violated probation by committing the new crime. She admitted trying to possess heroin Feb. 18 in the town of Pamelia. She and two others were charged with possessing heroin after members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force raided a room at the Royal Inn, routes 37 and 342.

At the time, Miss Johnson was serving five years’ probation after being convicted in September in County Court of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that she serve the newest sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. Inmates who complete the 90-day program serve the remainder of their sentences under parole supervision.

Daniel J. Turner, 26, whose last known address was 9700A King Loop, Fort Drum, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after a May 29 guilty plea to third-degree rape. He had been charged in May by state police with having sexual intercourse with a female younger than 17 years old during an incident in November on Fort Drum.

Rosanna Garvey, 27, Minoa, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after a July 9 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that in September 2011, she stole about $3,600 from Ollie’s Bargain Basement in Stateway Plaza. She was also ordered to pay restitution.

Temple L. Chrzaszcz,41, of 431 N. Washington St., Carthage, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $19,037 in restitution after May 29 guilty pleas to third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. She admitted that she stole cash from Midas Auto Service while working for the Watertown business between March 2010 and September 2011. She also admitted that she made false entries into the business’s records to conceal that she was stealing money.

Trenton D. Greenrock, 28, whose last known address was 1324 4th Armored Division Drive, Fort Drum, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a total of $5,645 in restitution after May 31 guilty pleas to criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was accused of choking his ex-wife, Michele L. Popowchak, and of damaging items at a rental property during a March 15 domestic incident in the town of LeRay.

Barbara A. Beach, 42, Watertown, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $2,247 in restitution for June 3 guilty pleas to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and second-degree falsifying business records. She was accused in March of fraudulently collecting refunds totaling $2,247 while working at Walmart on Route 11 in the town of LeRay.

Jared B. Kenyon, 27, of 18155 Route 177, Adams Center, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to complete the Bridge program after May 13 guilty pleas to second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor DWI and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without a license Jan. 19 after being involved in a one-vehicle accident Jan. 19 on Route 11 in the town of Ellisburg. He was also fined a total of $1,500, had his driver’s license revoked and is subject to the ignition interlock provision.

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