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Watertown woman referred to Drug Court for having altered check


A Watertown woman was referred to Jefferson County Drug Court after admitting Thursday in County Court that she possessed an altered check that raised the amount payable tenfold.

Nichole M. Bell, 22, of 140 High St., Apt. 9, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She admitted that on Nov. 10, she possessed a check belonging to Matthew Paul that had the amount payable changed from $60 to $600 and deposited it at a Watertown bank.

If she successfully completes Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, her felony plea will be vacated and she will be allowed to plead guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor. She then would be sentenced to three years’ probation. If she is unsuccessful in the program, she faces a sentence of two to four years in state prison.

In court activity Wednesday:

Anthony G. Porcaro, 24, Grove, Okla., formerly of Alexandria Bay, pleaded guilty to possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on July 24, 2012, in the town of Watertown, he possessed videos depicting children under the age of 16 engaged in sexual activity and that he also possessed an unregistered semiautomatic pistol the same day. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 18 to time served at the PSB and 10 years’ probation. He also will be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

Cameron S. Paris, 23, of 220 Winslow St., pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary. He admitted that he entered a Watertown residence Sept. 1, 2012, with the intent to steal something and that he entered a different house in the city Sept. 29, again with the intent to steal something.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 18 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation. He also will be ordered to pay a total of $850 in restitution.

Brittany L. Dunn, 27, of 6246 Scotch Pine Drive, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. She admitted that on Aug. 5, she tried to steal more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in the town of LeRay. She is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to no worse than three years’ probation.

David W. Peterson, 32, of 131 Union St., Clayton, pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired by drugs.

He admitted he drove under the influence of an unspecified drug Jan. 29 on Black River Parkway.

He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 18 to three years’ probation and be fined.

Katherine G. Smith-Sykes, 52, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted assault. She admitted that she tried to injure Mark S. Zando on Aug. 17 during a domestic dispute at his Gotham Street residence. She was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

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