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Sandy Creek man admits embezzling nearly $100K from LaFargeville business

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A Sandy Creek man admitted Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he embezzled nearly $100,000 from a LaFargeville business while working as its accountant.

Peter D. Briggs, 47, of 237 Seber Shores Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and second-degree forgery. He admitted that between November 2011 and February he embezzled money by entering false information into the business records of W.D. Bach Excavating & Consulting LLC and that he wrote checks to himself on the business’s account without authorization. A state police investigator said at the time of his arrest in March that the missing money was discovered after the company conducted an internal audit that revealed discrepancies in its financial records.

Mr. Briggs is expected to be sentenced Feb. 4 to 16 weekends in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. He also will be ordered to pay $91,064 in restitution.

In other court activity Tuesday:

Nathanael F. Garrison, 22, Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He admitted that on Jan. 22 in the town of Wilna, he placed a 2-month-old child in scalding bath water, causing second-degree burns to 45 percent of the child’s body. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 4 to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Miranda L. Cronk, 26, whose last known address was 6892 Erie Canal Road, Lowville, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine. She was charged in May with having the materials needed to produce methamphetamine in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Route 12 in Burrville. She is expected to be sentenced Feb. 4 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Andrew A. Wren, 25, of 324 Academy St., pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing governmental administration. He was charged with driving while intoxicated while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked Dec. 24 on Gotham Street. He also was charged with refusing to provide his personal information to police. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 18 to five years’ probation, be fined $1,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Carrie M. Cheers, 27, Beaver Falls, pleaded guilty to felony DWI, admitting that she drove while intoxicated Aug. 18 on Route 126 in the town of Watertown. The charge was a felony because she had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI earlier this year in Lowville Town Court. She is expected to be sentenced Feb. 4 to five years’ probation, be fined an unspecified amount, have her driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Casaundra L. Mashaw, 24, of 36599 Route 180, LaFargeville, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief. She admitted that she intentionally damaged a vehicle belonging to Robert Fitzsimmons on July 13 in the town of Cape Vincent. She is expected to be sentenced Feb. 4 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay about $3,800 in restitution.

Jason L. Pitcher, 26, Watertown, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after an Aug. 8 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug April 23 in Watertown. He also was ordered to forfeit about $9,600 in cash he had in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Alice K. Kerr, 45, Cortland, formerly of Brownville, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after Oct. 4 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. She admitted that on Oct. 20 in the town of Pamelia, along with another person, she stole more than $1,000 worth of diesel fuel. She also admitted that on June 18, 2012, she entered a residence on Ashland Road in the town of Lyme without permission. She also was ordered to pay about $1,600 in restitution.

Sondra M. Struckmeyer-Rider, 40, of 20083 Reasoner Road, town of Brownville, was sentenced to five years’ probation and a $1,000 fine, had her driver’s license revoked and is subject to the interlock provision after an Oct. 15 guilty plea to felony aggravated DWI with a child as a passenger. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated July 27 on Perch Lake Road in the town of Brownville with two children, ages 8 and 9, in the vehicle.

Shaymus B. Drake, 20, Carthage, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after an Oct. 15 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county May 13.

Luke T. Ogden, 34, of Erin, Chemung County, was sentenced to three years’ probation, was fined $500, had his driver’s license revoked and is subject to the interlock provision after an Oct. 29 guilty plea to misdemeanor DWI. He was charged with DWI on Sept. 8, 2011, in the parking lot of a motel on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia. He also was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. His probation supervision will be transferred to Chemung County.

Harold Anthony III, 26, whose last known address was 717 Myrtle Ave., Apt. 1, was sentenced to three years’ probation after Oct. 4 guilty pleas to fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He admitted that he damaged a door at his apartment Aug. 21 and that he struggled with police as they attempted to arrest him the next day.

In court activity Monday, Kevin L. Riddick, 55, Watertown, was sentenced to 7 years in state prison and was also ordered to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release after Oct. 18 guilty pleas to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he sold cocaine and that he tried to possess the drug June 23.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program. If an inmate completes the 90-day program, he serves the remainder of his sentence under parole supervision. Mr. Riddick was sentenced as a second-felony offender, having been convicted in October 2006 of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, having been accused of having about 3 grams of cocaine in his vehicle’s ashtray following a traffic stop in September 2006 on Factory Street. He was referred in that matter to Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration.

In court activity Friday, Dylan T. Schroy, 19, of 984 State St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was charged by Carthage police July 23 with possessing eight amphetamine pills packaged for resale. He also ran from a vehicle into the woods when police attempted to arrest him. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 3 to three years’ probation.

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