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A Fort Drum man admitted Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he made a threat in October that prompted all buildings in the Indian River Central School District to go into lockdown.

Caleb J. Larson, 22, pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat, admitting that he threatened to kill a child at Evans Mills Primary School. He told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that the statement stemmed from a dispute he had with an unidentified man at a birthday party.

“I was just shooting my mouth off, your honor,” Mr. Larson said. “I thought it was a joke.”

Police said at the time that Mr. Larson made a statement to a parent in which he threatened to kill a student at the Evans Mills school, a threat that a cafeteria worker heard about and reported to school administrators three days later.

Operating under the belief that someone was headed to the school with a gun, law enforcement responded in “active shooter” mode, although that was lifted a short time later after it was determined there was no imminent danger. No one was hurt.

After entering his plea Wednesday, Mr. Larson was sentenced to six months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

In other court activity Wednesday:

Antoine R. Wells, 35, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Oct. 28 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced April 14 to 3 years in state prison, followed by an additional 2 years of supervision upon his release.

Ronald A. Mackey, 46, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. He admitted violating probation by absconding from supervision and failing to report to his probation officer as required. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court as his supervision had been transferred to Jefferson County from another county.

Francis J. Conklin III, 37, Lorraine, pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and third-degree assault. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he tried to possess the materials needed to produce methamphetamine at his residence at 3358 County Route 92. He also admitted that on the same day he caused injury to an unidentified woman at his residence. Police had been called to the home for a report of a domestic dispute. He is expected to be sentenced April 11 to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

Sabrina L. Gallo, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She also admitted violating probation by committing the new crimes. She admitted that on Dec. 8 she stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in the town of Watertown and possessed the items the same day. At the time, she was serving three years’ probation imposed in June 2012 after a fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana conviction. She is expected to be sentenced May 5 to time served at the PSB and be ordered to complete the Bridge program.

Miranda L. Cronk, 26, Lowville, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 10 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. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Lewis County.

Carl R. McDonald Jr., 37, Copenhagen, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 10 to felony driving while intoxicated. He had been charged with DWI on Oct. 12 on State Street. He also was fined $2,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

In court activity Tuesday:

Peter D. Briggs, 47, Sandy Creek, was ordered to pay about $95,000 in restitution and serve 16 weekends at the PSB after pleading guilty Dec. 10 to second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and second-degree forgery. He also was sentenced to five years’ probation.

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, LaFargeville, and that he wrote checks to himself on the business’s account without authorization while working as the company’s accountant. A state police investigator said at the time of his arrest last March that the missing money was discovered after the company conducted an internal audit that revealed discrepancies in its financial records.

Nathanael F. Garrison, 22, Carthage, was sentenced to nine months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 10 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.

Kristian A. Baxter, 21, town of Brownville, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He admitted that he sold the drug Dec. 12, 2012, in the town of LeRay. He is expected to be sentenced June 10 to a year in the PSB.

Garrick C. Cook, 19, Antwerp, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree attempted burglary as a result of three incidents. He admitted that on Aug. 29, with others, he entered a town of LeRay residence and stole a safe and a gun; that on Sept. 30, again with others, he entered a town of Antwerp residence and stole cash, and that on Oct. 5 he and others entered another home in Antwerp and stole money.

He is expected to be sentenced April 21 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation. He also will be ordered to pay his share of about $22,000 in restitution.

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