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Former Watertown Y employee admits $35K theft

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A former Watertown Y employee admitted Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that she stole more than $35,000 while working as a billing supervisor for an after-school program

Aimee A. Patton, 32, of 106 Superior St., Glen Park, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She was accused in February of stealing $35,580 by submitting false entries to the Y that covered up the theft of the money from February to November 2009.

Ms. Patton handled billing for School-Age Child Care, a program for children from kindergarten through sixth grade held at 20 schools in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. The United Way of Northern New York and Jefferson County Youth Bureau provide financial assistance to parents and guardians who cannot afford program fees.

Ms. Patton, who was hired in June 2008, was terminated from her job after Y officials discovered she was stealing money. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 8 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution.

In other court activity Tuesday:

Bobby J. McNitt, 29, of 14117 County Route 85, Mannsville, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that, along with Frank D. Snyder, 40, also of Mannsville, he tried to enter a house on Witt Road in the town of Brownville on Oct. 18 with the intention of stealing copper pipes. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 6 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay up to $2,500 in restitution.

Sara Johnson, 24, formerly of Gouverneur, but now residing in Texas, was sentenced to five years’ probation for a March 16 guilty plea to second-degree assault. Further information was not available from the court. Her probation supervision is expected to be transferred to Texas.

Lindsay M. Pskowski, 27, of 689 LeRay St., Apt. 2, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and was ordered to complete the Bridge program for April 25 guilty pleas to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated Feb. 1 on Coffeen Street while operating a 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse that had been reported stolen by David J. Griggy, Watertown. Mr. Griggy told police he had started the car, then walked his dog, and returned in time to see his car being driven away. She also was fined $2,000, had her driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she owns or to which she has regular access.

Eugene L. Lively, 28, of 404 Arsenal St., Apt. 2, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine twice on the same day in early January. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail.

In court activity Monday:

Michael A. Robinson, 24, Adams Center, was sentenced to two years in state prison and also was ordered to undergo an additional five years of supervision upon his release for a May 1 guilty plea to third-degree rape and a probation violation admission. He admitted that on Feb. 12, 2011, he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl and that he violated probation by committing the crime.

He was serving a three-year probation sentence imposed in December 2010 for a conviction of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. His sentence will run concurrently with a two- to four-year sentence imposed in March in Oswego County for third-degree attempted burglary. He also will have to register with the state as a sex offender.

Bryan C. Baker, 24, Natural Bridge, was sentenced to one year in the PSB, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served, after pleading guilty April 13 to third-degree attempted burglary. He was charged March 1 with third-degree burglary in connection with a garage intrusion on Lewisburg Road in the town of Wilna.

Alex R. Stephens, 19, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB after pleading guilty Nov. 7 to second-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny. He admitted that he entered the Academy Street residence of Amy N. Hayward on June 10, 2011, and stole items. Police said at the time that two digital cameras were taken. He already is serving probation supervision imposed earlier in Watertown Town Court.

Angelo R. DiLeonardo, 21, Adams Center, was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $750 fine for misdemeanor DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He pleaded guilty April 17. He was charged with DWI Aug. 14 on Route 12 in the town of Orleans.

Nicholas M. Vanzelf, 20, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to five months in the PSB, with credit for time served. He admitted violating probation by being discharged from an inpatient substance abuse treatment program and by continuing to use marijuana while under supervision. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

John A. Ives, 47, formerly of Dexter but most recently residing in Indiana, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to three months in the PSB. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations and by absconding from supervision by moving from the state in 2003. He had been sentenced to five years’ probation in March 2003 in Lewis County Court for a felony DWI conviction.

Timothy G. Purvis, 21, address not available, was arraigned on counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county in late March. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

Jannah R. Smith, 35, Watertown, was arraigned on a sealed indictment containing two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is alleged to have sold cocaine twice on the same day in early February. She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held at the PSB on $20,000 bail.

Richard A. Opelt, 32, Watertown, was arraigned on sealed counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold heroin in mid-January. He was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail after entering not guilty pleas to the charges.

Caroline A. Lolar, 50, Watertown, was arraigned on sealed counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine in mid-March. She was ordered held at the PSB on $7,500 bail after pleading not guilty to the charges.

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