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A Calcium woman admitted Tuesday that she stole more than $30,000 from the Jefferson County Department of Social Services by receiving welfare benefits while not declaring income from a job.

Cheryl L. LaQuay, 62, of 24437 Gracey Road, pleaded guilty in County Court to third-degree grand larceny. She admitted she received $32,630 in food stamp and Medicaid benefits to which she was not entitled by collecting the benefits while also working as a self-employed home health aide.

She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 28 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution. She also has prosecution pending in Onondaga County on allegations that she collected $53,000 fraudulently from the state Insurance Fund. It is alleged that she collected insurance benefits while failing to report her employment in private homes from October 2006 to last September.

In other court activity Tuesday:

Jill M. Nickerson, 33, of 218 Seymour St., pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree criminal sex act. She admitted that she had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy in Glen Park on more than one occasion in 2011. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 28 to two consecutive one-year terms in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, followed by 10 years’ probation.

Frank D. Snyder, 41, of 410 N. Main St., Mannsville, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that he stole copper and scrap metals from abandoned buildings on Route 178 in the town of Henderson; County Route 189 in the town of Worth, and Witt Road in the town of Brownville. He is expected to be sentenced July 24 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation. He has similar charges pending in Lewis and Oswego counties.

Patrick J. Martin, 24, of 303 High St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He admitted that, with others, he possessed construction materials that he knew had been stolen on April 8 in the town of Watertown. Sentencing was deferred until he completes unspecified treatment in a long-term residential facility. If he successfully completes the treatment, he will be allowed to withdraw his felony plea and enter a plea to a misdemeanor. He would then be sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation. If he is unsuccessful, he faces a sentence of 113 to 4 years in state prison.

Lisa M. Montondo, 44, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, a noncriminal violation, and was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge. She admitted that on March 18, she had unwanted physical contact with her husband, Paul A., at their 812 Davidson St. residence. She also was ordered to complete an anger management program as a condition of her discharge.

Stephen M. Washer II, 40, of 278 State St., admitted violating probation by failing to attend sex offender counseling sessions. Mr. Washer had been given 10 years’ probation in June 2010 after he pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sexual abuse. He subsequently was resentenced Tuesday to time served at the PSB and restored to probation.

Tyrell J. Robinson, 26, Watertown, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and was ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender for a May 1 guilty plea to third-degree rape. He admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl Oct. 3 in the town of Lyme.

Cynthia M. Lewis, 35, of 26393 Lynn Circle, Calcium, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay $470 in restitution for April 24 guilty pleas to third-degree forgery and petit larceny. She admitted that she took an unidentified person’s credit card in December and used it without permission to make a purchase at the Walmart Supercenter on Route 11 in the town of LeRay.

Andrew T. Hickey, 40, Forestdale, Mass., formerly of Peekskill, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and a one-year conditional discharge for an April 18 guilty plea to third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he stole a Greyhound bus from a station in Liverpool on Dec. 25 and drove it to Watertown to see a friend. After the bus was reported missing, it was shut down remotely through its onboard computer, stopping it on Route 11 near Cagwin Road, where Mr. Hickey also was found.

In court activity Monday:

Henry A. Saldana, 21, Watertown, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000 for May 4 guilty pleas to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated Jan. 8 on State Street while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked following a Dec. 14 conviction for misdemeanor DWI in LeRay Town Court. He also is subject to the ignition interlock provision and had his driver’s license revoked.

Amber M. Natali, 34, LaFargeville, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation for May 21 guilty pleas to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She admitted that on Jan. 1, 2011, she possessed a debit card that was stolen from her mother, Mary Natali, and that on the same day she possessed a Buick without the owner’s permission.

Christopher A. Young, 60, Watertown, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and three years’ probation for May 4 guilty pleas to two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He admitted that on March 18, he possessed a debit card that had been stolen from Irene Stackel, Black River, and that on March 16 he possessed a debit card stolen from Sarah M. Johnson, Adams. He also admitted using both cards to make unauthorized purchases. He was ordered to pay $226 in restitution.

Cecil E. Mellen, 53, of 6722 Route 12E, Three Mile Bay, pleaded guilty to felony DWI. He admitted he drove while intoxicated May 12 on Riverside Drive in Clayton. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 21 to a three-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He also will face a $2,000 fine, revocation of his driver’s license and the ignition interlock provision.

Shamel B. Greene, 29, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and is due to be sentenced Aug. 6. He was charged in an indictment handed up in December with selling heroin in May 2011.

In court activity Friday:

Melissa T. Foster, 36, Endwell, was sentenced to five years’ probation for an April 21 guilty plea to first-degree identity theft. She admitted that on July 15, she signed the name of Ellen Childs to a credit card receipt at Lowe’s Home Improvement on Route 3 in the town of Watertown. Police said the credit card had been stolen from a seasonal residence on Catfish Point Road in Cape Vincent and used at stores, restaurants and gas stations in Jefferson and Broome counties.

She also was ordered Friday to pay $10,011 in restitution to three credit card companies and $787 to Ms. Childs. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Broome County. A co-defendant in the case, Mark B. Rog, 36, Fenton, was sentenced in May to two to four years in state prison for guilty pleas in April to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery. He was accused of cashing a $160 check drawn on the account of Tracie L. Winnett without her permission and of using a stolen debit card to make a purchase in the town of Cape Vincent.

In other court activity:

Clint R. Speicher, 27, Black River, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000 for April 10 guilty pleas to felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He also was ordered to install an ignition interlock on any vehicle he owns or operates. He was accused of DWI after being involved in a personal injury accident May 5, 2011, in the 600 block of Huntington Street.

Sabrina L. Gallo, 23, of 419 W. Lynde St., was sentenced to three years’ probation for an April 27 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. She admitted that on Sept. 13, she possessed between 2 and 8 ounces of the drug at her former residence at 329 McClelland St. Her husband, Glenn M., pleaded guilty June 18 to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and is expected to be sentenced Sept. 5 to two years in prison. It is anticipated he will be sentenced to 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.

Brandon L. Edwards, 18, of 210 W. Main St., was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and restored to probation after admitting May 24 that he violated terms of probation by continuing to use marijuana while under supervision, failing to follow through with substance-abuse treatment and failing to meet regularly with his probation officer. He was sentenced in December in Lewis County Court, Lowville, to three years’ probation for a petit larceny conviction.

Joshua C. Elzinga, 22, of 15506 County Route 63, Adams Center, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and restored to probation for a June 8 admission that he violated probation. Information about what led to the violation was not available from the court. He is serving three years’ probation imposed in January 2011 for a fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property conviction.

Catherine S. Barnett, 35, of 512 E. Main St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug April 4 in Watertown. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 22 to no more than six months in the PSB and five years’ probation. If she successfully completes an inpatient substance abuse treatment program before then, the jail portion of her sentence will be dropped and she will be sentenced to straight probation.

Corey R. McAvoy, 28, of 15360 County Route 11, LaFargeville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI. He admitted driving while intoxicated April 19 on Van Duzee Street. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 6 to three years’ probation and a $1,000 fine and be subjected to the ignition interlock provision.

Roderick B. Pugh, 40, Syracuse, 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 within the county in mid-March and again in early April. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $5,000 bail.

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