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Harrisville man sentenced to prison for driving into bar, truck

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LOWVILLE — A Harrisville man was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to state prison time for driving a stolen vehicle into a bar and another vehicle in March 2011.

Kriss A. Whitney, 45, Steam Mill Road, was sentenced to 213 to 7 years in prison, $1,061.74 restitution and $375 in court fees on two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and single counts of third-degree burglary and third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, to which he pleaded guilty May 11.

Mr. Whitney was accused on March 24, 2011, of stealing a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck owned by Thomas Chartrand and repeatedly driving it into the Trackside Tavern on Depot Street in Harrisville, as well as into a 2000 Dodge Dakota being driven by Thomas Manchester on Depot Street.

His attorney filed a motion indicating he plans to appeal the sentence.

Mr. Whitney also faces various charges in St. Lawrence County stemming from a police chase there following the Lewis County incidents.

Also in the court on Friday:

Andrew C. Murphy, 30, of 3364 Elm St., Port Leyden, was sentenced to six months in the county jail, five years’ probation, $45 restitution and $425 in court fees on charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree burglary, to which he pleaded guilty earlier this summer.

He was accused of entering a shed owned by Larry Combs on North Street in Port Leyden on Nov. 14 and stealing two fisher pelts and, on March 25, possessing a .22-caliber rifle belonging to Bruce Axtell.

Brandon M. Hull, 20, Barnes Settlement Road, Redwood, was sentenced to three years’ probation, 50 hours of community service, $553.95 restitution and $200 in court fees on a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief, to which he pleaded guilty March 23. He was accused of damaging a wooden door and window belonging to Ellen Sullivan on Jan. 21 in the town of Leyden.

Angela S. Hirschey, 29, of 5636 Division St., Lowville, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal sex act, amended from first-degree criminal sex act, also satisfying a second count and an endangering the welfare of a child charge. Sentencing was set for Sept. 21. She was accused of having oral sex with a girl under the age of 13 in late March.

Michael D. Millard, 18, of 6458 Liberty Road, Lowville, was arraigned on a charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for Sept. 21. He was accused of having a stolen debit card belonging to his mother, Mary Millard, on Feb. 20 in the village of Lowville.

Corey M. Chartrand, 34, of 14236 South Creek Road, Harrisville, was arraigned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Sept. 7. Mr. Chartrand was accused of, on May 21, grabbing the neck of his 8-year-old son.

Mark V. Kohn, 40, Rome, had his case of six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument adjourned to July 27. Mr. Kohn was accused of having six forged checks belonging to Ingeborg Davidson in May, June and August 2011 in the town of Lewis.

Frank D. Snyder, 41, of 410 N. Main St., Mannsville, had sentencing on a charge of third-degree burglary adjourned to Friday. Mr. Snyder was accused ofstealing two dump truck rear ends, a backhoe bucket and a truck tailgate on Oct. 12from a building owned by Terry Groff in the town of Denmark. He also is awaiting sentencing on burglary charges in Jefferson County.

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