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Lewis County Court Report for August 3, 2018
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    Lowville, NY- The following activity took place this morning in Lewis County
    Court, with the Honorable Daniel R. King presiding:

    Tammy M. Arndt, 44, of Harrisville, was sentenced to serve a three-year
    probation term on a charge of Petit Larceny, a class "A" misdemeanor, to which
    she pleaded guilty to on June 22. She was additionally ordered to pay $9.41 in
    restitution and $50 in court fees and will be banned from entering any Walmart
    store for three years. The charge also violated her previous terms of probation,
    stemming from a Burglary charge in 2017. She admitted to the violation and
    probation terms were restored. Ms. Arndt was accused of stealing from the
    Walmart store in the Town of Lowville on December 7, 2017.

    Darinda E. Babcock, 25, Croghan, was allowed to withdraw a guilty plea to a
    charge of fourth-degree Grand Larceny, a class "E" felony, after successful
    completion of interim conditions of probation. She then entered a guilty plea to a
    reduced charge of Petit Larceny, a class "A" misdemeanor, and was sentenced
    to serve an additional two years on probation. Ms. Babcock was ordered to pay
    $1,348.29 in restitution and $250 in court fees, in addition to being banned from
    entering any Walmart store for three years. Ms. Babcock was accused of
    stealing over $1,000 in merchandise from the Walmart store in the Town of
    Lowville on December 6, 2016.

    William J. Ferris, 43, of Schenevus, NY, entered a GUILTY plea to a charge of
    third-degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, a class "B" felony. He was
    then placed on interim conditions of probation for one year, with sentencing set
    for August 2, 2019. Mr. Ferris was accused of selling hallucinogens in the Town
    of Turin on July 1, 2017, during the moe.down Music Festival.

    Daniel H. Green, 32, of Naugatuck, CT, was sentenced to serve 5 years on
    probation on a charge third-degree Criminal Sale of Marijuana, a class "E"
    felony, to which he pleaded guilty to on April 6. He was additionally ordered to
    pay $375 in court fees and agreed to forfeit $3,046 in seized assets. His license
    to drive will be suspended for six months. Mr. Green was accused of selling
    marijuana at the moe.down Music Festival in the Town of Turin on June 30, 2017.

    Justin S. Knapp, 19, of Forestport, was sentenced to time served in Lewis
    County Jail as well as a 5 year probation term on a charge of third-degree
    Burglary, a class "D" felony, to which he entered a guilty plea to on June 22. He
    was ordered to pay $375 in court fees and $2,139.50 in restitution. Mr. Knapp
    was accused of breaking into the Pioneer Cafe in the Town of Martinsburg on
    September 6, 2017, damaging and stealing property.

    Kyle M. Poore, 31, of Port Leyden, was sentenced as a second-felony offender
    to serve 5 years in State prison followed by 5 years of probations on a charge
    first-degree Attempted Burglary, a class "C" felony, which he pleaded guilty to on
    May 25, satisfying all counts he was facing. He was ordered to pay $165 in
    restitution and $50 in court fees. An order of protection was issued on behalf of
    the victim for 8 years after the maximum release date. Mr. Poore was accused of
    unlawfully entering a dwelling on the Cut Off Road in the Town of New Bremen
    on February 19, 2017, brandishing a running chainsaw and attempting to
    damage a door and causing injury to the homeowner.

    Mathew Schweinsberg, 23, of Watertown, was sentenced to serve 2 to 6 years
    in State prison on a charge of second-degree Vehicular Manslaughter, a class
    "D" felony, to which he pleaded guilty to on April 13. He was ordered to pay
    $1,324.66 in restitution and $375 in court fees. His license to drive was revoked
    and he will need to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle. Mr.
    Schweinsberg was charged following a fatal crash in the Town of New Bremen
    during the early morning hours of November 12, 2017. Mr. Schweinsberg was
    headed westbound on the Soft Maple Road around 3:06 AM that morning, when
    he lost control of his 1997 Ford F350 on a curve, according to the accident report
    from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. The truck exited the roadway, rolling over
    and coming to a rest against a tree. There were two passengers in the vehicle.
    Madison Furgison, 19, was airlifted to a Syracuse hospital, where she was listed
    in good condition at the time. Andrew Freeman, 21, was pronounced deceased
    at the scene. Mr. Schweinsberg was originally charged with second-degree
    Vehicular manslaughter, a class "D" felony, DWI, Unsafe Speed for a Curve and
    Unsafe Tire.

    James H. Smith, 25, of Deer River, entered a GUILTY plea to a charge of  first-
    degree Criminal Contempt, a class "E" felony. The case was adjourned to
    September 21 for sentencing. Mr. Smith is accused of violating a court order of
    protection on March 20, in the Town of Denmark, when he struck the protected
    party.

    Taylor J. Tucker, 24, Lowville, was allowed to withdraw GUILTY pleas to
    charges of second-degree Criminal Trespass, a class "A" misdemeanor and Petit
    Larceny, a class "A" misdemeanor, after successful completion of interim
    conditions of probation. He then entered GUILTY pleas to reduced charges of
    two counts of Disorderly Conduct, violations, and was sentenced to a 1 year
    Conditional Discharge. Mr. Tucker was accused of stealing cash and rum on
    April 15, 2017 from a building on the Pine Grove Road in the town of Watson.