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Croghan man admits to stealing more than $100,000

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LOWVILLE — A Croghan man admitted Friday in Lewis County Court that he pocketed more than $120,000 while failing to deliver on a purchase by a farmer in Quebec.

Kazimierz Z. Wodka Jr., 46, of 9878 Main St., was arraigned on a charge of second-degree grand larceny and pleaded guilty to the charge. He then was placed on interim terms of probation for one year, with sentencing to take place next December. Mr. Wodka was accused of stealing $127,500 from Martin Estermann on April 20, 2012 .

Investigators have said Mr. Estermann advanced Mr. Wodka the money for the purchase of a piece of equipment but Mr. Wodka failed to deliver the equipment or a refund.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Thomas C. Hanno Jr., 38, Lowville, pleaded guilty to a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, amended from fifth-degree, while a charge of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance was withdrawn. Sentencing was set for Jan. 24. He was accused of possessing hydrocodone in October 2012 in Lowville.

Jeremy F. Snyder, 28, of 7958 Cobb Road, Copenhagen, was arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for Jan. 10. He was accused of stealing a gun belonging to George Rauch on April 1 in the town of Watson.

Nathan J. Biro, 35, of 7802 Penny Settlement Road, Port Leyden, was sentenced to three years’ probation and $250 in court fees on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 4. Judge Daniel R. King also issued a five-year order of protection on the victim’s behalf. Mr. Biro was accused of punching a hole in the windshield of a Hyundai Santa Fe, belonging to Brandy Biro, on July 22 in the town of Lyonsdale while a 10-year-old child was in the vehicle.

Russell X. Miller, 47, of 5585 Water St., was sentenced to three years’ probation and $250 in court fees on a charge of second-degree menacing, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 25. Judge King also issued a five-year order of protection on the victim’s behalf. Mr. Miller was accused of holding a kitchen knife to the throat of Bradley Streeter on June 29 in Lowville.

Samantha L. Ablan, 28, of 6263 Chases Lake Road, Glenfield, was sentenced to three years’ probation and $250 in court fees on a charge of fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 4. Ms. Ablan was accused of attempting to steal a credit or debit card belonging to Linda Harris on Aug. 4 in Lowville.

Mick C. Lee, 20, of 9362 East Road, Lowville, was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child and pleaded innocent. His case was adjourned to Friday. He was accused of selling 4.5 grams of marijuana to a 15-year-old on Sept. 15 in the town of Lowville.

Miguel A. Raspaldo, 24, Rochester, had his case of two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and single counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal mischief adjourned to Dec. 20, with a possible trial set for March 10.

Mr. Raspaldo was accused of breaking into the Cataldo Hardware store in Lyons Falls on the morning of July 4 by smashing the front window and stealing four handguns valued at more than $1,000. He also allegedly damaged a gun display, a microwave oven and a freezer in the store.

Jeremiah L. Markwick, 24, North Croghan Road, Natural Bridge, had his case of third-degree grand larceny adjourned to Jan. 10, with a possible trial set for March 10. Mr. Markwick was accused of stealing $4,185 worth of steel I-beams, belonging to Brian Gerber, between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 in the town of Diana.

Todd M. Suiter, 23, of 7574 S. State St., had sentencing adjourned to Jan. 10 on charges of third-degree assault and resisting arrest, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 4. Mr. Suiter was accused of hitting Deputy Brett W. Croneiser and trying to avoid arrest July 25 in the town of Watson.

Sharon M. Lyng, 58, of 718 Nellis St., Watertown, had sentencing adjourned to Jan. 10 in her case of second-degree promoting prison contraband; she pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 9.

Ms. Lyng was accused of having tobacco and matches at the county jail on May 25.

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