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Police Report 2-5-11

Store clerks admit guilt

Two former Port Henry Mac's Market clerks accused of helping each other steal groceries from the store have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Jennine S. Hillman, 43, and Brandy J. Lacey, 31, both of Port Henry, pleaded guilty in Moriah Town Court to one count each of misdemeanor attempted petit larceny.

They had originally been charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny, but the charges were reduced in a plea agreement with the Essex County District Attorney's Office.

Moriah Town Justice Brian Venne sentenced Hillman to one week in the county jail, three years of probation and 40 hours of community service. She must also pay the maximum $500 fine and surcharges.

Lacey was sentenced to one weekend in the county jail, three years of probation and 40 hours of community services. She must also pay the maximum $500 fine and surcharges.

Both must make full restitution to the market.

Each had been accused of failing to scan groceries brought to their checkouts. The two clerks would check each other out to run the scam, Moriah Town Police said, during the time period of July to October 2010. Store surveillance cameras recorded their activities.

A third clerk, Taree L. Archambault, 42, of Whitehall pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit larceny for stealing money from the bottle returns at the market.

Archambault was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail, three years of probation and a $500 fine and surcharges.

DWI charge

A Glen Wild man was injured Jan. 25 while allegedly driving drunk on Route 9N just south of the Crown Point town line.

The Ticonderoga Police Department said David Franklin, 64, was northbound at about 1 p.m. when he left the road and hit a telephone pole, cutting it in half.

Franklin was transported to Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga, where he was treated and later released to police custody. He was arrested and charged with DWI.

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