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WOMAN ORDERED TO REPAY $33,669

A former cashier at a Lockport store will have five years to pay back $33,669 to her former employer.

Carolyn B. Hamilton, 58, of State Street, Gasport, was placed on five years' probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Hamilton had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree grand larceny.

Prosecutors accused Hamilton of stealing $49,607 from the business between January 1999 and February 2002 by filling out about 270 false merchandise return slips and pocketing the "refunds."

However, only $33,669 worth of thefts could be proved to Sperrazza's satisfaction during restitution hearings that followed the March 5 guilty plea.

Hamilton will pay back $250 each month she is on probation, with a final balloon payment at the end to complete the tab.

Richard Simmons, 21, of Niagara Street, Sanborn, pleaded not guilty before Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. to six counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and a single count of second-degree aggravated harassment.

Simmons is accused of cashing six forged checks for a total of $1,090 on Dec. 29, Jan. 2 and Jan. 12 at No Blanket Smoke Shop on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said Simmons stole the checks from Janina Osidacz, a Sanborn woman who had the checks left over from a closed business account. The harassment charge stemmed from a threatening phone call Simmons allegedly made to her after Osidacz contacted police.

Pleading guilty to felony DWI were Harold J. Amsdill, 33, of Tuscarora Street, Lewiston, and Michael G. Sansone, 30, of Allen Street, Lockport.

Sansone, who was pulled over April 19 in Lewiston and May 3 in the City of Lockport, goes before Sperrazza for sentencing July 11. Amsdill, who was arrested Feb. 26 in the Town of Niagara, is to be sentenced June 25 by Broderick.

Caleb E. Bell, 21, of Church Street, who bought four money orders with a stolen credit card Sept. 14 and 16 at a Wilson Farms store in Lockport, was sentenced by Broderick to five years' probation and restitution of $1,953, the total of the money orders.

Bell had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He also must serve 20 days in the county work program.

In other cases before Broderick:

Mark A. Bullard, 40, of Grand Street, pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and is scheduled for sentencing July 31.

Bullard, arrested when police executed a search warrant at his home, was accused of having heroin with the intention of selling it in Lockport on Nov. 14.

Mocellie A. Bitting, 22, of Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and is set for sentencing July 24. Bitting sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in the Town of Lockport on May 3, 2002.

Ames R. Fader, 40, of Washington Drive, Lewiston, was sentenced to a year in jail for a felony count of driving while intoxicated. Fader, who was arrested Sept. 29, 2001, in Lewiston, faces another DWI charge for allegedly leading police on a chase in Lewiston on Feb. 19.

Frank E. Dittmer, 29, of Hillcrest Drive, Newfane, was sentenced to five years' probation and must pay a $1,000 fine for a felony DWI count. Dittmer was pulled over Jan. 2 in the Town of Lockport.

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