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Franklin County woman headed to prison for possessing heroin

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MALONE - A Chateaugay woman was sentenced to a half decade in state prison in county court on Thursday for selling and possessing heroin in February, May, and June.

Grace Miola, 23, will also undergo two years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty in two cases to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

State Police Investigator Jason Pelkey said at the time of Miola’s June arrest that she was taken into custody after a traffic stop on U.S. Route 11 in the village of Chateaugay. She was heading westbound in a Saturn Ion, Mr. Pelkey said.

District Attorney Derek Champagne said the vehicle was stopped as a result of an investigation into Miola allegedly bringing heroin to Franklin County from New Jersey.

Miola faced the charge in a second case charge because police found more than 25 bundles of heroin on her person when she was booked into jail.

In other county court business before Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Thursday, a Malone man was sentenced for his role in a series of larcenies from unlocked vehicles in the town of Dickinson in October of last year.

Darin W. York, 19, was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, five years on probation, and undergo 180 days of electronic home monitoring upon his release after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was also ordered to pay $150 restitution.

York, along with an accomplice, broke into several unlocked vehicles in Dickinson sometime in the late hours of Oct. 25 or early morning Oct. 26. The pair stole items including a .22 and a .308 caliber rifle, tools, a wallet, and purses. The guns were found in a buried green duffle bag on Cemetery Street in Dickinson in the days following the thefts.

Vann pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in July and received six months in county jail and five years probation.

Also before Judge Main on Thursday:

■ Jordan Berry, 32, of Brushton pleaded not guilty to a Dec. 6 grand jury indictment charging him with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 15 years old, driving while intoxicated with blood alcohol content above .08 percent, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Dec. 20. The indictment stems from an alleged July 30 offense.

■ Jason LaBrake, 31, of Malone pleaded not guilty to a Nov. 8 grand jury indictment charging him with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and failure to stop at a stop sign. A pre-trial conference is set for Dec. 20. The indictment stems from an alleged Oct. 11 offense.

■ Reid St. Ann, 35, of Constable pleaded not guilty to a Dec. 6 grand jury indictment charging him with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, and speeding. A pre-trial conference will be held Dec. 20. The indictment stems from an alleged July 1 offense.

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