IRVINGTON, N.Y. - A 22-year-old Bronx resident made his first appearance in Justice Court Monday on charges that he stole $7,000 from an Irvington woman.
Police said James T. Knox and several others got access to the womans checks and personal information. They then created a false check and Knox deposited $7,000 in his bank account.
During his arraignment Monday, Knoxs attorney asked Village Justice Desmond C.B. Lyons to lower bail to $500 from $2,500 on his third degree grand larceny charge. Assistant District Attorney Robert Docherty argued against that, saying the bail was set at a reasonable amount because of the serious nature of the crime and the fact that at least two other people are involved.
Lyons reduced the bail to $1,500 after noting that this was Knoxs first arrest and that he holds a job and has been living at the same residence for 16 years.
Knox is currently incarcerated at the Westchester County Jail.
Irvington police are still investigating the crime and Sergeant Michael Buck said more arrests are expected.
Christian N. Dobson, 24, appeared in court Monday on charges of possession of marijuana. His attorney asked that Dobsons charge be dismissed after one year if there are no further incidents. Docherty said he would not consent.
Jeffrey Silverson, Dobsons attorney, also asked whether the outcome of another case in Greenburgh could take care of Dobsons Irvington charge. In the Greenburgh case, Dobson will pay a fine.
Dobsons attorney did not get a firm answer and Dobsons case was adjourned to August 1.
Cassandra Wallace, 21, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Lyons said Wallace would pay a total of $4,828.23 in restitution over a period of 34 months. The case was adjourned until July 11 so her attorney could speak about the charges with Wallace.
Traffic Charges Dismissed
Bozo Pericic, 25, appeared in court on charges of operating a vehicle with registration suspended or revoked, as well as operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Pericic pleaded guilty to similar charges in Dobbs Ferry and his attorney requested that the plea satisfy the Irvington charges. Lyons consented, dismissed the case and released Pericics bail money.
Traffic Charges Reduced
William H. Abbott faced charges of improper signaling and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Lyons asked whether Abbott had an attorney, as his second charge is a misdemeanor. Abbot told Lyons that wasnt the plan.
You better make it your plan, Lyons said.
However, Docherty offered Abbott a plea to reduced charges of unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a violation. Abbott took the plea and was given a $285 fine.
Raymond Johnson also had his traffic charges reduced. Johnson had been charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, unsafe tires and inadequate stop lamps. Johnson also said he did not need an attorney. Lyons told him that he did.
Youre charged with a crime, he said, referring to the charge of aggravated unlicensed operation. Youre going to need a lawyer to represent you.
Docherty offered Johnson reduced charges of unlicensed operation, which Johnson took. He was given a $250 fine.
Monika A. Goodwin also received reduced traffic charges. Goodwin had been charged with operating a vehicle with registration suspended, no inspection sticker and an unregistered motor vehicle. Goodwin pleaded guilty to reduced charges of unlicensed operation and was given a $250 fine.
Minor Charged With Marijuana Possession
A-17-year-old appeared in court with his father on charges of possession of marijuana. Docherty noted that the teen would likely be offered an ACD, meaning the charges would be dismissed after one year if he had no further incidences. The teens case was adjourned until July 18.
Joseph M. Raiti-Palazzolo appeared in court on charges involving marijuana. Assistant District Attorney Robert Docherty told Raiti-Palazzolo and Justice Lyons that he was prepared to go forth with an ACD on Raiti-Palazzolos charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. Lyons advised Raiti-Palazzolo to speak to an attorney about the ramifications an ACD could have if he were to apply for specific jobs.
Alcohol Charges Reduced
Nam K. Oh and La Familia Choi Deli, Inc. appeared in court to face charges that Oh sold alcohol to a minor. Docherty offered a reduced charge of one count of disorderly conduct each. Oh and La Familia Choi Deli, Inc. pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and were each fined $250. Docherty said any subsequent charges would not be reduced.
Dont let it happen again, he said.
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