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2 approved for Drug Court in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Orleans County Court Judge James Punch on Monday approved two local residents for the Drug Court program, which provides services for people with addictions and applies consequences if they use drugs.

Krystle L. Hughson, 30, of Albion pleaded guilty to petit larceny after she allegedly entered a motor home on Beachwood Boulevard in Albion on Dec. 20. Once inside, she is accused of stealing prescription pills.

Hughson told Judge Punch she was retrieving a loose dog for the owner. When she went inside the motor home, she confessed to taking prescription medication that wasn’t hers. She said she didn’t enter the home with the intention to taking the medication. But once inside, she stole the pills.

If Hughson successfully completes Drug Court, the petit larceny charge will be dismissed.

In another case for Drug Court, Joseph Piedmont, 48, of Lydun Drive in Albion pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree and petit larceny.

If Piedmont completes Drug Court, the grand larceny charge will be dropped and he will be sentenced for petit larceny with the stipulation of no jail time.

Piedmont confessed in court to using his mother’s credit card without her permission. He used it to take money from an ATM to buy drugs, the DA’s office said.