2 Medina women plead guilty to selling drugs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 March 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two Medina women admitted in Orleans County Court to selling drugs. The cases are not related. Both pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 2.5 years in state prison.

Gale V. Morehouse, 51, can withdraw her guilty plea if she is sentenced to more than six months in county jail on June 9.

She admitted she sold methadone from her home on Church Street in Medina on April 22. She is a first-time offender. Morehouse has since moved to Lockport.

She told County Court Judge James Punch she “needed some money” when she sold the drug.

Another Medina woman, Serina Winters, also pleaded guilty on Monday to CPCS in the fifth degree.

Winters, 37, of 909 Church St., Apt. 1 was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree welfare fraud.

In exchange for pleading guilty to one of the drug charges, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to withdraw the other charges.

Winters admitted she had prescription narcotics and gave them to her estranged husband.

She has been in jail on $5,000 bail since Jan. 15. Her attorney, Shirley Gorman, asked that Winters be released from jail or that her bail be reduced. Gorman said Winters is pregnant.

Judge Punch agreed to lower the bail to $1,000. Winters will be sentenced on May 5.