3 arraigned in county court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Albion teens face charges for alleged burglary, Lockport man on assault

ALBION – Three people facing criminal charges for alleged crimes in Orleans County were arraigned this afternoon in county court.

Markel Hill, 25, of Lockport was arraigned for second-degree assault. He was arrested by the Medina Police Department on Jan. 20.

Hill has been free on bail set in Shelby Town Court at $2,500. But County Court Judge James Punch said the $2,500 was “grossly inadequate” because Hill has allegedly committed previous assaults, failed to appear at court dates and also had probation revoked.

Punch set bail for Hill at $20,000.

In another case, two Albion teen-agers were arraigned on charges related to a burglary on East State Street on March 10.

Allen Walls, 17, already faced charges for burglarizing a house and stealing two rifles from the home in October. He now faces additional charges of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and petty larceny. He remains in the county jail.

Lucas Porter, 16, also has been charged in the March 10 burglary. In addition to second-degree burglary, Porter was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of petty larceny.

He is in the county jail on $20,000 bail.

In another case, Judge Punch set the risk level for Marc McCabe as a Level 2 sex offender. McCabe’s attorney, Mark Young, said McCabe should be classified as a Level 1 offender, the lowest level.

However, Judge Punch said McCabe had 600 images of child pornography on his computer, including images of children under age 10, with some images showing “sadistic acts against children.”

Young said McCabe didn’t have direct contact with the children and shouldn’t have the higher risk level. McCabe, an Orleans County native, was living in Tempe, Arizona, when he was sentenced to six years in prison after federal investigators caught him sending child pornography to an undercover agent over the Internet.

“Because of the nature and number of the images, and his constant accessibility of the images I think he is a real danger to the community,” Punch said in assigning Level 2 status.