Busy court includes arraignments for child rape, drug charges, larceny

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – It was a busy court calendar Monday in Orleans County Court. Several people were arraigned for alleged crimes in the county.

Dameon K. Holtfoth, 19, of East Shelby Road in Medina was to be arraigned for first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree incest for an incident on March 15.

But Holtfoth did not show up in court. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A Medina man was arraigned for attempted promotion of a sexual performance of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Judd A. Farewell Jr., 24, of Countyline Road allegedly tried to solicit an underage girl to send him naked pictures of herself.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said Farewell gained access to the alleged victim through social media. Judge James Punch set bail at $100,000 for Farewell and issued an order of protection for the alleged victim.

Betty Russell, 56, of West Avenue in Medina was arraigned on two counts each of criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

She allegedly twice sold hydrocodone and acetaminophen pills. The judge continued her bail at $5,000.

Allen Snook, 33, was partially arraigned in County Court on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third, and one count of CPCS in the fifth degree.

Snook allegedly sold morphine twice and had the opioid pain medication in his possession. The court is determining whether there is a conflict in the public defender’s office to represent Snook. He will be fully arraigned on June 20. The judge set bail at $25,000.

Wade Sargent, 22, of West Shelby Road in Middleport was arraigned on fourth-degree grand larceny. He allegedly stole a handgun from his father and sold it for money to buy heroin, District Attorney Joe Cardone said in court.

A full arraignment will be completed on Friday when Sargent has counsel. Judge Punch set bail at $2,500.