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Man with gun but no pistol permit could face prison

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

ALBION – An Albion man, 24, could face state prison when he is sentenced on March 23.

Matthew Mudge admitted in Orleans County Court on Monday that he had a loaded .380 caliber automatic pistol on Aug. 16. Mudge acquired the pistol at a gun show, he told Orleans County Court Judge James Punch.

Mudge did not have a pistol permit. He was arrested on Aug. 16 for third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was charged following investigation of a “suspicious person” complaint on Bass Road in the Town of Carlton.

Mudge said he was lost in Carlton when he knocked on a door looking for directions. A deputy stopped him soon after and did a search, finding the pistol on Mudge.

Mudge could be sentenced to up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.


In other cases:

An Albion woman avoided jail and Probation after facing drug charges on April 1. Julie Hardy, 47, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Judge Punch gave her a conditional discharge, saying her only condition is to not break the law for a year. She was arrested after cocaine was found in the pocket of a black leather coat in her room at her home during a police search. Hardy said the coat wasn’t hers.

Her husband, J.W. Hardy, faced more serious drug charges and was found guilty by a jury on Monday, following a trial.

Judge Punch said Mr. Hardy was orchestrating the drug activities at the house.

“Clearly you were not the main operator and were somewhat of a bystander,” the judge said during sentencing.


A woman from Ridgeland, SC, was arraigned on charges of grand larceny in the third and fourth degree. Carly S. Wells, 25, allegedly racked up $28,000 in fraudulent purchases and/or cash withdrawals on someone else’s credit card.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is free on $50,000 bail.


A Lyndonville man pleaded guilty to violating terms of his Probation. He could face up to 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 9.

Joseph R. Hagen, 31, was charged in October with harassment for pushing and threatening to kill a person, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

In court on Monday, Hagen admitted to pushing his wife, failing to report to numerous Probation appointments, traveling to Florida without Probation permission, moving in October without notifying Probation of a change in his address, drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and not paying restitution since October.