17-year-old Rome Cable arsonist granted youthful offender status

The teen-ager who set fire to the old Rome Cable Building was granted youthful offender status when he admitted to starting the Nov. 28 blaze.

So the sentence and case file for 17-year-old James Smith have been closed to the public, prosecutors said.

Smith, of 301 S. Jay St., pleaded guilty before Judge Barry M. Donalty May 1 to fourth-degree arson, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Police said at about 6 p.m. Nov. 28, Smith snuck into the old Rome Cable Building in south Rome and lit a box of paper on fire. Smith told police that he left the building, but then saw smoke coming from the windows. He said he ran back inside and tried to put out the fire, but then he left because he was afraid of getting burned. Firefighters soon arrived and it took several hours to knock down the flames that had spread throughout one corner of the building.

Also in County Court:

A brother and sister team have admitted in County Court to a string of business burglaries that plagued the Trenton and Floyd areas.

¿ John Pawlikowski, 25, of 901 Lamb St., Utica, pleaded guilty before Judge Barry M. Donalty May 1 to two counts of third-degree burglary. His case was adjourned for sentencing to June 12.

¿ Erin M. Pawlikowski, 26, of 614 Route 8, Cold Brook, pleaded guilty before Judge Donalty May 2 to third-degree burglary. Her case was adjourned for sentencing to June 13.

Authorities said on Nov. 8, the pair broke into Hudson’s Sled Salvage and 3 Tin’s Pizzeria in Trenton and stole cash. Then on Nov. 17, the siblings broke into Okey Dokey’s Restaurant in Floyd and Jak’s Bar and Grill in Trenton and again stole cash. The indictment said the pair also stole two television sets from Jak’s.

¿ John F. Robinson, 34, of 8525 Maxwell Road, Clinton, was sentenced by Judge Donalty April 27 to four years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, and was ordered to pay $375 in court fees on a charge of first-degree sex abuse.

According to court documents, Robinson had inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl in Paris between December and January.

¿ Nicholas Tuttle, 21, of 9287 Summit Road, Cassville, was sentenced by Judge Donalty May 2 to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of post-released supervision, and was ordered to pay $375 on a charge of first-degree assault.

According to court documents, Tuttle repeatedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend with a knife in Utica on Sept. 3.

¿ Savanna Alger, 21, of 3 Julie Ave., Whitesboro, pleaded not guilty before Judge Michael L. Dwyer April 25 to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny. Her case was adjourned for report to May 11.

The indictment said on Dec. 26, Alger stole stereo equipment from a man in Utica.

¿ Melissa R. Desimone, 31, of 9561 Maynard Drive, Marcy, was sentenced by Judge Dwyer April 25 to three years probation and was ordered to pay $5,760.50 in restitution, and $75 in court fees on a charge of petty larceny.

According to court documents, Desimone stole more than $3,000 from the state Department of Labor between June and November 2010.

¿ Jose A. Rodriguez, 33, of 425 Park Drive Manor II, was sentenced by Judge Dwyer April 25 to one to three years in prison, and was ordered to pay $375 in court fees, on a charge of third-degree possession of a weapon.

According to court documents, Rodriguez was found with a defaced and loaded .357-caliber revolver in Rome on Jan. 30.

¿ Kyle W. Foster, 20, of 8364 Halstead Drive, Blossvale, pleaded guilty before Judge Donalty April 27 to fourth-degree possession of a weapon, reduced from second-degree. His case was adjourned for sentencing to June 22.

The indictment said on March 2, Foster had a .9mm semi-automatic pistol in Marcy.

¿ Phillip F. Williams, 47, of 153 Pine Haven Circle, pleaded guilty before Judge Donalty May 2 to fourth-degree possession of stolen property. His case was adjourned for sentencing to June 13.

The indictment said on Dec. 13, Williams was found with a stolen .38-caliber revolver.

¿ John D. Frateschi, 64, of 5816 Stonegates Heights Drive, Jamesville, was sentenced by Judge Donalty March 2 to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, and was ordered to pay $375 in court fees on a charge of second-degree burglary.

The indictment said on March 2, 2010, Frateschi broke into a residence in Westmoreland and stole jewelry, watches, cash, phones and a purse from a woman inside.