Fine $500 for woman
in laptop computer theft

A 58-year-old woman was fined $500 in City Court for stealing a laptop computer from Wal-Mart.

Linda D. Lashen, of 501 E. Dominick St., was ordered by Judge Daniel C. Wilson Friday to pay a $500 fine on a charge of petty larceny.

State police said at 11:50 a.m. Sept. 11, Linda Lashen stole a laptop computer from Wal-Mart on Rome-Taberg Road while the cashier was distracted.

A store security officer told investigators that he spotted Lashen removing the laptop security device while hiding in the clothing section. The officer also said Lashen hid the laptop beneath a bag of pet food.

The officer said he followed Lashen out into the parking lot and wrote down her license plate number when she drove away.

Also in City Court:

¿ David M. Zmudosky, 49, of 207 W. Garden St., was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $395 in surcharges, had his license revoked for six months and was granted a one-year conditional discharge on one count of driving while intoxicated.

Police said at 2:23 a.m. April 21, Zmudosky registered a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent — more than twice the legal threshold of 0.08 percent — on North George Street.

¿ Kimberly A. Waechter, 32, of 734 N. Madison St., was ordered to pay a $250 fine and $2,754 in restitution on a charge of trespass, reduced from fourth-degree welfare fraud.

Authorities said between May and August 2008, Waechter received $2,954 in public assistance and food stamps from the county Department of Social Services, while also receiving unemployment benefits from the state.