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AUBURN — A Fleming woman was remanded to Cayuga County Jail Tuesday after being arraigned on seven felonies for driving while intoxicated. 

Misty Ellis, of Scipio Townline Road, pleaded not guilty Nov. 29 before Judge Thomas Leone in Cayuga County Court. The 30-year-old has been charged with four counts of DWI, two counts of aggravated DWI with a child passenger and one count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said Ellis was arrested and charged with DWI on three separate occasions this year —  on Aug. 2, again four days later and a third time on Nov. 11. 

"She is a danger to herself and a danger to the community," Adsit said, asking the court to remand Ellis to jail without bail. 

Leone agreed. 

"For the safety of the community and for the safety of Ms. Ellis, I'm going to remand her," he said. 

Ellis will appear back in court Feb. 7. She faces a maximum of three to 12 years in prison if convicted. 

Also in court: 

• An Auburn teen was sentenced to probation plus time served for forging a $4,000 check. 

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Samantha Townsend, of 208 Woodlawn Ave. Apt. 2, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. At the time, the 19-year-old said she cashed a forged $4,000 check at Modern Market in Moravia on May 1. 

In court Tuesday, Townsend's defense attorney, Timothy Brennan, told Judge Mark Fandrich that the teen had resorted to crime to support a heroin addiction. 

"It is a problem we have in our community with substance abuse and she's going to work hard to address that," Brennan said. 

"Please don't let us down," Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann told Townsend. "You give us very little option if you do." 

In addition to five years probation, Townsend will have to successfully complete drug and alcohol treatment and pay restitution. 

• A former inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility will spend another two to four years in prison for possessing dangerous contraband in March. 

Naythen Aubain, 26, pleaded guilty last month to two felony counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband.

A second felony offender convicted of robbery in Oneida County in 2008, Aubain faced a maximum of 3 1/2 to seven years in prison. However, Fandrich sentenced Aubain to two to four years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea.

In addition, Fandrich said he would recommend that Aubain serve his time at a facility other than Auburn prison as the defendant had "fears of retaliation." 

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Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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