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Recap of Several Arrests Throughout New York This Week Ending December 20, 2014

Photos Courtesy: New York State Police

Here is a recap of some of the arrests made this week throughout New York State.

Photo Credit: New York State Police

An Adams Center man is being accused of committing unemployment fraud after allegedly collecting more than $24,000 in unemployment benefits while he was employed by several New York businesses.

Anthony Gallo is facing several charges including grand larceny, insurance fraud, and falsifying business records.

In a written release from New York State Police in Watertown authorities say 33-year-old Gallo received jobless benefits “…while employed by Valentine Stores, Tom’s Service Center, and Mavis Tire.”

He was arraigned in Watertown Court by Justice Catherine Palermo and released on his own recognizance pending a decision by a Grand Jury.

The New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations assisted State Police in the investigation.

 


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The driver of a stolen car did not make it far after passing a toll on the New York State Thruway.

Last Sunday, December 14, 2014, troopers were called to the southbound lane of a toll booth at Exit 20 – the Saugerties exit – of the New York State Thruway at approximately 10:55am after a driver said that she allegedly could not pay a toll.

Minutes later the driver, 22-year-old Amanda J. Robbins of Plattsburgh, was able to pay the toll and did so.  She then drove away.

In the meantime a DMV check had been performed on her car.   Thruway communications officials told the responding trooper that the car the woman was driving had been reported as stolen.

State Police say that the vehicle was located a short time later and Robbins was arrested and brought to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

She is being charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony.


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A woman accused of grand larceny and identity theft has been released on her own recognizance to answer charges in court in January.

State Police arrested 38-year old Tracey L. Risley of Main Street in Taberg on December 17, 2014 after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Risley was arraigned in front of Justice Arthur Williams and is scheduled to return to the Town of Arcadia Court on January 21, 2015.


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A woman may be skating her way into jail after police charged her with grand larceny after she allegedly stole money from a club in Rouses Point.

On December 17, 2014 New York State Police arrested 37-year old Tricia A. Guay, accusing her of taking more than $3,000 from the account of the North Country Skating Club in early 2013.

Guay will answer the felony charge in Chazy Town Court on December 23, 2014 at 5:30pm.


 

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A traffic stop led to drug charges for a Niagara Falls man. Troopers allegedly found a glass pipe that they say contained “a small amount of crack cocaine residue” after 36-year-old James A. Smith was pulled over during a traffic stop on December 11, 2014.

New York State Police say that Smith was driving with unsafe tires and with a suspended license. He was ticketed and released pending a court appearance on January 14, 2015. Smith was formally charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle by an Unlicensed Driver
  • Unsafe Tires

Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Royalton woman is facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after police say they observed evidence of a dog being neglected in her care.

59-Year-old Mary V. Allesandro was arrested on December 13, 2014 and arraigned in the Town of Royalton Court.

The Niagara County SPCA assisted New York State Police with the execution of a warrant at Allesandro’s home. Allesandro was sent to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $500 cash  or $1,000 bond.


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A Syracuse man has been arrested on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant by New York State Police.

37-Year-old Toriando A. Frazier of Burnet Avenue in Syracuse is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center pending arraignment.

Troopers say that members of their Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, “CNET,”  seized 1.25 ounces of cocaine, assorted pills, and more than $2,500.00 in cash from Frazier’s Burnet Avenue residence on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Frazier is facing a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.


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An Auburn man is accused of allegedly setting fire to the Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles.

Peter D. Lewis is being charged with arson in the third and fifth degrees and burglary in the third degree after authorities say he allegedly set fire to the building on October 8, 2014.

In a written release New York State Police in Elbridge say the Onondaga County Fire Investigation Unit determined that fire damage within another building on the Mirbeau property was the result of arson.

The 37-year-old Lewis was taken into custody and arraigned in the Town of Skaneateles Court on December 17, 2014.

He was released on his own recognizance, and scheduled to return to court to answer the charge on January 7, 2014 at 7:00pm.

 

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