Friday, 15 October 2021 08:46

October 9 – October 15, 2021


Andrew V. Cino, 28, of Rexford, pleaded Oct. 4 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Dec. 6. 

Jeremy J. Cramer, 21, of Stockport, was sentenced Oct. 6 to 2 years’ incarceration on the charge of sexual abuse in the first-degree, 1-1/2 years on the charge of patronizing a prostitute in the second-degree, and 1 year on the charge of patronizing a prostitute in the third-degree. All three sentences to run concurrent to each other. The initial charges date to June 2020 in the town of Halfmoon. 

Jonathan Saunders, 40, of Mechanicville, pleaded Oct. 6 to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

John Fink, 37, of Troy, pleaded Oct. 6 to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Daniel Larmon, 31, of South Glens Falls, pleaded Oct. 5 to failure to register as a sex offender, in Moreau. Sentencing Dec. 14.    

Edward Smith, 51, of Albany, pleaded Oct. 5 to felony grand larceny, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Dec. 14. 

Sarah H. Zimmerman, 25, of Colonie, was sentenced Sept. 29 to 1 to 3 years following conviction to vehicular assault in the second-degree, in connection with a crash that occurred Oct 2020 in the town of Halfmoon. 

Colby Flood, 19, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Oct. 1 to attempted robbery in the third-degree, a felony. Sentencing Dec. 3. 


An early morning altercation in the 20 Lake Ave. parking lot resulted in the arrests of four people. Saratoga Springs police said they were called to the lot at approximately 3:08 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 where they discovered four victims of an assault/robbery. The victims - one man and three women - are between 20 and 26 years of age. One woman suffered the most serious injuries of the four - cuts and lacerations to her head and face - which required treatment at Saratoga Hospital. After securing descriptions of the four suspected offenders, officers located four persons-of-interest on Woodlawn Avenue. Justin Rue, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with Robbery, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Mischief – all felonies, and misdemeanor Assault. Krista M. Leverette, 32, of Rensselaer, was charged with Criminal Possession Weapon misdemeanor, and felony Robbery, Assault, and two counts Criminal Possession Stolen Property. Michelle A. Betts, age 29, of Albany, and Antonia J. Dean, 29, of Hudson Falls, were each charged with felony robbery, and misdemeanor assault. Police said the two groups had an exchange of words earlier in the night but did not otherwise know one another. The four people charged are suspected of attacking the victim group, causing injuries and taking their personal property. Police indicated the weapon was a cell phone, allegedly used to repeatedly strike one of the female victims in the head and face. 

Makyla P. Minius, 21, of Troy, was charged Oct. 4 with 2 counts felony grand larceny, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred Aug. 30 at the Best Buy Store on State Route 50 in the town of Wilton. Minius is accused of stealing merchandise worth a value totaling over $8,000, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. The case is still under investigation and additional arrests are expected.

On Oct. 4, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Gina M. Battista, 29, of Gansevoort, after a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking within Saratoga County. Battista was allegedly distributing quantities of heroin and fentanyl throughout the county. Charges: criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are felonies and additional charges are pending. 

Kelly Hartford, 58, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 24 with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and failure to keep right.

Steven Tourtellot, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 24 with misdemeanor assault.

Courtney Ries, 20, of Wynantskill, was charged Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief, and obstruct governmental administration. 

Meghan King, 19, of Hudson Falls, was charged Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, vehicle registration suspended, and operating without insurance. 

Daniel Perodeau, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 26 with harassment, and misdemeanor criminal contempt. 

Nicole Hess, 34, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 24 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor.

Steven Shedd, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 25 with harassment, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. 

Joseph Albright, 30, of Fuera Bush, was charged Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Krystle M. Furioso, 35, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 3 with tampering with physical evidence, a felony.

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