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Thursday, 11 November 2021 14:31

November 6 – November 12, 2021

COURT 

An attorney from Wilton admitted that she stole funds belonging to an elderly client and the client’s estate over a six-year-period. The attorney, Ellen K. Zwijacz, entered a plea of guilty in Saratoga County Court Nov. 1 to charges of grand larceny in the second-degree. Zwijacz prepared and presented purported trust documents to open accounts and transferred funds out of the client’s control without their knowledge, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Zwijacz additionally submitted fraudulent documents to an insurance company to change address and beneficiary information on life insurance policies, and concealed the larceny by filing inaccurate documents as the attorney for the victim’s estate. She is required to pay more than $860,000 in restitution to the victim prior to the Jan. 5, 2022 sentencing. Zwijacz’s plea subjects her to a sentencing range from local incarceration and probation, to up to 1 to 3 years in state prison. She posted $5,000 cash bail and “will remain at liberty until her sentencing,” according to Heggen. 

John S. Becker, 48, of Schenectady, pleaded Nov. 1 to bail jumping in the second-degree, a felony. Sentencing Dec. 20. 

Matthew S. Lawrence, 24, of Corinth, pleaded Nov. 1 to misdemeanor DWI, and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Sentencing Jan. 7, 2022. 

Amanda L. Martin, 34, of Halfmoon, pleaded Nov. 1 to felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Sentencing Dec. 6. 

Jeffrey M. Rubertone, 49, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Oct. 29 to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Ryan K. Score, 32, of Wilton, was sentenced Oct. 29 to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Jake J. Hodgdon, 30, of Swanton, NY, was sentenced to 1.5 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony criminal mischief, in connection with an incident in Malta. 

Joshua A. Ferrucci, 29, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Oct. 29 to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony burglary, in Wilton. 

Ashley Sweeney, 38, of Mechanicville, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary, in Halfmoon. 

POLICE

Brandon Simpson, 40, of Albany, was charged Oct. 23 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right, no seat belt. 

Laura Cheney, 35, of Corinth, was charged Oct. 23 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, unregistered vehicle, registration suspended, moved from lane unsafely. 

Kamdyn Bishop, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 23 with felony DWI – previous conviction within 10 years, aggravated unlicensed operation, refusal to take breath test, reckless driving, failure to obey police officer, assault, vehicle equipment violation.

Charles Pace, 33, of Queensbury, was charged Oct. 24 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt misdemeanor. 

Noah Williams, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 24 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and misdemeanor aggravated DWI. 

Ashley McQueen, 27, of Troy, was charged Oct. 24 in Saratoga Springs with   misdemeanor DW, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, leaving scene of a property damage accident. 

Richard Davenport, 48, of Albany, was charged Oct. 23 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, no vehicle license, passed a red light. 

Catherine Marsh, 23, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 21 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, failing to use designated lane, and making an unsafe turn.

Miranda Sanders, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 21 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

Randy Jones, 54, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 21 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. 

Christopher Weber, 36, of Rotterdam Junction, was charged Oct. 22 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor harassment. 

Luke Malamood, 36, of Albany, was charged Oct. 21 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, operating vehicle while using a portable electronic device, speeding, passing a red light, moving from lane unsafely, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

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