Tri-county blotter

Fatal accident on Thruway

ROOT — State police say the driver of a tractor-trailer has died following an accident on the Thruway on Wednesday.

James T. Bennett, 48, of Bridgeport, Conn., drove off the south shoulder of the roadway around 4:26 p.m. His tractor- trailer then ran into several trees before coming to rest. Troopers said they do not know the reason why Bennett drifted off the highway.

Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said no other vehicles were involved in the incident and the accident is currently under investigation. State police ask that anyone with information about the crash to contact them at

(518) 465-7377.

Traffic stop leads to charges

PALATINE — Paul R. Bateholts Jr., 20, 93 E. Grand St. Palatine Bridge, was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies May 9 and charged with driving with a suspended license.

Deputies said Bateholts was seen driving on East Grand Street in the village of Palatine Bridge and he was stopped. A check of his license revealed that it was suspended for failure to pay a fine in Gloversville.

Bateholts was arrested and issued traffic tickets to appear in town court.

Mayfield woman charged with larceny

MAYFIELD — Diane E. Vannie, 54, of Broadalbin, was arrested by New York state police April 25 and charged with grand larceny.

Switched rolled coins leads to charges

MAYFIELD —On May 9, a trooper from New York state police in Mayfield was dispatched to Stewart’s Shop in Northville to investigate dime coin rolls that had actually been filled with pennies. The previous day, the swapped coins had been used to pay for fuel and change was given based upon the higher labeled denomination. When the coin rolls were opened, the ruse was discovered. The trooper reviewed the surveillance video and recognized the suspect as Johnathan Murphy, 26, of Edinburg.

Troopers located Murphy and further discovered he had an active parole warrant from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was processed, issued an appearance ticket for petit larceny returnable to the town of Northampton court on June 9 at 3 p.m., and then transported to the Fulton County Jail on the DOCCS warrant.

Littering leads to DWI charges

GLOVERSVILLE — Anthony J. Zambella, 31, of Gloversville was charged by New York state troopers at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday with speeding, driving while intoxicated, first offense, and throwing trash on the side of the road. The offenses happened on West State Street.

Zambella was released on appearance tickets.

Man arrested on bench warrant

JOHNSTOWN — Clarence A. Hayes Jr., 34, of 167 Bleecker St., Gloversville,, was arrested by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies at 7:38 p.m. Saturday on a warrant.

Deputies charged him following a warrant check.

There was a bench warrant for his arrest out of Johnstown City Court.

Hayes was arraigned in that court and sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond, pending further court action.

By Chad Fleck

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