Tri-county blotter 08/22

Man charged with using fake money

PALATINE BRIDGE— A man is facing charges after he allegedly gave a counterfeit bill for a transaction according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Ross M. VanAlstyne, 21, of was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny on Sunday.

Deputies said on Oct. 24, 2016, VanAlstyne met someone in the village after making them believe he was purchasing an Xbox One game console and various accessories for $100. Deputies said VanAlstyne gave the victim a counterfeit $100 bill in exchange for the items.

A warrant was later issued for VanAlstyne. On Sunday, VanAlstyne was stopped by Gloversville City Police for a traffic infraction. He was held on the warrant in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.

Man arrested on bench warrant

JOHNSTOWN — Franklin A. Roberts, 34, of 7 N. School St. (up), Mayfield, was arrested by city police at 11:18 a.m. Friday on a warrant.

Police said he was arrested on a bench warrant issued by City Court.

He was held to appear in City Court.

Woman charged with welfare fraud

JOHNSTOWN —On Wednesday, a 32-year-old Johnstown woman was charged by Fulton County Sheriff’s investigators following a welfare fraud investigation.

Katherine E. Gotobed-Frasier, of 34 Yost Street, Johnstown, was arrested at 11:21 a.m. According to police, Gotobed-Frasier failed to report employment earnings to the Fulton County Department of Social Services in order to obtain welfare benefits she was allegedly not entitled to.

Gotobed-Frasier was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a class A misdemeanor.

Gotobed-Fraiser was released on appearance tickets to appear in the city of Johnstown court at a later date.

Traffic stop leads to drunk driving charges

GLEN — Melodie A. Swanson, 58, of Johnstown was charged by state police on Friday with failure to keep right, failure to use designated lane, driving while intoxicated and having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

Dim headlights leads to DWI charges

AMSTERDAM —Carmen B. Ramos-Rodriguez, 46, of Amsterdam, was charged by state police on Sunday with sub-standard lights, inadaquate brake lamps, driving while intoxicated and having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

Two charged with drug possesion

AMSTERDAM —Two people were charged by state police following a traffic stop on Sunday. Andrew J. Kenyon, 34, of Amsterdam was charged with inadequate exhaust, inadequate lights, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic needle and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance. Noelle M. Coons, 29, of Schenectady, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and posession of a hypodermic needle.

Man charged with marijuana possession

JOHNSTOWN — Joshua S. Hodgeson, 36, of Mayfield, was charged by state police On Aug. 14 with unlawful possession of marijuana.

By Patricia Older

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