Tri-county blotter

Woman charged with welfare fraud

JOHNSTOWN — Michele L. Senecal, 45, of 108 Yale St., Gloversville, was charged by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies at 1:40 p.m. April 18 with felony first-degree offering a false instrument; and petit larceny and fifth-degree welfare fraud, both misdemeanors.

Investigators said Senecal was charged at her residence following a welfare fraud in the city. She allegedly filed a false instrument with the Fulton County Department of Social Services and obtained benefits she wasn’t entitled to, investigators said.

The suspect will appear later in City Court.

Woman charged with three felonies

JOHNSTOWN — Karrie Wagoner, 37, of 50 Second Ave., Mayfield, was charged by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies at 9:20 a.m. Friday with felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree welfare fraud, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Investigators said Wagoner allegedly committed welfare fraud after submitting a false Temporary Assistance/SNAP application to the Fulton County Department of Social Services. She obtained $2,733 in benefits she wasn’t entitled to, investigators said. Investigators said the fraud took place from Sept. 1, 2017 to Oct. 31, 2017.

The suspect will appear later in City Court.

Two charged after fighting in yard

GLOVERSVILLE — Thomas J. Doak Jr., 21, of 244 Bleeker St., and Justin E. Young, 21, of 25 Park St., were charged with disorderly conduct by city police on Thursday.

Officers responded to the area of 21 Broad Street for the report of a fight in progress at 11:45 p.m. Upon arrival, officers allegedly found Doak and Young fighting in the front yard of the address.

Both Doak and Young were arrested, issued appearance tickets and released on their own recognizance.

Early morning traffic stop leads to DWI

GLOVERSVILLE — Mandy J. Battisti, 38, of 2419 Route 8, West Winfield, was charged with driving while intoxicated by city police on Friday at 2:41 a.m.

City police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plate lamps on S. Judson Street that Battisti was driving. During the course of investigation, officers had reason to believe that Battisti may have been driving under the influence and conducted a field sobriety test on Battisti. Police said the test yielded positive results for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Battisti was transported to the station where she was processed and released with appearance tickets to return to Gloversville City Court on a future date.

Failure to complete court order arrest

GLOVERSVILLE — Janessa N. VanSlyke, 24, of 64 W. Pine St., was taken into custody by city police on an active bench warrant on April 16.

City police arrested VanSlyke following a field interview where it was learned that she had an active bench warrant issued by Gloversville city Court on April 5 for failing to complete community service hours and failure to appear in court for an initial charge of issuing a bad check.

VanSlyke was transported to the station for processing and held for arraignment.

By Kerry Minor

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