• The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office arrested four after investigating a complaint from local businesses about the fraudulent use of credit cards.
According to a release, officers arrested arrested the following individuals in connection to the case: Faybien L. Phillips, 19, of 82 Fremont St. apartment 7 in Gloversville; Jordan D. Williams, 26, of 213 Canal St. in Fort Plain; Matthew T. Casey, 37, of 4400 Peterboro Road in Vernon; and Jason A. Natale, 24, of 704 Saratoga Ave. in Brooklyn.
Phillips, Williams and Natale were all charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. Casey was charged with conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor.
The businesses affected in the towns of Mayfield and Johnstown and the City of Johnstown provided a description of the vehicle along with a license plate number. Patrol officers located the vehicle in Mayfield. The suspects allegedly attempted to elude officers but were located in the driveway of a private residence of someone they did not know.
The investigation revealed the suspects were in possession of a computer and a machine that was able to encode the magnetic strip on the credit cards with stolen credit card numbers purchased on the Internet.
Phillips, Williams and Natale were arraigned in the Johnstown Town Court and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail, $20,000 bond. Casey was also arraigned in the Johnstown Town Court and remanded to the FCCF on $1,000 bail, $2,000 bond. All four are scheduled to appear in Mayfield Town Court at a later date.
New York State Police and Mayfield Police assisted in the investigation, which is still ongoing and more charges are possible.
Businesses that believe they were victimized may call the sheriff’s office at 736-2100.
• Chad T. Smith, 39, of 1490 Route 30 in Mayfield was arrested April 8 and charged with harassment in the second degree.
According to a release, Smith allegedly called his ex-wife multiple times and left multiple voicemails that served no legitimate purpose. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Ephratah Town Court at a later date.
• Zachary R. Manzer, 32, of 761 Route 29A in Gloversville was arrested May 16 and charged with two class A misdemeanors, including misuse of food stamps and petit larceny.
According to a release, Manzer allegedly allowed another person to use his public benefit card in order to obtain welfare benefits they were not entitled to. He was arraigned in Johnstown City Court and released upon his own recognizance.
Gloversville Police Department
• Kimberly A. Lockwood, 40, who is homeless, was arrested May 16 and charged with disorderly conduct and littering.
According to a release, officers responded to 118 N. Main St. in Gloversville at 8:35 p.m. for a report of a male and female fighting. While investigating, Lockwood was observed continually yelling and swearing. She was advised to cease her actions, but continued. When officers approached her, she threw a can of beer into the street.
Lockwood was arraigned by the Honorable Judge DiMezza and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $100 bail.
• Thomas H. Ostrander, 57, of 12 Fox St. in Gloversville was arrested May 17 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
According to a release, officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint to find Ostrander yelling obscenities outside at officers in a threatening manner after several warnings to stop. While taking Ostrander into custody, he allegedly resisted arrest.
Ostrander was arraigned by the Honorable Judge DiMezza and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail, $5,000 bond.
• Theodore Singletary, 28, of 1063 Cutler St. in Schenectady was arrested May 17 on a active bench warrant out of the City of Gloversville.
According to a release, Singletary was sought for failing to pay restitution on charges of forgery and petit larceny. He was arrested at 531 Liberty St. in Schenectady.
Singletary was arraigned by the Honorable Judge DiMezza and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on$350 bail, $3,500 bond.
• Johnathan Murphy, 26, of Edinburg was arrested May 9 by Mayfield troopers and charged with petit larceny.
According to a release, troopers were dispatched to Stewart’s Shop in Northville to investigate dime coin rolls that had been filled with pennies. On May 8 the rolls had been used to pay for fuel and change given. The trooper reviewed surveillance video and recognized Murphy, who was also wanted on an active parole warrant from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Murphy located and issued an appearance ticket returnable to Northampton Town Court at a later date. He was then transported to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on the warrant.
• Anthony Zambella, 31, of Gloversville was arrested May 16 by Mayfield troopers and charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations.
According to a release, a trooper observed a Silver Chevy Silverado speeding Eastward on West State Street in Gloversville. After stopping the vehicle, the trooper smelled alcohol as he interviewed Zambella. He failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. He was processed and his blood alcohol content was determined to be .11 percent. He was then released with appearance tickets returnable to Gloversville City Court.