Tri-county blotter

Bond

Man arrested for cashing forged checks

AMSTERDAM – The New York state Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation stationed in Latham arrested a 62-year-old Amsterdam man for the Class D felony of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument Third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony.

Police said James C. Bond Jr. was arrested after an investigation revealed that in November of 2016, he cashed two counterfeit payroll checks totaling $3,700 in the city of Albany.

Bond was processed at state police in Latham and appeared in the city of Albany Court for arraignment where he was released to reappear at a later date.

Traffic stop leads

to drug charges

Lanza

AMSTERDAM — Zachary J. Sterusky, 28, of 23 Brocket St., Dolgeville was charged on Friday by Amsterdam police for criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and no seat belt.

During a traffic stop, Sterusky was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance and a baggie of marijuana. He was released on an appearance ticket to return to town of Manheim at a later date.

Traffic stop leads to drug, warrant arrest

AMSTERDAM — Robert D. Lanza, 55, of 288 W. Main St., was charged on Thursday by Amsterdam police for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a bench warrant for two counts of failure to appear.

Amsterdam Police Detectives performing a surveillance in a known drug location in the city. During that investigation, detectives observed a vehicle pull up in the area and Lanza appeared to be a passenger in the vehicle and police were aware of two active warrants for Lanza’s arrest out of Amsterdam City Court. Detectives conducted a traffic stop and Lanza was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine.

Harris

Lanza was processed at Amsterdam Police Head Quarters and is being held pending arraignment in city court. (this has mug)

Passed out at wheel of vehicle, man charged

AMSTERDAM — Willie Harris, 49, of 46 Phillips St., was charged on Thursday by Amsterdam police for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On May 10, police located a suspicious vehicle parked on Chestnut Street in the city where officers observed a male in the vehicle who appeared to be passed out. The man passed out was Harris, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Harris was allegedly found to be in possession of over two grams of crack cocaine which was packaged for sale.

Harris was processed at Amsterdam Head Quarters and held pending arraignment in city court.

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