JOHNSTOWN - A parolee pleaded guilty this week in Fulton County Court to a drug charge and is scheduled to receive 3 1/2 years in state prison.
Mitchell L. Ostrander, no age or address available, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was set for a later date, but he is expected to receive 3 1/2 years in state prison.
He was arrested July 10 by Gloversville police. Ostrander was indicted by a county grand jury Sept. 21 on one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The indictments said Ostrander and co-defendant Joshua W. Tyrrell possessed cocaine with intent to sell at about 10:15 a.m. July 10.
At the time, Gloversville police said a search in the city by two law enforcement agencies for one suspected parole violator, Ostrander, also netted Tyrrell, another parole violator.
City police said they worked with state Parole Board officers to find Ostrander, who was wanted on a parole violation. Information led authorities to an upstairs apartment at 17 N. McNab Ave. where Ostrander and Tyrrell, also on parole, were found, police said. Following a search of the dwelling, police said, officers found crack cocaine.
In other County Court cases this week:
A man was sentenced to one to three years in state prison stemming from a summer burglary at a residence.
Joseph D. Izzano, 31, of 342 County Highway 146, town of Broadalbin, was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was based on his Oct. 19 plea to attempted burglary.
Fulton County sheriff's deputies charged Izzano Aug. 14 with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies. Deputies said he illegally entered a residence on Ridge Road and stole jewelry.
Adrian M. Kirby, 44, of 22 Woodside Ave., Gloversville, on Wednesday pleaded guilty before Hoye to one count of driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was indicted by a county grand jury Sept. 21 on those counts, as well as misdemeanor counts of third-degree unlawful fleeing from a police officer and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He is slated to be sentenced later - as part of a plea arrangement - to one year driver's license revocation.
Kirby was arrested July 13 by Gloversville police at 2:33 a.m. July 13 on West Fulton Street.
Police at the time said Kirby drove onto the FJ&G Rail Trail, crashed into a barrier and then fled on foot before authorities apprehended him. Police said he had been intoxicated while in his vehicle and possessed crack cocaine.
Francis Fortier, 59, of the town of Mayfield, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Richard C. Giardino to driving while intoxicated.
He is slated to be sentenced later - as part of a plea arrangement - to three years probation and one year driver's license revocation.
Fortier was charged March 31 in Mayfield with felony DWI. Troopers said he was driving on Route 30 in the town around 11 p.m. when state police stopped him after his car was in another lane. Troopers said they determined he was under the influence of alcohol.
He was charged with failing to use a designated lane, DWI and driving with 0.08 percent or higher blood alcohol content. Because of a previous conviction, the DWI charge was elevated to a felony, troopers said at the time.
Aaron Willman, no age or address available, was sentenced Thursday to two- to-four years in state prison and restitution. The sentence was part of a plea arrangement entered Oct. 5. Willman pleaded guilty then to second-degree attempted forgery.
He was charged March 31 in Broadalbin, but details on his case were unavailable.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.