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Canajoharie resident flees court, captured

December 19, 2013
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

PALATINE - A Canajoharie man fled Town Court on Dec. 12 but was captured by state police later in the day in a parking lot, authorities said.

Michael A. Shostek, 29, of Canajoharie was charged with third-degree escape, second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal impersonation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Authorities said Shostek fled Town Court against the orders of Judge Ronald Dygert.

Shostek was in court answering appearance tickets that were issued by state police Dec. 2 for charges of petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.

While at court, police said, the judge told Shostek he would be turned over to the custody of the Montgomery County Jail, and the man subsequently fled the court.

Troopers went to the scene and found Shostek in a nearby parking lot, police said.

Dygert was unavailable for comment this morning.

Shostek was processed at the state police station in Fonda, arraigned in Town Court and sent to the Montgomery County Jail with no bail.

He was scheduled to appear in court again today.

Reporter Levi Pascher can be reached at



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