One year sentence given for sword assault

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man accused last summer of attempting to assault someone with a sword was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to one year in the county jail.

Ryan Blush, 25, of 3 Vanwyck St., was sentenced June 18 before County Court Judge Polly Hoye, as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence was based on his March 13 guilty plea to second-degree attempted to assault.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department arrested Blush Aug. 15, 2019 after an incident in the town of Caroga. Sheriff Richard Giardino said he was arrested on a felony count of second-degree assault in connection with the cutting incident.

Giardino said the incident involving a sword took place just before emergency personnel and police were dispatched to Nine Corner Lake off Route 29 in the town of Caroga. He said a party “got out of hand.”

The victim was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital with a three-inch long, three-quarter-inch deep cut. Giardino said the victim received stitches and was released.

In other recent County Court action:

∫ Amanda M. Vannostrand, 35, of Broadalbin, pleaded guilty June 23 before Hoye to counts of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but she is expected to receive one year in the Fulton County Jail.

State police arrested Vannostrand on Oct. 23 in an incident that also involved Harold L. Young, 45, of Broadalbin. Troopers were called to the Budget Inn in Broadalbin for a disturbance. Troopers found two males had been involved in an altercation after attaching a chain between their two vehicles and playing “tug of war” in the parking lot.

Young was arrest and being processed at the Mayfield barracks, when troopers said they observed Vannostrand drive her vehicle into the parking lot of the barracks to pick up Young after his arrest.

Troopers said when they spoke with Vannostrand, she exhibited signs of intoxication. She was administered the standardized field sobriety tests, which she failed, and was taken into custody. Vannostrand provided a breath sample which showed a blood alcohol content of .22 percent, police said.

∫ Jacob E. Shelmandine, 34, of 84 First Ave., Apt. 1, Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to time served, participation in Fulton County Drug Court, and five years probation, as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty June 8 to one felony count of third-degree burglary.

Shelmandine was arrested March 27 by Gloversville on a warrant. He was charged stemming from an incident that occurred at the Salvation Army at 43 W. Fulton St., Gloversville, on Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. when police allege he burglarized the store.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.


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