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Tri-county blotter

Active bench warrant leads to man’s arrest

JOHNSTOWN — Glenn A. Cole Jr., 38, of 176 Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville, was taken into custody on an active bench warrant by Gloversville police on Tuesday at 11:15 p.m.

The bench warrant for Cole was issued out of Johnstown City Court for failure to appear. Cole was located by Gloversville police at 12 Fox St. while officers were investigating an unrelated complaint.

Cole was turned over to the Johnstown Police Department.

Local man charged with drunk driving

GLOVERSVILLE — Samuel V. Hawkins, 34, of 14 Lincoln St., was charged with driving while intoxicated by city police on Friday at 1:13 a.m.

Hawkins was taken into custody following a vehicle complaint. During the course of investigation, police learned that Hawkins was incapacitated while under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel of a running vehicle while on a public highway.

Hawkins was released on an appearance ticket returnable in City Court at a later date.

Man charged with criminal trespassing

GLOVERSVILLE — Jason T. Smrtic, 35, of 74 Division St., was charged with second-degree criminal trespass by city police on Friday at 12:01 a.m.

Smrtic was taken into custody at 235 S. Main St. following a trespassing complaint. During the course of investigation, police learned that Smrtic entered and remained in a dwelling unlawfully.

Smrtic was arraigned in City Court.

Camp altercation leads to assault charge

CAROGA — Joshua A. Cooper. 31, of 7 Maple Ave., Gloversville, was charged by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies at 10:15 p.m. Saturday with second-degree assault.

Deputies said he was charged following a physical altercation at the Caroga Lake State Campgrounds on Route 29A in the town. Deputies responded and found Cooper allegedly used a portion of a broken beer bottle to strike a male victim in the face, deputies said. The victim sustained a laceration to the face and was treated at the scene.

Cooper was arraigned before Caroga Justice James Subik and sent to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secure bond. A jail officer said Cooper was still incarcerated as of Monday.

Woman charged for giving false reports

NORTHAMPTON — Abby L. Bayes, 21, of 121 County Highway 109, Broadalbin, was charged by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies May 20 with six counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

Deputies said she was charged after allegedly falsely reporting several instances of child abuse in the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment of the state Office of Children and Family Services. It was found that Bayes contacted the abuse hotline on six occasions between October 2018 and April 2019, allegedly reporting allegations of abuse knowing the reports were baseless and false.

Bayes will appear later in Town Court.

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