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Police: Man shoplifted at Walmart

QUEENSBURY — A Warrensburg man faces a felony burglary count for allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart store on Route 9 after he had been banned, police said.

Michael A. Fuschino, 57, was arrested Sunday night after the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the store about a theft, authorities said.

Police determined that Fuschino’s ban would result in a felony burglary count and misdemeanor petit larceny charge, and he was being held in Warren County Jail pending arraignment Monday.

Sheriff’s Patrol Officer J.C. Kearns made the arrest.

DWI charge comes after crash

CHESTER — A woman from Lake Luzerne was injured and charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash on Olmstedville Road early Saturday, authorities said.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, Emma Schrader, 24, was taken to Glens Falls Hospital by North Warren Rescue Squad for unspecified injuries. Her condition was not available early Monday.

Police said she drove off the road and determined she was intoxicated. She was charged with misdemeanor DWI, ticketed for moving from her lane unsafely and issued an appearance ticket for Chester Town Court, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Matthew Fish made the arrest.

Man convicted of animal cruelty

BALLSTON SPA — A Saratoga Springs man was found guilty on Monday in Saratoga County Court for killing his Boston terrier last October.

Aaron J. Brinkley, 31, was convicted of felony aggravated animal cruelty after a jury trial that featured seven witnesses and more than 50 pieces of evidence, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

“We are pleased that the jury held the defendant accountable for this depraved conduct,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a news release.

Saratoga Springs Police investigated a complaint at a home on Quiet Harbor Drive back in October over concerns for the welfare of the animal. The dog, named Riko, was found dead on a deck behind the home after Brinkley beat the dog to death with a hammer.

Saratoga County Judge James Murphy sent Brinkley to Saratoga County Jail until he returns to Saratoga County Court for sentencing on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. He faces up to 2 years in Saratoga County Jail.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katherine DeMartino with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Patrick Campion.

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