Man sentenced to prison for heroin
FORT EDWARD — A Vermont man who police believe was a major heroin supplier in the Whitehall area has been sentenced to 4 years in state prison.
Dayshawn D. Mitchell, 23, was arrested in January after a multi-agency police investigation led to the seizure of 50 grams of a heroin/fentanyl mixture. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is more powerful than heroin.
State Police believe Mitchell, a native of Brooklyn, was operating a distribution network in western Vermont and parts of Washington County. He was arrested at an unspecified location along Route 4 in the village of Whitehall.
He pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan imposed a four-year term to be followed by 2 years on parole.
Man hurt, driver arrested in crash
MOREAU — A pedestrian was seriously hurt when he was hit early Tuesday by a vehicle on Bluebird Road, and police arrested the driver a short time later after he fled the scene, authorities said.
The pedestrian, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, according to State Police.
He was hit around 1:30 a.m. as he walked east by a vehicle that was also eastbound and fled the crash scene, Trooper Kerra Burns said.
State Police and Saratoga County sheriff’s officers began a search for the vehicle, and it was found in woods off Hudson Falls Road, where the driver had tried to hide it, officials said.
The man police believe was the driver, Justin C. Lewis, 26, of Fort Edward, was located about an hour later, found to be intoxicated and was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence, as well as misdemeanor failure to use an ignition interlock device, Burns said.
He was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail for lack of bail.
Man with lengthy record sentenced
GRANVILLE — A Granville man has been sentenced to up to 3 years in state prison for driving drunk and without a license.
Keith B. Wolcott, 55, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in connection with an arrest in Granville earlier this year.
Wolcott has a lengthy criminal record that included a 2016 felony arrest for a knife threat, and a 1987 homicide conviction for a shooting death in Vermont.
Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan sentenced Wolcott to 1 to 3 years in state prison.
Woman charged in felony DWI case
GUILDERLAND — A woman from Moreau was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for speeding one afternoon last week, police said.
Joette C. Kellogg, 50, was pulled over for speeding on Route 20 around 12:45 p.m. on June 10 and found to be intoxicated, according to State Police.
It was determined her blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent, and because of a prior DWI conviction within 10 years, she was charged with felony DWI.
Kellogg was released, pending prosecution in Guilderland Town Court.
Salespeople claim false connection
HARTFORD — Salespeople going door-to-door in Hartford with textbooks and tutoring supplies have falsely claimed affiliation to Hartford Central School District, according to a statement from the district.
The district issued a statement on its Facebook page about the individuals and said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the group.
The statement said the Sheriff’s Office found them to be legitimate salespeople, but reiterated they were not related to the district in any way.
The district encouraged anyone with questions to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Man charged with food court fraud
ALBANY — A Saratoga County man was charged with two felonies last week for allegedly collecting more than $180,000 in sales tax while running a business but failing to turn it over to the state, officials said.
Robert V. Gourlay Jr., 56, of Gansevoort, pleaded not guilty to counts of tax fraud and grand larceny for the alleged theft of $186,000 while he ran Fresh Healthy Cafe in Crossgates Mall between 2010 and 2018.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance alleged he collected the money from customers but did not pay it to the state as required.
Gourlay was arraigned in Albany City Court and released, pending further court action.