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Woman Accused of Using Welfare Money to Buy Dead Husband’s Prescriptions



Fulton police helped with the arrest of a woman in Onondaga County on charges of filling her dead husband’s prescriptions.

Lisa Marie Senska, 37, of Cicero was charged with three felonies — criminal possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny and welfare fraud.  She was also charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a public benefit card.

Police allege that Senska’s husband, Robert, died April 25, 2009.  Three days later, police believe Senska used a state public benefit card to fill three prescriptions for controlled substances.  Those prescription drugs would have cost $2,892.31 otherwise.

Fulton Police were involved because the doctor who wrote the initial prescriptions is based in Fulton.

Fulton Police Catch Local Man Wanted In Florida

Fulton Police Tuesday night arrested a man wanted in Florida.

Police responded to a call of a disturbance at 151 W. 3rd St. S. last night, according to a news release from the department.  While there, police checked for any outstanding warrants on a person who was a guest at the home.

The check turned up a warrant for Paul A. Janes, Jr., 32, of Fulton.  He’s wanted in Volusia County, Florida on a warrant issued last week for failing to show up for a court hearing on a charge of “fleeing/attempt to elude”.

Police in Volusia County said they wanted to go ahead with an extradition, so Janes was arrested.  He was held overnight and is scheduled to appear before a judge in Fulton City Court Wednesday.  He will be held in the Oswego County Correctional Facility until he’s picked up by police in Volusia County.

Tow Truck Driver Accused of Stealing Money From Car In Drug Investigation

William J. Murray

William J. Murray

A tow truck driver was charged Saturday with stealing money from a vehicle involved in an alleged drug arrest.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department charged William J. Murray, 51, of 285 Route 48, Fulton with petit larceny and making a false written statement. He was ticketed and released on Saturday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Department says Murray was driving a tow truck for Don’s Garage on the evening of September 20 when he was called to tow a vehicle that was off the shoulder of Route 3 near Pollard Rd. in the town of Hannibal. Police pulled up to investigate the disabled vehicle, which was using its four-way flashing lights. Inside, they found Brandon P. McConnell, 24, and Carol L. Natarelli, 25, both of 1431 Genesee St., Apt. 307A, Utica. They also allegedly found cocaine, a prescription pill not prescribed to either person, and acid tablets, along with a pocket knife.

They were each charged with felony and misdemeanor criminal possession counts. McConnell was also charged with two misdemeanors.

Police allege that Murray stole approximately $350 from the vehicle. Nothing else was alleged to have been taken.  Police claim he made a written statement denying taking anything from the vehicle.

Murray was released on an appearance ticket and is due in town of Granby Court on November 9.

The Sheriff’s Department reports that the alleged theft of money from the vehicle did not compromise the criminal cases against McConnell and Natarelli.

Vehicle Stop Leads To Drug Arrests in Fulton

Fulton police stopped a vehicle whose driver was unlicensed.  Not long after, police made a significant drug selling arrest.

Police allege that Justin M. Smith, 30, of Syracuse, sold cocaine to an undercover State Troopeer on March 6, March 31 and April 8.

Fast forward to Friday, when a Fulton PD officer spotted Smith’s vehicle in the city.  Police allege the officer “had information that …Smith was unlicensed.”

During the traffic stop, the officer allegedly found 14.2 grams of cocaine, some marijuana and some hydrocodone tablets.

Smith was charged with two felony and one misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor count of using drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and violation counts of marijuana possession and unlicensed operator.

On top of that, they threw in three felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance for the alleged sales to the Trooper in March and April.

Fulton Police operate a tip line for information on drug possession and sales, at 593-TIPS (8477).

Police Arrest Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Blindfolded Girl

Walter C. Belden

Walter C. Belden

A Pulaski man is charged with blindfolding a young girl and subjecting her to sexual contact.

Sheriff’s Deputies on Friday arrested Walter C. Belden, 28, of 3839 Port St., Pulaski. He is charged with first degree rape, first degree criminal sexual act, sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. All but the endangering charge are felonies.

Police allege that in August, September and October of this year at a home in Pulaski, Belden blindfolded the girl, who is unnamed but under 11 years old and then engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex.

Volney town justice Ptricia Kerfein sent Belden to jail on bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

He’s due in Pulaski village court on August 14.

Two Youngsters Charged With Vandalizing Voorhees Park

A sample of the vandalism at Voorhees Park, from September, 2009.

A sample of the vandalism at Voorhees Park, from September, 2009.

Fulton Police are charging two youngsters with vandalizing the play equipment at Voorhees Park in September.

Deputy Police Chief Tom Abelgore said in an e-mail on Thursday that that the juveniles would be charged over the weekend with crimes that, if they were adults, would be misdemeanor counts of making graffiti. One of the two is also charged with the juvenile equivalent of possessing graffits instruments, also a misdemeanor.

The youths will be prosecuted in Family Court, so their names and identifying details are kept secret by law.

The play equipment at Voorhees Park was spray-painted with names and crude words just after Labor Day weekend. Neighbors spotted the vandalism in progress and reported it to police.

You’ll recall our story from a couple of weeks ago, in which Alderman Jay Foster and his family decided to clean up the vandalism themselves, only to have youngsters from the neighborhood volunteer to help them.

The equipment was bought by the Friends of Voorhees Park, a community group that formed several years ago to improve the east side park.

Attorney General’s Smart Seniors Program Comes To Oswego

Friday October 9, 2009 2:00 PM

A representative from Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office will be speaking at the Oswego seniors at the Bishop Commons on consumer fraud issues as a part of Cuomo’s statewide Smart Seniors Program.

Juanita Williams, Assistant Attorney General from Cuomo’s Syracuse Office, will inform participants how to best avoid consumer scams that frequently target seniors, such as sweepstakes, mail orders, and identity theft. This presentation will also offer information on the kinds of services Attorney General Cuomo’s Office makes available to seniors and will explain how seniors can best utilize these resources.

Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend this event.

This event will be held at Bishop Commons, 4 Burkle St., Oswego, NY 13126

Man Arrested After Pursuit By Police Ends In A Crash

An Oswego man faces charges of fleeing a police officer who tried to stop him.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department reports that David R. Burger, 22, of 80 Sixth Avenue, Oswego, appeared to be speeding on Route 104 near the Route 34 intersection in Hannibal on August 6. The department says a deputy tried to pull Burger’s car over, using the police car’s lights and siren, near the Stock Rd. intersection.

Burger did not pull over, according to police, who say that Burger then eluded them.

He was next seen driving on Route 104 in the town of Oswego, half a mile east of Hall Rd. The pursuit continued here, but ended moments later.

His Chevy Camaro lost control rounding a curve north of Tug Hill Rd., crossed the road, went through a ditch and hit a utility trailer parked on the lawn of the home at 7878 State Route 104. The Camaro then smashed into, and, police say, became embedded in a small tree near the driveway.

Burger was flown to University Hospital in Syracuse.

He was ticketed on Sunday for fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, speeding, not having a current inspection and failing to keep right. Burger has court dates in Hannibal on October 27 and Oswego Town on October 26.

Pulaski Men Arrested After Golf-Related Thefts

Nicholas Peschler, left, and Tyler Smith, in mugshots provided by the Oswego County Sheriff's Department.

Nicholas Peschler, left, and Tyler Smith, in mugshots provided by the Oswego County Sheriff's Department.

Golf is causing more problems than usual for two Pulaski men.

The Sheriff’s Department alleges that Nicholas A. Peschler, 20, of 24 River View Road, Pulaski and Tyler S. Smith, 19, of 14 South Rainbow Shores, Pulaski stole approximately 30 sprinkler heads from The Elms golf course in Sandy Creek on August 18 or 19.  Each was charged with a felony count of grand larceny.

Peschler was also charged with two felony counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing golf carts from camper sites at Brennan’s Beach RV Park in Richland.  One theft occured on August 3.  The date of the other was not disclosed.

Peschler was arrested last Thursday.  He was sent to jail on bail of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond on each of the three charges against him.  He has court dates on the charges set for September 23, October 26 and November 5.

Smith was arrested last Friday.  Bail was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.  He returns to court November 5.

Arrest Made After Search Warrant Conducted

Jeremy Wayne Collins, age 25, Fulton, New York was arrested on September 17, 2009. The investigation by the City of Fulton Police Department resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Jeremy Wayne Collins at 212 West Third Street South, in the City of Fulton. Collins was found to possess approximately 52.1 grams of powder cocaine in 48 separate plastic bags. Collins was charged with the following:

  • Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 3rd class B Felony (2 counts)
  • Criminal Using Drug paraphernalia class B Misdemeanor (2 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd class A Misdemeanor

The investigation revealed that the defendant possessed the powder cocaine, which weighed an aggregate of 1.8 ounces with the intent to sell, while using plastic packaging and possessing digital scales. A metal knuckle handled knife was also recovered from the residence.

Jeremy Wayne Collins was arraigned in front of City of Fulton Judge Spencer J. Ludington who remanded Collins to the Oswego County Public Safety Center in lieu of $10,000 bail. Collins’ next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday September 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Hope A. Whitby, age 18, Fulton was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a violation, and was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Fulton City Court on October 1, 2009.
Whitby is accused of possessing a small plastic bag containing green leafy substance consistent in appearance to that of marihuana.

The Fulton Police Department continues to pursue those persons selling or possessing illegal substances and anyone with information regarding such activity is urged to call the Fulton Police Department at (315) 598-4504 or the Fulton Police Department TIPS line at 593-TIPS or 593-8477.

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