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Drug suspect who fought with police gets three years in prison

JOHNSTOWN – An Edinburg woman convicted of drug possession stemming from a September incident in which she slapped and kicked police officers was sentenced Friday in Fulton County Court to three years in state prison.

Kassandra Vannostrand, 21, of 82 Tange Road, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye as part of a plea arrangement. The defendant also received two years of post-release supervision.

She pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was arrested by Gloversville police Sept. 16, when she was accused of slapping an officer. On that date, police arrested Vannostrand after a traffic stop. During the stop, she was found with numerous drug-paraphernalia items, police said. She also was found with several small glass jars containing a small amount of cocaine, police said.

During the investigation, Vannostrand struggled with officers and had a dog that was being aggressive with officers, police said. While being taken into custody, she slapped an officer in the face, and while being placed into a patrol car while handcuffed, she kicked an officer in the face, police said.

She was charged at that time with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, criminally possessing a hypodermic needle, a misdemeanor, two counts of second-degree harassment, a violation, and several vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

During a later search of her vehicle, detectives found 41.3 grams of mushrooms, which tested positive as hallucinogenic, police said.

In other County Court cases this week:

– Jamel Johnson, 24, of 67 Broad St., Apartment 2, Gloversville, was indicted by a county grand jury Wednesday on counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon. The indictment was handed up to Hoye.

He was arrested Feb. 12 by Gloversville police. He had been wanted by the state Division of Parole for several parole violations, including failure to report, failed home visits and curfew violations.

Officers had executed a search warrant at Johnson’s apartment. Police said officers found a Kel-Tec 9mm self-loading carbine, pistol cartridges, a high-capacity pistol magazine, a quantity of crack packaged for sale, a small quantity of marijuana and an unspecified amount of cash.

– James A. Murray, 49, of County Highway 126, Broadalbin, was indicted by a county grand jury Wednesday on counts of felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

He was arrested Jan. 16 by state police in Perth.

– Ranae Christopher, 38, of Murray Hill Road, St. Johnsville, was indicted by a county grand jury on counts of felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was charged Dec. 2 on Route 30 in the town of Mayfield.

– Eric S. Sleezer, 32, of 15 N. Judson St., Apartment 2, Gloversville, was indicted by a county grand jury on eight counts. They were: second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Sleezer was charged by Gloversville police Dec. 28. Police said he had locked his girlfriend’s cell phone in a safe during a dispute.

When she was able to call police, he left the residence, police said. Sleezer later contacted police to report the window to his vehicle had been smashed, and officers learned his 22-year-old girlfriend, Taria Kadle, was responsible, police said.

Police said as the investigation continued, it was learned that Sleezer possessed a large quantity of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The Detective Division then obtained a warrant to search a storage unit that Sleezer rents on North Main Street.

Police said a search of the storage unit and the apartment yielded about 27.6 ounces of marijuana, 27 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, a quantity of LSD, numerous prescription medications in unlabeled containers, a shotgun and a rifle.

Police estimated the street value of the marijuana alone was $5,000.

Police also seized a variety of electronic equipment thought to be stolen property, including TVs, MP3 players, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, stereo equipment, iPods, iPhones, CD players, handheld video games, cameras and GPS units.

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