Woman gets prison after drug raids
JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville woman arrested in August as part of several daylong drug raids was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison.
Toni Borromeo, 37, of 28 Chestnut St., was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye, as part of a plea arrangement. In addition to four years in prison, she received three years post-release supervision.
The sentence was part of Borromeo’s Sept. 24 guilty plea to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
She was arrested Aug. 22 in Gloversville, as part of several police raids that targeted that city, as well as the town of Johnstown. Authorities arrested seven people on drug-related charges in the raids, seizing more than $4,000 worth of drugs and nearly $7,000 in cash. Authorities at the time said two of the suspects were gang members.
In other court action Thursday:
Kevin Fitch Jr., 24, of Belmont Avenue, Schenectady, was sentenced by Hoye to two years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received one year post-release supervision.
Fitch, also known to authorities as “Kyle” and “Kraze,” pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor.
He was arrested by Gloversville police Sept. 21 after officers found him with several bundles of heroin and more than $3,000 in cash after chasing him in his vehicle and on foot.
An officer stopped Fitch’s vehicle on Grove Street in Gloversville after watching him drive erratically. As the officer approached the vehicle on foot, police said Fitch accelerated and fled. Authorities said the officer followed the vehicle south on Grove Street until it stopped in the front yard of 83 Third Ave., where Fitch and two passengers fled on foot. While Fitch was fleeing through a back yard, the officer saw him drop items before trying to scale a fence, police said. After a brief foot pursuit and struggle, police apprehended Fitch.
Matthew D. VanNostrand, 32, of Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to one to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.
The sentence stems from his Sept. 24 guilty plea to one felony count of driving while intoxicated.
State police charged VanNostrand May 31 in Mayfield. He was charged with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, refusal to take a breath test and not wearing a seatbelt.
State police said a trooper saw VanNostrand driving his vehicle without wearing a seatbelt. Police said the trooper stopped the vehicle and smelled alcohol fumes emanating from the vehicle. He refused a prescreening for alcohol and refused a chemical test, troopers said.
Nickie Horton, 56, of 271 Reed St., Northville, was sentenced by Hoye to one year in the county jail, as part of a plea arrangement.
He pleaded guilty Aug. 27 to one count of driving while intoxicated.
He was arrested April 20 in Northampton.
Jamie L. Lucas, 26, of 86 Broad St., Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to nine months in the county jail, as part of a plea arrangement.
He pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to first-degree criminal contempt.
Lucas was arrested Feb. 15 by Gloversville police after an altercation with his girlfriend caused a laceration to her upper lip. He was initially charged with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, both felony charges, and attempted assault.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org