Man who threw gun out window gets prison

JOHNSTOWN – A man who police said threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window was recently sentenced in Fulton County Court.

Ricardo J. Charles, 24, of Lincoln Street, Gloversville, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Richard C. Giardino to two to four years as a second felony offender.

The defendant pleaded guilty Jan. 21 to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon as part of a plea arrangement.

He was arrested Sept. 11 by Gloversville police, who said a report of trespassing led to Charles being arrested after he threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window. Police said officers responded to 8 Second Ave. for a report of a trespass in progress. Upon arrival, police said, officers were directed to the third floor. After officers entered the apartment, police said they found Charles alone and removed him.

Police said witnesses saw a backpack being thrown out of the third-story window. Officers found a handgun in the backpack and other property belonging to Charles, who at the time was wanted on a warrant out of Schenectady.

In other recent County Court news:

Amy P. Simonds, 34, of Union Mills Road, Broadalbin, was sentenced Tuesday by Giardino to two to four years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

She pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to one count of third-degree burglary.

Simonds was arrested Nov. 17 by Gloversville police, charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

According to police, library staff said they saw Simonds inside the library after closing hours. They determined she stole the library keys of an employee and used them to gain access, police said. Once inside the library, police said, Simonds stole a laptop computer and fled the scene. She was arrested by police at her home where the laptop was recovered hidden in her bedroom, police said.

Burt J. Belden Jr., 22, of 121 N. Second St., Northville, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive 1 1/2 to three years as a second felony offender.

Belden was arrested Nov. 25 by Gloversville police for stealing someone’s credit card and using it.

Joseph E. Blaney, 28, of Carpenter Street, Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye to nine months in the county jail. He must also pay restitution of about $850.

The sentence was based on Blaney’s Feb. 27 guilty plea to third-degree criminal mischief, as part of a plea arrangement.

He was arrested Jan. 10 in Gloversville.

Jerry Hooper, 47, of Oak Lane, Gloversville, was sentenced Thursday by Giardino to 90 days in the county jail and five years probation.

She pleaded guilty Jan. 30 before Giardino to felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and misdemeanor driving while ability impaired by drugs, as part of a plea arrangement.

Fulton County sheriff’s deputies arrested her June 29 on the same counts.

She was indicted by a county grand jury Dec. 20.