10 years in prison for Rome
man who robbed Marcy store

Accused of robbing a Marcy convenience store at knife point, a Rome man will spend the next 10 years in state prison, a sentence handed down by County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer on Sept. 4.

Joseph M. Elmer, 23, of 408 N. Madison St., was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision and was ordered to pay $320 in court fees on a charge of first-degree robbery. Police said at 5:20 a.m. April 27, Elmer entered the FasTrac at the corner of River and Cavanaugh roads and displayed a switchblade to the female clerk. She gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before he fled in an older model Mercedes.

The clerk was not injured. Elmer was captured on surveillance cameras and was arrested leaving his residence two days later.

Also in County Court:

• Christopher Russell, 19, of 6332 Kolton Drive, was sentenced by Judge Barry M. Donalty Sept. 4 to two years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, and ordered to pay $1,370 in court fees on a charge of second-degree rape. Authorities said on Jan. 9, Russell had sex with a girl less than 15-years-old in Rome. Authorities said he also had sex with a different underage girl in January 2007.

• Ernest S. Coleman, 51, of 720 N. Madison St., was sentenced by Judge Donalty Sept. 10 to 3 1/2 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision and was ordered to pay $320 in court fees on a charge of second-degree assault. Police said at 2 a.m. March 13, Coleman attacked his girlfriend at his apartment. Police said he struck her repeatedly in the face and ribs, rupturing her spleen, which required immediate surgery to have it removed. Police said the 42-year-old woman also suffered three broken ribs, a broken nose, multiple contusions on her body and a tear to her pancreas. In a statement to police, the woman said Coleman had been drinking and then started a verbal argument.

• Thomas Emanuel, 40, of 110 Victory Drive, was sentenced by Judge Donalty Sept. 4 to six years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, ordered to pay $320 in court fees and had his license suspended for six months on a charge of second-degree sale of a controlled substance. Authorities said Emanuel was a high-level cocaine dealer in the City of Rome in the first half of the year. He was arrested at his home during an early morning drug raid on July 27.

• Joseph L. Ruggerio, 24, of 6361 Route 26, pleaded guilty before Judge Donalty Sept. 4 to fourth-degree mischief. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Oct. 16. The indictment said on July 2, 2006, Ruggerio caused $2,490 worth of damage to a 2002 Chrysler Concorde LX in Kirkland.

• Joseph J. Schauss, 18, of 415 W. Thomas St., pleaded guilty before Judge Donalty Sept. 4 to attempted second-degree robbery. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Oct. 16. The indictment said on June 26, Schauss used a pistol to steal money, clothing and electronics equipment from a man in Utica.

• John E. Greany, 22, of 505 W. Dominick St., pleaded guilty before Judge Dwyer Sept. 4 to attempted third-degree burglary. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Oct. 23. The indictment said on June 21, Greany broke into a locked office at the Quality Inn at 200 S. James St. and stole a woman’s credit card.

• Melvin Harper, 40, of 511 W. Court St., was sentenced by Judge Dwyer Sept. 4 to 3 1/2 years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, and was ordered to pay $320 in court fees on a charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Police said at 6:03 a.m. May 2, during the execution of a no-knock search warrant, Harper was found with a plastic bag in his pants pockets containing 3.1 grams of crack cocaine. And while continuing to search the bedroom, Harper was found in possession of two plastic bags containing a total 31.2 grams of crack, police said. He was also found with a quantity of marijuana, packaging materials, scales and a .38-caliber revolver.

• Bruce G. Wright, 58, of 6671 Golf Course Road, was sentenced by Judge John S. Balzano Sept. 9 to five years probation, ordered to pay $1,795 in court fees and had his license revoked for one year on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The indictment said at 11:58 p.m. Jan. 16, Wright was clocked at 71 mph in a 40 mph zone on Elmer Hill Road, and he registered a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent. The legal threshold is 0.08 percent.