Bank employee accused of identity theft

When a friend asked AmeriCU employee Wendy L. Crossland to close an unused bank account, law enforcers said Crossland instead used the woman’s account information to take out nearly $3,000 in unauthorized loans.

Crossland, 37, of 125 Pazdur Blvd. S., Westmoreland, was released on her own recognizance by City Court Judge Daniel C. Wilson Tuesday on two counts of second-degree identity theft and one count of first-degree falsifying business records, both felonies. Her case was adjourned to April 2.

Police said on Nov. 21, Crossland was working as a customer service advisor at the AmeriCU Credit Union on Black River Boulevard. Police said Crossland used a friend’s identity to take out a $1,200 loan. Police said she then used the friend’s personal information again to take out a second loan on Dec. 31. In January, authorities said Crossland went into the victim’s file and altered her contact information so that she would not receive any kind of notice about the loans.

In a statement to investigators, Crossland said she was struggling with several bills when the friend asked her to close a bank account she no longer used. Crossland told investigators she used that opportunity to instead steal her friend’s personal information to help pay her bills.

Also in City Court:

• Joshua R. McClain, 24, of 114 W. Embargo St., was released on his own recognizance on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. His case was adjourned to Feb. 17.

Police said on the morning of Feb. 3, McClain went to sleep upstairs at his residence and left his two children, ages 1 and 2, downstairs alone in a playpen for at least 45 minutes. Caseworkers from county Child Protective Services went to the residence during that time for a check-up, and were forced to call police to help break in because they could hear the children crying. The caseworkers told police that the residence was filthy and littered with garbage, including around the playpen.

The children were taken to stay with their aunt after McClain was taken into custody.

• Lori D. Grago, 44, of 104 Rose Lane, was released on her own recognizance on a charge of second-degree harassment. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 17.

Police said at 1:27 p.m. Nov. 14, Grago grabbed a 42-year-old woman by the throat and pinned her against a wall at her own West Embargo Street residence. The victim told police that Grago was her ex-husband’s new wife, and the attack took place during a custody exchange of her son.

• Robert F. Pearson Jr., 30, of 600 William St., was sentenced by Judge John C. Gannon to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $450 in court fees on one count each of second-degree imprisonment and second-degree contempt. Charges of second-degree mischief, second-degree harassment, second-degree contempt and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.

Police said at 4:30 a.m. Sept. 5, Pearson attacked his girlfriend at their residence by choking her, pulling her hair and slapping and punching her in the face. When the woman tried to leave the apartment, police said Pearson blocked the door with his body and pushed her to the ground. When the woman tried to use her cell phone to call for help, police said Pearson yanked the phone away and took out the battery.

After his arrest, an order of protection was filed on behalf of the woman. Police said at 8 a.m. Dec. 27, Pearson went to his ex-companion’s residence despite being court-ordered to stay away due to the previous domestic dispute. Police said at 10:12 p.m. that night, Pearson was found with a baggy of cocaine. He was arrested and sent to county jail.

Police said on Dec. 28, Pearson used a jail telephone to call his ex-companion’s telephone more than 20 times throughout the day. After he was released from lockup, he went to see her at work at 4 p.m., despite the order of protection.

• Carlos M. Perez, 44, of 411 W. Liberty St., was released on his own recognizance by Judge Wilson on a charge of second-degree harassment. His case was adjourned to Feb. 10.

Police said at 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Perez repeatedly punched his 45-year-old neighbor in the face outside his residence. In a statement to police, the victim said he was walking on the sidewalk when he slipped on a patch of ice and fell onto Perez’s wife’s car. The fall cracked the car’s visor, leading to Perez’s anger.

• David R. Hines, 17, of 121 Tompkins Ave., was released on his own recognizance on a charge of second-degree harassment. His case was adjourned to Feb. 24.

Police said at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 30, Hines thumped his chest against his mother during an argument at their residence. The victim said Hines was arguing because he did not want to go to school.

• Jennifer L. Noble, 45, of 265 North St., West Winfield, was released on her own recognizance on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater and inadequate lights. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 10.

Police said at 10:36 p.m. Jan. 22, Noble registered a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent on Black River Boulevard.

• Scott C. Schaniel, 21, of 11210 Route 26, Ava, was released on his own recognizance on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater. His case was adjourned to Feb. 10.

Police said at 2:42 a.m. Jan. 24, Schaniel registered a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent on West Dominick Street.

• Timothy R. Coleman, 19, of 6438 Karlen Road, Lee, was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police said at 10:48 p.m. Jan. 29, Coleman was found with two baggies of marijuana in the parking lot of King Pin Lanes on East Dominick Street.

• Christine A. Burdick, 36, of 613 Calvert St., was released on her own recognizance on charges of petty larceny and attempted petty larceny. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 19.

Sheriff’s deputies said at 7:51 p.m. Jan. 16, Burdick attempted to steal $400 worth of meat products and other items from Wal-Mart.

• Rochelle C. Nelson, 31, of 313 Scott Ave., was sentenced to three days in jail, with credit for time served, and ordered to pay a $120 surcharge on one count of second-degree harassment.

Authorities said at 1:25 a.m. July 2, Nelson threw a large rock onto a police officer’s foot outside Lupia’s bar on East Dominick Street.

• Kevin W. Wilson, 49, of 404 E. Bloomfield St., was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of trespass, reduced from petty larceny.

Police said at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 11, it was discovered that Wilson was running an extension cord out of his apartment at the Maplewood Apartments into a common hallway, thereby stealing electricity from the apartment complex.