Man, 57, gets one day in jail for harassing, choking girlfriend

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A 57-year-old man was sentenced to one day in lockup for harassing and choking his girlfriend.

John J. Varecka, of 48 Jordan Road, New Hartford, was sentenced by City Court Judge Gregory J. Amoroso Wednesday to one day in jail and was ordered to pay a $120 surcharge on one count of second-degree harassment, reduced from fourth-degree mischief. A charge of misdemeanor strangulation was dismissed.

Police said at midnight on Sept. 19, Varecka threw a drinking glass at his 27-year-old girlfriend during a domestic dispute at her apartment. Police said Varecka also choked the woman and broke her screen door.

In a statement to police, the victim said Varecka was upset because another man had winked at her at the Turning Stone Casino. She said the argument lasted the whole way home.

Also in City Court:

• Christopher P. Trela, 30, of 710 W. Liberty St., was released on his own recognizance on charges of petty larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. His case was adjourned to March 2.

Police said at 1:58 a.m. Jan. 14, Trela stole four Four Locos drinks from the FasTrac convenience store on Erie Boulevard. When officers went to his residence to question Trela at 4:45 a.m. that day, authorities said he was too drunk to stand or answer the door — or to take care of his 8-year-old daughter.

• The case of Joseph L. Lamphier, 19, of Park Drive Manor II, charged with first-degree sex abuse, was adjourned to the county grand jury.

Authorities said on Jan. 27, Lamphier had sexual contact with a girl under the age of 11 in Rome.

• The cases of Kevin Jefferson, 34, Christopher Parker, 29, and Renee L. Loadholt, 32, all of 112 W. Embargo St., and all charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, were adjourned to the county grand jury.

Authorities said on Jan. 29, the three were busted in a drug raid at their residence. Police said they seized quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana.

• Jerry A. Standen, 22, of 423 Henry St., was sentenced to three days in jail and was ordered to pay a $120 surcharge on one count of disorderly conduct, reduced from fourth-degree mischief. A charge of second-degree harassment was dismissed.

Police said at 8:26 p.m. Jan. 27, Standen kicked his 21-year-old girlfriend in the leg and threw her cell phone, breaking the screen.

• Jaime L. Thompson, 38, of 604 E. Bloomfield St., and Monica L. Tebo, 25, of 508 E. Bloomfield St., were both released on their own recognizances on a charge of petty larceny. Their cases were adjourned to March 2.

Police said at noon on Jan. 27, Thompson and Tebo stole a woman’s notebook computer from Tebo’s residence.

• Mathew S. Squires, 28, of 711 John St., Utica, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and was granted a one-year conditional discharge on one count of trespass, reduced from petty larceny.

State police said at 10:59 p.m. Jan. 4, Squires stole a 55-inch television, worth $700, from Wal-Mart on Rome-Taberg Road.

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