Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Inmate pleads innocent on prison counts

Inmate pleads innocent on prison counts: "In Otsego County Court on Wednesday, an Oneonta man pleaded innocent at arraignment to a one-count charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband, matches, and two counts of second-degree promoting prison contraband, marijuana and cigarettes.

According to court records, Jose A. Rodriguez, 51, possessed these items at the Otsego County jail Jan. 3.

Bail was set at $25,000 by Judge Michael Coccoma, and Rodriguez, who had been jailed on a lower court charge, was returned to the jail to await further court proceedings.

In Otsego County Court on Feb. 23 before Judge Brian Burns, an indictment was filed charging Thomas A. Niznik, 32, of Springfield Center, with two counts of driving while intoxicated.

According to court records, the incident occurred Sept. 28 in the town of Richfield. Niznik is free on his own recognizance while awaiting further court action."

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