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Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 11:34 PM

Machete nearly severed man's hand

An Amsterdam man was jailed Friday after nearly cutting off another man's hand during a fight involving a machete Aug. 12, Amsterdam police said.

Israel Miranda, 42, of 106 Division St., was charged Thursday with second-degree assault, a class D felony. He was arraigned in city court Friday and remanded to the Montgomery County jail without bail.

Miranda allegedly struck another man Aug. 12 with a large machete during a fight in front of 60 Division St. resulting in partial amputation of the victim's left hand, police reports stated.

According to police, the victim was transported to Albany Medical Center, where he had emergency surgery Aug. 13 in an attempt to reattach the nearly-severed hand. Police said it's unclear at this time if the victim will recover and have full use of his hand.

Miranda was transported to St. Mary's Hospital after the altercation, where he was treated for a cut on his elbow.

Police were unable to interview either man after the incident because they were both being treated for their injuries. However, after an investigation of the area, the APD discovered the large machete hidden in a bush near the location of the fight, a police report stated.

Miranda is scheduled to return to city court Aug. 19.

Additional charges are possible, pending further investigation, police said.

The APD is asking anyone who was in the area at the time of the fight and can provide additional information to contact the Detective Bureau at 842-1100.

Noise complaint ends in arrest

HAGAMAN -- What started out to be a routine investigation into a simple loud noise complaint ended with a Hagaman man being arrested for obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

According to State Police, on Thursday, troopers arrested an intoxicated Dakota B. Spago, 21, of 90 N. Pawling St. after they responded to complaints of loud music coming from a detached garage on the property.

Upon arrival, troopers said they saw Spago and two of his friends were having what appeared to be a small party, and had been consuming alcohol. According to the report, when troopers were interviewing the other partygoers to determine whether they were underage and could legally be on the property, Spago became irate and told them leave the property because they did not possess a warrant.

Spago initially attempted to run away from the troopers but was caught immediately, they said. After being caught, he struggled with troopers before being taken into custody.

Spago is scheduled to be arraigned in town of Amsterdam Court Thursday, Aug. 21.

Deputies: Man choked girlfriend

BROADALBIN -- A Broadalbin man was arrested Friday following a domestic dispute at his ex-girlfriend's home in the town.

The victim stated that her ex-boyfriend, Cameron Hoyt, 39, allegedly forced his way inside her home and then struck her several times before choking her. The victim stated she was able to get away, locked herself in the bathroom, and dialed 911.

Troopers said a Fulton County sheriff's deputy found Hoyt down the road from her residence and turned him over to the troopers on scene.

Hoyt was placed under arrest and transported to the Mayfield barracks. He was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.

Hoyt was arraigned in town court and remanded to Fulton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Police: Drunken man drove boat

DAY -- Joseph Saccocio, 20, Niskayuna, was arrested Saturday for allegedly operating a vessel while intoxicated on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Troopers said they observed his boat traveling southbound on the lake near the Conklingville Dam. The boat was reportedly overloaded. The Environmental Conservation Police Boat Patrol and state troopers stopped the boat. The boat reportedly had 10 people aboard, but only three life jackets. While interviewing Saccocio, troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Saccocio failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He was transported to Mayfield barracks where he was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. Saccocio was released with tickets directing him to appear at Day town court Aug. 20.

Drunk biker allegedly struck car

MINDEN -- Dale J. Potter, 43, Fort Plain, was arrested Saturday and charged with a misdemeanor DWI after he allegedly crashed his motorcycle into a car on River Road. Troopers said Potter was speeding when he allegedly failed to stop, and hit a Honda Accord on River Road. Troopers said a female passenger on his motorcycle was transported to the hospital with relatively minor injuries.

Potter is scheduled to be arraigned in Minden town court Thursday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m.

Other police reports:

* Carlos Luna, 24, Amsterdam was reportedly arrested and charged with petit larceny. Luna was issued an appearance ticket to return to the town court at a later date.

* John M. Reich, 60, Fonda, was reportedly arrested after a traffic stop on Route 334 in the town of Mohawk. Reich was processed and issued traffic tickets returnable to town court at a later date.

* A Utica woman was arrested Thursday by Fulton County sheriff's deputies on a warrant. Kayla Watson, 26, is allegedly wanted for maternity reasons in Fulton County Family Court. Watson was reportedly arrested by Oneida County Sheriff deputies and turned over to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. She was arraigned in family court and released on her own recognizance by Judge Edward Skoda. Watson was advised to return to the department of social services with her child Aug. 15.


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