3 arraigned for felony crimes in county court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Three people were arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday for crimes that included driving while intoxicated, drug sales and offering a false instrument.

An Albion woman, 71, was charged with filing a false instrument after allegedly putting false information on her pistol permit application.

Elsie Biaselli of East State Street was remanded to county jail on $5,000 bail. She is currently on probation and has pending welfare fraud charges, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

Biaselli has a prior conviction of promoting prison contraband for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs in to inside Attica Correctional Facility, where her grandson was an inmate. Biaselli was sentenced to five years on probation in 2013.

She could face up to four years in prison for offering a false instrument.

A Hamlin man was arraigned on four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Joel E. Johnson, 31, of Fox Hollow Street was arrested in March following a three-month investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine in Orleans County and the Town of Hamlin, the Orleans County Major Felony Task Force reported on March 6.

Law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence and seized over 20 grams of cocaine, a quantity of prescription hydrocodone pills, over $1,100 in cash, and scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia. He is in jail on $5,000 bail.

Jeremy Smith, 30, of Lydun Drive in Albion was arraigned for DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Smith has a prior felony DWI in 2006 and a prior misdemeanor DWI in 2002, Cardone said.

Smith has posted $5,000 bail.