Judge sets bail at $750K for Rochester man with extensive criminal history

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 August 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Orleans County judge set bail at $750,000 today for a Rochester man arrested last week on drug charges.

Charles A. Verstreate, 46, of 44 Lennox St. was arrested on Aug. 11, following an undercover buy operation of oxycodone pills by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

Verstreate was charged with one count each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both felonies.

He has seven prior felonies, 17 prior misdemeanor crimes and twice has failed to appear at court appearances, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

Verstreate was arraigned last week in Murray Town Court by Town Justice Gary Passarell, who committed Verstreate to the Orleans County Jail without bail due to his extensive criminal history.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch cited that lengthy criminal history today in setting bail at $750,000.