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Rochester man pleads guilty to cocaine possession in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Albion man arraigned in county court for burglary

ALBION – A Rochester man stopped with cocaine and a switch-blade knife in Clarendon in August pleaded guilty in county court and could be sentenced to 2 ½ years in state prison.

Juan Gonzalez, 36, of North Union Street was stopped by state police in Clarendon on Aug. 16. Gonzalez had cocaine in the vehicle, which he said he intended to trade for a gun. He also had a switch-blade knife which is illegal.

He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth, which carries a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years. He also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison. That sentence could run at the same time as the CPCS charge.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch will sentence Gonzalez at 2 p.m. on June 16.


In another case in county court on Monday, a 19-year-old Albion man was arraigned for an August burglary at Robinson’s Redemption Center in Albion.

Hayden K. Ettinger of  East Academy Street was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary and petit larceny. He was sent to jail on $1,500 bail.

Ettinger also has been charged with an October burglary in Oakfield on Lockport Road. In that case he was charged with third-degree burglary and unlawful possession of marijuana.