Shelby man, 18, arraigned on several charges, including burglary

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Ridgeway woman also arraigned on welfare fraud

ALBION – An 18-year-old facing charges for burglary, criminal mischief and petty larceny was arraigned in Orleans County Court today and jailed on $25,000 bail.

Joseph Taylor, 18, of Shelby Center allegedly broke into a house in Albion on Long Bridge Road on Jan. 15. He also has been charged with several car break-ins in Albion, and has been charged with breaking into a church and damaging property.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch arraigned Taylor this afternoon for second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, five counts of petty larceny, two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and one count of criminal possession of stolen property.

The judge issued orders of protection for the victims in the crimes. Taylor also has prior charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.

In other cases:

The judge arraigned a Ridgeway resident on charges of third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument.

Kathy Mungenast, 51, of Ridgeway allegedly accepted $5,267 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to from July 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2013. She allegedly filed false paperwork to access those benefits, according to the District Attorney’s office.

A 17-year-old Albion boy, who was facing possibly 6 months in jail when he was to be sentenced on April 20, has been jailed without bail after he was arrested for another crime last week.

The 17-year-old already has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree for the previous crime. The judge said he was willing to give the defendant youthful offender status. Because of that, Orleans Hub won’t publish the boy’s name.

He admitted he broke into a house on East State Street on Oct. 16, 2014, and took guns from the homeowner. Those guns were later recovered.

The boy was arrested again last Tuesday after another break-in on East State Street. The boy and a 16-year-old friend fled on foot and were caught by police.

The 17-year-old has been charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, grand larceny, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said the latest arrests may negate the plea deal for the previous crime. Judge Punch will consider the direction in the case. In the meantime, he is keeping the 17-year-old in jail without bail.