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Counterfeit cash investigation underway in Saratoga County

Some of the counterfeit cash found in Saratoga County. - Saratoga County Sheriff's Department

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department is looking for counterfeit cash.

They say 34 $20 bills were recently passed at Kmart in Clifton Park.

All the bills have the same serial number.

Police say they think the money originated in the New York City area, and was also used in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Anyone with information should call the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department at (518) 885-6761.

Clifton Park woman pleads guilty to grand larceny

Hillary Downey -

A woman from Clifton Park faces three to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to grand larceny charges.

Hillary Downey admits she stole more than 70 thousand dollars from Secure Solutions in Delmar, where she worked as an account manager.

Police say she offered the owners $10,000 not to report the crime.

Downey also stole $11,000 from a day care facility in Albany where she worked last summer

Three arrested after Waterford home invasion

WATERFORD – Three men are under arrest in connection with an armed home invasion on Second Street.

Ian Ulric Castaldo, 21, Brendan Conway, 17, and Jeremy Fontaine, 19, are all charged with burglary, robbery, and assault.

Police say there’s a possible fourth suspect.

The suspects are accused of stealing about $30 and a small amount of marijuana.

According to police, one of the victims was also punched and kicked during the robbery.

Mechanicville boy, 13, arrested for threatening to blow up school

MECHANICVILLE – Police say a 13-year-old boy verbally threatened on Thursday to blow up Mechanicville High School.

According to police, the threat was made to a teacher around 9:30 a.m.

The boy is now charged with making a terroristic threat. He was released to his parents and will appear in family court.

This follows an incident on Wednesday where a false bomb threat was found in a girls bathroom at Mechanicville High School.

Police are investigating both incidents, but do not believe they are related.

Police: Watervliet man attacks woman in front of child

WATERFORD – A Watervliet man is behind bars after police respond to a domestic dispute in Waterford on Monday morning.

Police say 44-year-old Artis Daniel attacked a woman at a home on Clinton Street.

They arrived to find the female bleeding from a head wound.

Police say the attack took place in front of the woman’s 12-year-old daughter.

Daniel faces felony charges as well as assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He sits in the Saratoga County Jail without bail.

Waterford man accused of striking child with belt

Mark Bittner, 35, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. -

WATERFORD – A Waterford man is under arrest after Police say he struck a 5-year-old with a belt.

Mark Bittner, 35, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incident happened on Jan. 31.

Bittner was arraigned and released after an order of protection was issued.

Man faces grand larceny charges

Donald Cooper - New York State Police

A man is accused of stealing a woman's purse from a Kmart, then using her credit cards to make unauthorized purchases at Price Chopper in Troy.

Donald Cooper, 47, is now charged with grand larceny, petit larceny and identity theft.

He's scheduled to appear in town of Clifton Park Town Court, next week.