Thursday, April 8, 2021:
News Briefs from County Court
■A woman with an extensive criminal history, including lying to police about being shot, was given a chance at avoiding state prison. Brittney L. Ellis, 31, of Hunt had been charged with driving while impaired by drugs as a felony, meaning at least three previous DWI or drug-related driving convictions, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, possession of drugs, possessing a hypodermic needle, petit and equipment violations. She pleaded guilty and was placed on a one-year interim probation program. If successful, she could be allowed to withdraw the plea and plead to a lesser charge to avoid state prison. Ellis had about a dozen previous arrests during the past six years.
In December 2015, Ellis was arrested after an investigation into a shooting at her residence in Portage. Ellis had called 911 about 4 a.m. Dec. 28 and reported that a masked intruder had shot her in the leg. That resulted in an intensive investigation until it was determined that Ellis had lied and had accidentally shot herself in the leg when she went outside with a loaded gun to find out why her dogs were barking.
■Ryan Forrester, 41, of Perry waived indictment on burglary, drug charges, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and obstruction and was placed on a one-year interim probation. Forrester was arrested in January after police responded to a burglary in progress on Lake Street. He ran from police but was caught a short time later.
■Cory Curry, 30, of Dalton pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was sentenced to 364 days in jail.
■Michael Rydzyk, 32, of Strykersville entered a not guilty plea to an indictment charging him with felony criminal mischief, three counts of felony aggravated family offense and endangering the welfare of a child.