Sheriff charges second fugitive in Bainbridge robbery

BAINBRIDGE – A woman wanted by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for helping a man rob the Bainbridge Great American at gunpoint in November was arrested in Florida earlier this month. She was transported to the county jail last week.

The Chenango County Court originally sought a warrant for the arrest of 27-year-old Jamie L. Ballard in March after police arrested her alleged co-conspirator Anthony R. Botte Jr., 23, Harpursville, on Feb. 28.

Ballard was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Florida May 6 as a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Cobb said Ballard waived her right to an extradition hearing and was picked up by local officers May 13, via commercial airplane. District Attorney Joseph McBride said Ballard was presumed innocent, but if she is convicted his office will seek to have the cost of extradition returned.

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