Troopers: Two accused of lying in search for northern Saratoga County stabbing suspect


SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Two people have been arrested, accused of lying to state police in the search for a northern Saratoga County stabbing suspect last weekend, state police said.

In the first arrest, a Gansevoort man is accused of trying to hide the suspect in his residence, state police said.

Curtis Z. Ball, 31, of Gansevoort, was arrested last Sunday and charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, a felony.

Ball is accused of lying to troopers looking for stabbing suspect Isaiah L. Lofland about Lofland’s presence in the home, a state police spokeswoman said.

Troopers ultimately found Lofland at Ball’s residence and arrested Lofland, state police said.

Lofland, 26, of Albany, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree assault, state police have said previously. Ball was arrested at the same time as Lofland, but information on Ball’s arrest was not included in a press release covering the Lofland case.

In the second hindering arrest, Gina Battista, 29, of Wilton, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, a felony, along with misdemeanor falsely reporting an emergency.

She is accused of apparently attempting to divert attention by calling 911 and claiming Lofland was at her residence and was out of control, state police said.

When patrols arrived, Battista then told them that Lofland had left on foot. Lofland, however, was being taken into custody at Ball’s residence at the time and could not have been at Battista’s, state police said.

The victim in the Oct. 16 stabbing was taken to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment and later listed in stable condition, state police said last Monday. An update on the victim’s condition was not available Sunday.

The investigation began at about 6:30 p.m. that evening as state police were called to the hospital for a report of a man, 31, suffering from an apparent stab wound, troopers said.

The investigation soon determined the victim had been in an altercation with Lofland at a residence in South Glens Falls where Lofland stabbed the victim in the neck, state police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle, officials said.

Troopers soon found Lofland at Ball’s residence and took him into custody, troopers said. Lofland was processed, arraigned and ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Battista was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop in Wilton. She was also found to possess Suboxone without a prescription and multiple small baggies with heroin residue, along with a set of metal knuckles.

She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia related to the stop.

Battista was arraigned on all her charges and ordered held on $5,000 bail.

Ball was processed on his hindering charge and released to return to court later.

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