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Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:36

September 19 – September 25, 2020

POLICE

A 20-year-old Greenfield man was charged with 10 counts of reckless endangerment in the first-degree, in connection with an alleged shooting incident in the village of Schuylerville Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff's department, Charles L. Bennifield is suspected of firing a shotgun at a residence on Washington Street, which was occupied by 10 people at the time.  No one was injured in the incident.  Bennifield was arraigned at Town of Saratoga Court, and sent to Saratoga County Jail, in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 secured bond, or $1,000,000 partially secured insurance bond.

John J. Martino, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 15 with menacing in the second-degree, robbery in the second-degree, petit larceny, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in Wilton. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office, Martino entered a vehicle on Sept. 9, displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cash and drugs. It is alleged Martino physically took a vape pen from one victim’s hand and exited the vehicle.  The victim’s minor children were present in the back seat of the vehicle during the incident.  The handgun was later determined to be a BB gun. Martino was arraigned in the Wilton Town Court and released to pre-trial services. 

Dean J. Atwell, 31, of Milton, was charged Sept. 16 with robbery in the third-degree, attempted robbery in the third-degree, burglary in the second-degree – all felonies; endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief , and resisting arrest – all misdemeanors, in connection with an alleged domestic incident at a residence in the town of Greenfield.  Atwell is suspected to have forced entry into a home, causing damage to the doorway, and forcefully stealing property from one of the residents. The victim is a female acquaintance of the suspect. Atwell later attempted to steal additional property from the victim, in the presence of the female’s child, but the woman was able to fight him off, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Atwell was arraigned and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, $60,000 insured bond, or $300,000 unsecured bond, to return to court at a later date. 

Christopher R. Swistak, 46, of Ballston Spa, was charged Sept. 10 with petit larceny, and grand larceny in the fourth-degree. He will appear in Milton Town Court at a later date. 

Sharon Pratt, 76, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 14 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a suspended vehicle registration. 

Kwame Pennick, 30, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 14 in Saratoga Springs was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to keep right. 

Anastasia Thrane, 24, of Stillwater, was charged Sept. 15 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a speeding violation. 

Christopher Anderson, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 15 with misdemeanor DWI, and operating motor vehicle without signal/reflectors. 

Kory Willis, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 15 with assault in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Justin Harris, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 16 with third degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and unauthorized use of a vehicle: without owner consent. All three charges are misdemeanors. 

William Kelly, 35, of Clifton Park, was charged Sept. 16 in Saratoga Springs was charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor. 

David Lolik, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 16 with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. 

Chad Lang, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 17 with petit larceny and criminal trespass. Both charges are misdemeanors. 

Kevin Clark, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a speeding violation. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 17 September 2020 13:51

September 12 – September 18, 2020

COURT

Khylan L. Hunt, 34, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 10 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in connection with charges on March 14 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Oct. 30. 

Joseph W.  Harrington, 19, of Rock City Falls, pleaded Sept. 10 to sexual abuse in the first-degree, in connection with charges June 21, 2019 in Milton.  Sentencing Nov. 12. 

POLICE

Thomas J. Hunt, 31, of Ballston Lake, was charged Sept. 10 with criminal mischief in the second-degree as a hate crime. He is accused of spray painting a racial epithet on an employee’s vehicle.  The vehicle was located at a business in the Northway 10 Industrial Park, in the Town of Clifton Park. Hunt was processed and arraigned at Town of Halfmoon Court Justice and released on his own recognizance, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Hunt is scheduled to appear before the Town of Clifton Park court at a later, unspecified date. 

Sheri Nellis, 43, of Albany, was charged Sept. 11 in Saratoga Springs with stalking in the fourth-degree. 

Stephen Budesa, 62, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 12 with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and forgery – a felony. 

Gerardo Zelayagranados, 29, of Shaftsbury, Vermont, was charged Sept. 12 with misdemeanor DWI, and a license plate violation. 

Lisa Barbone, 30, of Queensbury, was charged Sept. 13 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation, driving without signal detectors and driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street. 

John Guerin, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 13 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate. 

Edward Przydatek, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 13 with menacing – a misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief – both felonies. 

Jesse Skiff, 39, of Proctor, Vermont, was charged Sept. 14 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, operating a motor vehicle without signal detectors, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Nicole Rose, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 14 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Victoria Palmer, 30, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 14 in Saratoga Springs with mischief in the third-degree, a felony.   

Jeremy Zepf, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 7 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. 

Brian Sullivan, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 8 with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, resisiting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct. 

Jasper Graves, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged Sept. 8 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor assault. 

Sara Barnes, 33, of Wilton, was charged Sept. 9 at the Exit 15 off-ramp in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated DWI as a felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a highway driving violation. 

Christopher Chase, 36, of Ballston, was charged Sept. 9 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and three driving violations. 

Brian Sullivan, 55, of Ballston Spa, was charged Sept. 10 in Saratoga Springs with felony burglary, and criminal mischief – a misdemeanor. 

Julius Graves, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged Sept. 10 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor assault.

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Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:54

September 5 – September 11, 2020

COURT 

Juan A. Vazquez, 46, of South Glens Falls, pleaded Sept. 8 to murder in the second-degree, after admitting he intentionally caused the death of Kenny J. Shipski in April, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. The incident occurred in connection with an argument regarding drugs and resulted in Vazquez stabbing the victim multiple times inside a room at the Clearview Motel in the village of South Glens Falls. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 18 when Vazquez is expected to receive a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, Heggen said. 

John A. Butler, 41, of Gansevoort, pleaded Sept. 4 to felony DWI in Northumberland. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18. 

William M. Biette, 44, of Latham, pleaded Sept. 4 to felony DWI in Malta. Sentencing scheduled Nov. 20.   

James V. Primarolo, 30, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Aug. 31 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Sentencing Nov. 4. 

Neil L. Fullington, 65, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Sept. 1 to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentencing Nov. 18. 

POLICE

Jennifer Ravert, 36, of South Glens Falls, was charged Sept. 3 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and having a suspended registration. 

Benjamin Cavert, 22, of Waterford, was charged Sept. 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance, failing to signal appropriately, and speeding. 

Khalil Hankins, 25, of Albany, was charged Sept. 4 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Brendan Benequisto, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 4 with petit larceny. 

Rocco Semeraro, 45, of Albany, was charged Sept. 5 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and operating a vehicle without signal devices/reflectors. 

Brianna Reed, 27, of Mechanicville, was charged Sept. 5 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and moving from lane unsafely.

Jordan Garafalo, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 5 with second degree harassment, and act in a manner injure child less than 17. 

Glenn LaFountain, 60, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was charged Sept. 5 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep right. 

Jacob Koren, 42, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 6 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, failure to stop at a stop sign, and moving from lane unsafely

Anthony Sawyer, 31, of Milton, was charged Sept. 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Lucas Scavone, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 2 with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Gavin Jarosz, 27, of Albany, was charged Sept. 2 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and failure to keep to the right. 

Tristan Whitehead, 21, of Schuylerville, was charged Sept. 3 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Randall Alger, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 3 with criminal mischief in the third-degree/ damage to another person’s property, a felony. 

On Sept. 2, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Route 32 North in the Town of Northumberland. As a result of an investigation, Tristan J. Anderson, 22, of Northumberland, was charged with two felonies: criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment, and four misdemeanors: criminal obstruction of breathing, reckless endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest. Anderson is alleged to have been involved in a domestic dispute, damaging property in excess of $1,500. He was arraigned in Halfmoon Court and released on his own recognizance.    

Cited for trespassing on Woodlawn Avenue Sept. 2 in Saratoga Springs: Shawn Johnson, 38; Terrance Rudes, 29; Christine Tougas, 68; Steven Palmer, 62; Jose Madera, 38; Yisel Martinez, 41. Martinez was additionally cited with harassment in the second-degree.   

Joseph Connors, 28, of Buffalo, was charged Aug. 31 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 03 September 2020 11:23

August 29 – September 4, 2020

COURT 

Steven M. Boice, age 30, was sentenced Sept. 1 to 20 years in prison for distributing furanyl fentanyl that caused an overdose death in Saratoga County in February 2017. Boice admitted that he sold controlled substances, including furanyl fentanyl, from his residence in Saratoga Springs. On Feb. 3, 2017, he sold approximately 50 small envelopes, each containing furanyl fentanyl, to “B.L.,” a Saratoga County man who overdosed and died that same day. One week later, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Boice’s residence in downtown Saratoga Springs and found furanyl fentanyl packaged for sale and 2 firearms. Boice admitted to possessing a total of 363 green-colored envelopes containing furanyl fentanyl.

Jayde M. Jasewicz, 44, of Johnstown, was sentenced Aug. 28 to 1 year in jail, after pleading to identity theft in the second-degree, a felony, in Saratoga Springs. 

Kevin Leno, 35, of Schenectady, pleaded Aug. 28 to felony aggravated family offense, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Oct. 14. 

POLICE

Jordan Willwerth, 35, of Burnt Hills, was charged Aug. 27 in Saratoga Springs with stalking, a misdemeanor. 

Timothy Smith, 59, of Schenectady, was charged Aug. 28 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. 

Scott McMahon, 52, of Clifton Park, was charged Aug. 28 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and license restriction violation. 

Gillian Plummer, 34, of Middeltown, CT, was charged Aug. 28 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, act in manner injure child less than 17, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Cathiana Eugene, 37, of Queensbury, was charged Aug. 29 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Shannon L. Green, AKA Shannon L. Tracy, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 26 in Malta with burglary in the second-degree, following an investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

Natasha Myrie, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 24 with assault in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Tyler Nash, 24, of Mechanicville, was charged Aug. 25 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief, and criminal contempt. Both charges are misdemeanors. 

Kitsia Yard, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 26 with second degree burglary. 

John Lavada, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 27 with criminal tampering, and trespassing. 

Greg Avery, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 27 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving/ vehicle-related violations. 

Jennifer Clayboss, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 27 as a fugitive from justice – out of state crime. 

Matthew Stephens, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 21 with criminal possession of marijuana.

Angel Morales, 26, of Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 22 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Sherod Owen-Whitted, 24, of Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 23 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a weapon – a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Isaiah McKiver, 26, of Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 23 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Christopher Palmeri-Ramos, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 24 with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony. 

Michael Friday, 40, of Gansevoort, was charged Aug. 24 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to keep right. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:07

August 22 – August 28, 2020

COURT

Timothy J. O’Brien, 56, of Schenectady, pleaded Aug. 20 to the charge of making a terroristic threat. The arrest took place in Wilton on Nov. 29, 2019. Sentencing Sept. 30.

Dennis M. Little, 63, of Malta, pleaded Aug. 20 to felony aggravated DWI. The arrest took place in Malta on March 11. Sentencing Oct. 21. 

POLICE

Jordan Guljas, 29, of Gansevoort, was charged Aug. 18 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a weapon, and second degree assault – both felonies, and the misdemeanors: criminal obstruction of breathing, and unlawful imprisonment. 

Scott Moore, 54, of Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 19 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Dennis Lescault, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 19 with criminal trespass, criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Randall Alger, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 20 with arrest fugitive from other state on warrant for extradition. 

Donald Hoffman, 49, of Schuylerville, was charged Aug. 21 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Louis Guerra, 46, of the Bronx, was charged Aug. 21 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense – a felony. 

Daquan R. Johnson, 27, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was charged Aug. 19 in the town of Milton with the felonies criminal mischief in the third-degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth-degree, grand larceny in the fourth-degree;  criminal possession of stolen property misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was also found to have a fully-extraditable warrant from Pennsylvania. Johnson is suspected of stealing items from two vehicles that had their windows smashed, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. He led police on a vehicle pursuit that culminated in him abandoning the vehicle and fleeing into the woods in the area of Phaeton Lane in the Town of Malta.  He was subsequently taken into custody when exiting the woods on US Route 9, police said.

Cited for trespassing Aug. 17-18 at Ballston Ave./ Alee Drive, and Woodlawn Ave.: William Charlson, 69, Robert Davis, 39, Dawn Rivers, 56, Floyd Knowlton, 54, Duane Keefe, 57, Brian Bennett, 48. All are residents of Saratoga Springs. 

Andrew Butz, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 14 with harassment in the second-degree. 

Victoria Mitchell, 25, of Gansevoort, was charged Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

William Dorrough, 32, of Clifton park, was charged Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and three driving/ motor vehicle-related infractions. 

Dylan Whitt, 29, of Broadalbin, was charged Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. 

John Koenig, 29, of Burlington, Vermont, was charged Aug. 16 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct. 

Leighann Loftus, 31, of Clifton Park, was charged Aug. 16 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and a motor vehicle equipment violation. 

Tyler Vogele, 18, of Milton, was charged Aug. 16 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and assault in the second-degree, as felony.

Emily Roerig, 32, of Ballston Lake, was charged Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 20 August 2020 12:12

August 15 – August 21, 2020

COURT

David M. Tenace, 53, of Schenectady, pleaded Aug. 14 to attempted burglary in the third-degree, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Nov. 28.

Shawn A. Morse, 20, of Glens Falls, was sentenced Aug. 14 to 1 year jail, after pleading to rape in the second-degree, in Moreau. 

POLICE 

Anthony P. Delaurie Jr., 43, Kirsti R. Alden, 28, and Daniel L. Jones, 42, all of Wilton, were charged on Aug. 12 in connection with alleged drug trafficking activity in Saratoga County. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Delaurie, Alden and Jones are suspected of distributing cocaine throughout the county. A search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team at two residences in the town of Wilton, where quantities of cocaine and other drugs, packaging materials and scales were located. All three are facing the charges listed below, with Delaurie and Alden additionally charged with conspiracy in the fourth-degree. Charges: criminal sale of a controlled substance (felony); criminal possession of a controlled substance (felony); criminal possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor). 

Devin Orphan, 20, of Rotterdam, was charged Aug. 10 in Saratoga Springs with one count felony assault and one count misdemeanor assault. 

Anthony Gordon, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 11 with criminal trespass misdemeanor. 

Walter Malasquez-Quispe, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 13 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation.

Dillon Poirier, 19, of Greenfield, was charged Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Daniel Nowak, 30, of Latham, was charged Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding.

Jerremy Fontaine, 26, of Cohoes, was charged Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs with DWI – rising to a felony based on a previous conviction within 10 years of the designated offense. 

Keyona Riebeling, 23, of Albany, was charged Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and three driving-related violations. 

Angela Nallie, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 7 with misdemeanor assault, criminal contempt – a felony, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. 

Shaun Beagle, 37, of Gansevoort, was charged Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and two vehicle violations. 

Marcus Jackson, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with felony criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense – a felony. 

Jeffrey Schulkind, 69, of Clifton Park, was charged Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI. 

Paul Milito, 63, of White Plains, was charged Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI. 

Andrew Wilde, 23, of Milford, Massachusetts, was charged Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Kevin Miner, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with misdemeanor DWI, resisting arrest, speeding, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Brian Raymond, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 9 with disorderly conduct. 

Jennifer Wright, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 9 with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. 

Benjamin Hernandez-Soto, 30, of Floral Park, FL was charged Aug. 10 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, making an unsafe turn, and motor vehicle registration suspended. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:51

August 8 – August 14, 2020

Michael P. Bousquet, 55, of Ballston Lake, was charged by State police with two counts of possession of a forged instrument first-degree, grand larceny third-degree and criminal possession of stolen property third-degree. All charges are felonies. Bousquet is suspected of using two fraudulent checks to pay for a boat he purchased off the Facebook Marketplace. On Aug. 2, he met the victim in Gloversville to look the boat over and then agreed to purchase the vessel, providing the victim with two endorsed cashier’s checks as payment. The victim discovered the theft after contacting the banks that the checks were drawn on and being informed that the checks were fraudulent. The total amount of the theft was $5,600. The victim contacted State Police and Troopers were able to recover the boat in Ballston Lake. Bousquet was sent to Fulton County Jail without bail, he is due back in court on a later date. Anyone that believes they may have additional information or may be a victim is asked to please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at SP Mayfield 518-661-5006.

Gary J. McClelland, of Round Lake, was charged Aug. 4 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance. McClelland is accused of distributing quantities of Crystal Methamphetamine and other drugs throughout Saratoga county. A search warrant was executed and as a result, quantities of numerous drugs, packaging materials and scales were located within the residence, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. 

Gerald F. Colombe III, 35, of Glens Falls, and Jesus M. Ortiz, 20, of Schenectady, were each charged with felony robbery, in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred Aug. 6. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Colombe and Ortiz are accused of befriending a victim and then displaying what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol before they demanded the victim’s property, in the area of the Wilton Mall, Target and Home Depot on State Route 50 in the Town of Wilton.  Ortiz was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond; Colombe was sent to the correctional facility on no bail, with a NYS Parole hold.

Aaron C. Licis, 36, of Fort Edward, was charged Aug. 9 with felony assault, and criminal mischief – a misdemeanor, after allegedly using a baseball bat to smash windows at a person’s residence on Northern Pines Road in the town of Wilton, and subsequently throwing the bat and striking a second person in the leg which caused physical injury. 

Thomas Casey, 53, of Norwich, Connecticut, was charged Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI and failing to use designated driving lane. 

John Lavada, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 4 with menacing, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and willful violation of health laws. 

Brian Raymond, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 4 with trespassing and disorderly conduct. 

James Altamirano, 39, of Ballston Spa was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 4 with petit larceny and criminal trespass.

Barkim Tomer, 25, of Milton, was charged Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two felony counts criminal sale. 

Chad Lang, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 5 with criminal trespass. 

Bradley Haskell, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 6 with one misdemeanor and one felony count criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession marijuana. 

Tosha Harrington, 31, of Saratoga, was charged Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:52

August 1 - August 7, 2020

POLICE

Karissa A. Sanchez, 27, of Malta, was charged Aug. 3 in the town of Ballston with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI – a felony with child under 16 tears of age in the vehicle, endangering the
welfare of a child, and multiple other infractions.  According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Sanchez had been traveling northbound on Schauber Road when the car swerved to avoid a deer,
causing the car to flip over onto its roof. There were three children aged 2 to 6 in the vehicle at the time. The were not injured. 

Andre Simmons, 19, of Schenectady, was charged July 30 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct/ obstructing traffic. 

Dennis Lescault, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 31 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without signal devices/reflectors. 

Mark Desio, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 28 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Nicole Daly, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 31 with felony grand larceny, and criminal impersonation. 

Corine Irish, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 31 with felony welfare fraud. 

Sebastian Mabb, 27, of Clifton Park, was charged July 31 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief, strangulation in the second-degree, and felony burglary.

James Altamirano, 39, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 29 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass. 

Bradley VanDusen, 56, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with criminal mischief, and arson. 

Teva Glueck, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and multiple driving violations. 

Charles Maurer, 33, of Alcoa, Texas, was charged July 30 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and making an unsafe turn. 

Michael Twomey, 27, of Gansevoort, was charged July 30 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the second-degree w/intent to cause injury to officer/fireman/EMT/nurse/crossing guard. 

Joseph Benford, 32, of Elgin, Texas, was charged July 24 in Saratoga Springs wit misdemeanor DWI, and failure to use designated lane stop.

Johvanna Sampson, 37, of Paramus, N.J., was charged July 25 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI and multiple driving infractions. 

 Berry Brandon, 21, of Gansevoort, was charged July 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Meghan Eddy, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 27 with criminal contempt in the second-degree. 

William A. Sawka, 38, of Gansevoort, was charged July 30 with felony assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal possession of a weapon. Sawka is accused of brandishing a knife, striking a person in the head with a folding chair, puncturing the tire of a person’s motor vehicle and causing physical injury to the arresting deputy,
according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, or bond. 

Sheriff’s Office, Prevention Council Educate Boaters About Dangers Of Boating Under The Influence 

Weekly Update

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Prevention Council of Saratoga County joined the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in the annual Operation Dry Water campaign, a coordinated campaign to educate boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents. The mission of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related incidents and fatalities on the water. 

Outreach partners and volunteers will be out on the water and at marinas in Saratoga County, working collaboratively with law enforcement to educate boaters about safe boating practices. Law enforcement will also be detecting and removing impaired operators from the water. No matter where you are boating, it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

In 2019, law enforcement officers across the nation issued a total of 9,524 citations and removed 563 impaired operators from our nation’s waterways. 

Boaters can learn more about boating under the influence by visiting PreventionCouncil.org or operationdrywater.org.


Weekly Update

Published in Police Blotter

Two months before Dr. Timothy Brooks was set to retire as medical director, chair and chief of emergency medicine at Saratoga Hospital, COVID-19 struck New York City. “We saw what was happening—and that it could happen here,” Dr. Brooks said. “I couldn’t in good faith walk away.”

Instead, he stayed for what would become some of the most challenging months of his more-than-30-year career. As he’d done so many times since coming here in 1987, Dr. Brooks helped lead the hospital and community response.

Now, with COVID-19 numbers down throughout the region and systems in place to identify, treat and protect patients and staff, Dr. Brooks can move ahead with his plans. He retires July 31 with the respect, admiration and gratitude of patients, medical and emergency response professionals, organizations and officials throughout the region.

Those who know Dr. Brooks weren’t surprised that he put the community first.

“In many ways, Dr. Brooks is a rock that we built the hospital on,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital. “He has been instrumental in helping us launch almost every clinical program we offer. We can’t overstate his impact.”

Making a difference for millions If you’ve received emergency medical care, been an inpatient at Saratoga Hospital, or visited one of its urgent care centers, Dr. Brooks has made a difference in your care. He’s also informed public health policy and
decisions in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County, and he’s been instrumental in bringing people together to improve emergency preparedness.

“After 9/11 we realized we had to change our approach,” Dr. Brooks recalled. “We formed a countywide committee and developed plans for managing mass-casualty situations, including biological warfare and pandemics. We’ve been meeting quarterly ever since.”

The committee, which Dr. Brooks chaired from its inception until his retirement, included dozens of health and safety officials. It also caught the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which asked Dr. Brooks to serve as a consultant on educating physicians on bioterrorism.

“He is so respected, within and outside the hospital,” said Ann Marie Cross, MS, RN, administrative director for emergency and urgent care services at Saratoga Hospital. “People know who he is, what he’s done, and how much he cares about everyone.” 

Ms. Cross and Dr. Brooks were “a tag team” for 11 years. She attributes his impact to a combination of exceptional clinical skills and bedside manner, a genuine love of teaching and mentoring, and a fundamental belief in collaboration.

“He knew that what we did in the Emergency Department would affect other providers and departments, so he always involved them in the decision-making,” Ms. Cross said.

“He set the stage for so much of what we do,” she added. “He was constantly striving to improve care, and that affected the way we develop protocols, learn from every experience, and collaborate to do what’s best for our patients.

“That’s not going to change,” Ms. Cross said. “It will be his legacy.

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BALLSTON SPA – With a sense of resignation at the inevitability of no mass gatherings during pandemic of COVID-19, the organizers of this fun, family festival have reluctantly cancelled this years event. 

Initially scheduled for June 19 to 21 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, the event was pushed to August 14 to 16, hoping for a break from the onslaught from the coronavirus. However, there was no such luck.

While the promoters regret the circumstances surrounding the cancellation, they are optimistic about hosting the event in 2021 at the Fairgrounds. They hope for a vaccine to pave the way back to a semblance of normalcy by next spring.

According to Todd Monahan, the balloon meister, “we already have 30 balloons lined up for 2021. They are all psyched to come to Saratoga to fly here again.”

To keep informed about the Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival, check on the website www.balloonandbbq.com.

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