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Thursday, 12 August 2021 13:53

August 7 – August 13, 2021

COURT

James D. Cornell, 44, of Corinth, pleaded Aug. 2 to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentencing Sept. 27. 

Jesse R. Coleman, 37, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Aug. 2 to 1-1/2 years in prison and 1-1/2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. 

Kristopher M. Flores, 36, of Troy, pleaded Aug. 2 to offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree, a felony, in Clifton Park. Sentencing Sept. 27. 

Naquise J. Dawson, 21, of Schenectady, pleaded Aug. 2 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree, a felony, in Moreau. Sentencing Sept. 27. 

Shannon L. Tracey a.k.a Shannon Green, 36, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded July 29 to attempted burglary in the third-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident in Malta. Sentencing Sept. 27. 

Sarah H. Zimmerman, 23, of Latham, pleaded July 29 to vehicular assault in the second-degree, a felony, in Halfmoon. Sentencing Sept. 29. 

Hunter Burnette, 21, of Middle Grove, was sentenced July 29 to 1-2/3 to 5 years in prison, after pleading to promoting a sexual performance by a child, in Greenfield. 

Brandon L. Sitts, 35, of Corinth, was sentenced July 29 to 6 years in prison, after pleading to felony burglary in the second-degree. 

Charles L. Bennifield, 21, of Greenfield Center, was sentenced July 29 to 1 year in jail, after pleading to reckless endangerment in the first-degree, in Saratoga. 

POLICE

Jonathan E. Trow, 39, of Ballston Lake, was charged Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, a felony due to a prior conviction. 

A 23-year-old Albany man was charged Aug. 5 in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Caroline Street in the early morning hours of June 26. Police said the shots fired incident took place at the intersection of Caroline Street and Broadway a short time and distance from where a stabbing had occurred. 

Dennis A. Combs III, 23, of Albany, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree, and reckless endangerment in the first-degree. Both charges are felonies.  Combs was taken into custody in the city of Albany on a Saratoga County Superior Court warrant for the related charges and transported to the Saratoga Springs Police Department where he was processed and subsequently sent to Saratoga County Jail. 

Sean M. Cherven, 40, of Milton, was charged Aug. 7 with sexual abuse in the first-degree -a felony, sexual abuse in the second degree - a misdemeanor, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Cherven is accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old victim and an 11-year-old victim, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. 

Parrish Johnson, 19, of Elloree, was charged July 26 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree. 

Kathleen Carroll, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 26 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

Jonathan Jurnak, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July b27 with criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment, and assault in the third-degree. All three charges are misdemeanors. 

Jonathan Lawless, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 27 with misdemeanor DWI, and misdemeanor aggravated DWI. 

Brandy McLaughlin, 36, of Malta, was charged July 27 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree. 

Matthew Snowball, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 27 with misdemeanor menacing, and felony criminal possession of a weapon. 

Lorie Savage, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 27 with obstruct governmental official, and criminal mischief. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Timothy Quinlan, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 28 with felony burglary. 

Jaquan Sams, 32, of Albany, was charged July 29 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – a misdemeanor, and three driving/ vehicle related violations. 

Scott Michalkiewicz, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor. 

Jaquan Cowan, 31, of Albany, was charged July 29 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor criminal mischief, and felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Marcus Jackson, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense – both charges are felonies due to prior offenses within five years. 

Joseph Murray, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with menacing, criminal mischief – both misdemeanors, and criminal possession of a weapon – a felony due to a previous conviction. 

Betty Anderson, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 30 with intent to obtain transportation without paying, a misdemeanor. 

Chad Lang, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 30 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

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Thursday, 05 August 2021 00:35

July 31 – August 6, 2021

COURT

Robert P. Maciong, 26, of Colonie, pleaded July 28 to felony DWI, in Malta. Sentencing Oct. 6. 

John Kasaj, 21, of Waterford, pleaded July 28 to felony burglary. Sentencing Oct. 6. 

Stephen Miller, 42, of Mechanicville, was sentenced to 1 year in jail, on the charge of criminal contempt in the first-degree, in connection with an incident in Northumberland. 

Sabrina M. Carpenter, 27, was sentenced July 23 to time served and five years of probation on the charge of felony robbery, in connection with an incident in Greenfield. 

Jessie Delossantos, 32, of Moreau, was sentenced July 23 to 1 year in jail on the charge of failure to register as a sex offender. 

Patrick F. Phelan, 54, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced July 23 to 3 to 9 years in jail for aggravated vehicular assault, and 1 year in jail for reckless endangerment. Sentences to run concurrently. 

POLICE

Shamiek A.H. Shorter, age 25, Schenectady, was charged July 25 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon, operating a motor vehicle without inspection certificate, and moved from lane unsafely. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash/ $10,000 bond. 

Kyree N. Graham, age 24, Albany, was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession weapon, and Amir L. O’Sullivan, age 22, Watervliet, charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance on July 23 in Saratoga Springs.  Graham is accused of unlawfully possessing a loaded .38 caliber Firestorm revolver and O’Sullivan of allegedly physically interfering with officers investigating the scene, and possessing MDMA.

Nicholas W. Kislowski, age 18, Ballston Spa, and Mitchell L. Madigan, age 18, Saratoga Springs, were each charged in Saratoga Springs July 20 and 22, respectively, with felony robbery in connection with an alleged incident June 1 on Schuyler Drive just off of Lake Avenue, where a 16-year-old boy had been robbed of personal property by a group of five “younger” people, according to Saratoga Springs Police. The victim suffered an arm injury as a result of the robbery.

John Mackey, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 23 with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and four driving/vehicle related violations after being involved in a property damage accident on Beacon Hill Drive. 

Thomas Crandall, 26, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 24 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. 

Francisco Rivera, 23, of Troy, was charged July 24 on Caroline Street with resisting arrest, harassment, assault w/intent to cause injury to a police officer as a felony, and disorderly conduct. 

Terence Pittman, 46, of Amsterdam, was charged July 23 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and following too closely. 

Michael Clark, 59, of Lexington, N.Y., was charged July 24 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and three driving/ vehicle violations. 

Daniel Pitman, 29, of Amsterdam, was charged July 25 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Justin Feinman, 24, of Colonie, was charged July 25 on Caroline Street with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest. 

Lindsay Feinman, 20, of Albany, was charged July 25 on Caroline Street with obstructing governmental administration, possession of a forged instrument as a felony, and resisting arrest. 

Loriel Dickson, 34, of Troy, was charged July 25 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. 

David Govia, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 24 with coercion in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Leslie Cade, 29, of Schenectady, was charged July 26 on Caroline Street with falsely reporting catastrophe or emergency to official agency, a misdemeanor. 

Justin Harris, 33, of Greenport, was charged July 19 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts grand larceny, misdemeanor assault, petit larceny, and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

Joseph Deschenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 21 with misdemeanor menacing and felony criminal possession of a weapon. 

Aristeo Alvarado, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 21 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 13:13

July 24 – July 30, 2021

COURT

Natalie S. Andersen, 50, of Gansevoort, pleaded July 22 to felony DWI in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Sept. 30. 

Devon M. Ostrander, 26, of Milton, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for strangulation in the second-degree, and 1.5 to 3 years prison for criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Jesse A. Kelton, 45, of Pittsburg, California, pleaded July 21 to felony DWI in connection with an incident in Malta. Sentencing Sept. 9. 

Joshua C. French, 37, of Wilton, was sentenced July 21 to 1 to 3 years in state prison after pleading to felony DWI. 

Courtney L. Curley, 21, of Ballston, pleaded July 21 to felony DWI. Sentencing Sept. 21.

James L. Salvo, 40, of Schenectady, was sentenced July 21 to 2 to 4 years in state prison after pleading to felony grand larceny in connection with an incident in Clifton Park. 

John C. Heidrich was found guilty by jury in Saratoga County Court on July 21 of 16 charges related to a sexual and physical assault that occurred over a five-day-span in the town of Halfmoon, according to a statement released by Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. The jury found Heidrich guilty of multiple kidnapping and sexual abuse charges and he faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years when sentenced in late September. The victim was a 57-year-old woman from the Boston, Massachusetts area whom Heidrich had met through a phone dating service, Heggen said, and whom Heidrich sexually and physically assaulted while forcibly confining her at his home. Sentencing is Sept. 29. 

POLICE

Heather Ippolito, 28, of Waterford, was charged July 17 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep right. 

Antonio Mucci, 25, of Ballston Lake, was charged July 17 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and failure to keep right, two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and refusal to take a breath test. 

Nelson Mangino, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Semaj Godfrey, 19, of Poughkeepsie, was charged July 16 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Laurie Fosina, 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without inspection certificate.

Kevin Reed, 33, of Mechanicville, was charged July 16 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating without insurance, inspection certificate, and registration suspended. 

Felipe Arenas-Fuentes, 25, of Floral Park, was charged July 18 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right, operating unregistered vehicle.

Faber Kelly, 41, of Port Henry, was charged July 18 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass as a misdemeanor. 

Nicole Rose, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Betty Daniels, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 18 with petit larceny misdemeanor.

Devlin Dizacomo, 31, of Albany, was charged July 16 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Daniel Perodeau, 28, of Saratoga, was charged July 13 with resisting arrest, petit larceny, and criminal contempt. All three charges are misdemeanors. 

Jacob Smith, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with two counts criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property, assault – all misdemeanors, and felony grand larceny. 

Kevin Kelly, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with exposure, criminal tampering, and harassment. 

Shawn Witbeck, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 15 with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal mischief – all misdemeanors. 

William Sanigular, 28, of Clifton Park, was charged July 16 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and following too closely. 

Scott Seymour, 46, of Saratoga, was charged July 12 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and three driving-related violations. 

Jamaine Myers, 43, of Troy, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration, without a vehicle inspection certificate, and with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

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Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:32

July 17 – July 23, 2021

COURT

Steven E. Willetts, of Waterford, pleaded guilty July 14 to course of sexual conduct against a child in the first-degree, in connection with multiple incidents that involved a child under the age of 13, for a period of more than two years. Sentencing scheduled for Sept. 16. 

James A. Duffy, of Johnstown, was sentenced July 14 in Saratoga County Court to 18 years-to-life, after pleading guilty to murder in the second-degree, in connection with the death of Allyzibeth Lamont. Duffy previously admitted to acting in concert with co-defendant Giorgios N. Kakavelos on Oct. 28, 2019 in actions resulting in the death of Lamont, who was 22. Kakavelos is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19 and faces a maximum sentence of life without parole.    

Daniel L. Jones, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced July 14 to 3.5 years in jail and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, in Wilton. 

POLICE

Tyaisha Tulloch, 22, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and an equipment violation. 

Louis Brown, 24, of Troy, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance

Crystal Bears, 28, of Schenectady, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, obstruct governmental administration, resisting arrest, and moved from lane unsafely. 

Daniel Green, 25, of Catskill, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a weapon/loaded firearm – a felony, and disorderly conduct. 

Michelle Maffetone, 36, of Schenectady, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Jason Carter, 20, of Schenectady, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. 

Gary Robertson, 35, of Gloverville, was charged July 11 in Saratoga Springs with making a terroristic threat, and disorderly conduct.

Eddie Plerqui, 22, of Troy, was charged July 11 in Saratoga Springs with circumvent interlock misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, and two driving violations. 

Daniel Ovland, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 11 with two counts criminal mischief. 

Johntay Jones, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 11 with harassment, menacing, false impersonation, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Five people were charged following a Saratoga Black Lives Matter protest on July 14. The protest commenced in Congress Park and moved its way around the downtown area. “Police first requested the group, which consisted of 60 or so people, to move out of the roadways. The request was repeated a few times, but was not accepted by the group. Police actions then took place to open up the roadways and this resulted in the arrests of five people,” city police said, in a statement.  Adam Walker, age 32, Albany, Arlo P. Zwicker, age 18, Saratoga Springs, Anthony Brown-Davis, age 32, Albany, and Michael D. Janidlo, age 36, Clifton Park, were each charged with disorderly conduct, a violation. Derek C. VanDermark, age 46, Ballston Spa, was charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, and obstructing governmental administration in the second-degree, a misdemeanor. 

On July 12, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged Thomas J. Dingmon, 30, of Saratoga Springs, after a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in Saratoga County. Dingmon was located on an active NYS parole warrant by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit in the Town of Galway and was allegedly found to be in possession of over 250 bags of heroin, significant quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as an electric stun gun, and a large amount of US Currency, according to the sheriff’s office. Dingmon was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail to await further proceedings. Charges: six felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one felony count criminal possession of a weapon. 

Jonah T. Figueras, 25, of Wilton, was charged July 15 with felony burglary, and felony criminal mischief. The alleged incidents occurred at the Pyramid Pines mobile home park, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. 

Demetrick M. Rawlins, 24, of Hudson Falls, was charged July 9 with felony burglary, in connection with an alleged incident in Northumberland. Rawlins is accused of remaining unlawfully in the dwelling of another person, and stealing firearms and a motorcycle. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 bond. 

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Thursday, 15 July 2021 14:10

July 10 – July 16, 2021

Conrad M. Howard, Jr., 28, of Brooklyn, NY, pleaded July 9 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Wilton. 

Jeremy J. Cramer, 21, of Stockport, pleaded July 9 to sexual abuse in the first-degree, and two counts patronizing a prostitute one felony and one misdemeanor, in connection with an incident in Halfmoon. Sentencing scheduled Sept. 10. 

Jared S. Terry, 33, of Mechanicville, was sentenced July 9 to 1 year in state prison and 1 year post-release supervision, after being charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Clifton Park in 2019. 

Damani A. Went, 22, of Glenville, was charged July 6 with two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance, and three felony counts and one misdemeanor count criminal possession of a controlled substance. Went is accused of distributing crack cocaine and heroin throughout the county, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office.

Francesco E. Bianco, 26, of Gloversville, was charged July 1 with rape in the first-degree, assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal mischief, in connection with an incident in Halfmoon on June 29. Bianco is accused of attacking and raping a female victim, and preventing her from calling 911 by taking her cell phone. The alleged incident took place in the victim’s home after meeting on a dating app, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office.  He is being held in Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. 

Laura Servidone, 47, of Dallas, TX, was charged July 6 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest, and as a fugitive from other state on warrant for extradition. Servidone was wanted in Clark County, AR. 

Kevin Kelly, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and operating without an inspection certificate.

Nathaniel Espinal, 24, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 7 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Phillip Hatfield, 29, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 2 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and speeding. 

Clayton Callan, 34, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 2 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, failure to keep right, and speeding. 

Carl Skogsberg, 25, of Queensbury, was charged July 2 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and three driving/vehicle related violations. 

Raven Hazard, 26, of Ballston Lake, was charged July 3 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and unsafely backing of a vehicle. 

Nicholas Martinek-Cary, 23, of Stillwater, was charged July 3 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving-related violations. 

Dylan Calabrese, 23, of Fort Edward, was charged July 4 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, speeding, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Christian Castellanos-Rodriguez, 26, of Elmont, was charged June 27 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct.

Katie Hayden, 21, of Hadley, was charged June 28 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use drug paraphernalia. 

Thomas McCall, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a driving violation. 

Edward Carroll, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged June 28 with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding, following a property damage accident on Duplainville Road.

Daniel Carrasquillo, 36, of Scranton, PA, was charged June 30 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Danielle Shea, 49, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 30 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and refusal to take a breath test.

Daniel Perodeau, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 1 with criminal mischief, and criminal contempt. 

Michael Goodwin, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 30 with criminal contempt/ violate order of protection as a felony, criminal mischief/ disable equipment to prevent emergency assistance, a misdemeanor, and two vehicle related violations. 

Kahlil Covell, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 9 with assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

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Thursday, 08 July 2021 15:45

July 3 – July 9, 2021

COURT

Justin D. Allen, 33, of Schenectady, was sentenced June 29 to 3.5 years incarceration, and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance, in connection with an incident in Wilton. 

Destiny Ozani Matari Ramirez, 24, of Albany, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, after pleading to attempted burglary in the second-degree, in connection with an incident in Galway. 

Martin P. Heeney, 58, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 30 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. 

Victor Casado, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 28 to serve 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. 

Samuel Tyrel, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 28 to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender. 

Robert Kitchen, 55, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 28 to attempted sexual abuse in the first-degree. Sentencing Aug. 13. 

Isaiah M. Macault, 24, of Albany, pleaded June 28 to robbery in the second-degree in connection with an incident in Moreau. Sentencing Aug. 20. 

James T. Love, 47, of Wilton, was sentenced June 25 to 1 year incarceration in connection with second-degree attempted assault charges, and 3 to 9 years in connection with third-degree arson charged, to run consecutively. 

Lacey Utter, 22, of Broadalbin, pleaded June 30 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, in connection with an incident in Milton. 

Eric J. Buell, 37, of Gansevoort, pleaded June 23 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Wilton. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Neil Devoe, 18, of Troy, was sentenced June 23 to 2.5 years in state prison, and 10 years post-release supervision, after pleading to rape in the second-degree, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville in October 2020. 

Devan D. Hildebrandt, 29, was sentenced June 23 to 1 year jail for each count to run concurrently, after pleading to two counts of burglary in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. 

Justen S. Roberts, 24, of Cohoes, was sentenced June 22 to 2.5 to 5 years in prison and 1 year local concurrent, after pleading to burglary in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Waterford. 

Matthew J. Stephens, 20, of Wilton, was sentenced June 22 to 60 days in county jail and five years of probation, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourth-degree, in connection with an incident in December 2020.

Shamika Penn, 31, of Buffalo, was sentenced June 22 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourth-degree, in connection with an incident in Moreau. 

Frank J. Flinton, 33, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 22 to 6.5 years plus 2 years post-release supervision, in connection with charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, regarding incidents taking place in the town of Saratoga and the town of Wilton June 3 to July 15, 2020, and 1 year incarceration on charges of disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first-degree.   

Erik J. Klebauskas, 44, of Wilton, was sentenced June 21 to five years probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child. 

POLICE

Joseph Deschenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 21 with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Chad Lang, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 22 with misdemeanor criminal trespass and felony burglary. 

Justin Zayas-Sanchez, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 23 with criminal mischief as a felony. 

Jordan Garafalo, 38, of Saratoga springs, was charged June 25 with felony assault, and the misdemeanors: criminal mischief, menacing, criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment, act in manner injure child. 

Vincent L. Avila, 22, of Schenectady, and Michael T. May, 25, of Mechanicville were charged June 24 in connection with an incident that occurred in a hotel in Malta on July 4, 2020. The incident was reported in April of 2021 and the investigation resulted in allegations that May hosted an overnight party from July 3, 2020 through July 4, 2020, at which he provided alcohol and marijuana to minors and where there was also sexual activity being conducted, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. It is further alleged that at the party, Avila had oral sexual contact with two females, one 16-years-of-age and one 17-years-of-age at the time. Avila is charged with one count each of Criminal Sex Act and Sexual Abuse as well as Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. May, is charged with one count each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child.

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 08 July 2021 15:40

The Bell with a Story to Tell

Hundreds of cars drive down McMaster Street in Ballston Spa on a daily basis, but few may notice the beautiful old bell that sits silently on display in front of Building 1 of the Saratoga County Complex.

This bell hung in Saratoga County’s third Courthouse which was erected in 1890 and stood on the location where Building 5 is today (50 West High Street). The bell was purchased from the Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company in Troy, New York for just over $800. The inscription on the exterior reads:

Saratoga County Court House

1791-1891

Equal Justice to All

Nullus Liber Homo Capiatur 

County Building Committee

George L. Thompson

William W. Sweet

Stephen C. Medbery

The Latin phrase “Nullus Liber Homo Capiatur” means “Let no free man be seized.” The pealing of the bell was most likely a common background noise in the village, though it seems not everyone was thrilled with its melody. A small mention in The Schuylerville Standard published shortly after the bell was installed noted, “People who have been in the habit of hearing the cheery sound of the old court house bell at every session of court, are now called together by the lugubrious tones of the new bell.” (The Schuylerville Standard October 28, 1891) Like it or not, the bell rang frequently. Besides being rung when court was in session, it was almost certainly used on special occasions and may also have signaled the time.

Thanks to newspaper articles, we know it was also used to alert village residents of danger. In December of 1892, accused murderer Martin Foy used a fake revolver consisting of a tin foil-covered stick to threaten the jailer into handing over the keys. Foy was able to unlock the door and escape onto High Street. According to the Buffalo Currier, “County Clerk Grose, who saw the escape, at once rang an alarm on the courthouse bell and over 100 men started after the fleeing desperado up Remsen Street and across lots to McDonald’s grove, half a mile south of the village, where he attempted to conceal himself in the brush.” (Buffalo Currier, December 16 1892). Thankfully, he was captured in short order. Incidentally, he was found by none other than Tommy C. Luther, well-known proprietor of the White Sulphur Springs Hotel.

On an early morning in August 1894, the courthouse bell rang feverishly to let villagers know that four prisoners had escaped the jail and were loose on the streets of Ballston Spa (Niagara Falls Gazette Aug 17, 1894). They had filed the lock off their cell door and tied bed sheets together to slide down the wall and run away.

Over time, the bell was probably used less and less, being replaced by more modern means of communication and time pieces. By 1961, the stately courthouse building over which the bell hung had begun to show its age and there was concern over the strength of the walls in the bell tower. The county decided to remove the 2,500 pound bell to ensure the safety of the public in making sure the structure did not fail. A contractor from Saratoga Springs was hired to remove the bell and as part of his payment, he would be allowed to keep it for salvage. Ballston Spa residents, nostalgic for the sounds of the old bell, disagreed with this plan and came up with their own solution. The Ballston Spa Village Board paid the salvager $500 to save the bell from being scrapped and decided to display the bell within the village. A fundraiser collected $400 which was to be put toward purchasing a base or pedestal once the location question was settled.

While awaiting that decision, the bell was removed and stored on the second floor of the Ballston Spa Village garage on Thompson Street. In 1968, tragedy struck. On Friday, March 8, the village garage caught fire and was completely destroyed. However, the bell fared far better than the highway equipment stored inside. It was a bit worse for wear but still in one piece.

Then Director of Planning, Larry Gordon, had the bell removed from the rubble at the site of the garage and put plans in motion to finally give the tired old bell a place in the sun at the new Saratoga County Municipal Complex on McMaster Street. Two years later the 1891 courthouse bell was unveiled and dedicated on July 4, 1970. The Ceremony included Town of Charlton Supervisor Fred Hequemburg as Master of Ceremonies and several
other speakers.

This year marks the fifty-first anniversary of the bell’s relocation to McMaster Street where it still resides, despite a massive fire and the threat of the smelter’s pot, thanks to a group of citizens concerned with its preservation.

Published in History
Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:56

June 26 – July 2, 2021

COURT

Bailey A. Davis, 21, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 16 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree. Sentencing Aug. 12. 

Crystal M. Hebert, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 17 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident. 

Lance E. Abare, 23, of Corinth, pleaded June 17 to felony grand larceny. Sentencing Aug. 19. 

Henry J. Desnoyers, 50, of Troy, pleaded June 16 to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in Malta. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Tyler J. Gaston, 26, of Clifton Park, was sentenced June 16 to 4 years incarceration on each count to run consecutively for a total of 8 years in state prison: two counts felony sexual abuse in the first-degree, two felony counts assault, one misdemeanor count criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment in the second-degree, a violation. 

Adoniram Huntington, IV, of Moreau, was sentenced June 16 to 1 year incarceration after pleading to felony burglary. 

Jeffrey S. Casey, 19, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced June 16 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary, in Moreau. 

William M. Heeney, 50, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 16 to false sworn statement in the first-degree, a felony, first charged October 2020 in Ballston Spa. Sentencing Aug. 12.   

POLICE

Jack Radley, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged June 15 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Jalon Chandler, 24, of Albany, was charged June 19 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Jennifer Rivers, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 19 with misdemeanor assault. 

Noel Hubert, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 19 with misdemeanor DWI, and four driving violations. 

Brandon Caster, 24, of Schenectady, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Kimberly Bertrand, 23, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with felony DWI, and felony aggravated DWI.

Robert McCall, 59, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing, both misdemeanors. 

Kitsia Yard, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 21 with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Brandon Futia, 27, of Troy, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle - a misdemeanor, and five driving violations. 

Shane Curran, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 14 with criminal mischief: intent to damage property, and theft of services. 

Derek Leach, 36, of Johnstown, was charged June 15 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation motor vehicle.

Chad Lang, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

Joseph Dechenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

Shane Curran, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with stalking, a misdemeanor. 

Keith Bassett, 49, of Elmira, was charged June 18 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and failure to obey a traffic device. 

Martin Burton, 28, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 18 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and speeding. 

Daniel Richards, 23, of E. Longmeadow, MA, was charged June 11 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, reckless endangerment, and two driving violations.

Jeramy Zepf, of Wilton, was charged June 12 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal mischief.

Alexandra Bullis, 28, of Duanesburg, was charged June 12 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Peter Cashera, 34, of Schenectady, was charged June 13 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal contempt.

John Crogan, 42, of Watervliet, was charged June 14 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and failure to keep right.

Norman Lamphear, 56, of Northampton, was charged June 14 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

John B. Fleeeman, Jr., 23, of Fort Ann, was charged June 21 with second degree felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree, a misdemeanor. Fleeman is accused of striking a person in the head with a crowbar at the Dollar General Store in Milton. The victim was sent to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

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Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:24

June 19 – June 25, 2021

POLICE

Georgios N. Kakevelos was found guilty of murder in the first-degree and several additional felony charges at the conclusion of a six-week long jury trial on June 17 in Saratoga County.  The conviction is in connection with the death of 22-year-old Allyzibeth A. Lamont in late October 2019, in the city of Johnstown in Fulton County. Lamont had worked for Kakevelos at his sandwich shop and deli in Johnstown.  The jury found Kakevelos hired employee James Duffy to assist him with the murder and removal of the victim to a grave site in Malta, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. The jury returned a guilty verdict on the following felony charges: murder in the first-degree, conspiracy in the second-degree, two counts concealment of a corpse, and six counts of tampering with physical evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa. 

Jonathan Lawless, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation. 

Robert Rich, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident-Fail show license/insurance ID, speed not reasonable and prudent, moved from lane unsafely, refusal to take breath test. 

Charles Walz, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with criminal mischief misdemeanor, and felony burglary.   

Juliana Cerza, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with felony grand larceny. 

Matthew S. Lawrence, 24, of Corinth, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree (felony); assault in the third-degree, DWI, reckless driving (all misdemeanors), speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle (infractions). Lawrence is accused of operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition at a time when his driver’s license was suspended for an alcohol-related conviction from April 2021. His 2001 Ford F350 struck a 2017 Mercedes Benz occupied by 4 people — all of whom needed to be transported to Saratoga Hospital by ambulance for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. The incident occurred June 10 on Main Street in the Town of Corinth. Lawrence was arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail or bond to await further action in the matter. 

Nicholas C. Moffitt, 32, of Moreau, was charged June 16 with felony assault, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal mischief, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in the town of Moreau. 

Jerry Carpenter, 64, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with harassment in the second-degree. 

Steven Tourtellot, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

Kalen Minott, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, license plate missing/displayed improperly, and failure to keep right. 

Joseph Deschenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with criminal trespass, as a misdemeanor. 

Michael Redd, 19, of Malta, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. 

Joanne Thompson, 50, of Albany, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts of criminal sale and two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Qwanna Davis, 30, of Schenectady, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. 

Steven McCarthy, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree – a felony, motor vehicle registration suspended, motor vehicle license violation, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Aaron Edwards, 40, of Corinth, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the street, license plate missing/improperly displayed, failure to keep right, speed not reasonable or prudent, vehicle equipment violation, refusal to take breath test. 

David Brown, 65, of Cohoes, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. 

Carmen Cammuso, 37, of Glenvile, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated harassment in the second-degree. 

Devin Orphan, 21, of Rotterdam, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt in the first-degree, and aggravated family offense – both felonies, and act in manner injure child, a misdemeanor. 

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Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:11

June 12 – June 18, 2021

COURT

Coleen R. Riley, 32, of Clifton Park, was sentenced June 9 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary in the third-degree. 

Louis S. Guerra, 46, of the Bronx, pleaded June 9 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, and aggravated family offense – both felonies, in connection with allegations first charged in June 2020 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Sept. 22. 

Zachary Gaspie, 20, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 9 to possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony. Sentencing Aug. 11. 

Jeremy M. Depasquale, was sentenced June 9 to 1.5 to 3 years in state priosn, after pleading to attempted burglary in the third-degree, a felony, in Saratoga Springs first charged December 2020. 

Keith A. Meader, 49, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 2 to five years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree.

POLICE

Matthew E. Scoons, 43, of Malta, was charged June 7 with two felony counts of assault in the second-degree, one felony count of criminal mischief in the third-degree, two counts of obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest. Scoons is accused of shoving another person to the ground, breaking their wrist in the process. He is also accused of shattering a glass door by punching it and of causing physical injury to one of the deputies who was attempting to take him into custody, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. 

Adam Humphrey, 29, of Mayfield, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Thomas J. Jaronski, 69, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 10 with felony grand larceny. Jaronski is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from his place of employment in Moreau through a fraudulent ongoing plan between September 2012 and May 2021, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. He is expected to be in Moreau Town Court July 6. 

Justin Diamond, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Ashley Jubrey, 33, of Mechanicville, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and an equipment violation. 

Jonathan Emery, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 4 with DWAI – with a prior conviction in the past 10 years rising to a felony, and failure to obey a traffic control device. 

Randy Jones, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with disorderly conduct.

Kelly Irish, 29, of Malta, was charged June 5 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, refusal to take a breath test, moving from lane unsafely, and a license plate violation. 

James Garafolo, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony. 

James Everett, 63, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Anderson Vargas, 29, of Clifton Park, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

David Hunt, 27, of Rensselaer, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct. 

Nikihya Williams, 36, of Troy, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and an equipment violation. 

Thomas L. McDermott, 53, of Wilton was charged June 3 with aggravated harassment in the first-degree, a felony. The charges follow a two-month investigation into a report of a bias-related incident that occurred on a construction site in the town of Rotterdam. The incident was reported by an employee at the construction site and immediately reported to state police by an onsite supervisor. McDermott is accused of using construction materials to assemble a small figure resembling a person of color, which he then hung with a noose made of twine, according to state police.

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