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February 13 – February 19, 2021


Ralph Knapp, 68, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Feb. 10 to 60 days in jail, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender, a felony. 

Emily S. Baxter, 34, of Slingerlands, was sentenced Feb. 9 to five years of probation, after pleading in Saratoga Springs to fourth degree felony grand larceny. 

Paul Pike, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Feb. 8 to 3 to 6 years in state prison, following the conviction of vehicular assault in the first-degree, according to a statement released by Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. An investigation by Saratoga Springs Police determined that Pike crashed his car into a telephone pole just south of Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Route 50, after traveling more than 100 feet on the shoulder of the roadway. A 7-year-old passenger in the back seat of the vehicle suffered serious physical injuries, including a skull fracture, a severe brain bleed, and a laceration to his face, according to the statement.  Heggen said Pike had failed multiple field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash – which occurred June 10, 2020 - and that it was determined he was impaired by a variety of drugs, suboxone, klonopin, and Vyvanse among them.    

Joshua L. Briggs, of Warrensburg, was charged Feb. 9 with grand larceny in the fourth-degree in connection with a series of retail larcenies in February at the Target Store in the town of Wilton. Briggs is accused of stealing electronics valued at $1,551.43.

Robert Salisbury, Jr., 32, of Schenectady, pleaded Feb. 11 to felony DWI, in Ballston. Sentencing April 15. 

Ronnie L. Gardner, 28, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Feb. 11 to grand larceny in the third-degree, a felony, in Wilton. Sentencing April 12. 

Leslie F. Allen, Jr., 39, of Corinth, was sentenced Feb. 11 to 1.3-4 years state prison, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender, a felony, and 3 to 6 years state prison for felony grand larceny, that was originally charged in the town of Greenfield between Feb. 3 and June 11, 2020. 


Matthew Salvo, 41, of Greenfield, was charged Feb. 12 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. 

Christopher Hance, 31, of Middle Grove, was charged Feb. 13 in Saratoga Springs with unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third-degree, a misdemeanor.

Kenneth Drobner, 27, of Albany, was charged Feb. 13 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and motor vehicle registration suspended – both misdemeanors. 

Nile Steigerwald, 58, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 13 with misdemeanor DWIO, and unsafe backing of vehicle. 

James J. Willsey, 31, of Malta was charged Feb. 6 with felony DWI- Previous Conviction, and circumventing an interlock device, a misdemeanor. State Police stopped Willsey for an alleged series of traffic infractions as he drove down State Route 9 in Malta. According to state police, when the Trooper spoke with Willsey they could smell the odor of alcohol and observed signs of impairment. Willsey was administered the standardized field sobriety test which were indicative of impairment and he was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. Willsey was transported to SP Saratoga where he refused to submit to a test to determine the alcohol content of his blood. He was arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court.

Jason Benson, 39, of Corinth, was charged Feb. 11 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation- a misdemeanor, unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, and exhaust system equipment violation. 

James Altamirano, 39, of Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 11 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Donald Clute, 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 12 with criminal possession of a firearm, a felony. 

Jonathan D. Cain, 25, of the Bronx, was charged Feb. 14 with felony robbery, felony grand larceny, and misdemeanor attempted assault. Cain is accused of using physical assault to steal a person’s mobile phone and attempting to cause physical injury to that person during an alleged incident that occurred in the town of Wilton, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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