Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:17

March 26 – April 1, 2022

COURT

Chalmers B. Davis, 44, of Schenectady, was convicted March 25 of two counts assault, one count attempted assault, and one count criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with an Aug. 10, 2021 incident that occurred on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said Davis “nearly stabbed one man to death and came within inches of slashing another man’s throat,” following an alleged verbal dispute. The trial jury rejected Davis’ claim that he acted in self-defense, Heggen said, thanking the Saratoga Springs Police Department and adding that the victim “would have almost certainly bled to death had law enforcement not responded as quickly and effectively as they did” in applying a tourniquet and subsequent transport to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.  Sentencing is May 18 and Davis faces up to 40 years in state prison.   

James Garafalo, 28, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded March 25 to felony assault in Saratoga Springs, and felony aggravated family offense in Milton, first charged in summer 2021. Sentencing May 25. 

Mindy J. Hayes, 34, of Witherbee, pleaded March 23 to felony DWI, in Ballston. Sentencing May 23. 

Damani Went, 22, of Ballston Spa, pleaded March 23 to aggravated criminal contempt, a felony, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing March 23. 

Lloyd W. Kelone, 36, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 23 to 3 years incarceration and 3 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in Saratoga Springs. 

Jesse Stewart, 37, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced March 23 to a 5-year-term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs first charged December 2021. 

Pedro Cabrera Tavarez, 35, of Queensbury, was sentenced March 23 to a 5-year-term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Wilton, first charged June 2021. 

Christopher D. Brewer, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 179 days incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree in Saratoga Springs. 

POLICE

Shari L. Stephens, 37, of Malta, was charged March 23 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance – one felony, one misdemeanor – and one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance. Stephens is accused of selling and possessing quantities of methamphetamine. 

Nicholas R. Alber, 24, of Schenectady, was charged March 22 with felony assault, and menacing, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident in Charlton. Alber is accused of engaging in a physical altercation during which he struck a man in the face with BB pistol, causing serious physical injury. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. 

James E. Reinhart Jr., 50, of Delanson, was charged March 26 with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny, on the suspicion of committing a larceny on Feb. 7 at the Home Depot store located at Halfmoon Crossing in the town of Halfmoon, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the larceny, Reinhart had previously been advised that he was prohibited from entering the store.

On March 19, New York State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Washington County. During the initiative 20 businesses were checked for compliance. Nineteen of the businesses were in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law prohibiting sale to person under the age of 21. The one business not in compliance was Greenwich Mart, on Route 29, Greenwich, according to State police, and one person was charged with unlawful dealing with a child in the first-degree after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Also on March 19, State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Albany County. During the initiative 22 businesses were checked for compliance. Eighteen of the businesses were in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law prohibiting sale to person under the age of 21. The following businesses were not in compliance: JT Maxie’s Bar & Grill on Wolf Road, Chili’s Grill & Bar on Wolf Road, TGI Friday’s on Western Ave., and University Wine & Liquor on Western Ave. Four people were charged with unlawful dealing with a child in the first-degree after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21.

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