Thursday, 28 July 2022 15:17

July 23 – July 29, 2022

COURT 

Michael R. Zakrewski, 45, of the town of Day, was sentenced July 18 to more than 34 years in prison, following a six-week-long trial. The charges stem from a Nov. 30, 2020 incident during which he strangled his girlfriend until she lost consciousness, drove her to a remote location and assaulted her, holding her for approximately 9 hours overnight, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office.  Following her escape, his arrest, and the issue of an order of protection he called the victim approximately 100 times – in violation of that order – and enlisted the assistance of his teenage son to convince the victim to not testify against him. Multiple charges included kidnapping, assault, unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, two counts strangulation, and three counts each criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. The victim provided the sentencing court with a Victim Impact statement. 

Justice D. Locke, 20, of Indian Lake, was sentenced July 14 to 16 years in state prison and 5 years post-release supervision, after pleading to assault in the first-degree in connection with an October 2021 incident in Corinth, where he entered an apartment and assaulted a man with a tomahawk-style axe, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. The victim suffered serious physical injury and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where he received critical emergency care. 

Donald D. Martin, III, 36, of Corinth, was sentenced July 11 to 2-4 years incarceration after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon, and 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 years incarceration after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentences to run consecutively. 

Vallen E. Mayes, 37, of Moreau, was sentenced July 11 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Nicholas R. Alber, 25, of Schenectady, was sentenced July 12 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to attempted assault on the second degree. 

POLICE

Antonio Vargas, 56, of the Bronx, was charged July 14 with possession forged instrument, criminal impersonation, and unlawful possession personal ID. Vargas is suspected of being in possession of a forged passport card while attempting to cash a forged check at Saratoga National Bank on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. According to city police, further investigation showed that the identification Vargas presented was a forged passport card and that the check was also a forged document. The Department of Homeland Security was contacted in relation to the forged federal document. Vargas, upon his release from City Court, was turned over to Homeland Security.

Ann Khanna, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with criminal contempt, and criminal tampering. 

Allison Hammond, 51, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 14 with DWI, and two driving violations. 

Sean Dechick, 40, was charged July 13 with criminal mischief. 

Jennifer Hemphill, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 13 with petit larceny. 

Rosanna Burt, 38, of Cohoes, was charged July 13 with aggravated harassment. 

Paul Kazmierczak, 18, of Greenfield, and Tyrese Reeves, 22, of Saratoga Springs, were each charged July 11 in Saratoga Springs with gang assault in the second-degree, and assault in the third-degree. 

Frank Devito, 32, of Nyack, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, vehicle equipment violation, and speeding.

Aaron Gilbert, 63, of Clifton Park, was charged July 13 with assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

Jeremy Allen, 34, of Schuylerville, was charged July 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. 

Joseph Schwartzbach, 39, of Stamford, was charged July 9 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and two driving violations. 

Tamara Robinson, 27, of Schenectady, was charged July 9 in Saratoga Springs with assault, resisting arrest, and obstruct governmental administration. 

Alanah Dubois, 27, of Nassau, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 8 with DWI, aggravated DWI, refusal to take a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation, speed violation, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Matthew Gifford, 29, of Hadley, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with reckless endangerment in the second-degree. 

Matthew Cinquanti, 41, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with aggravated DWI. 

 Timothy Dipasquale, 45, of Milton, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. 

Elijah Gaphoor, 23, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with acting in manner to injure a child. 

On July 6, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged Kaiah E. Al, 23, of Corinth, with criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. 

Braydon Chowdhary, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and making an unsafe turn. 

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