Thursday, 22 December 2022 13:35

December 17 – December 23, 2022

Saratoga County Court

Jordan M. Garafalo, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Dec. 8 to 3 years incarceration and 3 years post-release supervision, after pleading to assault in the second-degree, in connection with an incident that resulted in the death of a man following an August 2021 assault in Saratoga Springs. 

Michael L. Girard, 33, of Clifton Park, was sentenced Dec. 7 to 9 years incarceration and 25 years post-release supervision, on each count, after pleading to two counts criminal sexual act in the first-degree, a felony. Date of charges: October 2021, in Clifton Park. 

Eugene F. Wachtel, 55, of Scotia, pleaded Dec. 7 to felony attempted burglary, first charged October 2021 in Wilton. Sentencing Feb. 8. 

Bruce L. Larrabee, 25, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Dec. 7 to felony assault, first charged in June. Sentencing Feb. 15. 

Nicholas Lesson, 42, of Stillwater, pleaded Dec. 7 to felony burglary, first charged in February. Sentencing Jan. 19. 

Kwaku A. Ofosu, 23, of Cohoes, was sentenced Dec. 6 to 5 years probation, after pleading to reckless endangerment in the first-degree, first charged in April in Mechanicville. 

Caren M. Monahan, 31, of Hudson Falls, pleaded Dec. 5 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth-degree, first charged in Moreau in October.  Sentencing Feb. 7. 

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 

On Dec. 6, members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Special Operations Team executed a search warrant at 109 Comstock Road in the town of Corinth. Following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking within Saratoga County, Thomas A. Allen, 34, Kayla J. Allen, 30, Erica B. Shippee, 36, and Richard S. Simmons, 49, were arrested and are accused of possessing and selling quantities of crack cocaine. Shippee is also a NYS parolee. Kayla Allen is currently on probation for a drug related offense, and Thomas Allen was out on bail pending sentencing for prior narcotics sales. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, scales, packaging material, and quantities of crack cocaine were seized. Each has been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the incident. 

After a lengthy investigation into numerous package thefts from Thimbleberry Drive in the town of Malta on Nov. 28, the Sheriff’s Office charged Sarah F. Micheli, 30, of Malta, with one count of felony grand larceny and 13 counts of misdemeanor petit larceny.

The Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter on Dec. 3, of a yellow Labrador retriever that had been turned in to them under suspicious circumstances. The animal was extremely malnourished and had other signs of neglect as well. Investigation into the complaint led to the following Dec. 10 arrests of a Milton couple for torturing or injuring animals – failure to provide sustenance, under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law: Rebecca L. Been, 31, and Justin C. Condon, 28. Both were released on appearance tickets returnable to the Milton Town Court on a later date. The animal is in the custody of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery.

Saratoga Police

Ashley Racine, 36, of Glens Falls, was charged Dec. 11 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Brenda Parker, 25, of Cohoes, was charged Dec. 11 with DWI, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation, and vehicle equipment violation.

Connor Young, 29, of Ballston Lake, was charged Dec. 11 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and failure to keep right. 

Kenneth Hughes, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with petit larceny, and criminal trespass. 

Samantha Silvanic, 27, of Gansevoort, was charged Dec. 10 with DWI, and driving the wrong direction on a one-way street. 

James Lefebvre, 43, of Stillwater, was charged Dec. 7 with petit larceny. 

Kevin Kelly, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 6 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Jeffrey Hughes, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 6 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and following too close. 

Nathan Shreve, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 6 with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. 

Charles O’Brien, 40, of Corinth, was charged Dec. 6 with DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and multiple driving-related violations. 

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