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December 31, 2022 – January 6, 2023

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 

Members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Isaiah J. Whitehurst, after the Narcotics Unit and Special Operations Team executed a search warrant on Second Street in Gansevoort. The arrest is a result of a lengthy investigation into the alleged drug trafficking and drug use and continuous complaints of drug activity occurring at the residence.

Whitehurst, 40, of Brooklyn, is currently on parole for attempted murder. As a result of the investigation & search warrant; scales, packaging material, large quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine, multiple cell phones, pills and U.S. currency were seized. 

On Dec. 13, members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Danielle N. Reynolds, 43, of Brooklyn, who turned herself in after an arrest warrant was issued because of the pending charges resulting from the search warrant. 

Whitehurst and Reynolds were each charged with one felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first-degree, one felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, and one misdemeanor count of criminally using drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified that a vehicle reported stolen from the town of Colonie was traveling north on U.S. Route 9 into the town of Halfmoon. Sheriff’s patrols in the area located the vehicle on U.S. Route 9 shortly after the call was broadcast and stopped it in the vicinity of Route 9 and New York State Route 146. As a result of the investigation, Zachary B. Barry, 33, of Stillwater, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third-degree, and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree. 

Saratoga Springs Police Dept.

A 28-year-old man was charged on Jan. 2 in connection with a New Year’s Day stabbing suspected to have taken place at an apartment complex off of Seward Street in Saratoga Springs. At approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 1, city Police responded to a 911 Emergency call reporting someone was stabbed. Officers were able to locate a 26-year-old woman with a knife wound to her leg, as well as a man suspected of the action, in the apartment. The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of the wound and was released after receiving care. The suspect, Damon Beckerman, was charged with two felony counts criminal possession of a weapon, and aggravated criminal contempt; single felony counts of assault, unlawful imprisonment, and aggravated family offense; two misdemeanor counts of menacing, and one misdemeanor count of assault. Beckerman was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court and sent to the custody of the Saratoga County Sheriff in lieu of $40,000 cash bail, $80,000 bond, or $300,000 partially secured bond.

Nathan Lynn, 28, of Middle Grove, was charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Edward Ody, 56, of Ballston Spa, was charged with DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

NY State Police

State Police conducted an Underage Drinking Enforcement Detail in Saratoga County in late December. During the initiative 16 businesses were checked for compliance. Three people were charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First degree, a class “A” misdemeanor, after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. The following businesses were NOT in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law Section 65, Prohibited Sale to Person Under the Age of 21: East Side Wine & Spirits, 11 Maple Dell, Saratoga Springs.  Jones & 50 Wine and Spirits, 4208 NY-50, Saratoga Springs. Friendly Spirits Wines & Liquors, 1346 US-9, South Glens Falls. 

The following establishments are recognized for their compliance: Stewart’s Shops, 227 Ballard Rd, Wilton; Simplee Wine and Spirits, 654 Saratoga Rd, Wilton; Stewart’s Shops, 335 Northern Pines, Wilton; Minogue’s Beverage Center, 624 Maple Ave, Wilton; Cumberland Farms, 571 Maple Ave, Wilton; Saratoga Wine and Liquor, Maple Ave, Wilton; Stewart’s Shops, 3 Maple Dell, Saratoga Springs; Mobil, State Route 9, Saratoga Springs;  A Plus Mini Market, 3009 NY-50, Saratoga Springs; Target, 3031 NY-50, Wilton; Mobil, NY-50, Wilton; Walgreens, 3020 NY-50, Saratoga Springs; Stewart’s Shops, 4208 NY-50, Saratoga Springs.

During these investigations, Businesses are checked utilizing a Trooper in plainclothes, and one or several underage operatives who cannot lie about their age or provide a false date of birth.

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