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March 9 - 15, 2024

Saratoga County Court

Saratoga County District attorney Karen Heggen announced 49-year-old Anthony Gargano of Gansevoort pleaded guilty in Milton Town Court on March 5 to a violation of the state Agricultural and Markets Law, a misdemeanor, in connection with a Jan. 4 incident. An investigation by the county Sheriff’s Office revealed that Gargano abandoned a cat, named Kane, after regular business hours outside the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, Heggen said, and that on Shelter cameras, Gargano is seen leaving the cat without shelter and driving away. That night, the temperature dropped to approximately 20 degrees Fahrenheit. To date, Kane the cat has not been located. 

Gargano was sentenced to pay $755 in fines and fees and to provide a DNA sample for inclusion in the state DNA Databank. Gargano was sentenced to a conditional discharge which requires the defendant to, among other things, not own, harbor, or have custody of any animal for a period of 50 years.      

Twenty-three year old Schoharie man Timothy J. Felman was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to 2-to-6 years in a state correctional facility in connection with his July 2023 arrest for possessing a loaded “ghost gun” in downtown Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen announced. 

A Caroline Street bouncer located a firearm on the defendant’s person as he attempted to enter a local bar during the early morning hours of July 23, 2023. The bouncer immediately flagged down nearby members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department who quickly approached the defendant, took possession of the firearm, and led the defendant away from the crowded street. 

Upon closer inspection, police determined that the firearm did not possess a valid serial number and was therefore an untraceable, illegal “ghost gun.” The defendant, a former Schoharie County Corrections Officer, later admitted that he had purchased the firearm components online and built it himself, Heggen said.     

George Chillis, 34, homeless, pleaded to felony aggravated criminal contempt, charged December 2023 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing May 6. 

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office

Following an investigation into the sales of heroin and fentanyl throughout Saratoga County, Thomas J. Darrah, 36, of South Glens Falls, and Abigail M. Murphy, 31, of Greenwich, were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal sale of a controlled substance - class B felonies. Darrah was additionally charged with felony criminal nuisance. 

Peter J. Rupp, 44, of Troy, was charged with aggravated criminal contempt, and criminal contempt – both felonies, and unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image – a misdemeanor, following a complaint of harassment involving dissemination or publication of intimate images in the town of Milton. 

Joshua M. Bell, 38, of Watervliet, was charged with felony grand larceny, and falsifying business records in the first-degree. He is alleged to have stolen money and falsified business records while working as the manager at New Country Toyota of Clifton Park Collision Center from August 2022 to August 2023.

NY State Police

State Police arrested Nicholas J. Lamboy, 54, of Clifton Park, for Menacing a Police Officer, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Imprisonment, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree, Menacing in the second-degree, Resisting Arrest, and Harassment in the second-degree. On March 3, at about 10:19 p.m., Troopers received a complaint. The victim reported while at a home in Clifton Park, Lamboy allegedly threatened them with a knife and held them against their will. The victim eventually left the home unharmed and immediately drove to SP Clifton Park to report the incident. Upon receiving the complaint, Troopers and Investigators responded to the home to interview Lamboy.  Lamboy was uncooperative with the investigation and refused to exit. During that time, Lamboy armed himself with a rifle and began walking towards Troopers. Eventually, Lamboy put the firearm down and was taken into custody, at which time he resisted arrest. The firearm involved was seized and found to contain an illegal high-capacity magazine. 

Lamboy was arraigned at the Clifton Park Town Court and remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash, a $20,000 bond, or a $100,000 partially secured bond. 

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