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April 13 - 19, 2024

Saratoga County Court

Brad C. Cittadino, 49, of Stillwater, was sentenced April 11 to 3 years incarceration and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a felony. 

Matthew T. McGraw, 43, of Clifton Park, was sentenced April 11 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to unlawful surveillance in the second-degree, a felony, in connection with events that occurred in the towns of Moreau, Clifton Park, and Halfmoon in 2023. 

Matthew W. Breen, 56, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded April 10 to sexual abuse in the first-degree, a felony, charged May 2023 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing June 26. 

Timothy Perkins, 35, of Columbia, Kentucky, pleaded April 10 to criminal sexual act in the first-degree, a felony, charged June 2023 in Wilton. Sentencing June 26. 

Shannon A. Welch, 39, of Moreau, was sentenced April 9 to 1 year incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, charged December 2022 in Moreau. 

Erica M. Twiss, 52, of Troy, pleaded April 9 to felony DWI, charged November 2023 in Waterford. Sentencing June 18. 

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 

On April 9 at 10:50 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased person at a residence on Middle Line Road in the town of Milton. Investigation into the matter led to the arrest of Ronald G. Rayher, 69, of Milton and the charges of manslaughter in the 2nd degree (class C felony) and tampering with physical evidence (class E felony). It is alleged that Rayher recklessly caused the death of another person on April 5, 2024, at his home in the town of Milton. 

The victim was identified as Thomas J. Krider, 40, of Ticonderoga. Krider had been reported as a missing person on April 6, 2024 in Ticonderoga. It is also alleged that Rayher tampered with and suppressed evidence after the incident. Rayher was arraigned at the Milton Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, bond, or partially secured bond pending further action in the matter. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ticonderoga Police Department.

Alex C. Sims, 34, of Corinth, was charged with two counts of rape in the 3rd degree (class E felonies), the Saratoga Country Sheriff’s Office announced April 15. It is alleged that on Feb. 20, and March 10, in the town of Greenfield, Sims engaged in sexual intercourse with another person and did so without such person’s consent by reason of some factor other than incapacitation. Sims was arraigned at Malta Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail pending further action in the matter. 

New York State Police

The New York State Police issued more than 21,500 tickets during this year’s ‘Operation Hang Up’ traffic enforcement period, which took place from April 1 to April 8 and targeted drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel.

In the Troop G Albany Region, this included 1,667 total tickets. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationwide in 2022, 3,308 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving.

During the April 2023 Operation Hang Up campaign, State Police issued more than 23,000 total tickets, including 4,246 tickets for distracted driving. The tickets written were a combination of talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device, texting, or using an electronic device while driving.

On April 9, 2024, State Police charged Nicholas J. Mcgraw, 30, of Watervliet, with Assault in the third-degree, after Troopers responded to the parking garage entrance of P2 at the Capital in Albany, for the report of a physical altercation. The investigation determined Mcgraw and a victim were reportedly in a road rage incident, which resulted in contact and damage to each of their vehicles while on I-787 in Menands, police said.  Mcgraw followed the victim to the location where he allegedly removed the driver from their vehicle and assaulted them. The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Mcgraw was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Albany City Court on May 6, and released.

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