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Thursday, 06 October 2022 13:39

October 1 – October 7, 2022

Saratoga County 

Court

Bradley Hill, 24, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced Sept. 28 to a 5-year term of probation, after pleading to first degree reckless endangerment, in connection with a July 2021 incident in Moreau. 

Tiffany Santiago, 37, of Clifton Park, pleaded Sept. 28 to criminal possession of a firearm, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for June 30, 2023.

Todd A. Axton, 59, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 28 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, a felony. Sentencing Dec. 1. 

Geoffrey Pickering, 32, was sentenced Sept. 23 to 2 to 4 years’ incarceration, after pleading to aggravated family offense, that took place in Milton. 

Raymond C. Horning, Sr., 33, of Gloversville, was sentenced Sept. 29 to 6 months’ incarceration, and a 5-year term of probation, after pleading to criminal mischief and grand larceny – both felonies, in connection with 2020 incidents in Ballston and Charlton. 

Gary Mackenzie, 58, was sentenced Sept. 29 to 6 months’ incarceration and a 5-year term of probation, after pleading to felony criminal contempt in a 2021 incident in Providence. 

Saratoga County 

Sheriff’s Office 

Michael J. Scensny, 32, of Halfmoon, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, and unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, following an investigation of an alleged domestic incident Sept. 24 in Clifton Park. Scensny is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction, according to the sheriff’s office. 

State Police

On Sept. 27, State Police arrested Jason M. Storms, 44, of Saratoga Springs on the charges of rape in the second-degree, criminal sexual act in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. During the investigation, investigators identified a victim under the age of 15 who Storms allegedly sexually assaulted years prior in Colonie. Storms was sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash, or a $25,000 bond.

On Sept. 25, at about 4:08 a.m. State Police of Clifton Park responded to the report of a two-car rollover crash on I-87 northbound in Halfmoon. The investigation determined an 18-year-old operator was traveling northbound on I-87 when they struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by Anjelica R. Espinoza Flores, 22, of San Antonio, Texas. Both vehicles rolled over multiple times, and both drivers were transported to Albany Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation determined both drivers were impaired at the time of the accident. They were arrested and issued tickets for DWI.  Due to medical needs, they were not processed at the time of arrest. I-87 northbound was shut down for a short period to clear the accident. 

On Sept. 24, State Police of Wilton arrested Stacey L. Dressel, 41, of Corinth, on the charges of burglary in the second-degree, and grand larceny in the third-degree. Troopers received a complaint that a vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Greenfield.  The investigation determined Dressel entered the home without permission, took the keys to a vehicle in the driveway, and allegedly stole the vehicle, which was recovered later that day in the village of Ballston Spa.

On Sept. 23, State Police arrested Eric W. Cerny, 65, of Greenfield, on the charges of reckless endangerment in the second-degree, and an environmental conservation law violation. An investigation determined Cerny discharged multiple rounds from a rifle less than 200 feet from another home without that homeowner’s knowledge or permission. No one was hurt during the incident, and the firearm involved was seized.

On Sept. 21, State Police of Wilton arrested Latrell C. Pinellas, 35, of Moreau, on the charge of grand larceny in the fourth-degree. He is suspected of being responsible for multiple items valued at over $1,400 that were stolen from the Target Distribution Center in Wilton. 

On Sept. 21, State Police of Saratoga arrested Cassandra D. Felice, 31, Greenfield, on the charge of grand larceny in the fourth-degree and Robert J. Felice Jr, 53, of South Glens Falls, on the charge of conspiracy in the fifth-degree. The charges stem from a complaint received from a Malta business that an item valued at over $1,300 had been stolen from the store the previous day. It is alleged C. Felice stole the item from the store with the assistance of her father, R. Felice Jr. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:59

September 24 – September 30, 2022

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 

Six people were arrested in connection with drug trafficking charges on Sept. 14 following a joint investigation by Saratoga County and Warren County sheriff’s offices. Those charged: Terry Fauntleroy, 31, of Schenectady, Felix Ortega, 55, of Wilton, Tyanne Carpenter, 31, of Wilton, Jerry Falconio, 57, of Wilton, Melissa Sias, 42, of Wilton, Jonathan Lincoln-Lynch, 32, of Wilton.  The charges totaled 25 in all and included multiple counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one felony count criminal possession of a weapon. 

A 14-year-old boy from the Town of Milton was referred to the county probation department following an alleged threat he made to the Ballston Spa Central School District on Sept. 19. The Sheriff’s Office reports it had received a call from a resident reporting that their juvenile son received a Snap Chat message which contained a threat of a school shooting at the Ballston Spa Central School District. The juvenile had received the Snap Chat message earlier that evening. An investigation was conducted by Sheriff’s Office members, including Investigators and School Resource Officers (SRO’s). It was determined that the person who sent the message did not have the means to carry out the threat and that the threat was not credible, according to the Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 21, he was referred to the county probation department in relation to the threat: Providing a False Written Statement, Making a Threat of Mass Harm, and Falsely Reporting an Incident.

Saratoga County Court

Rahsaan Fennicks, 26, of Schenectady, pleaded Sept. 15 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, first charged in Wilton.  Sentencing Nov. 18. 

Renee L. Passino, 35, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Dept. 15 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth-degree, first charged in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Nov. 7. 

Saratoga Police

Nicholas Zufeit, 28, of Rochester, was charged Sept. 20 with burglary in the third-degree, and criminal mischief in the third-degree. 

Jacob Graham, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 21 with strangulation in the second-degree.

Zachary Motyl, 31, of Ballston Spa, was charged Sept. 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following too closely. 

Katlyn Wilbur, 32, of Malta, was charged with two counts of petit larceny. 

Brandy McLaughlin, 37, of Malta, was charged Sept. 19 with assault in the third-degree, and petit larceny. 

Michael Bohm, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Russell Duffney, 55, Randy Jones, 55, and Shawn Johnson, 40, all of Saratoga Springs, were each charged Sept. 18 with trespass. 

Deidre Bales-Poirot, 38, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 18 with assault. 

Aneliz Pagan Cruz, 19, of Puerto Rico, was charged Sept. 18 with criminal mischief. 

Alexis Hungerschafer, 23, of Glenville, was charged Sept. 18 with assault.

Michael Morrill, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 17 with criminal contempt/ disobey court. 

David Pruiksma, 35, of Halfmoon, was charged Sept. 17 with burglary, and petit larceny. 

Mona Nordstrom, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 17 with criminal contempt. 

Jose Madera, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 16 with petit larceny. 

Katie Hayden, 22, of Saratoga Springs was charged Sept. 15 with petit larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and conspiracy in the fourth-degree.

Sean Ribedy, 32, of Cohoes, was charged Sept. 15 with criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. 

Mark Dibello, 61, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 14 with criminal contempt/ disobey court. 

William McKinnon, 56, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 14 with welfare fraud, and offering a false instrument for filing. 

Jason Bustamante, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 14 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and issue certificate without complete inspection. 

Taylor Briddell, 24, of Gansevoort, was charged Sept. 13 with DWI, operating vehicle without signal devices/ reflectors, and failure to keep right.   

Kevin Cavanagh, 56, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 13 with criminal trespass, and criminal contempt. 

Laura Chave, 38, of Latham, was charged Sept. 13 with criminal mischief. 

Tiana Wescott, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 13 with criminal trespass. 

Timothy Spuches, 54, of Troy, was charged Sept. 13 with criminal contempt/ disobey court. 

Yasmeen Islam, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 13 with assault in the third-degree, and gang assault in the second-degree. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 22 September 2022 13:31

September 17 – September 23, 2022

Saratoga County Court

Justin P. Rock, 37, was sentenced Sept. 16 to 8-to-16 years in state prison, after pleading to four felony counts of robbery, in connection with a series of incidents that occurred in Saratoga Springs in February. Rock admitted he had entered several downtown businesses, claimed (falsely) he had a weapon and demanded cash from the register. He will also pay full restitution to victims, according to a statement released by Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. 

Robert F. Kennedy, 25, of Princetown, NY was sentenced Sept. 12 to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to attempted reckless endangerment in the first-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident first charged in March in the town of Halfmoon. 

Nicholas Palermo, 43, of Troy, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years’ incarceration, after pleading to felony grand larceny, charged in Wilton June 2021. 

Christopher Sears, 36, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 14 to attempted sexual abuse in the first-degree, first charged in Milton in July and August, 2018. Sentencing Nov. 4. 

James E. Reinhart, Jr., 49, of Halfmoon, pleaded Sept. 14 to attempted burglary in the third-degree. Sentencing Nov. 10. 

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 

Joseph N. Flynn, 25, of Greenwich, was charged Sept. 15 with three counts of sexual abuse in the first-degree, in connection with a 2015 incident in the town of Wilton. Flynn is accused of having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 11. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash, or $10,000 bond. 

Tyler J. Lumia, 23, was sentenced Sept. 15 to 10 years in state prison, after pleading to first-degree assault in connection with a stabbing incident that took place Oct. 31, 2021 in downtown Saratoga Springs. 

Joseph T. Colaccino, 18, of Clifton Park, was charged Sept. 15 with felony assault in the first-degree. He is suspected of stabbing a family member several times with a knife during a domestic dispute. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash, or $20,000 bond. 

On September 12, 2022, Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit charged 18-year-old Kaden A. Williams, of Castleton, with felony robbery and felony assault, in connection with an incident at the intersection of Allen Road and North Greenfield Road in the Town of Greenfield. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, the first responding Deputy on scene observed a vehicle fleeing from a neighboring driveway. The Deputy stopped the vehicle on Allen Road, and with assistance from a NYS Trooper the occupants of the vehicle were detained without incident. It is alleged that Williams was accompanied by a juvenile male as he used what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol to steal property from 3 subjects standing at that intersection. A physical dispute ensued and one of the victims was struck in the face with the BB gun, which caused physical injury to that individual. The investigation revealed the victims were specifically targeted by Williams, authorities said.Williams was arraigned at the Town of Greenfield Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $500 cash and $1000 bond/$2500 secured bond. The Juvenile involved was charged with Robbery 2nd and referred to Saratoga County Family Court. He was released to his guardians.

NY State Police

On September 12, State Police of Wilton arrested Siatar K. Creech, 36 of, Northumberland, on a warrant for Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, Rape in the Third-Degree, and Criminal Sexual Act in the Third-Degree. All three charges are felonies. Creech is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 17 since the beginning of 2022 while in the town of Moreau.

On September 13, State Police
of Wilton charged the following individuals: 

Jacqueline A. Rock, 32, of Hudson Falls, criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Leland T. Smith, 43, of Hudson Falls, criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and violations of the vehicle and traffic law.

Daniel L. Larock, 48, of Kingsbury, criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Saratoga Police

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 11 with criminal trespass. 

Zachary Christie, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 10 with criminal possession of a controlled substance and obstruct governmental administration. 

Jonathan Trow, 40, of Milton, was charged Sept. 10 with criminal possession of stolen property, second degree grand larceny, and burglary. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 15 September 2022 12:17

September 10 – September 16, 2022

Saratoga County Court

Cassandra Barden, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Sept. 8 to 4 months incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree, and 1 year incarceration after pleading to burglary in the third-degree. The sentences will run consecutively. 

Robert Felice, 53, of South Glens Falls, pleaded Sept. 8 to felony burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, and grand larceny, in connection with incidents first charged in Northumberland and Moreau.  Sentencing Nov. 10. 

Angelo J. Zeoli, 42, of Troy, pleaded Nov. 8 to grand larceny in the fourth degree, first charged in Wilton March 2021. Sentencing Dec. 8. 

Michael S. Andrews, 25, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Sept. 7 to criminal possession of a firearm. Sentencing Nov. 16. 

Timothy DiPasquale, 45, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 7 to aggravated criminal contempt, a felony. Sentencing Nov. 9. 

Cassandra Morsellino, 30, of Amsterdam, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court to attempted assault in the first-degree, a felony, in connection with a Dec. 5, 2021 shooting on Jersey Hill Road in the town of Galway. Morsellino admitted to being an accomplice with co-defendant Michael Kennedy in an attempted assault of a homeowner/ victim following an early morning dispute, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Sentencing on Dec. 2 when it is anticipated Morsellino will be sentenced to 6-1/2 years in state prison, Heggen added.   

Roarke Shea, 37, of Lake George, was sentenced Sept. 6 to 1 to 3 years incarceration after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree in Wilton. 

Arthur J. Martin, 42, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 2 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, in Malta. Sentencing Nov. 10. 

Sheriff’s Office

GALWAY – Shortly after 8 p.m. on Sept. 10, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car vs. motorcycle accident on State Route 29 in the Town of Galway. A motorcycle operated by Chad M. Jazwinski, 46, of Galway, was travelling westbound and struck a vehicle that had been travelling eastbound on State Route 29, and was turning left into a parking lot adjacent to Benzal Road at the time of the accident. Jazwinski suffered traumatic injuries from the crash and died at the scene. The operator of the other vehicle is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation into the accident is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Galway EMS, Community EMS, LifeNet, as well as fire departments from Galway, Saratoga Springs, Greenfield, Providence and Rock City Falls.

On Sept. 6, the Sheriff’s Office charged Sherrilyn A. Ostrander, 32, of Hudson with identity theft in the first-degree. Ostrander is accused of using the debit card of an elderly female under her care to make numerous charges amounting to a substantial loss to the victim.

SARATOGA Police 

Richard Daniels, 22, of Schuylerville, was charged Sept. 9 with unlawful dealing with child – alcohol. 

Anne Bachrach, 41, of Ballston Spa, was charged Sept. 9 with DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Tyler Kennedo, 19, of Gansevoort, was charged Sept. 8 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speed violation. 

Shaun Cole, 54, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 6 with obstruct governmental administration. 

Arianna Fodera, 22, of Vorheesville, was charged Sept. 5 with DWI, and motor vehicle equipment violation.

Samuel Schor, 18, of Hoboken, N.J., was charged Sept. 5 with petit larceny. 

Neil Lescault, 47, was charged Sept. 5 with criminal trespass. 

Manuel Olmo, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Se3pt. 4 with criminal sale controlled substance, and criminal possession controlled substance.

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 4 with burglary in the third-degree, and petit larceny, and criminal trespass, failure to pay service. 

Tabatha Heitzmann, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 4 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following too closely. 

Anne Cassidy, 60, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Sept. 3 with DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and making an improper right turn. 

Alex Rodriguez, 24, of Schenectady, was charged Sept. 3 with DWI, moving from lane unsafely, fail to stop at a stop sign, and operating vehicle without inspection certificate.

Bailey Thibeault, 22, of Lexington, Kentucky, was charged Sept. 3 with DWI, speeding, moving from lane unsafely, and no motor vehicle license. 

Catherine Dickert, 19, of Ballston Lake, was charged Sept. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe backing of vehicle. 

Matthew Fuery, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 31 with identity theft, grand larceny, petit larceny, and unlawful possession personal ID. 

Jayde Tesiero, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 30 with resisting arrest, and criminal mischief. 

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Thursday, 08 September 2022 17:00

September 3 – September 9, 2022

Saratoga County Court

Jeffrey J. Whitney, 50, of Moreau, was sentenced Sept. 1 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to aggravated family offense. 

Vincent E. Curtis, 22, of Milton, pleaded Sept. 1 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing Nov. 10. 

Glenn R. Massoth, 34, of Albany, pleaded Aug. 30 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with charges in Saratoga Springs in August 2021. Sentencing Nov. 1. 

Adam S. Conlee, 37, of Gansevoort, was sentenced Aug. 30 to six months incarceration, after pleading to possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony. 

Raffaele A. Petruzzo, 61, of Corinth, was sentenced Aug. 31 to 5 years probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs October 2021. 

Brendan A. King, 41, of Wilton, was sentenced Aug. 26 to 5 years’ probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny.

Christine E. Diggins, 31, of Middle Grove, pleaded Aug. 26 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs on April 2. Sentencing Oct. 21. 

Brad N. Callanan, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Aug. 26 to 1-1/2 to 3 years’ probation, after pleading to criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville Oct. 24, 2021. 

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office

A 44-year-old Mechanicville man died on Sept. 1 while canoeing on Saratoga Lake. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to a call of a person in the water yelling for help on Saratoga Lake approximately ¼-mile north of Brown’s Beach. The Sheriff’s marine patrol and dive team searched the area with assistance from NYSP aviation and the Corinth Fire Department. The Sheriff’s dive team subsequently recovered the body of the man, Christopher Lavigne, of Mechanicville. Lavigne was in the canoe alone and it is believed that windy conditions on the lake were responsible for him falling out of his canoe, according to the sheriff’s office.

Saratoga Police 

John Galvagani, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 29 with criminal trespass in the third-degree. 

Lareesa Ward, 24, of Schenectady, was charged Aug. 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Gary Robinson, 36, of Gloversville, was charged Aug. 28 with criminal mischief in the third-degree. 

Michael Cole, 26, of Albany, was charged Aug. 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation, two driving violations, and one vehicle equipment violation. 

Devin Orphan, 22, of Schenectady, was charged Aug. 26 with petit larceny, criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. 

Brian Curran, 41, of Middle Grove, was charged Aug. 26 with motor vehicle registration suspended, aggravated unlicensed operation, and no/inadequate plate lamp. 

Amy Pietronuto, 28, of Haverstraw, N.Y, was charged Aug. 24 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, alleged to be cocaine. 

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, was charged Aug. 24 with criminal trespass in the third-degree, and petit larceny. 

Noah Hughes, 32, of Schenectady, was charged Aug. 24 with petit larceny. 

Matthew Fritche, 26, of Mechanicville, was charged Aug. 23 with two counts of assault in the third-degree. 

Lisa Sterling, 52, of Schuylerville, was charged Aug. 23 with petit larceny. 

Natavio Dawson, 23, of Schenectady, was charged Aug. 23 with aggravated DWI. 

NY State Police 

On Aug. 30, State Police charged Kevin G. Hines, 41, of South Glens Falls, with criminal possession of stolen property in the third-degree, two counts of criminal mischief in the third-degree, reckless endangerment in the second-degree, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third-degree, obstructing governmental administration in the second-degree, resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the fourth-degree, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and multiple other violations of the vehicle and traffic laws.

On Aug. 30, State Police charged Margaret C. Crawford, 46, of Ballston, with Driving While Intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration in the second-degree, and other vehicle and traffic law violations. On August 30, at about 6:49 p.m., Troopers responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of State Route 9 and Vischer Ferry Road in the town of Halfmoon. The vehicle that caused the accident fled the area and was later located at the I-87 rest area in Clifton Park. The operator was identified as Crawford. Following an investigation, Crawford was charged with DWI and transported to SP Northway for processing, where she refused to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol content of her blood, according to State Police. 

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Thursday, 01 September 2022 13:08

August 27 – September 2, 2022

Court

Adrianne D. Liedel, 20, of Milton, was arraigned Aug. 18 on a six-count indictment: vehicle manslaughter, DWAI, assault, failure to use due care to avoid a bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal, and two counts vehicle assault. The indictment alleges that on March 15, Liedel operated a motor vehicle while impaired by the use of cannabis and caused the death of one pedestrian and severely injured another in the town of Ballston, according to a statement released by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. 

Devin Hayes, 25, of Gansevoort, pleaded Aug. 22 to aggravated family offense, in Moreau. Sentencing Oct. 19. 

Austin I. Klebauskas, 25, of Malta, was sentenced Aug. 25 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Milton. 

Benjamin E. Noon, 44, was sentenced Aug. 19 to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to felony grand larceny, in Halfmoon. 

Michael M. Green, 19, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Aug. 19 to felony burglary, Sentencing Oct. 14. 

John Sgorrano, 38, of Fort Edward, was sentenced to time served and 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony criminal mischief, in Moreau. 

Michael Ackerman, 28, of Newton Falls, pleaded Aug. 16 to promoting a sexual performance by child. Sentencing Oct. 18. 

Chantelle Joubert, 31, of Corinth, pleaded Aug. 16 to felony grand larceny, in Malta. 

Alfred E. Evans, 33, of Malta, was sentenced Aug. 16 to failure to register or verify as a sex offender, a felony. 

POLICE

Jose Mercado, 41, of Albany, was charged Aug. 22 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, and failed to stop at a stop sign. 

Diane Carroll, 63, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 21 with petit larceny. 

Franklin Lewis, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 20 with criminal mischief. 

Michael Christon, 42, of South Glens Falls, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Jamaine Myers, 44, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 20 with two counts criminal contempt, two counts aggravated family offense, and one count resisting arrest. 

Cassandra Phillips, 23, of De Ruyter, NY, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug.  20 with DWI.

Indiana Arnold, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely. 

Shawn M. Finn, 35, of Malta, was charged Aug. 19 with two counts criminal sale of a controlled substance, and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Finn is accused of possessing and selling quantities of methamphetamine in Saratoga County. 

Alia Leto, 20, of Hudson Falls, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 14 with criminal impersonation, and obstructing governmental administration. 

James Archibald, 28, of South Glens Falls, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 14 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of stolen property, and operating an unregistered vehicle. 

Keojhi Branch, 27, of Catskill, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 14 with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Annamarie Maccioli, 46, was charged Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs with DWAI.

Zecharia Banks, 20, was charged Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, unlawful possession alcohol person under 21, fail to stop at a stop sign, and multiple vehicle equipment violations. 

Koya Jones, 33, of Cohoes, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 12 with false personation. 

Tirec Kennedy, 34, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 12 with assault, and criminal possession of a controlled substance – alleged to be cocaine. 

Steven Harris, 35, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 12 with assault. 

Jeremy Davis, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 12 with criminal obstruction of breathing. 

Jomar Serrano, 30, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 11 with assault, and criminal mischief. 

Michael Scoville, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 11 with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. 

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 10 with criminal trespass. 

Sara Rathbun, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 9 with endangering the welfare of a child. 

James Crawford, 55, of Ballston Lake, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 9 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

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Thursday, 25 August 2022 14:18

August 20 – August 26, 2022

Saratoga County Court

Shari Stephens, 37, of Mechanicville, was sentenced Aug. 18 to 5 years probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance, first charged in Malta. 

Christopher House, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Aug. 18 to 5 years probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny, first charged in Malta. 

Craig R. Derusso, 31, of Clifton Park, was sentenced Aug. 18 to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to felony criminal possession of stolen property. 

Rolland Gibbs, 63, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Aug. 12 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to reckless endangerment in the first-degree. 

Justin S. Rue, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Aug. 12 to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to felony assault, in a charged first made Oct. 2, 2021 in Saratoga Springs. 

Larenzo Escobales, 27, of Troy, was sentenced Aug. 11 to 6-1/2 years incarceration and 5 years post-release supervision, after pleading to strangulation in the second-degree, in connection with a felony first charged in Mechanicville February 2022. 

Amier K. Grant, 31, of Albany, was sentenced Aug. 11 to 3 years incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, charged March 2021 in Wilton. 

Anthony E. Pinkney, 40, of Albany, pleaded Aug. 11 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, charged December 2021 in Moreau. Sentencing Oct. 20. 

Nicolle L. Bailey, 44, of Albany, was sentenced Aug. 17 to 5 years probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Halfmoon.

Daniel Luna, 41, of the Bronx, was sentenced to 4 years probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga. 

Police

Chad Brown, 43, was charged Aug. 17 with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor. According to Saratoga Springs Police, a complaint was taken at approximately 11 p.m. regarding an incident that occurred involving an acquaintance known to Brown. Brown was taken into custody, processed, and released on $2,500 cash bail after arraignment in Saratoga Springs City Court.

Jose Hidalgo, age 59, and Guadalupe Montesdecoa-Aguilar, age 36, were charged Aug. 18 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Both charges are felonies. The arrests were the result of  a narcotics investigation into a dorm residence on New York Racing Association property (NYRA), by members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit. It is alleged both men were in possession of over 200 grams of cocaine while working on NYRA property. 

Daniel R. Pabon, 37, of Amsterdam, was charged Aug. 15 with felony assault and felony criminal mischief, in connection with a car vs. scooter motor vehicle accident on State Route 50 in the town of Ballston on Aug. 15. Pabon is accused of striking the operator of a motor vehicle with a dangerous instrument, causing physical injury, and intentionally damaging the other involved vehicle. 

David Z. Krapish, 32, of Ballston Spa, is charged with failing to change address as a sex offender, a felony. 

William R. Burden, Jr., 30, of Ballston, was charged Aug. 9 with assault and with strangulation. Burden is accused of striking and obstructing the breathing of a 1-year-old child known to him and causing physical injury to the child. He was sent to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, $40,000 bond and $250,000 secured bond. 

Joseph V. Bagley, age 51, of Halfmoon, was charged Aug. 4 with aggravated family offense (felony), unlawful imprisonment (misdemeanor), and harassment (violation). Bagley is accused of pulling another person’s hair and preventing her from exiting his vehicle. He was charged with the aggravated family offense as a result of a conviction of a specified offense within the preceding 5 years.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Report: 

On Aug. 12, motorcyclist Jeffrey D. Leighton, age 31, of Gansevoort died in a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 9 in the town of Wilton. 

Lawrence C. Dippold, 77, of Clifton Park, was charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred in the early afternoon on Aug. 18, in the Town of Clifton Park. Michele Heffern, 54, was killed as a result of the crash, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Dippold was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury incident resulting in death.

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Thursday, 18 August 2022 14:59

August 13 – August 19, 2022

COURT

Troy D. Cassell, Jr., 39, of Schuylerville, was found guilty Aug. 9 by trial jury of aggravated DWI with a child, DWAI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with a motor vehicle crash in the town of Saratoga September 2021. Cassell was operating a vehicle while his license was suspended when crashing into an embankment on state Route 29. A six-year-old child was in the back seat, and a drug recognition expert “determined that the defendant was under the influence of a narcotic drug and was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle,” according to a statement released by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. The child victim was treated by EMS and released to a relative on scene. Cassell faces up to four years incarceration. Sentencing Nov. 

Michael Gladding, 53, of Halfmoon, was sentenced Aug. 10 to 2 to 6 years incarceration, after pleading to promoting a sexual performance by a child. 

Crystal M. Bauer, 39, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Aug. 5 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Clifton Park. Sentencing Oct. 7. 

Allison L. Bechtold, 46, of Albany, was sentenced Aug. 5 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Halfmoon. 

Michael L. Girard, 33, of Clifton Park, pleaded Aug. 4 to two felony counts criminal sexual abuse in the first-degree, in connection with incidents in Clifton Park in October and November, 2021. Sentencing Nov. 9. 

Thomas A. Allen, 33, of Greenfield Center, pleaded Aug. 5 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, in Corinth. Sentencing Oct. 7. 

POLICE

Tyrese Reeves, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 7 with two counts assault, and one count gang assault, and obstruct governmental administration. 

Paul Kazmierczak, 18, of Greenfield, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 7 with assault, and gang assault. 

Nicholas Richmond, 21, and Eli Grier, 21, both of Schenectady, were each charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 7 with assault. 

Kaiden Stoma, 21, of Orange, Texas, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 7 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Bianca Barnes, 24, of Schuylerville, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 6 with criminal mischief, tampering, revisiting arrest, assault, reckless endangerment, harassment, obstruct governmental administration, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

George Licata, 54, of Lake Luzerne, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 5 with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, circumvent interlock. 

Terrance King, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 5 with strangulation, assault, and criminal mischief, and tampering.

Yasmine Hilton, 21, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 5 with possession forged instrument. 

Ryan Matuszak, 26, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 4 with burglary, and grand larceny. 

Adam Richardson, 49, of Ballston Lake, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 3 with DWI, speeding, aggravated DWI, making unsafe turn. 

Terrance Rudes, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 3 with disorderly conduct. 

Sean Zellars, 36, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs Aug. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and three vehicle license/driving-related violations. 

Theodore Cooper, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 2 with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Daniel Demeo, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 7 with aggravated harassment, and act in manner injure child.

Dustin Quirion, 38, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with 3 motor vehicle license registration/insurance violations.

Bruce L. Larrabee, 24, of Ballston Spa, was charged Aug. 1 with assault in the second-degree for allegedly causing physical injury to a deputy by kicking him to his facial area while at the Saratoga Hospital on July 31. Larrabee was an inmate at the Saratoga County Jail at the time of the incident. 

Philip Domingo, 38, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 31 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe turn. 

Gary Fraiser, 54, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 30 with DWI, and moved from lane unsafely. 

Emerson Lopez-Perez, 23, of Buskirk, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 30 with DWI, and following too close. 

Kevin Bessette, 45, of Fort Edward, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 30 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and driving in the wrong direction. 

Rachel Kennedy, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 29 with criminal mischief. 

Zachary Welch, 30, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 29 with assault, criminal mischief, and criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing. 

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Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:44

August 6 – August 12, 2022

POLICE

Saratoga Springs Police received a call at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 reporting a possible bomb on the West Avenue campus of SUNY Empire State College. At the time, a subject reported observing a suspicious device in the building. Police said the incident mimics similar incidents reported to college campuses nationwide since June. The Empire State campus was searched by members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, SSPD explosives detection canine, as well as explosives detection canines from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, with no device being located. At the present time the Saratoga Springs Police Department is forwarding information to the FBI to assist in its investigation of this incident and is also working collaboratively with other local law enforcement agencies who have had similar reports made.

Nicholas P. Lesson, 42, of Stillwater, was charged Aug. 4 with one count felony burglary, and two felony counts attempted sexual abuse. Lesson is accused of having unlawfully entered a residence by scaling the exterior of the building and gaining access through the second-floor porch, while being fully nude. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Lesson awoke the residents while attempting to sexually abuse the victim while she was in bed, asleep, with her husband. Lesson was chased from the scene by the victim and her husband and located a short time later at his own residence. Lesson was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail.

Rayne McNeil, 29, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 29 with vehicle registration suspended, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Sheba N. Flood, 29, of Albany, was charged July 28 in Halfmoon with three felony counts grand larceny on the suspicion of stealing credit cards and a vehicle from a male complainant. 

Kwahpreme Mitchell, 31, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to obey traffic device. 

Christopher Huck, 23, of Bolton Landing, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 28 with criminal mischief in the third-degree. 

Ann Khanna, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 28 with criminal tampering. 

Sativa Cannon-Van Dongen, 24, of Schuylerville, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Theresa Travis, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 28 with two counts aggravated unlicensed operation, and single counts: criminal possession of a controlled substance, DWAI, and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Shakema Wilmot, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 25 with criminal mischief. 

Gabrielle Montayne, 61, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 25 with DWI, and following too closely. 

Victor Maffetone, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 24 with assault in the third-degree. 

Jake Hodsdon, 29, of Hoosick Falls, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 24 with DWI, and two driving-related violations. 

D’ontay Bennifield, 23, of Greenfield Center, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated family offense, criminal contempt, operating motor vehicle without insurance, having a suspended registration, and insufficient taillights. 

Shantel Dupont, 32, of Watervliet, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 23 with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Edward Richardson, 39, of Guilderland, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 23 with petit larceny. 

Matthew Weir, 33, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 17 with robbery in the third-degree.

Kenneth Palso, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 17 with criminal mischief, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Samreen Sarfaraz, 24, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 17 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and unsafe backing of vehicle.

Robert Loya, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 16 with DWI. 

Shahid Smith, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 15 with criminal contempt, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing governmental administration. 

Bianca Barnes, 24, of Schuylerville, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 15 with DWI, revisiting arrest, refusal to take a breath test, and three driving or vehicle violations. 

Calin Stock, 28, of Schuylerville, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 15 with DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and refusal to take a breath test. 

Desiree Farley, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with assault in the third-degree. 

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Thursday, 04 August 2022 15:32

July 30 – August 5, 2022

COURT

Luke P. Dashnaw, 22, of Wilton, was sentenced July 15 to a total term of 4-1/13 to 13 years incarceration, after pleading to promoting a sexual performance by a child, first charged August 2020 in Halfmoon. 

Kasey B. O’Herron, 36, of Greenfield Center, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Sept. 16. 

Geoffrey Pickering, 32, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to felony aggravated family offense in Milton. Sentencing Sept. 23. 

Devin C. Bryant, 26, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced July 15 to a total incarceration term of 6 years, and 5 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to felony burglary and felony strangulation, first charged in Moreau. 

Jason M. Benson, 40, of Corinth, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing Sept. 29. 

Raymond C. Horning, Sr., 32, of Gloversville, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to the felonies criminal mischief, and grand larceny. Sentencing Sept. 29. 

Rodolfo L. Ocel, 33, of Troy, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a felony. Sentencing Sept. 15. 

Tyler Lumia, 23, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to assault in the first-degree. Sentencing Sept. 14. According to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, Lumia admitted to stabbing an unarmed man several times in the face and chest following a late-night dispute at an unnamed Caroline Street bar on Oct. 31, 2021. Lumia is expected to be sentenced to a 10-year prison term in September. 

Terrence Boston, 60, of Albany, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to forgery in the second-degree in Halfmoon, a felony. Sentencing Sept. 19. 

Miley A. Thomas, 30, of Mechanicville, was sentenced July 25 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Ryan M. Natalie, 42, of Glenvillem, NY, was sentenced July 25 to 5 days incarceration and 5 years’ probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child, in connection with an incident in Clifton Park in January. 

Naomi Sweeting, 23, of Brooklyn, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree in Malta. Sentencing Sept. 28. 

Jason P. Morelli, 40, of Waterford, was sentenced July 27 to 4 years’ incarceration and 2 years’ post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. 

POLICE 

Depree Faulks, 30, of Amsterdam, was charged with three felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and single felony counts criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a narcotic drug.  Faulks was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail and is also currently under the supervision of the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Samuel Payano, 22, of Amsterdam, was charged with two felony counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and single felony counts criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a narcotic drug. Payano was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, or $150,000 bond. 

City Police narrative: At approximately 3:45 a.m. on July 23, members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department Patrol Division and Investigations Division were working a combined enforcement detail specifically concentrating on the downtown business district. Investigator Rich Arpei and Patrol Officer Stephanie Herman observed two suspicious males in a parking lot on Caroline St. During the course of the investigative stop a silver handgun was located in a vehicle both were in. The pair were taken into custody at that time. As the investigation continued, the loaded, 9mm Fratelli Tanfoglio handgun was seized, as well as a large quantity of illegal narcotics in pill form. The pills tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine. Also seized was over $3,500 cash. 

Giselle M. Barnes, 54, of Corinth, was charged July 12 with criminal nuisance in the first-degree, a felony. Barnes is accused of knowingly allowing drug sales to occur at her residence in the village of Corinth, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Barnes was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. 

Andrew P. Palmateer, 51, of Greenfield, was charged July 20 with felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and refusal to take a breath test, a violation, in connection with an incident in Milton. The DWI charged rises to a felony due to a prior DWI conviction within the prior 10 years. 

Tina Wolcott, 53, of Waterford, was charged July 19 with two counts each criminal sale, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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