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Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:28

April 9 – April 15, 2022

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Jason M. Lafountain, 39, of Greenfield, was sentenced April 8 to 30 days jail, 5 years’ probation, and served order for no ownership of animals for 30 years, after pleading to aggravated cruelty to animals, first charged September 2021 in Greenfield.

Taylor C. Hatch, 36, of Moreau, pleaded April 8 to felony grand larceny, as charged November 2021 in Hadley. 

John Kasaj, 22, of Waterford, was sentenced April 8 to 2 to 6 years’ incarceration, after pleading to felony burglary, as charged October 2020. 

Brandon L. Griffith, 20, of the Bronx, pleaded April 8 to criminal possession of a controlled substance, as charged in January in Wilton. 

Michael Siddon 53, pleaded April 7 to criminal sexual act in the first-degree, a felony, as charged in 2021 in Stillwater. Sentencing June 9. 

Thomas Tedesco, 42, of Mechanicville, was sentenced April 7 to a 5-year-term of probation, after pleading to felony criminal possession of a weapon, as charged June 2021. 

Blake Hefflin, 20, of Malta, was sentenced April 7 to a three-year-term of probation, after pleading to assault in the third-degree, and boating while intoxicated, in connection with a July 4 boating incident on Saratoga Lake. 

Demetrius L. Anderson, 32, of Clifton Park, was sentenced April 6 to 5 years of probation and 25 hours of community service, after pleading to felony DWI, charged October 2021. 

Cedar Lofland, 49, of Queensbury, was sentenced April 6 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony grand larceny, charged July 2021 in Northumberland. 

Michael Taylor, 31, of Schuylerville, was sentenced April 6 to 6 months incarceration and 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, charged April 2021 in Wilton. 

POLICE

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 4 with petit larceny. 

Hayden Holland, 28, of Denver, Colorado, was charged April 4 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, refusal to take breath test, and two driving violations. 

Larry Fritts, 26, of Ballston Spa, was charged April 3 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely. 

Anthony Sales, 41, of Troy, was charged April 2 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree. 

Nasseem Coleman, 22, of Albany, was charged April 2 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, and three driving related violations. 

On April 6, the New York State Police in Clifton Park charged 30-year-old Craig R. Derusso and 34-year-old Emily N. Roerig, both of Clifton Park, each with two counts criminal possession of stolen property (felony), identity theft in the third-degree, and conspiracy in the fifth-degree, on the suspicion of using a stolen debit card. 

Christina Jones, 33, of Guilderland, was charged April 2 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest. 

Deion Taylor, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was charged April 2 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. 

Domonique Gilliam, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 31 with harassment in the second-degree. 

Randy Jones, 54, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 29 with two counts criminal trespass.

Evan Jenkins, 18, of Gansevoort, was charged March 29 in Saratoga Springs with petit larceny. 

Antonio Randolph, 23, of Cohoes, was charged March 27 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct/ violent behavior. 

Ashley R. Donovan, 26, of Greenfield Center, was charged April 11 with criminally negligent homicide, endangering the welfare of a child, and speeding, in connection with a motor vehicle crash last year. At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2021, members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 9N and Lanie Drive in the town of Greenfield. Six people, including three children, suffered various injuries and all were transported to area hospitals. One of the injured, 62-year-old Diane Welch, succumbed to her injuries after arriving at Albany Medical Center. An investigation of the cause of the crash by the Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit, determined that Donovan was operating a 2015 Nissan Rogue northbound on State Route 9N at a speed of 91 MPH with four passengers in her vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Welch, who was operating a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Lanie Drive, entered the intersection with the intention to travel southbound on State Route 9N when her vehicle was struck by Donovan’s vehicle, authorities said.   Donovan was arraigned in the town of Greenfield Court and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear again at a later date, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The other patients injured in the crash were treated and subsequently released from hospitals. 

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Thursday, 07 April 2022 15:39

April 2 – April 8, 2022

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Norman E. Rose, 43, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded April 1 to misdemeanor DWI, and felony grand larceny, as charged in Saratoga Springs in October 2021. Sentencing scheduled June 3. 

Corey M. Clow, 51, of Troy, pleaded April 5 to misdemeanor DWI, and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, as charged in Saratoga Springs May 2019. Sentencing June 7. 

John Martino, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced April 5 to 2 years incarceration and 3 years post-release supervision, after pleading to felony assault in connection with an incident in Milton, and 12 years determinate and 5 years post-release supervision after pleading to felony burglary in Wilton. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Cynthia L. Ferendzo, 62, of Burnt Hills, was sentenced April 4 to 5 years of probation and 30 days community service, after pleading to felony DWI, first charged in Ballston September 2021. 

Robert Porter, 38, of Ithaca, pleaded April 4 to felony grand larceny, first charged in Moreau September 2021. Sentencing June 6. 

Derek R. Halikias, 29, of Mechanicville, pleaded April 4 to criminal contempt, and attempted kidnapping – both felonies, charged Jan. 1, 2022. Sentencing June 6. 

Orette A. Shrowder, 36, of Malta, pleaded April 4 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, first charged in Malta October 2021. Sentencing June 6.     

Matthew Scoons, 44, of Ballston Spa, pleaded April 1 to criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony, as charged in Malta. Sentencing June 3.

Richard Tifft, 50, of Queensbury, was sentenced April 1 to 1 to 3 years’ incarceration, after pleading to failure to register or verify as a sex offender, as charged in Moreau. 

Dean J. Attwell, 33, of Mechanicville, was sentenced to 3 years’ incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, in Corinth. 

Anthony Lebrecht, 34, of Halfmoon, pleaded March 29 to sexual abuse ibn the first-degree, a felony, first charged in Malta. 

Brian Ramirez-Ortiz, 33, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced March 29 to 1-1/2 to 3 years’ incarceration, after pleading to felony criminal mischief, in Malta. 

Dennis A. Combs, III, 24, of New York City, was sentenced March 30 to 6 years’ incarceration and 5 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon, first charged June 2021 in Saratoga Springs. 

POLICE

David Trombley, 62, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 26 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and unsafe backing of a vehicle. 

Dominick Holmes, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 22 with criminal mischief.

Kathryn Fasano, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 22 with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. 

Nathan Surprenant, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 24 with assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Fiona Boyle, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 25 with DWI, and three driving-related violations.

Todd A. Axton, 59, of Burnt Hills, was charged March 31 with strangulation in the second-degree, aggravated criminal contempt, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. All three charges are felonies. Axton is accused of causing physical injury to a victim in a domestic incident, where an order of protection was in effect against him. Subsequent to a search warrant at Axton’s residence, several illegally possessed firearms belonging to Axton were confiscated, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

Joshua J. Allen, 38, of Providence, was charged March 30 with felony assault, and misdemeanor resisting arrest, after allegedly getting into an altercation with a Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office investigator while being questioned at his residence over a separate incident.    

Ryan N. McPherson, 20, of Troy, was charged April 1 with criminal mischief felony, and the misdemeanors: criminal trespass, and making a punishable false written statement. McPherson is accused of driving his truck onto the Vosburgh Preserve Trail in Halfmoon and causing damage to the trail, which is enclosed and posted in a manner to exclude unauthorized vehicles and intruders. 

New York State Police announced they will participate in a national crackdown on distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The enforcement effort, called Operation Hang Up, will include increased patrols and checkpoints targeting drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. This year’s enforcement detail will run through Monday, April 11. Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. 

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Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:17

March 26 – April 1, 2022

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Chalmers B. Davis, 44, of Schenectady, was convicted March 25 of two counts assault, one count attempted assault, and one count criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with an Aug. 10, 2021 incident that occurred on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said Davis “nearly stabbed one man to death and came within inches of slashing another man’s throat,” following an alleged verbal dispute. The trial jury rejected Davis’ claim that he acted in self-defense, Heggen said, thanking the Saratoga Springs Police Department and adding that the victim “would have almost certainly bled to death had law enforcement not responded as quickly and effectively as they did” in applying a tourniquet and subsequent transport to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.  Sentencing is May 18 and Davis faces up to 40 years in state prison.   

James Garafalo, 28, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded March 25 to felony assault in Saratoga Springs, and felony aggravated family offense in Milton, first charged in summer 2021. Sentencing May 25. 

Mindy J. Hayes, 34, of Witherbee, pleaded March 23 to felony DWI, in Ballston. Sentencing May 23. 

Damani Went, 22, of Ballston Spa, pleaded March 23 to aggravated criminal contempt, a felony, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing March 23. 

Lloyd W. Kelone, 36, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 23 to 3 years incarceration and 3 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in Saratoga Springs. 

Jesse Stewart, 37, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced March 23 to a 5-year-term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs first charged December 2021. 

Pedro Cabrera Tavarez, 35, of Queensbury, was sentenced March 23 to a 5-year-term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Wilton, first charged June 2021. 

Christopher D. Brewer, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 179 days incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree in Saratoga Springs. 

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Shari L. Stephens, 37, of Malta, was charged March 23 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance – one felony, one misdemeanor – and one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance. Stephens is accused of selling and possessing quantities of methamphetamine. 

Nicholas R. Alber, 24, of Schenectady, was charged March 22 with felony assault, and menacing, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident in Charlton. Alber is accused of engaging in a physical altercation during which he struck a man in the face with BB pistol, causing serious physical injury. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. 

James E. Reinhart Jr., 50, of Delanson, was charged March 26 with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny, on the suspicion of committing a larceny on Feb. 7 at the Home Depot store located at Halfmoon Crossing in the town of Halfmoon, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the larceny, Reinhart had previously been advised that he was prohibited from entering the store.

On March 19, New York State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Washington County. During the initiative 20 businesses were checked for compliance. Nineteen of the businesses were in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law prohibiting sale to person under the age of 21. The one business not in compliance was Greenwich Mart, on Route 29, Greenwich, according to State police, and one person was charged with unlawful dealing with a child in the first-degree after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Also on March 19, State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Albany County. During the initiative 22 businesses were checked for compliance. Eighteen of the businesses were in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law prohibiting sale to person under the age of 21. The following businesses were not in compliance: JT Maxie’s Bar & Grill on Wolf Road, Chili’s Grill & Bar on Wolf Road, TGI Friday’s on Western Ave., and University Wine & Liquor on Western Ave. Four people were charged with unlawful dealing with a child in the first-degree after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21.

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Thursday, 31 March 2022 11:52

Open Case: Break-In, Vandalism, Hate Crime

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The first indication something was amiss came in the form of an anonymous complaint someone made with the city, says Heather Chevally. A few days later the hard evidence showed up literally fixed to the interior walls of the house. 

“I have no idea if the two things are correlated, but the timing is suspicious," she says. “To me, it feels like someone is watching."

Chevalley works in software sales. She grew up on Long Island, where her family was employed in the home-building industry. Chevalley’s wife Adrienne grew up in the Geyser Crest neighborhood of Saratoga Springs - where her mother still resides. They recently embarked on a side project buying and rehabbing houses. 

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Our goal is to make a living doing this eventually, and to be responsible people in real estate‚" Chevalley says. “Eventually, we’d love this to be our full-time job." 

There is another home in Saratoga they are rehabbing and are also involved in a project in the Rochester area fi “similar, but (in that instance) we’re going into lower income areas, to get the bad landlords out and give people a better quality of life and a home they could be proud to live in." 

Given Adrienne’s background and familiarity with Geyser Crest, they purchased a home in the neighborhood and are undertaking a $100,000 rehab with the purpose of re-investing in the community.

The home is settled in a residential community, a short song’s serenade south of SPAC, in a neighborhood comprised of single-family homes, accented by driveways and an occasional attached garage. An American flag flies here. A portable basketball hoop stands there. A cross-section of roads swoop into one another, bending around soft turns.    

“We feel like there’s a right way and a wrong way to be successful. We’re big believers in good karma and I think when you give back to the community and do things in the right way, the community and people give back to you as well,‚ she says. “I feel the same way about our realtor and our contractor. I really like these guys, trustworthy, just making sure everything they’re putting their name on is being done right.“

Five weeks into the project came an unexpected visit from the city. “Last week, the building department showed up because of a complaint fi which we thought was weird. We had talked to all our neighbors, and everybody seemed really friendly. The guys working are very friendly and the job site is kept very clean. Nothing in the house needed to be permitted, but they got a complaint and made us stop working, until I went down to the city‚" says Chevalley, adding that the complaint was made by an anonymous person, or, at least by someone not known to her. An engineer visited the home and confirmed that given the work being, done a permit was not needed. After a two-day pause, the project resumed. It was Friday.   

On Saturday morning, when the contractor entered the house, he noticed someone had broken in after the crew had left the previous day. The windows were all open, the heat turned off. A roll of blue painter’s tape was peeled off and used to create a large message that spread across two interior walls. One read: “GET OUT." The second one: N-word, plural. All in caps. 

“The crew are all people of color. It was very clearly directed at them. We were devastated. To walk in and have to look at that? They’re such good guys. I was sick to my stomach," Chevalley says. 

“Someone specifically broke in the house to send a message. There was thousands of dollars of tools and equipment there. They didn’t steal anything. They wrote on the walls in painter’s tape. They shut our heat off and left the windows open - it was a cold night and the pipes froze and busted. Honestly, it was creepy. They broke in and entered just to send a message.

Police were called and initiated an investigation. They unfurled painter’s tape from the wall hoping to secure fingerprints, dusted the windows, and found a hand-print on the wall, Chevalley says. “The police seem pretty committed. Obviously this is appalling, so hopefully they can figure out who did it."

One of the steps involves learning whether the person who initially called the building department with the complaint is connected in some way to the person or persons who broke in. The break-in occurred the first day after the crew returned to work. 

“It’s being taken very seriously because of the nature of the incident‚" said Public Safety Commissioner Jim Montagnino. He confirmed there was a search at the scene for fingerprints and that an investigation is underway. Potential charges could include offenses related to the break-in, as well as to the intentional targeting of persons regarding their race or color, by definition a hate crime.   

“I’m sure there are more hateful people out there than I want to believe, but I just can’t imagine this is how people think," Chevalley says. “I do generally feel this is an isolated incident. That not the way of the community. The community has really seemed to rally around the guys. They have been stopping by and bringing the guys lunch; people said they want to hire them for more work in the neighborhood," she says.  “You really have to have nothing going on in your life to break into someone’s house because you hate someone so much over the color of their skin. I can’t even start to try to understand that."  

Published in News
Thursday, 24 March 2022 13:05

March 19 – March 25, 2022

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Andrea J. Howard, 37, of Glenville, was sentenced March 22 to a five-year term of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, first charged October 2021 in Wilton. 

Shamiek A. Shorter, 26, of Schenectady, was sentenced March 21 to 6 months incarceration and a five-year term of probation, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, first charged July 2021 in Saratoga Springs.

Michael R. Brownell, 51, of Northumberland, pleaded March 18 to aggravated vehicular assault, in connection with a hit-and-run crash in the area of Route 32 and Rugg Road in Northumberland on Sept. 24, 2021. According to a statement released by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, Brownell admitted he was driving recklessly and while intoxicated at the time of the crash, during which he failed to stop at a stop sign, lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and struck a motorcyclist head-on, and subsequently fled the scene. The victim was sent to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment. Sentencing scheduled for May 13 when it is anticipated Brownell will receive a 3-to-9 year sentence, said county District Attorney Karen Heggen. 

Timothy J. Lenzi, 36, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 18 to 1.5 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to attempted strangulation in the second degree, and 1 to 3 years after pleading to DWAI. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Dion E. Weis, 30, of Schenectady, was sentenced to 3 years incarceration and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, in Wilton. 

William Shedrick, 22, of Albany, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years incarceration after pleading to attempted assault in the second-degree, initially charged November 10, 2019 in Saratoga Springs. 

Rebecca Ann Wheland-Kruger, 44, of Clifton Park, pleaded March 18 to criminal contempt in the second-degree.  Sentencing May 13. 

Tyler A. Podrazik, 28, of Amsterdam, pleaded March 18 to aggravated DWI with child, in Ballston. Sentencing May 13. 

POLICE

Shannon Tyrell, 36, of Chestertown, was charged March 21 in Saratoga Springs with petit larceny. 

Susan Thomas, 61, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 20 with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, speed not prudent, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Nicole Braender, 23, of Schenectady, was charged March 19 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and speed not prudent.

Chad Lang, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 18 with burglary in the third degree, and petit larceny. 

Stephanie Moreno, 25, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 18 with DWI, failure to keep right, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Joshua Busold, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 18 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and exposure of a person. 

Michael Gilman, 51, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 17 with criminal mischief in the second degree – a felony. According to city police, the department’s Communication Center received a call from a business owner on Broadway at approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 17 reporting criminal mischief had just occurred. Authorities said a short while later patrol officers located the person allegedly responsible for the damage and placed him into custody.  Second -degree criminal mischief relates to damages of property of another person in an amount exceeding $1,500. On March 18, Gilman was subsequently charged with second-degree harassment, related to a suspected incident on Church Street. 

Logan O. Desjadon, 24, of Clifton Park, was charged March 16 for failure to register a change of address within 10 days as a sex offender, a felony. 

Bianca Barnes, 23, of Schuylerville, was charged March 16 in Saratoga Springs with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts criminal sue of drug paraphernalia, and single counts criminal possession of a narcotic drug, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, and two vehicle equipment violations. 

Bryan Phillips, 57, of East Junction, VT, was charged March 15 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Sarah Bestler, 23, of Clarksville, was charged March 12 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, aggravated DWI, and vehicle equipment violation. 

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Thursday, 17 March 2022 14:54

March 12 – March 18, 2022

POLICE

Sara B. Brennan, 23, of Stillwater, who was working as a corrections officer at Saratoga County Jail, was charged March 9 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count promoting prison contraband – all felonies, and official misconduct – a misdemeanor.  Brennan is alleged to have possessed and sold a controlled substance while at the Saratoga County Jail. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance to return to court at a later, unspecified date. Brennan is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Office, according to that office. 

Okon Songobong, 37, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 8 with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and burglary. 

Sean Riberdy, 31, of Cohoes, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 8 with criminal tampering, criminal mischief, and falsely reporting fire explosion or hazardous substance. 

Trevor Keniry-Thompson, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with petit larceny. 

Kira Walker, 29, of Kingsbury, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Gregory Craig, 65, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 9 with sex offender failure to report change of address. 

Jodie Cruger, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 9 with criminal tampering. 

Casey Watrobski, 31, of Clifton Park, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 10 with operating motor vehicle without insurance, and motor vehicle registration suspended. 

Maison Dufty, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 10 with burglary, and criminal mischief. 

Cassandra Barden, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 10 with burglary, and criminal mischief. 

William Bogdanowicz, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 10 with burglary.

Robin Mattison, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 11 with unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

Jaime Ryf, 40, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs March 11 with petit larceny. 

Bridgete Parisi, 52, of Warrensburg, was charged March 11 with aggravated harassment in the second-degree. 

Zachary Vanearden, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 12 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding not prudent, and moved from lane unsafely. 

James F. Daley, 62, of Malta, was charged March 4 with felony assault obstructing governmental administration, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Jonathan E. Volland, 38, was charged March 9 with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance following a lengthy investigation into narcotics trafficking in the Town of Waterford. Volland is accused of selling and possessing quantities of controlled substances. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail or bond pending further action in the matter. 

Robert T. Kennedy Jr., 24, of Halfmoon, was charged March 3 with felony reckless endangerment, and illegal discharge of firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling house, a misdemeanor, after Sheriff Deputies responded to the Twin Lakes Apartment Complex in the town of Halfmoon for a resident reporting what appeared to be a bullet hole in the ceiling of their apartment. There were no injuries reported due to the alleged incident. Kennedy was arraigned and released on his own recognizance, pending further court proceedings. 

Michael K. Emmerson, 44, of Greenfield Center, was charged March 13 with making a terroristic threat, a felony. The charges followed a complaint of allegedly harassing and threatening communications made against CPS workers, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Emmerson was arraigned in Ballston Spa and released on his own recognizance. 

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Thursday, 10 March 2022 11:37

March 5 – March 11, 2022

POLICE

Kalvin Lamar Pittman, 39, of Amsterdam, was charged in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, making an unsafe turn or failure to give appropriate signal, and operating a motor vehicle without signal devices/reflectors, following patrol officers effecting a vehicle stop on Spring Street at approximately 1:45 a.m. on March 5.  Police said Pittman was the operator of the vehicle and was allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded 9 mm Smith & Wesson automatic pistol which he did not lawfully possess, an ammunition feeding device with more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and cocaine. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash/$60,000 bond. 

Caroline St. charges on March 6: Jade Dunkle, 27, of Schenectady, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering in the third-degree; Wayne Brown, 25, of Troy, assault in the second-degree with intent to cause injury to officer, obstruct governmental administration, resisting arrest, and harassment; Jasmine Fleming, 34, of Troy, disorderly conduct; Sabrina Chambers, 30, of Schenectady, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering;   Nicholas Manna, 27, of Ballston Spa, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruct governmental administration; Ayanna Hamby, 27, of Troy, disorderly conduct. 

Thomas Loehr, 38, of Schenectady, was charged March 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, and three motor vehicle violations: without insurance, without inspection certificate, and registration suspended. 

Rogerio Torres, 40, of Ballston Spa, was charged March 7 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass in the third-degree. 

Madison Laudicina, 22, of Halfmoon, was charged March 1 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, two driving related violations, and license registration violation.

Gary Mackenzie, 57, of Gansevoort, was charged March 1 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, following too close, and a vehicle license violation. 

Alyssa Bridge, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 2 with unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

Robert Caserta, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 3 with aggravated harassment. Enrique Moreno, 28, of Albany, was charged March 3 in Saratoga Springs with possession of hypodermic instrument. 

Joshua Aybar, 21, of Albany, was charged March 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating motor vehicle without insurance, and vehicle registration suspended.

John F. Lincoln-Lynch, 55, of Moreau was charged March 1 with leaving the scene of a personal injury incident resulting in death. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 bond, or $500,000 partially secured bond.  Lincoln-Lynch is accused of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred in the village of South Glens Falls and fleeing the scene. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 bond, or $500,000 partially secured bond. 

Bryan Lacasse, 36, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 19 with DWI, moving from lane unsafely, and two vehicle equipment violations. 

Shaina Clark, 34, of Argyle, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 19 with DWI, and two driving-related violations. 

Ian Osgood, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 19 with criminal mischief. 

Joseph Deschenes, 51, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 19 with criminal trespass, and Feb. 21 with criminal mischief. 

Korleaun Williams, 20, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 20 with criminal tampering, harassment, and assault. 

Stanley Greer, 35, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 20 with DWI, moved from lane unsafely, leaving scene of a property damage accident, speed not reasonable, aggravated DWI, and an equipment violation. 

Timothy Hunter-Byrne, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 22 with harassment. 

Justin Rock, 37, of Ballston, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 22 with four counts of robbery. 

Annie Emery, 38, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 23 with two counts each criminal possession, and criminal sale of a controlled substance. 

Amber Bagley, 29, of Rotterdam, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 23 with criminal obstruction of breathing, and act in manner injure child. 

Shari Venable, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

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Thursday, 03 March 2022 12:23

February 26 – March 4, 2022

COURT 

Wayne A. Aldrich, 54, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Feb. 28 to felony sexual abuse in the first-degree, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, dating to charges in 2017 in Clifton Park. Sentencing May 2. 

Justin W. Jones, 30, of Malta, pleaded Feb. 24 to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentencing May 2. 

Peter Brossa, 44, of Clifton Park, pleaded Feb. 24 to possessing sexual performance by a child. Sentencing May 2. 

Alexander G. Knapp, 31, of Altamont, pleaded Feb. 24 to felony DWI, in Clifton Park. 

Yasuan Cureton, 26, of Albany, was sentenced Feb. 22 to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to felony criminal possession of a weapon, first charged in Saratoga Springs November 2019. 

Michael R. Zakrzewski, 44, of Hadley, was found guilty by trial jury on Feb. 24, of all counts considered, according to a press release issued by Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. The charges included: kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, witness tampering, two counts strangulation, and three counts each criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. According to Heggen, the jury found that on Nov. 30, 2020 in the town of Day, Zakrzewski strangled and assaulted a female victim when she attempted to leave his residence and subsequently abducted her and held her overnight to avoid police. After his arrest, he repeatedly called her to persuade her not to testify against him, or to recant her story. Sentencing is May 2. 

Christine A. Keser, 45, of Milton, pleaded Feb. 28 to felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing May 2. 

Jeremy Molnar, 27, of Greenfield, was sentenced Feb. 25 to two to six years in state prison, after pleading to vehicular assault in the first-degree. Molnar admitted he caused serious physical injury to another person in May 2021 while operating a motor vehicle when his blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit, and knowing his driving privileges in New York had been suspended.   

Gina M. Battista, 30, of Gansevoort, was sentenced Feb. 22 to 2 years incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, and 1 to 3 years incarceration after pleading to a felony charge of hindering prosecution. Both counts initially charged in Wilton. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Joseph O. Goldson, 22, of Glens Falls, was sentenced Feb. 22 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony aggravated family offense, in Halfmoon. 

Michael D. Redd, 19, of Mechanicville, pleaded Feb. 25 to felony burglary, in Stillwater. Sentencing May 6.

Bryan M. Brust, 32, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Feb. 25 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary. 

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Paul F. Haggerty, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 23 with promoting prison contraband in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence – both felonies, and one misdemeanor count promoting prison contraband in the second degree. Haggerty is accused of possessing a battery, tobacco and pencil while an inmate at Saratoga County Jail, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Allison L. Bechtold, 45, of Albany, was charged Feb. 21 with aggravated DWI after allegedly striking from behind a state police troop car while it sat occupied by two troopers stopped at a traffic light on Vischer Ferry Road at the intersection of Crescent Road in the town of Halfmoon. 

Bryan Smith, 34, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb.14 with two counts grand larceny. 

Edward Iannone, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 15 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and of a narcotic drug. 

Marian McCaskill, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 15 with second-degree harassment. 

Scot Boylan, 25, of Milton, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 15 with assault, and act in manner injure child. 

Marquasia Howard, 28, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb.16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Thomas Mabb, 25, of Galway, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. 

Briani Miller, 29, of Castleton-on-the-Hudson, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and operating an unr3egistered vehicle. 

Randy Weber, 32, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 16 with criminal mischief.

Angela Saran, 48, of Ballston Lake, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 18 with DWI, and fail to use designated lane. 

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Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:02

February 19 – February 25, 2022

COURT 

Loreal D. Bass, 41, of Schenectady, was sentenced Feb. 18 to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to felony grand larceny, in Saratoga Springs. 

Kyle D. Baker, 37, of Warrensburg, was sentenced Feb. 18 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony attempted criminal mischief, in Day. 

Shawn R. Bultman, 41, of Northumberland, was sentenced Feb. 18 to 10 years incarceration, and 5 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted assault in the first-degree, in Wilton. 

Brandi Z. Harper, 28, of the Bronx, pleaded Feb. 18 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in Wilton. Sentencing Feb. 18. 

Victor A. Guilianelle, 53, of Mechanicville, pleaded Feb. 18 to failure to register as a sex offender, in Malta. Sentencing April 15. 

Jeffrey E. Tennyson, 49, of Moreau, was sentenced Feb. 16 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI.

Amier K. Grant, 31, of Albany, pleaded Feb. 16 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, in Wilton. Sentencing May 18. 

Ava Maddalla, 21, of Schenectady, pleaded Feb. 15 to attempted grand larceny, a felony, in Malta. Sentencing April 12. 

John Martino, 36, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Feb. 14 to felony assault. Sentencing April 5. 

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Bryan M. Young, 24, of Clifton Park, was charged Feb. 14 with felony criminal contempt, one menacing misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. He is accused of violating an order of protection by spitting on a person and by threatening them with a part of a stove, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

Austin S. Griffith of Gansevoort was charged Feb. 13 by State Police in Wilton with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, petit larceny misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation. 

Nicholas Edwards, 22, of Granville, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 7 with criminal mischief. 

Miguel Reyes, 24, of Fort Edward, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 8 with criminal mischief. 

Christopher Barry, 39, of Greenfield, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 9 with criminal contempt. 

Tarah Horan, 34, of Mechanicville, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 10 with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take breath test, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Jolund Miller, 30, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 10 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and crossing road hazard markings. 

George Murray, 38, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 11 with assault. 

Stephen Struss, 31, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 11 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and refusal to take a breath test. 

Conner Ladabouche, 21, of Rutland, Vermont, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 8 with assault, resisting arrest, criminal tampering, burglary and making a false report. 

Jon Morse, 26, of Minneola, Florida, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 11 with assault. 

Jose Fernandez, 23, of Amsterdam, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 12 with disorderly conduct: fight/violent behavior. 

Owen Ponda, 22, of Warrensburg, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 12 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to obey traffic control device, and vehicle equipment violation. 

Kameron Mattison, 21, of Hudson Falls, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 13 with disorderly conduct: fight/violent behavior. 

On Feb. 12, New York State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Saratoga County. During the initiative 20 businesses were checked for compliance. One person was charged with Unlawful Dealing with a Child, after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. During these investigations, establishments are checked utilizing a trooper in plainclothes, and one or several underage operatives who cannot lie about their age or give a false date of birth. When asked for ID, they show their real ID. 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: Saratoga Wine & Spirits, Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs. The following establishments are recognized for their compliance: Speedway, Main St., South Glens Falls; USA Gas, Main St, South Glens Falls; Cumberland Farms, Main St, South Glens Falls; Walgreens, Main St, South Glens Falls; Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls; Anchor Beverage, Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls; M&M Fuels, Gansevoort Rd, South Glens Falls; Tim’s Discount Liquors, Saratoga Rd, South Glens Falls; Hannaford, Gansevoort Rd, South Glens Falls; Stewart’s Shops, State Route 9, Moreau; Sunoco, State Route 9, Fort Edward; Speedway, Reynolds Rd, Fort Edward; Friendly Spirits, Route 9, South Glens Falls; Exxon, Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort; Simplee Wine and Spirits, Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort; Stewart’s Shops, Northern Pines Rd, Gansevoort; CVS, Route 9, Gansevoort; Minogue’s, Route 9, Saratoga Springs; Cumberland Farms, Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs. 

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Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:46

February 5 – February 11, 2022

COURT 

Cynthia L. Ferendzo, 63, of Burnt Hills, pleaded Feb. 7 to felony DWI, in the town of Ballston. 

Justin M. Lebarron, 37, of Gansevoort, was sentenced to 3 years incarceration and 3 years post-release supervision, after pleading to two felony counts assault in the second-degree. Lebarron was also sentenced to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Lebarron was initially charged July 27, 2021 in the town of Day with four counts felony assault, two counts misdemeanor assault, five counts aggravated family offense, and two counts each: unlawful imprisonment, aggravated harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

Ivan Joy, 54, of Fort Edward, was sentenced Feb. 10 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree, in Moreau. 

Justin J. Jewett, 32, of Albany, pleaded Feb. 10 to burglary in the third-degree, in Halfmoon. Sentencing April 6. 

Richard Douglas Klement, 35, of Schenectady, pleaded Feb. 10 to 2 counts criminal contempt in the first-degree, in Waterford. Sentencing April 6. 

Isaiah Germaine-Boone, 21, of Schenectady, was sentenced Feb. 9 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in Wilton. 

Mark E. Herbert, III, 38, of Averill Park, pleaded Feb. 9 to felony grand larceny, in Mechanicville. Sentencing April 13. 

Jai’Anthony D. Holley, 30, of Lake City, Florida, was sentenced Feb. 9 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, in Moreau. 

Khalil Hankins, 26, of Colonie, was sentenced to 1-1/3 to 4 years’ incarceration after pleading to felony burglary, in Malta. 

Dean Atwell, 33, of Mechanicville, pleaded Feb. 4 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, in Corinth. Sentencing April 1. 

Matthew S. Lawrence, 25, of Corinth, was sentenced Feb. 4 to 6 months incarceration and 5 years of probation, after pleading to misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

John K. Williams, III, 40, of Troy, pleaded Feb. 4 to two counts felony grand larceny – one each in Halfmoon, and in Wilton. Sentencing April 1. 

Brian Ramirez-Ortiz, 33, of Ballston Lake, pleaded Feb. 4 to felony criminal mischief, in Malta. Sentencing March 25. 

POLICE

Jeffrey Little, 38, of Essex Junction, VT, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 6 with rape in the third degree.

Alfredo V. Lebron-Rivera, 27, of Schenectady, was charged Feb. 8 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count promoting prison contraband in the first-degree. He is accused of being in possession of two separate controlled substances while incarcerated at Saratoga County Jail on separate charges. 

Allana Brewer, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 5 with menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Danielle Dennison, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 6 with DWI, following too closely, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Darik Decker, 43, of New York Mills, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb.  6 with criminal trespass.

Raki Johnson, 23, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 6 with disorderly conduct. 

Nicholas Edwards, 22, of Granville, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 7 with criminal mischief. 

Kara Koening, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 5 with grand larceny, and petit larceny. 

Chad Lang, 48, of Corinth, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 6 with harassment. 

Rasean Joseph, 24, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 6 with disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental administration.

Jasay Boone, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 4 with aggravated family offense. 

Bridget Stockwell, 38, of Charlton, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 3 with criminal mischief. 

Brandon Labelle, 35, of Fort Edward, was charged in Saratoga Springs Feb. 1 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Zyaire Mays, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 1 with criminal contempt, and harassment. 

Pete McManus, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and failure to use designated lane. 

Dawson Nigro, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 2 with criminal contempt, criminal mischief, and petit larceny. 

Brittany Cashion, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 1 with DWI, refusal to take breath test, traffic device violation, and making an unsafe turn. 

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