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Thursday, 08 July 2021 15:45

July 3 – July 9, 2021

COURT

Justin D. Allen, 33, of Schenectady, was sentenced June 29 to 3.5 years incarceration, and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance, in connection with an incident in Wilton. 

Destiny Ozani Matari Ramirez, 24, of Albany, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, after pleading to attempted burglary in the second-degree, in connection with an incident in Galway. 

Martin P. Heeney, 58, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 30 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. 

Victor Casado, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 28 to serve 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. 

Samuel Tyrel, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 28 to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender. 

Robert Kitchen, 55, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 28 to attempted sexual abuse in the first-degree. Sentencing Aug. 13. 

Isaiah M. Macault, 24, of Albany, pleaded June 28 to robbery in the second-degree in connection with an incident in Moreau. Sentencing Aug. 20. 

James T. Love, 47, of Wilton, was sentenced June 25 to 1 year incarceration in connection with second-degree attempted assault charges, and 3 to 9 years in connection with third-degree arson charged, to run consecutively. 

Lacey Utter, 22, of Broadalbin, pleaded June 30 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, in connection with an incident in Milton. 

Eric J. Buell, 37, of Gansevoort, pleaded June 23 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Wilton. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Neil Devoe, 18, of Troy, was sentenced June 23 to 2.5 years in state prison, and 10 years post-release supervision, after pleading to rape in the second-degree, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville in October 2020. 

Devan D. Hildebrandt, 29, was sentenced June 23 to 1 year jail for each count to run concurrently, after pleading to two counts of burglary in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. 

Justen S. Roberts, 24, of Cohoes, was sentenced June 22 to 2.5 to 5 years in prison and 1 year local concurrent, after pleading to burglary in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Waterford. 

Matthew J. Stephens, 20, of Wilton, was sentenced June 22 to 60 days in county jail and five years of probation, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourth-degree, in connection with an incident in December 2020.

Shamika Penn, 31, of Buffalo, was sentenced June 22 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourth-degree, in connection with an incident in Moreau. 

Frank J. Flinton, 33, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 22 to 6.5 years plus 2 years post-release supervision, in connection with charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, regarding incidents taking place in the town of Saratoga and the town of Wilton June 3 to July 15, 2020, and 1 year incarceration on charges of disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first-degree.   

Erik J. Klebauskas, 44, of Wilton, was sentenced June 21 to five years probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child. 

POLICE

Joseph Deschenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 21 with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Chad Lang, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 22 with misdemeanor criminal trespass and felony burglary. 

Justin Zayas-Sanchez, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 23 with criminal mischief as a felony. 

Jordan Garafalo, 38, of Saratoga springs, was charged June 25 with felony assault, and the misdemeanors: criminal mischief, menacing, criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment, act in manner injure child. 

Vincent L. Avila, 22, of Schenectady, and Michael T. May, 25, of Mechanicville were charged June 24 in connection with an incident that occurred in a hotel in Malta on July 4, 2020. The incident was reported in April of 2021 and the investigation resulted in allegations that May hosted an overnight party from July 3, 2020 through July 4, 2020, at which he provided alcohol and marijuana to minors and where there was also sexual activity being conducted, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. It is further alleged that at the party, Avila had oral sexual contact with two females, one 16-years-of-age and one 17-years-of-age at the time. Avila is charged with one count each of Criminal Sex Act and Sexual Abuse as well as Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. May, is charged with one count each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child.

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Thursday, 08 July 2021 15:40

The Bell with a Story to Tell

Hundreds of cars drive down McMaster Street in Ballston Spa on a daily basis, but few may notice the beautiful old bell that sits silently on display in front of Building 1 of the Saratoga County Complex.

This bell hung in Saratoga County’s third Courthouse which was erected in 1890 and stood on the location where Building 5 is today (50 West High Street). The bell was purchased from the Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company in Troy, New York for just over $800. The inscription on the exterior reads:

Saratoga County Court House

1791-1891

Equal Justice to All

Nullus Liber Homo Capiatur 

County Building Committee

George L. Thompson

William W. Sweet

Stephen C. Medbery

The Latin phrase “Nullus Liber Homo Capiatur” means “Let no free man be seized.” The pealing of the bell was most likely a common background noise in the village, though it seems not everyone was thrilled with its melody. A small mention in The Schuylerville Standard published shortly after the bell was installed noted, “People who have been in the habit of hearing the cheery sound of the old court house bell at every session of court, are now called together by the lugubrious tones of the new bell.” (The Schuylerville Standard October 28, 1891) Like it or not, the bell rang frequently. Besides being rung when court was in session, it was almost certainly used on special occasions and may also have signaled the time.

Thanks to newspaper articles, we know it was also used to alert village residents of danger. In December of 1892, accused murderer Martin Foy used a fake revolver consisting of a tin foil-covered stick to threaten the jailer into handing over the keys. Foy was able to unlock the door and escape onto High Street. According to the Buffalo Currier, “County Clerk Grose, who saw the escape, at once rang an alarm on the courthouse bell and over 100 men started after the fleeing desperado up Remsen Street and across lots to McDonald’s grove, half a mile south of the village, where he attempted to conceal himself in the brush.” (Buffalo Currier, December 16 1892). Thankfully, he was captured in short order. Incidentally, he was found by none other than Tommy C. Luther, well-known proprietor of the White Sulphur Springs Hotel.

On an early morning in August 1894, the courthouse bell rang feverishly to let villagers know that four prisoners had escaped the jail and were loose on the streets of Ballston Spa (Niagara Falls Gazette Aug 17, 1894). They had filed the lock off their cell door and tied bed sheets together to slide down the wall and run away.

Over time, the bell was probably used less and less, being replaced by more modern means of communication and time pieces. By 1961, the stately courthouse building over which the bell hung had begun to show its age and there was concern over the strength of the walls in the bell tower. The county decided to remove the 2,500 pound bell to ensure the safety of the public in making sure the structure did not fail. A contractor from Saratoga Springs was hired to remove the bell and as part of his payment, he would be allowed to keep it for salvage. Ballston Spa residents, nostalgic for the sounds of the old bell, disagreed with this plan and came up with their own solution. The Ballston Spa Village Board paid the salvager $500 to save the bell from being scrapped and decided to display the bell within the village. A fundraiser collected $400 which was to be put toward purchasing a base or pedestal once the location question was settled.

While awaiting that decision, the bell was removed and stored on the second floor of the Ballston Spa Village garage on Thompson Street. In 1968, tragedy struck. On Friday, March 8, the village garage caught fire and was completely destroyed. However, the bell fared far better than the highway equipment stored inside. It was a bit worse for wear but still in one piece.

Then Director of Planning, Larry Gordon, had the bell removed from the rubble at the site of the garage and put plans in motion to finally give the tired old bell a place in the sun at the new Saratoga County Municipal Complex on McMaster Street. Two years later the 1891 courthouse bell was unveiled and dedicated on July 4, 1970. The Ceremony included Town of Charlton Supervisor Fred Hequemburg as Master of Ceremonies and several
other speakers.

This year marks the fifty-first anniversary of the bell’s relocation to McMaster Street where it still resides, despite a massive fire and the threat of the smelter’s pot, thanks to a group of citizens concerned with its preservation.

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Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:56

June 26 – July 2, 2021

COURT

Bailey A. Davis, 21, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 16 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree. Sentencing Aug. 12. 

Crystal M. Hebert, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 17 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident. 

Lance E. Abare, 23, of Corinth, pleaded June 17 to felony grand larceny. Sentencing Aug. 19. 

Henry J. Desnoyers, 50, of Troy, pleaded June 16 to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in Malta. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Tyler J. Gaston, 26, of Clifton Park, was sentenced June 16 to 4 years incarceration on each count to run consecutively for a total of 8 years in state prison: two counts felony sexual abuse in the first-degree, two felony counts assault, one misdemeanor count criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment in the second-degree, a violation. 

Adoniram Huntington, IV, of Moreau, was sentenced June 16 to 1 year incarceration after pleading to felony burglary. 

Jeffrey S. Casey, 19, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced June 16 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary, in Moreau. 

William M. Heeney, 50, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 16 to false sworn statement in the first-degree, a felony, first charged October 2020 in Ballston Spa. Sentencing Aug. 12.   

POLICE

Jack Radley, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged June 15 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Jalon Chandler, 24, of Albany, was charged June 19 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Jennifer Rivers, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 19 with misdemeanor assault. 

Noel Hubert, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 19 with misdemeanor DWI, and four driving violations. 

Brandon Caster, 24, of Schenectady, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Kimberly Bertrand, 23, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with felony DWI, and felony aggravated DWI.

Robert McCall, 59, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing, both misdemeanors. 

Kitsia Yard, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 21 with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Brandon Futia, 27, of Troy, was charged June 20 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle - a misdemeanor, and five driving violations. 

Shane Curran, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 14 with criminal mischief: intent to damage property, and theft of services. 

Derek Leach, 36, of Johnstown, was charged June 15 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation motor vehicle.

Chad Lang, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

Joseph Dechenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

Shane Curran, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with stalking, a misdemeanor. 

Keith Bassett, 49, of Elmira, was charged June 18 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and failure to obey a traffic device. 

Martin Burton, 28, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 18 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and speeding. 

Daniel Richards, 23, of E. Longmeadow, MA, was charged June 11 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, reckless endangerment, and two driving violations.

Jeramy Zepf, of Wilton, was charged June 12 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal mischief.

Alexandra Bullis, 28, of Duanesburg, was charged June 12 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Peter Cashera, 34, of Schenectady, was charged June 13 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal contempt.

John Crogan, 42, of Watervliet, was charged June 14 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and failure to keep right.

Norman Lamphear, 56, of Northampton, was charged June 14 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

John B. Fleeeman, Jr., 23, of Fort Ann, was charged June 21 with second degree felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree, a misdemeanor. Fleeman is accused of striking a person in the head with a crowbar at the Dollar General Store in Milton. The victim was sent to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

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Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:24

June 19 – June 25, 2021

POLICE

Georgios N. Kakevelos was found guilty of murder in the first-degree and several additional felony charges at the conclusion of a six-week long jury trial on June 17 in Saratoga County.  The conviction is in connection with the death of 22-year-old Allyzibeth A. Lamont in late October 2019, in the city of Johnstown in Fulton County. Lamont had worked for Kakevelos at his sandwich shop and deli in Johnstown.  The jury found Kakevelos hired employee James Duffy to assist him with the murder and removal of the victim to a grave site in Malta, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. The jury returned a guilty verdict on the following felony charges: murder in the first-degree, conspiracy in the second-degree, two counts concealment of a corpse, and six counts of tampering with physical evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa. 

Jonathan Lawless, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation. 

Robert Rich, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident-Fail show license/insurance ID, speed not reasonable and prudent, moved from lane unsafely, refusal to take breath test. 

Charles Walz, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with criminal mischief misdemeanor, and felony burglary.   

Juliana Cerza, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 10 with felony grand larceny. 

Matthew S. Lawrence, 24, of Corinth, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree (felony); assault in the third-degree, DWI, reckless driving (all misdemeanors), speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle (infractions). Lawrence is accused of operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition at a time when his driver’s license was suspended for an alcohol-related conviction from April 2021. His 2001 Ford F350 struck a 2017 Mercedes Benz occupied by 4 people — all of whom needed to be transported to Saratoga Hospital by ambulance for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. The incident occurred June 10 on Main Street in the Town of Corinth. Lawrence was arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail or bond to await further action in the matter. 

Nicholas C. Moffitt, 32, of Moreau, was charged June 16 with felony assault, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal mischief, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in the town of Moreau. 

Jerry Carpenter, 64, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with harassment in the second-degree. 

Steven Tourtellot, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

Kalen Minott, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, license plate missing/displayed improperly, and failure to keep right. 

Joseph Deschenes, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with criminal trespass, as a misdemeanor. 

Michael Redd, 19, of Malta, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. 

Joanne Thompson, 50, of Albany, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts of criminal sale and two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Qwanna Davis, 30, of Schenectady, was charged June 8 in Saratoga Springs with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. 

Steven McCarthy, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree – a felony, motor vehicle registration suspended, motor vehicle license violation, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Aaron Edwards, 40, of Corinth, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the street, license plate missing/improperly displayed, failure to keep right, speed not reasonable or prudent, vehicle equipment violation, refusal to take breath test. 

David Brown, 65, of Cohoes, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. 

Carmen Cammuso, 37, of Glenvile, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated harassment in the second-degree. 

Devin Orphan, 21, of Rotterdam, was charged June 9 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt in the first-degree, and aggravated family offense – both felonies, and act in manner injure child, a misdemeanor. 

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Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:11

June 12 – June 18, 2021

COURT

Coleen R. Riley, 32, of Clifton Park, was sentenced June 9 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary in the third-degree. 

Louis S. Guerra, 46, of the Bronx, pleaded June 9 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, and aggravated family offense – both felonies, in connection with allegations first charged in June 2020 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Sept. 22. 

Zachary Gaspie, 20, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 9 to possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony. Sentencing Aug. 11. 

Jeremy M. Depasquale, was sentenced June 9 to 1.5 to 3 years in state priosn, after pleading to attempted burglary in the third-degree, a felony, in Saratoga Springs first charged December 2020. 

Keith A. Meader, 49, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 2 to five years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree.

POLICE

Matthew E. Scoons, 43, of Malta, was charged June 7 with two felony counts of assault in the second-degree, one felony count of criminal mischief in the third-degree, two counts of obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest. Scoons is accused of shoving another person to the ground, breaking their wrist in the process. He is also accused of shattering a glass door by punching it and of causing physical injury to one of the deputies who was attempting to take him into custody, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. 

Adam Humphrey, 29, of Mayfield, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Thomas J. Jaronski, 69, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 10 with felony grand larceny. Jaronski is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from his place of employment in Moreau through a fraudulent ongoing plan between September 2012 and May 2021, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. He is expected to be in Moreau Town Court July 6. 

Justin Diamond, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Ashley Jubrey, 33, of Mechanicville, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and an equipment violation. 

Jonathan Emery, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 4 with DWAI – with a prior conviction in the past 10 years rising to a felony, and failure to obey a traffic control device. 

Randy Jones, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with disorderly conduct.

Kelly Irish, 29, of Malta, was charged June 5 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, refusal to take a breath test, moving from lane unsafely, and a license plate violation. 

James Garafolo, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony. 

James Everett, 63, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Stephen Chindamo, 58, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 6 with a false written statement, a misdemeanor. 

Anderson Vargas, 29, of Clifton Park, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

David Hunt, 27, of Rensselaer, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct. 

Nikihya Williams, 36, of Troy, was charged June 6 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and an equipment violation. 

Thomas L. McDermott, 53, of Wilton was charged June 3 with aggravated harassment in the first-degree, a felony. The charges follow a two-month investigation into a report of a bias-related incident that occurred on a construction site in the town of Rotterdam. The incident was reported by an employee at the construction site and immediately reported to state police by an onsite supervisor. McDermott is accused of using construction materials to assemble a small figure resembling a person of color, which he then hung with a noose made of twine, according to state police.

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 10 June 2021 13:26

June 5 – June 11, 2021

COURT

Samantha Germain, 28, of Greenfield, was sentenced June 2 to 1.3 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Loreal D. Bass, 40, of Schenectady, pleaded May 28 to felony grand larceny in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs first charged February 2020. Sentencing July 29. 

Hunter Burnette, 20, of Middle Grove, pleaded May 28 to promoting a sexual performance by a child. Sentencing July 29. 

Charles L. Bennifield, 20, of Greenfield Center, pleaded May 28 to reckless endangerment, in connection with an incident first charged September 2020 in Saratoga. Sentencing July 29. 

Matthew R. Dryer, 38, of Utica, was sentenced May 28 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident in Halfmoon. 

Steven Lawless, 62, of Albany, pleaded May 28 to attempted grand larceny in the second-degree, and grand larceny the fourth-degree, in connection with incidents in Moreau and Clifton Park, respectively. Sentencing July 7. 

Desmond C. Sirchia, 48, of Corinth, was sentenced May 28 to six months local incarceration and five years of probation on the charged of vehicular assault in the second-degree, first charged March 2020 in Corinth. 

POLICE

Alfred J. Guilder, 53, of Corinth was charged June 2 with six felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance. Guilder is accused of distributing quantities of crack cocaine and heroin throughout Saratoga County. 

Michael Sharp, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 31 with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. 

Jose Flete-Bautista, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 31 with felony criminal mischief. 

Todd Campbell, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with harassment in the second-degree.

Laura Capone, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with harassment in the second-degree.

Andrew Bremer, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with assault in the third-degree. 

William McGarry, 32, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 2 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without stop lamps. 

Jonas Vladimarsson, 18, was charged June 1 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failed to stop at a stop sign. 

Christopher Post, 39, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 2 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Emily Roerig, 33, of Ballston Lake, was charged June 2 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Steven Spost, 38, of Greenfield Center, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to use designated lane. 

Royal Hamilton, 40, of Salem, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree, criminal possession of a narcotic drug – felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance – felony. 

Elizabeth Milligan, 19, of Corinth, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, reckless driving, failure to keep right, speed not prudent, driving on/across a sidewalk, and operating motor vehicle without inspection certificate. 

Jessica Beranek, 39, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 28 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and failure to keep to the right. 

Ryan Colgan, 25, of Albany, was charged May 29 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief. 

Florence Millington, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 30 with assault in the third-degree. 

Kaita Albanese, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 30 with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and unsafe backing of a motor vehicle, after being involved in a traffic accident on Maple Avenue/Ellsworth Jones Place. 

Amanda Mogul, 28, of Binghamton, was charged May 29 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

Christopher Brewer, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 30 with misdemeanor assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

James Cornell, 45, of Corinth, was charged May 30 in Saratoga Springs with act in manner injure child less than 17, a misdemeanor.   

Curtis Bennifield, 18, of Milton, was charged May 24 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstruct governmental administration.

Bryan Austin, 35, of Queensbury, was charged May 24 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. 

Stephine Schleimer-Harris, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 25 with obstruct governmental administration. 

Bryan Browne, 54, of Galway, was charged May 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of stolen property with a value greater than $3,000 – a felony. 

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Thursday, 03 June 2021 13:30

May 29 – June 4, 2021

POLICE

Paul J Bush, 30, of Green Island, was charged May 20 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance, and two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bush is accused of selling heroin mixed with fentanyl on two different occasions. Erica Luce, 31, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 19 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a suspended registration. 

Aaron Knaggs, 41, of Schenectady, was charged May 21 in Saratoga Springs with unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image, a misdemeanor. 

Adrienne Parker, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 21 with acting in a manner to injure a child. 

Nicholas Snopkowski, 35, of Clifton Park, was charged May 22 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and driving a vehicle without signal devices/ reflectors. 

Kevin Pimental, 34, of Castleton-on-Hudson, was charged May 22 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt in the second-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Siahr Siddiqi, 32, of Schenectady, was charged May 23 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the third-degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree. 

Hayley Linehan, 27, of South Glens Falls, was charged May 23 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. 

Joseph A. Manasseri, 34, of Milton, was charged May 24 for promotion of a sexual performance by a child, and possession of a sexual performance by a child. Both charges are felonies. Manasseri is accused of possessing and promoting images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet, according to state police. He was arraigned in Malta Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash/$30,000 bond.

Stephen R. Frank, 44, of South Glens Falls, was charged May 24 in Moreau with charged with strangulation in the second-degree - a felony, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child – a misdemeanor, and DWI. Frank is accused of applying pressure to the throat of another person with the intent to impede the normal breathing or blood circulation of that person - an act allegedly that occurred in the presence of two children. While attempting to locate Frank at his residence, he is accused of arriving at that location operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. 

Joseph Casholle, 22, of Cairo, was charged May 17 in Saratoga Springs with assault in the second-degree, a felony. 

Edward Smith, 60, of Albany, was charged May 18 in Saratoga Springs with felony grand larceny. 

Randy Jones, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 18 with disorderly conduct: obscene language/ gestures. 

Kenneth Curley, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 18 with misdemeanor DWI, refusal breath test, speeding, and failure to keep right. 

Robert Southard, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle, and license restriction violation. 

Michael Redd, 19, of Malta, was charged May 14 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt.

George Miller, 44, of Utica, was charged May 14 in Saratoga Springs with petit larceny.

Adam Burger, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 14 with assault, and acting in manner injure child. 

David Hagen, 46, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 14 with criminal trespass in the second-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Andrew Meade, 36, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 14 in Saratoga Springs with disorderly conduct: fight/ violent behavior. 

Erin Haegele, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 14 with acting in manner injure child. 

Steven Maronic, 70, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 15 with criminal trespass in the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

On May 24, the New York State Police in Wilton participated in a Border-to-Border initiative. This four-hour traffic initiative aims at coordinating multiple law enforcement agencies to conduct highly visible seat belt enforcement and encourages drivers and passengers to buckle up. State police, along with our law enforcement partners at Vermont State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office (NY), Rutland County Sheriff’s Office (VT), Granville Police Department (NY), Fair Haven Police Department (VT), and Castleton Police Department (VT), conducted enforcement of seatbelt and child restraint laws along the New York-Vermont border in Washington County. During the detail, 72 total citations were issued, 10 were for seatbelt violations.

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Thursday, 27 May 2021 09:11

May 22 – May 28, 2021

COURT

Joshua C. French, 37, of Wilton, pleaded May 19 to felony DWI. 

Jessie Delossantos, 32, of Moreau, pleaded May 19 to failure to register or verify as a sex offender. 

Kyle J. Massoth, 30, of Rensselaer, was sentenced May 19 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted assault in the second-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville. 

Devon Ostrander, 26, of Milton, pleaded May 19 to strangulation in the second-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident in Malta. 

Aaron P. Penley, 45, of Mayfield, was sentenced May 14 to 6 months jail and 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny in connection with an incident in Greenfield first charged September 2019. 

Brandin M. Marble, 31, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced May 14 to 2 to 4 years in state prison after pleading to attempted burglary in the third-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident in Saratoga first charged November 2020. 

John M. Stenzel, 49, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced May 14 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Peter J. Rupp, 41, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to felony criminal contempt, in connection with an incident in Milton.

POLICE

Shawn R. Bultman, 40, of Northumberland was charged May 19 with the felonies: assault; two counts criminal possession of a weapon; reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child - a misdemeanor. Gina M. Kolakovic, 30, of Northumberland, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Narrative:  at 10 p.m. on May 19, members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Ballard Road in the town of Wilton for a report of a victim of a gunshot wound. A vehicle as well as the victim and his vehicle were found in the area of Ballard Road and Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park. Authorities say their investigation revealed that Bultman and Kolakovic were traveling together along with their two-year-old son. A road rage incident occurred between their vehicle and a second vehicle on Ballard Road west of Traver Road. An altercation ensued during which Bultman took possession of a 12-gauge shotgun and fired the weapon, striking the victim in the abdomen and lower leg area. The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The 2-year-old child in the offending vehicle was unharmed. Both Mr. Bultman and Ms. Kolakovic were arrested without incident. The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ashley T. Sweeney, 37, of Stillwater, was charged May 17 with felony burglary, criminal contempt in the first-degree, 3 counts of criminal contempt in the second-degree, endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and harassment. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident call in the Town of Stillwater on May 16. The caller alleged that his estranged wife had been repeatedly contacting him via telephone in violation of a duly served order of protection. Sweeney is accused of unlawfully entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein and of violating an order of protection. She is also accused of punching the male victim while a child was present. While taking Ms. Sweeney into custody, she allegedly physically resisted arrest and attempted to prevent a police officer from performing an official function, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Kelly J. Goodnough, 49, of Schaghticoke was charged May 6 in the town of Northumberland with felony burglary in connection with an alleged incident that occurred at a residence. The complaint alleges that the defendant entered and remained unlawfully in the dwelling of another person with intent to commit theft there, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. The victim was known to Goodnough. 

Taylor A. Brueckner, 20, of Greenfield Center, was charged May 18 with felony burglary and felony criminal mischief. Brueckner is suspected of unlawfully entering and spray painting the walls inside of the old Saratoga County Homestead in the Town of Providence with the intent to commit a crime therein, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. 

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Thursday, 20 May 2021 15:57

May 15 – May 21, 2021

POLICE

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A 19-year-old city man reportedly “attacking cars” while standing in the roadway of West Avenue last Friday afternoon is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. Police say at approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 7, they received multiple calls regarding the incident. After arriving at the scene, officers attempted to converse with the man, who did not engage with the officers and instead began to run, jumping into the open passenger window of an occupied vehicle and attempting to force the driver out of the car, according to police. The driver, a 48-year-old woman, was removed from the car and officers subsequently took the man into custody. The man, identified as Colby C. Flood, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with attempted robbery in the second-degree/motor vehicle, and unlawful imprisonment in the first-degree – both felonies, and the misdemeanors: resisting arrest, obstruct governmental administration, reckless endangerment property, and disorderly conduct: obstructing traffic. Flood was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail on bail, police said. The 48-year-old driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and suffered some minor injuries from the incident. No weapons were believed to be involved.

Daniel Ortega, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 12 with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a narcotic. Both charges are felonies. 

Christon Barnes, 41, of Wilton, was charged May 12 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. Both charges are felonies. 

Marcus Young, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 14 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and having no motor vehicle license.

Christina M. Flores, 41, and Shawn P. Flores, 42 – both of Malta, were each charged with cruelty towards animals – a misdemeanor under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. They are accused of failing to provide sustenance to the animals and of keeping them in unsafe and unsanitary living conditions. The animals - two pit bulls - are currently receiving care at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Timothy J. Quinlan, 40, of Rochester, was charged May 10 with felony burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred May 3. Quinlan is accused of forcibly gaining entry into the Saratoga Central Catholic High School on Monday, May 3 sometime during the overnight hours. Police said he was gone from the school prior to staff and students arriving. 

Raymond Darrah, 44, of Ballston Spa was charged May 3 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Koran Jeffers, 43, of Schenectady, was charged May 4 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, moving from lane unsafely, driving motor vehicle on/across a sidewalk, having a suspended registration and no inspection certificate. 

Kaylee Dulmaine, 24, of Vernon, was charged May 6 in Saratoga Springs on a warrant with criminal tampering the third-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Jose Madera, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 8 with assault in the second-degree, and resisting arrest. 

Sarah Filmer, 25, of Fort Plain, was charged May 9 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, moving from lane unsafely, failure to notify DMV of address change. 

Kayla Kelsey, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and registration suspended. 

Carissa Robbins, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 9 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. 

Alex J. Ryle, 18, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 14 with one count felony rape and one misdemeanor count sexual misconduct. Ryle is suspected of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 15, while he was over the age of 18, as well as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person who was 16 years of age at the time, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office. The acts are said to have occurred between February and April 2021 in the Town of Milton. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $500 cash, $5,000 insured bond, or $40,000 partially secure bond. Orders of Protection have been issued by the court for the victims.

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Thursday, 13 May 2021 13:24

May 8 – May 14, 2021

COURT 

Justin D. Allen, 32, of Schenectady, pleaded April 30 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident in Wilton. Sentencing June 22. 

POLICE

Joshua John, 25, of Latham was charged May 7 in Saratoga Springs with felony burglary, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, and operating an unregistered vehicle, after the Saratoga Springs Police Department responded to a reported burglary in-progress call on Broadway near Caroline Street. The caller reported that an unknown man began climbing into her apartment through an open living room window just prior to her 911 call, according to police. The male subsequently exited the window and fled on foot. After receiving a description provided by the victim, officers located John, who was allegedly behind the wheel of a 2010 Toyota Camry at the intersection of Broadway and Division. Based on further investigation, police said John was charged with the burglary offense as well as the listed DWI/traffic charges. 

Scott R. Solomon, age 35, of Cohoes, was charged May 7 in Saratoga Springs with two felony counts each Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Possession of a Forged Instrument, in addition to two felony counts of forgery. The charges relate to an August 2020 investigation regarding concerns with paperwork Solomon filed with the city of Saratoga Springs on behalf of Siro’s Restaurant that consisted of insurance paperwork and a NYS Liquor License, according to police. It is alleged both documents were fraudulent, and Solomon is suspected of being aware of that fact when he filed them with the city.

Heather Gonzalez, 23, of Cohoes, was charged May 22 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep to the right. 

Derek Disanto, 19, of Albany, was charged May 2 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep to the right, and driving a vehicle with unsafe tires. 

Christopher Barnes, 41, of Wilton, was charged April 27 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Code Design, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 27 with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, speeding, and operating motor vehicle without signal devices/reflectors. 

Theodore Korenowski, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 28 with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. 

Patrick McGowin, 36, of Ballston Spa, was charged April 30 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI.

Anthony Argento, 30, of New York, was charged April 28 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, and failure to keep right. 

Dominic Poggoli, 22, of Rensselaer, was charged April 24 in Saratoga Springs with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. 

Shayne Richardson, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a vehicle equipment violation. 

Patrick Crandall, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. 

Christopher M. Greklek, 53, of Halfmoon, was charged May 4 with grand larceny in the third- degree, a felony, after allegedly stealing merchandise and receiving unauthorized product mark-downs in the amount of $24,303.68 between January and March 2021 at the Home Depot Store on Crossings Boulevard in Halfmoon. 

Khalil Hankins, 26, of Colonie, and Ava Maddalla, 20, of Schenectady, were each charged April 15 with one count burglary, attempted grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property after the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a hotel located in the town of Malta regarding activity of two guests of the facility. The investigation revealed that Hankins and Maddalla allegedly disregarded signage and barriers that closed a section of the hotel for renovations, entered the area and proceeded to steal construction equipment and supplies. They are also accused of attempting to steal a pickup truck belonging to an employee of the hotel. 

Renea E. Savona, 54, of Ballston Lake, was charged April 26 with grand larceny, and two counts forgery. She is accused of stealing approximately $27,437 and forged numerous checks between October 2020 and January 2021, while employed as the bank manager of KeyBank located at 525 Vischer Ferry Rd in the Town of Clifton Park. 

Patrick Disbrow, 38, of Schuylerville, Tony Prichard, 32, of Hudson Falls, Joshua Ferrucci, 28, of Ballston Spa, William Robison, 23, of Greenwich, and Nicholas Warner, 21, of Clifton Park were all charged with 3 counts each of burglary in the third-degree. They are accused of acting together to take property from storage units in the Town of Wilton. A car was allegedly among the stolen items from inside one of the units and was subsequently driven from the scene, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

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