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February 8 – February 14, 2020



Shane P. Stephens, 27, of Milton, was sentenced Feb. 11 to 1 year in jail, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Tanner M. Hatch, 36, of Greenfield, was sentenced Feb. 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI. 

Jennifer C. Vandetta, 49, of Gansevoort, was sentenced Feb. 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Wilton. 

Dominick Monge, 24, of Amsterdam City, NY  was sentenced to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to unlawful surveillance in the second-degree, in Wilton. 

Capital Region contractors - Segundo Loja, of Albany, and Robert A. Lutz, of Ballston Spa - were arraigned last week for putting their employees at risk after allegedly failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage, according to New York State Inspector General Tagliafierro. 

Loja, owner of NY Power Construction Corporation, was arraigned in Saratoga Springs Court in connection with the charges: falsifying business records in the first-degree, failure to secure compensation, and fraudulent practices – all felonies. 

Lutz, owner of Robert’s Roofing & Remodeling, was arraigned in Saratoga Springs Court in connection with the charges: offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree, and fraudulent practices — both felonies ­— and failure to secure compensation, a misdemeanor. 

Claude V. Campbell, 31, of Greenfield Center, was sentenced Feb. 6 to: 1 year in jail after pleading to misdemeanor DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle regarding charges in October in Halfmoon; 1 year in jail  after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon regarding  charged in May in Malta. Sentences are to run consecutively.    

John Jerry Scott, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 5 with attempting to disseminate indecent materials to minors, a felony. Sentencing April 8. 

Thomas P. Allen, 29, of Valley Stream, pleaded Feb. 5 to felony DWAI in Wilton. Sentencing April 22. 


Alexander Kotsakis, 30, of Boston, Massachusetts, was charged Feb. 9 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations. 

Eduardo Zubieta, 58, of Greenfield, was charged Feb. 9 in Saratoga Springs, with misdemeanor DWI, and refusal to take a breath test. 

Merton E. Tyrel, 27, of Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 9 with assault in the second-degree, and endangering the welfare of child, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in the Town of Malta. Tyrel is suspected of intentionally causing a physical injury to a child under the age of 7 by throwing her onto a bed, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Tyrel was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail, $1,000 bail bond, or $5,000 partially secured bond. 

Ezekiel West, 26, of Schenectady, was charged Feb. 2 with two felony counts criminal possession controlled substance; the misdemeanors: resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, criminal use drug paraphernalia, and aggravated unlicensed operation; two driving violations and unlawful possession of marijuana. According to city police: at about 1:44 a.m. on Feb. 2, an officer on patrol attempted to stop a 2020 Nissan Altima in the area of Vanderbilt Avenue. Initially the Nissan failed to stop for the marked police car as they traveled on Vanderbilt, but it eventually did come to a stop on Doten Avenue. The driver of the Nissan – alleged to be Ezekiel West, subsequently took off running from the car. A foot pursuit took place through several backyards. The suspect was eventually taken into custody and allegedly found to be in possession of about 4 grams of cocaine as well as other items of paraphernalia consistent with the sale of illegal drugs. West was arraigned and $1,000 cash bail was set.

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