Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:52

September 25 – October 1, 2021


James D. Cornell, 45, of Corinth, was sentenced Sept. 27 to 1 to 3 years in prison, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender, a felony. 

Jake J. Hodgdon, 40, of Swanton, pleaded Sept. 27 to felony criminal mischief, in connection with an incident in Malta. 

Victor M. Dominguez, 20, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Sept. 27 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, a felony. Sentencing Dec. 6. 

Sonja N. Ambrosino, 41, of Amsterdam, pleaded Sept. 27 to felony grand larceny, in Halfmoon. Sentencing Jan. 10, 2022. 

Michelle Iorio, 32, of Moreau, pleaded Sept. 27 to arson in the fourth-degree, a felony. Sentencing Dec. 6. 

Zachary L. Rosebrook, 22, of Waterford, pleaded Sept. 22 to rape in the first-degree, a felony, in Halfmoon. Sentencing Dec. 1. 

Jeffrey A. Thomas, 33, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Sept. 23 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to assault in the third-degree as a hate crime, a felony. The date of the initial charge was March 29, 2021. 

Lacey Utter, 22, of Broadalbin, was sentenced to 5 years in jail, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree, in Milton. 

Anthony P. DeLaurie, Jr., 44, of Gansevoort, was sentenced Sept. 23 to 3.5 years in jail, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, in Wilton. 

Caroline R. Garrity, 26, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Matthew E. Ortiz, 30, of Schenectady, was sentenced Sept. 23 to 1 year in jail, after pleading to DWAI, a felony. 


Blake Heflin, 19, of Malta, was charged Sept. 23 with criminally negligent homicide, as a result of an investigation of the death of 20-year-old Ballston Spa resident Ian Gerber. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, the death of Gerber occurred July 4, 2021 on Saratoga Lake. Heflin was operating a pontoon boat which had several young adults – including Gerber – on it, authorities said. As per the investigation, Gerber is thought to have jumped off Heflin’s boat while it was in motion and was subsequently struck by the boat’s prop, which severed his arm. Police said as Heflin turned around to pick Gerber up, Gerber was then struck by cabin cruiser operated by a 50-year-old Stillwater man. Heflin is accused for the manner in which he operated the boat as well as allegedly consuming alcohol and not taking proper safety precautions, “as to cause the death of Gerber,” according to the county sheriff’s department. 

Michael W. Siddon, 53, of Stillwater, was charged Sept. 22 criminal sexual act in the first-degree, and criminal sexual act in the third-degree.  He is accused of engaging in oral sexual conduct with another person who was less than 17 years old between June 9, 2021, and June 10, 2021, while in the village of Stillwater.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle crash with serious physical injuries on State Route 32 in the Town of Northumberland on Sep. 24. Authorities said an investigation into the crash revealed a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Michael R. Brownell, 51, of Northumberland, had been traveling on NYS Route 32 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line resulting in a collision with a BMW motorcycle operated by 54-year-old Connecticut man David R. Hadd. Brownell fled the scene in his vehicle and did not stop to render aid to Mr. Hadd, who was later transported by ambulance to Albany Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Brownell was located after he concealed his car in the woods not far from the crash, police said, and was charged with felony assault and felony vehicular assault, 3 counts of reckless endangerment; leaving the scene of a personal injury crash; DWI; refusal to submit to a prescreen device, and failure to maintain designated lane. Brownell was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash, or $200,000 bond. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Schuylerville Fire Department, Wilton EMS, and multiple good Samaritans in the area.

Darryl B. Williams, 31, of Mechanicville, was charged Sept. 22 following the execution of an arrest warrant. Williams had active arrest warrants out of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office regarding two domestic-related incidents in the Town of Malta, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, and an additional Superior Court arrest warrant out of Warren County for narcotic-related offenses. As a result of a traffic stop in the town of Malta, Williams was allegedly found in possession of a loaded handgun and multiple controlled substances. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team executed a search warrant at Williams residence. A large amount of crack cocaine, as well as ammunition and drug paraphernalia were located inside the residence, authorities said. Williams was charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, four counts endangering the welfare of a child, and one count each: criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and attempted assault. 

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