Saratoga County Court
Richard T. Irelan, 45, of Johnstown, pleaded Nov. 9 to vehicular manslaughter in the second-degree. Sentencing Jan. 16. The charges stem from an incident in Wilton last July, when Irelan is suspected of operating a motorcycle erratically before rear-ending a pickup truck on the I-87 Exit 15 southbound ramp. According to the county District Attorney’s Office, the impact of the crash resulted in the ejection of the passenger on the motorcycle, Amanda Sullivan. Sullivan succumbed to the injuries suffered at Saratoga Hospital. A subsequent blood test revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .09% and the presence of cannabis in Irelan’s system, according to the DA’s office.
Jeremy J. Scoville, 52, was sentenced Nov. 8 to 5 years’ incarceration and 3 years’ post-release supervision after pleading to strangulation in the second-degree, and 1-1/3 to 4 years’ on a felony charge of criminal contempt, charged December 2022 and March 2023 in Stillwater. Sentences to run concurrently.
NY State Police
On November 8, 2023, at about 5:05 p.m., Troopers responded to Boscov’s parking lot on Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park for a report of a fight in progress.
Subsequently, State Police of Clifton Park arrested Lanette Stearns, 44 – charged with robbery in the second-degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, petit larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, and criminal impersonation in the second-degree. Kolawole Fashuyi, 32, was arrested and charged with assault in the third-degree.
Police said the investigation indicated Stearns reportedly exited the store without paying for multiple items and was confronted by the store’s loss prevention officer who attempted to retrieve the reportedly stolen items from Stearns, at which time she bit and struck them with a stolen item.
Fashuyi, who is known to Stearns, then interfered and reportedly hit the store employee multiple times with his fists, police said.
The pair fled the location together and were taken into custody a short distance away. Stearns is accused of provided false identifying information during the investigation and was found to possess a glass smoking device containing drug residue when taken into custody. EMS evaluated the store employee due to injuries suffered during the incident.
Fashuyi was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Clifton Park Town Court and released. Stearns was arraigned at the Clifton Park Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash, $10,000 bond, or a $50,000 partially secured bond.
On Nov. 5, at about 2:30 p.m., State Police of Saratoga received a complaint of an adult smoking Cannabis in a vehicle with children while in the parking lot of a business in Malta. Troopers patrolled the area and located the vehicle matching the caller’s description, driving on State Route 67, and stopped the vehicle. The driver was identified as Ryan P. Seifridsberger, 25, of Niskayuna. Also in the vehicle were two children under the age of 15. Seifridsberger was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs with a Child (Leandra’s Law), two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. The children were turned over to a family member. Seifridsberger was transported to SP Saratoga, where he was processed and evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). A sample was collected from Seifridsberger to determine the drug content of his blood. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Malta Town Court on Nov. 23, and released to a sober third party.
On Nov. 6, at about 5:43 p.m., State Police of Wilton responded to the report of a car crashed into a parked vehicle in a parking lot on State Route 9 in Moreau. The vehicle’s driver was identified as John V. Mattison, 57, of Queensbury. Mattison was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was transported to SP Wilton for processing, where he recorded a 0.23% BAC. Further investigation discovered Mattison has had a previous DWI conviction in the last ten years. He was issued tickets returnable to the Moreau Town Court on Nov. 29 and released.