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Thursday, 04 August 2022 15:32

July 30 – August 5, 2022

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Luke P. Dashnaw, 22, of Wilton, was sentenced July 15 to a total term of 4-1/13 to 13 years incarceration, after pleading to promoting a sexual performance by a child, first charged August 2020 in Halfmoon. 

Kasey B. O’Herron, 36, of Greenfield Center, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Sept. 16. 

Geoffrey Pickering, 32, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to felony aggravated family offense in Milton. Sentencing Sept. 23. 

Devin C. Bryant, 26, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced July 15 to a total incarceration term of 6 years, and 5 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to felony burglary and felony strangulation, first charged in Moreau. 

Jason M. Benson, 40, of Corinth, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing Sept. 29. 

Raymond C. Horning, Sr., 32, of Gloversville, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to the felonies criminal mischief, and grand larceny. Sentencing Sept. 29. 

Rodolfo L. Ocel, 33, of Troy, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a felony. Sentencing Sept. 15. 

Tyler Lumia, 23, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to assault in the first-degree. Sentencing Sept. 14. According to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, Lumia admitted to stabbing an unarmed man several times in the face and chest following a late-night dispute at an unnamed Caroline Street bar on Oct. 31, 2021. Lumia is expected to be sentenced to a 10-year prison term in September. 

Terrence Boston, 60, of Albany, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to forgery in the second-degree in Halfmoon, a felony. Sentencing Sept. 19. 

Miley A. Thomas, 30, of Mechanicville, was sentenced July 25 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Ryan M. Natalie, 42, of Glenvillem, NY, was sentenced July 25 to 5 days incarceration and 5 years’ probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child, in connection with an incident in Clifton Park in January. 

Naomi Sweeting, 23, of Brooklyn, pleaded in Saratoga County Court to criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree in Malta. Sentencing Sept. 28. 

Jason P. Morelli, 40, of Waterford, was sentenced July 27 to 4 years’ incarceration and 2 years’ post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. 

POLICE 

Depree Faulks, 30, of Amsterdam, was charged with three felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and single felony counts criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a narcotic drug.  Faulks was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail and is also currently under the supervision of the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Samuel Payano, 22, of Amsterdam, was charged with two felony counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and single felony counts criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a narcotic drug. Payano was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, or $150,000 bond. 

City Police narrative: At approximately 3:45 a.m. on July 23, members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department Patrol Division and Investigations Division were working a combined enforcement detail specifically concentrating on the downtown business district. Investigator Rich Arpei and Patrol Officer Stephanie Herman observed two suspicious males in a parking lot on Caroline St. During the course of the investigative stop a silver handgun was located in a vehicle both were in. The pair were taken into custody at that time. As the investigation continued, the loaded, 9mm Fratelli Tanfoglio handgun was seized, as well as a large quantity of illegal narcotics in pill form. The pills tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine. Also seized was over $3,500 cash. 

Giselle M. Barnes, 54, of Corinth, was charged July 12 with criminal nuisance in the first-degree, a felony. Barnes is accused of knowingly allowing drug sales to occur at her residence in the village of Corinth, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Barnes was sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. 

Andrew P. Palmateer, 51, of Greenfield, was charged July 20 with felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and refusal to take a breath test, a violation, in connection with an incident in Milton. The DWI charged rises to a felony due to a prior DWI conviction within the prior 10 years. 

Tina Wolcott, 53, of Waterford, was charged July 19 with two counts each criminal sale, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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Thursday, 28 July 2022 15:17

July 23 – July 29, 2022

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Michael R. Zakrewski, 45, of the town of Day, was sentenced July 18 to more than 34 years in prison, following a six-week-long trial. The charges stem from a Nov. 30, 2020 incident during which he strangled his girlfriend until she lost consciousness, drove her to a remote location and assaulted her, holding her for approximately 9 hours overnight, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office.  Following her escape, his arrest, and the issue of an order of protection he called the victim approximately 100 times – in violation of that order – and enlisted the assistance of his teenage son to convince the victim to not testify against him. Multiple charges included kidnapping, assault, unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, two counts strangulation, and three counts each criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. The victim provided the sentencing court with a Victim Impact statement. 

Justice D. Locke, 20, of Indian Lake, was sentenced July 14 to 16 years in state prison and 5 years post-release supervision, after pleading to assault in the first-degree in connection with an October 2021 incident in Corinth, where he entered an apartment and assaulted a man with a tomahawk-style axe, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. The victim suffered serious physical injury and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where he received critical emergency care. 

Donald D. Martin, III, 36, of Corinth, was sentenced July 11 to 2-4 years incarceration after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon, and 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 years incarceration after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentences to run consecutively. 

Vallen E. Mayes, 37, of Moreau, was sentenced July 11 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. 

Nicholas R. Alber, 25, of Schenectady, was sentenced July 12 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to attempted assault on the second degree. 

POLICE

Antonio Vargas, 56, of the Bronx, was charged July 14 with possession forged instrument, criminal impersonation, and unlawful possession personal ID. Vargas is suspected of being in possession of a forged passport card while attempting to cash a forged check at Saratoga National Bank on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. According to city police, further investigation showed that the identification Vargas presented was a forged passport card and that the check was also a forged document. The Department of Homeland Security was contacted in relation to the forged federal document. Vargas, upon his release from City Court, was turned over to Homeland Security.

Ann Khanna, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 14 with criminal contempt, and criminal tampering. 

Allison Hammond, 51, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 14 with DWI, and two driving violations. 

Sean Dechick, 40, was charged July 13 with criminal mischief. 

Jennifer Hemphill, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 13 with petit larceny. 

Rosanna Burt, 38, of Cohoes, was charged July 13 with aggravated harassment. 

Paul Kazmierczak, 18, of Greenfield, and Tyrese Reeves, 22, of Saratoga Springs, were each charged July 11 in Saratoga Springs with gang assault in the second-degree, and assault in the third-degree. 

Frank Devito, 32, of Nyack, was charged July 10 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, vehicle equipment violation, and speeding.

Aaron Gilbert, 63, of Clifton Park, was charged July 13 with assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

Jeremy Allen, 34, of Schuylerville, was charged July 9 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. 

Joseph Schwartzbach, 39, of Stamford, was charged July 9 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and two driving violations. 

Tamara Robinson, 27, of Schenectady, was charged July 9 in Saratoga Springs with assault, resisting arrest, and obstruct governmental administration. 

Alanah Dubois, 27, of Nassau, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 8 with DWI, aggravated DWI, refusal to take a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation, speed violation, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Matthew Gifford, 29, of Hadley, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with reckless endangerment in the second-degree. 

Matthew Cinquanti, 41, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with aggravated DWI. 

 Timothy Dipasquale, 45, of Milton, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. 

Elijah Gaphoor, 23, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 7 with acting in manner to injure a child. 

On July 6, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged Kaiah E. Al, 23, of Corinth, with criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. 

Braydon Chowdhary, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and making an unsafe turn. 

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Thursday, 21 July 2022 14:26

July 16 – July 22, 2022

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Justin P. Rock, 37, pleaded July 14 to four felony robbery counts in connection with a February crime spree in Saratoga Springs. From Feb. 19-21, Rock, while indicating he had a firearm, entered the X-Tra Mart, Smone ‘n’ Save, Post Time Wine & Spirits, and I Love New York Pizza establishments in Saratoga Springs and demanded cash from the respective registers. Collectively, he made off with hundreds of dollars, according to a statement released by Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Rock faces 8 to 16 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 15, and will pay full restitution to the businesses, Heggen said. 

Cassandra Barden, 37, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded July 7 to criminal contempt in the first-degree, and burglary in the third-degree – both felonies. Sentencing Sept. 8. 

Kalvin L. Pittman, 39, of Amsterdam, was sentenced July 6 to 3 years incarceration and 2 years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree, first charged in March in Saratoga Springs. 

Keenu Watso, 27, of Albany, was sentenced July 8 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to aggravated family offense felony, first charged in Waterford. 

Scott Blowers, 53, of Hudson Falls, was sentenced July 13 to 5 years of probation, in connection with felony assault charges in Wilton in 2019.

Jeffrey Stone, 55, of Richville, was sentenced July 13 to 3 years of probation, after pleading to failure to register as a sex offender in Wilton. 

Christopher Millington, 38, of Gansevoort, was sentenced July 13 to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt, in Northumberland. 

Bradley Hill, 24, of South Glens Falls, pleaded July 13 to reckless endangerment in the first-degree, in Moreau. Sentencing Sept. 28. 

POLICE

Shawn Whitman, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 4 with assault in the third-degree. 

Maison Dufty, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 4 with menacing, coercion, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Between June 23 and 29, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested six people in connection with the possession and sales of firearms in Saratoga County. They are accused of the possession and sale of firearms in Saratoga Springs and in Milton, and each of the six have been received multiple charged of criminal sale and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Those charged are: Michael S. Andrews, 25, Johnathon M. Parker, 29, of Hudson Falls, Jeffrey R. Bishop, 30, of Saratoga Springs, Patricia J. Show, 39, of Saratoga Springs, Teanna L. Gonzalez, 31, of Saratoga Springs, and Maggie L. Hayes, 27, of Ballston Spa.  As a result of the investigation two handguns, multiple magazines, including a 30-round capacity magazine, were seized according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

Michael Kelly, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 4 with DWI, and operating avehicle after consuming alcohol less than 21. 

Michael Burke, 34, of Albany, was charged July 3 in Saratoga Springs with petit larceny. 

Natavio Dawson, 23, of Schenectady, was charged July 3 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, passing a red light, and having no motor vehicle license. 

Autumn Sanders, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 2 with petit larceny. 

Carter Gordon, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged July 2 with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a forged instrument, obstruct governmental administration, and resisting arrest. 

Laurie Agan, 61, of Ballston Spa, was charged July 1 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Max Sanchez, 23, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 1 with speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Donald Gilbert, 36, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs July 1 with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, leaving the scene, driving on/ across sidewalk, and failure to keep right. 

Michael Green, 19, of Saratoga Springs, Evan Jenkins, 18, of Gansevoort, and Christopher Rothaupt, of Saratoga Springs, were each charged June 28 with endangering the welfare of a minor, conspiracy, menacing, petit larceny, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, and robbery. 

Ciera Bratis, 30, of Clifton Park, was charged in Saratoga Springs with two counts each identity theft, and petit larceny. 

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Thursday, 14 July 2022 15:02

July 9 – July 15, 2022

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Austin I. Klebauskus, 25, of Malta, pleaded June 30 to felony DWI. Sentencing Aug. 25. 

Raven J. Stables, 19, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded to criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing Aug. 25. 

Shari L Stephens, 37, of Malta, was charged June 27 with promoting prison contraband in the first-degree, a felony. Stephens is accused of sending mail to an inmate of the Saratoga County Jail that contained dangerous contraband, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

POLICE

On July 6, 2022, the Sheriff’s Office arrested the following person on the below listed charges: NYS PL 130.65(4) –Crim. Crim S. Trerise, 56, of Middle Grove, was charged with three felony counts sexual abuse in the first-degree, and one misdemeanor count sexual abuse in the second-degree, following an investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Trerise is accused of having had sexual contact with 4 different minors from 2015-2017. At the time, 3 of the victims were under the age of 13 and one under the age of 14, all while the defendant was over the age of 21. The allegations occurred in the Town of Greenfield and the victims were known to the defendant. Trerise was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail, $50,000 surety bond, or $250,000 unsecured bond. He is due back in court in August. Orders of Protection were issued on behalf of the victims

Meghan Reyome, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and having an inadequate plate lamp. 

Jonathan Elston, 33, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely, and motor vehicle registration suspended. 

Zachary Crowley, 25, of Schaghticoke, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 25 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and speed not prudent. 

Ismael Cortez, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 25 with DWI. 

Ethan Jordan, 27, of Troy, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 24 with obstruct governmental administration. 

Patrick Vezeau, 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 23 with criminal contempt. 

Michael Scoville, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 22 with criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Daniel Marrano, 37, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 22 with criminal contempt. 

Mitchum White, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation, registration suspended, criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle without insurance, and three vehicle equipment violations. 

Christopher Rose, 32, of Fort Edward, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 21 with criminal contempt, and aggravated family offense. 

Daniel Nowak, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 19 with unlawful imprisonment, and criminal mischief. 

Anthony Luizzi, 22, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 19 with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Eric Jones, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 18 with petit larceny. 

Richard Baker, 68, of Mechanicville, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 18 with petit larceny. 

Jessica Bayonet, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with criminal possession of stolen property. 

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit announced June 30 they had arrested Tracy P. Whipple, Corey A. Saxton and Jamie R. Brewer, following a surveillance operation in the Town of Wilton. Mrs. Whipple is accused of possessing a quantity of methamphetamine with the intent to sell. Mr. Brewer is accused of possessing a quantity of crack cocaine. Mr. Saxton, active parolee, failed to obey a lawful order from members of the Narcotics Unit, then subsequently led arresting members on a foot pursuit and shortly thereafter was taken into custody, according to the press release.  An Investigator was injured while taking Saxton into custody and was later treated for minor injuries. Charges for Whipple: One felony count and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Charges for Brewer: One misdemeanor count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Charges for Saxton: One count of Obstructing governmental administration, One count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, One count of Resisting Arrest  - all misdemeanors, and One count of Assault in the 2nd Degree - with Intent Cause Injury to Officer, a felony. 

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Thursday, 07 July 2022 15:23

July 2 – July 8, 2022

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Travis R. Austin, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced June 24 to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

John Fink, 38, of Troy, was sentenced June 24 to 1 year incarceration on the felony charge criminal contempt, and 2-1/3 to 7 years incarceration on the charge of felony burglary, in connection with incidents first charged in Mechanicville. Sentences to run consecutively. 

Craig R. Derusso, of Clifton Park, pleaded June 23 to criminal possession of stolen property. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Tyler A. Podrazik, 28, of Amsterdam, was sentenced to 364 days incarceration, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child. 

POLICE

Angel Isaac, 46, of South Glens Falls, was charged June 30 with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree, a felony. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Isaac is accused of providing a forged COVID-19 vaccination card to the South Glens Falls School System and is set to appear in the Moreau Town Court at a later, unspecified date. Legislation went into effect last December criminalizing fake Covid-19 vaccination cards in New York State. The law made the falsification of cards a misdemeanor and created a new felony of “computer tampering in the third degree for intentional entering, alteration or destruction of ‘computer material’ regarding COVID-19 vaccine provisions.”

Michael C. Green, age 18, Saratoga Springs, Christopher C. Rothaupt, age 20, Saratoga Springs, Evan A. Jenkins, age 18, Gansevoort, and Eric T. Murray, age 27, Saratoga Springs were each charged with: felony burglary, felony robbery, felony conspiracy, and the misdemeanors: petit larceny endangering the welfare of a child, and menacing, in connection with an alleged incident at a Division Street residence on June 28. According to Saratoga Springs Police, a call to 911 from the 28-year-old male victim came in around 12:30 a.m. He reported that he had gone outside his home to speak with a male acquaintance who had called the victim a short time earlier. Once outside the victim discovered three additional men with his acquaintance. All five then went into the victim’s home, where the four listed above proceeded to steal property from the home of the victim.  During the incident, one of the four men displayed what appeared to be a pistol and threatened to shoot the victim. As the event unfolded, the victim’s 6-year-old son, who had been asleep in a bedroom, woke up and witnessed the event. The four then left the residence by vehicle and the victim called 911. Officers on patrol were able to locate the suspect vehicle shortly after the call and took all four into custody without incident. The weapon involved was found to be an imitation pistol that appeared very similar to a Glock handgun. No injuries were reported. The four men were arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, or $50,000 bond.

Dimiery Ortiz-Lopez, 20, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 17 with assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Allegra Christidis, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, moving from lane unsafely, and speed not prudent. 

Raymond Conniff, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with aggravated harassment. 

Theodore Cooper, 49, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Adrian Velez, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 16 with DWI, aggravated DWI, speed not reasonable. 

Jahsir Steele-Robir, 24, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation, registration suspended, operating without insurance, and vehicle equipment violation. 

Shannon Drake, 43, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 16 with assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jacob Hudson, 19, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 15 with menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Kevin Cavanagh, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with criminal contempt, and criminal trespass. 

Nicole O’Brien, 25, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 14 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and unsafe backing of vehicle. 

Patrick Vezeau, 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 13 with criminal contempt.   

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Thursday, 30 June 2022 13:56

June 25 – July 1, 2022

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Adam S. Conlee, 37, of Gansevoort, pleaded June 21 to possessing a sexual performance by a child, in Northumberland. Sentencing Aug. 30. 

Lukas W. Camp-Potter, 26, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 17 to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to felony burglary, in Ballston. 

Brendan A. King, 41, of Wilton, pleaded June 17 to felony grand larceny. Sentencing Aug. 26. 

Daniel Luna, 41, of the Bronx, pleaded June 13 to felony DWI in the town of Saratoga. Sentencing Aug. 15. 

Edward M. Iannone, 40, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 14 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing Aug. 23. 

Emily N. Roerig, 34, of Ballston Lake, pleaded June 14 to felony burglary, in Wilton. Sentencing Aug. 23. 

Krystle M. Furioso, 36, of Milton, pleaded June 14 to felony tampering. Sentencing Aug. 23. 

Matthew Smith, 26, of Scotia, was sentenced June 16 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Malta. 

Corey M. Clow, 51, of Troy, was sentenced June 15 to 9 months incarceration on each count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, and DWI. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Robert Porter, 39, of Ithaca, was sentenced June 15 to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to felony grand larceny in Moreau. 

Derek R. Halikias, 29, of Mechanicville, was sentenced June 15 to 5 years incarceration and 5 years post-release supervision on attempted kidnapping in the second-degree charges, and 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration on criminal contempt in the first-degree charges. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Orette A. Shrowder, 36, of Malta, was sentenced June 15 to 1-1/3 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Gregory Fanniff, 26, of Waterford, was sentenced June 15 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child. 

Raffaele A. Petruzzo, 60, of Corinth, pleaded June 16 to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Aug. 31. 

Daniel Jennings, 31, of Galway, pleaded June 15 to felony grand larceny, in Moreau. Sentencing Sept. 15. 

POLICE

Devan Hildebrandt, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 11 with harassment, resisting arrest, obstruct governmental administration, and trespassing. 

Keir Nelson, 32, of Malta, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 12 with two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count disorderly conduct. 

Elizabeth Reinhold, 29, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 11 with harassment. 

Dillon Poirer, 21, of Porter Corners, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 11 with criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.

Hike Bagramian, 52, of Clifton Park, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 11 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and use of vehicle not equipped with interlock. 

Christopher Millington, 38, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 8 with harassment, aggravated family offense, and criminal contempt. 

Tyler Nash, 26, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 8 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Anthony Gordon, 28, of Ballston Spa, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 8 with menacing. 

Renee Passino, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Peter Barry, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 6 with grand larceny in the third-degree/ property value exceeds $3,000. 

On June 22, members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Thomas A. Allen after a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking within Saratoga County. Allen is accused of selling and possessing quantities of crack cocaine throughout Saratoga County. A search warrant was executed by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team in the Town of Corinth. Three suspects were located within the residence: Thomas A. Allen, Kayla J. Allen and Erica B. Shippee. Thomas and Kayla Allen had active warrants and Ms. Shippee is currently on parole. As a result of the investigation, scales, packaging material and quantities of crack cocaine were seized, according to the sheriff’s office.  Tom and Kayla Allen were arraigned, and bail was set in the amount of $10,000 cash, $20,000.00 bond and $100,000.00 partially secured bond. Both were sent to the Saratoga County Jail for lack of bail, pending further action on the matter. Shippee was given an appearance ticket due to appear in the Town of Corinth Court at a later date.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022 14:23

June 18 – June 24, 2022

POLICE

Anthony J. Paradise Jr., 44, was charged June 9 with arson, burglary, criminal tampering, and criminal mischief – all felonies – in connection with an incident that occurred in the Town of Ballston on Nov. 27, 2017. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Paradise is accused of spending several hours on the Curtis Lumber property on State Route 67 in the Town of Ballston after the business was closed, and allegedly sabotaged electrical and gas systems in several buildings, damaged buildings, and computer systems, tampered with the 911 system on the Verizon Wireless tower, and set fire a storage building full of sub-flooring causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Following his arraignment on charges, Paradise was returned to the Greene County Jail where he is being held awaiting trial for a murder charge. “This case shows that my deputies and investigators are relentless in their pursuit to hold criminals accountable. This case involved hundreds of man-hours by the investigators assigned. I’m proud to announce this arrest today,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said in a statement regarding the local charges. 

Dimeiry M. Ortiz-Lopez was charged with felony assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred on Caroline Street during the afternoon hours on Friday, June 17.  Saratoga Springs Police say a 51-year-old man was stabbed in the neck following what appears to be a road rage incident. An argument was allegedly initiated between the man and a 20-year-old Ballston Spa woman that began in the Division Street area, and escalated as the two vehicles reached Caroline Street. The man, who was driving a box/delivery type truck, suffered a slash of about three inches in length and went to Saratoga Hospital. He has since been discharged from the hospital, according to police. Ortiz-Lopez was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. 

Lorenzo J. Parker, 26, of Schenectady, was charged June 8 with two felony counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance. Parker is accused of selling and possessing quantities of cocaine.

Jeannette M. Tyndell, 51, of South Glens Falls, was charged May 23 with felony count and one misdemeanor count criminal possession of a controlled substance, one felony count criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second-degree. Tyndell is accused of selling and possessing quantities of heroin on numerous occasions within Saratoga County.

SARATOGA COUNTY SHERIFF MOST WANTED

SARATOGA COUNTY — Serdar D. Ozbay. Date of Birth: March 10, 1980. Middle Eastern Male, 5’-11’ / 190 Lbs., Brown Hair, Brown Eyes, Sometimes has a beard.

Sexual abuse (misdemeanor), endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor. 

The warrant was issued by the Corinth Town Court and stems from a complaint involving alleged sexual contact between Ozbay and a 15-year-old child. Ozbay’s last known address was at the Watertown Apartments in South Glens Falls. He in known to travel between New Jersey and South Glens Falls where he sometimes works and has also resided in Rotterdam and Schenectady.

Do not attempt to arrest or detain. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this individual, contact the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761.

5 Saratoga County Wanted Ozbay Capture

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 16 June 2022 13:58

June 11 – June 17, 2022

COURT

Robert T. Kennedy, Jr., 34, of Princetown, pleaded June 1 to attempted reckless endangerment in the first-degree, first charged March 3 in Halfmoon. Sentencing Sept. 12.   

Shari Stephens, 37, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 2 to criminal possession of a controlled substance, first charged Jan. 5 in Malta. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Christopher House, 34, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded June 2 to grand larceny, charged October 2021 to January 2022 in Malta. Sentencing Aug. 18. 

Matthew Scoons, 44, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced June 3 to 5 years of probation, after pleading to criminal mischief, in Malta. 

Norman Rose, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 2 to 4 years’ incarceration, after pleading to misdemeanor DWI, and felony attempted grand larceny, in connection with October 2021 charges in Saratoga Springs.

Christine A. Kesar, 46, of Milton, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, in connection with the charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree.

Nicholas Palermo, 43, of Troy, pleaded June 3 to felony grand larceny, in Wilton. Sentencing Aug. 19. 

Arkel W. Saunders, 26, of Troy, pleaded June 3 to criminal possession of stolen property, in Malta. Sentencing Aug. 19

POLICE

Tyler Lumia, age 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with assault in the first-degree, two counts felony assault in the second-degree, and criminal possession of a weapon – all felonies - in connection with an incident on Caroline Street Oct. 31, 2021, where two individuals suffered injuries in an altercation inside an establishment.
Lumia is accused of causing injuries to the two people with a knife. One victim was a 35-year-old man that suffered numerous stab wounds to his torso, while the other was a 26-year-old man who suffered a significant laceration to one of his hands, according to Saratoga Springs Police. Both victims required medical treatment. Lumia was arraigned in Saratoga County Court June 6 and was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond.

Renee Passino, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with two felony counts and misdemeanor count criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with an April 15 incident behind the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn that involved a report of shots being fired. Passino is accused of having possessed over 44 grams of crack cocaine, 2 grams of fentanyl, 7 suboxone strips, over $14,000 in U.S. currency, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. Passano was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. The individual who fired the shot has yet to be identified and that part of the investigation is still on-going, police said. 

Jacklyn Parker, 21, of Watervliet, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 4 with DWI.

Shawn Skidmore, 37, was charged in Saratoga Springs June 3 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Logan Corkins, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 1 with two counts sexual abuse, and two counts rape. 

Kimberly Steenburg, 39, of Gloversville, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 25 with DWI, aggravated DWI, harassment, assault, resisting arrest, and two driving-related infractions. 

Jesse McKenzie, 33, of Corinth, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 23 with aggravated unlicensed operation, license plate violation, and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Marcu Vandeusen, 19, of Glenville, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 23  with petit larceny. 

Daniel Ovland, 27, Michael Rosebrook, 36, and Kaitlyn McEneny, 25 – all of Saratoga Springs, were each charged May 25 with criminal contempt- disobey court. 

Jeffrey Armstrong, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 25 with menacing. 

Luke Benoit, 31, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, was charged with DWI, in connection with a motor vehicle crash in Saratoga Springs. At approximately 12:50 a.m. on June 8, troopers observed a speeding vehicle traveling northbound on State Route 9 in the town of Malta. The patrol activated their emergency lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the 2018 Subaru WRX.  The driver of the vehicle did not stop and instead accelerated towards the city of Saratoga Springs. A brief pursuit was initiated but was terminated by the patrol due to weather conditions, the high rate of speed of the vehicle, and the close proximity of the city of Saratoga Springs. Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, the patrol located the suspect vehicle which had crashed in front of 125 South Broadway in the city of Saratoga Springs. Benoit was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Albany Medical Center where he is in stable condition, according to State Police. 

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June 4 – June 10, 2022

COURT

Nicole E. Daly, 50, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced May 27 to 30 days incarceration and 5 years’ probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny. 

Maneif Fields, 28, of Albany, was sentenced May 27 to 5 years’ probation, after pleading to attempted assault in the second-degree, a felony. 

Jonathan P. Raney, 44, of Selma, Alabama, pleaded May 27 to felony DWI, first charged November 2021 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing July 22. 

Michael R. Brownell, 52, of Northumberland, was sentenced May 26 to 3 to 9 years in a state incarceration facility, after pleading to aggravated vehicular assault. Brownell was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Northumberland on Sept. 24, 2021, driving recklessly and while intoxicated, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Following the crash into a motorcycle, Brownell fled the scene and did not stop to help the motorcycle operator – who was ejected from his vehicle, suffered traumatic injuries, and was transported to Albany Medical Center.    

John Sgorrano, 28, of Fort Edward, pleaded May 26 to criminal mischief in the third-degree, first charged in Moreau July 2021. Sentencing July 28. 

Brad Callanan, 39, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded May 26 to criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth-degree. Sentencing July 28. 

James D. Reed, 28, of Schenectady, pleaded May 26 to felony attempted burglary, first charged in Wilton March 2021. Sentencing Aug. 18.

Chalmers D. Davis, 43, originally of Schenectady, was sentenced May 27 to 40 years in a state correctional facility, following his March 28 convictions by a trial jury of two counts assault, one count attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with an August 2021 incident on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.  Following a late-night verbal dispute, “Davis nearly stabbed one man to death and came within inches of slashing another man’ throat,” according to a statement released by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. “The defendant offered a superficial level of remorse at best,” Judge James Murphy said, in the statement. “His acts of violence of the night of Aug. 10, 2021 were callous and demonstrated a complete disregard for human life.”   

POLICE

Luke Kilburn, age 18, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 31 with felony assault, and criminal possession of a weapon – a misdemeanor, in connection with an alleged incident that took place on May 25 on Woodlawn Avenue, near the parking garage. According to police, officers were called to the location regarding a fight that involved 15 to 20 people. The fight had dispersed prior to officers’ arrival; however, authorities were notified of an 18-year-old man that had just presented to Saratoga Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen. Police said the victim – who had to undergo emergency medical treatment for the non-life-threatening wound – had been stabbed during the Woodlawn Avenue fight call. The investigation showed early on that the group involved was well- known to each other and this was not a random act of violence, police said. 

Mario M. Malcolm, age 27, Schenectady, was charged May 30 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor criminal possession of a narcotic drug. Malcolm is accused of being in possession of approximately 5 grams of cocaine and 2 grams of fentanyl at the time of a vehicle stop. 

Jacob Wilusz, 24, of Hadley, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 31 with petit larceny. 

Elizabeth Usher, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 31 with crime of terrorism: falsely reporting. 

Donte Powe, 22, of Schenectady, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 31 with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Katherine Halpin, 38, of Clifton Park, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 29 with DWI, and driving wrong direction on one-way street. 

Casie Lailer, 37, of Gansevoort, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 26 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, act in manner injure child, and moved from lane unsafely. 

William Qiu, 25, of Albany, was charged in Saratoga Springs May 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. 

Nicole Hamilton, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 26 with DWI, speeding, and four vehicle- related violations. 

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Thursday, 02 June 2022 16:32

May 28 – June 3, 2022

COURT

James J. Garafalo, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to serve 4-1/2 years in a state correctional facility to be followed by 5 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to assault in the second-degree regarding his role in a Caroline Street incident last August. According to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, “Garafalo admitted to acting in concert with his brother and co-defendant in causing serious physical injury to the victim, Mark French, who was punched in the head and fell to the ground where his head struck pavement.” French was subsequently transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, Heggen added.   Garafalo was also sentenced to an indeterminate term of 2 to 4 years for his plea to aggravated family offense, regarding a separate incident which occurred in January 2022, after intentionally violating an order of protection by having contact with a protected party via telephone while incarcerated at Saratoga County Jail. The sentences for the separate acts are to run concurrently – meaning Garafalo will serve both sentences at the same time.

Nicolle L. Bailey, 44, of Albany, pleaded May 25 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Halfmoon. Sentencing Aug. 3. 

Allison L. Bechtold, 46, of Albany, pleaded May 25 to misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, first charged in Halfmoon. Sentencing Aug. 3. 

Taylor C. Hatch, 36, of Moreau, was sentenced May 25 to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to grand larceny in the third-degree, in Hadley. 

POLICE

December Garney, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 23 with welfare fraud, and offering a false instrument to file. 

Marvyn Robles, 25, of Amsterdam, was charged May 22 in Saratoga Springs with harassment, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. 

Benjamen Bullard, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 21 with criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Tara McCall, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 21 with criminal contempt, and criminal mischief. 

Ruth Lenihan, 24, of Laconia. NH, was charged May 21 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, and a license plate violation. 

Jacob Cox, 27, of O’Fallon, IL, was charged May 20 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, and making an unsafe turn. 

Laura Ficarra, 39, of Rexford, was charged May 18 in Saratoga Springs with DWI, aggravated DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. 

Leah Feltt, 25, of Mechanicville, was charged May 18 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

SARATOGA COUNTY SHERIFF MOST WANTED

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SARATOGA COUNTY — Francisco Tolentino. Date of Birth: June 14, 1979. Hispanic Male 5’-00” / 145 Lbs.,  Black Hair, Brown Eyes.

Burglary (felony), assault (felony), assault (misdemeanor), endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor). 

Francisco Tolentino is wanted on on a Saratoga County Superior Court warrant. Tolentino was arrested in July of 2013 by the Sheriff’s Office after he broke into a residence in the town of Saratoga and assaulted a male and a female with a glass pitcher. Tolentino is a native of Mexico and was believed to have fled the country and returned to Mexico after being bailed out of the Saratoga County jail by his employer last fall. Tolentino is a migrant worker and may have or may soon be returning to the area for work. He is an experienced farm hand and had worked at a local dairy farm in the Town of Saratoga.

Do not attempt to arrest or detain. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this individual, contact the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761.

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