Stottville teen charged with burglary in gun theft case

STOTTVILLE—A local teen has been charged in connection with breaking into a house and stealing several guns.
Kenneth A. VanWagner Jr, 18, of Stottville was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, June 4 at 5:10 p.m., according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison Jr.
In April, Mr. VanWagner allegedly forced his way into a residence on Cinder Road in Stottville and stole several shotguns and rifles.
He then allegedly sold at least four of the stolen guns, which were recovered by Sheriff’s investigators.
Mr. VanWagner made admissions about his involvement in the burglary and sale of the stolen guns, the sheriff said in the release. The other stolen long guns are still being sought.
Arraigned in Stockport Court before Justice Harold Horner, Mr. VanWagner was sent to the county jail without bail
As he was being escorted out of court to a patrol vehicle following the arraignment, Mr. VanWagner allegedly struggled with Deputy Brian Molinski, broke free and fled.
The deputy caught him after a short foot chase and took him to jail.
Subsequently, a warrant for second degree escape, a class D felony, was obtained from Justice Horner. Mr. VanWagner will be arraigned on the charge in the near future.
Sheriff Harrison asks anyone who had dealings with Mr. VanWagner or knows about the missing guns to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Branch at (518) 828-4316. The investigation is continuing and additional charges and/or arrests are possible. 
Sheriff’s Office Investigators Anthony Brahm, Mark Dunspaugh, Patrick Logue and Deputy Scott Leggett worked on the case.
Kinderhook
After a year-long investigation, Livingston State Police charged Pyka Hughes, 34, of Kinderhook with third degree insurance fraud a class D felony; second degree forgery, a class D felony; offering false instruments for filing, a class E felony and falsifying business records, a class A misdemeanor, May 29.
The arrest came in connection with an investigation by the New York State Insurance Fraud Bureau in conjunction with the Aetna Special Investigations Unit. 
Ms. Hughes allegedly filed several fraudulent claims with the insurance company.
Arraigned in the Valatie Village before Justice Stephen Berry, Ms. Hughes was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond. She will return to court at a later date.
Ms. Hughes was previously charged with fourth degree grand larceny by Livingston State Police February 29, 2008 in connection with a similar case investigated by the state Department of Labor. She was convicted of that charge for filing false unemployment benefit claims.
Ghent
Rande G. Both, 39, of Ghent was charged with first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony by Livingston State Police May 28.
State Police investigators say their investigation revealed that Mr. Both had in appropriate sexual contact with at least one child under the age of 13.
Arraigned in Columbia County Superior Court before Judge Paul Czajka, Mr. Both was sent to the county jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or bail bond.
State Police say the investigation is continuing and ask anyone with information about the case to call them at (518) 851-2001.
Philmont
John L. Calderon, 20, of Philmont was charged with third degree assault by Deputies Jason Garvey and Travis VanAlstyne, May 31 at 8:11 p.m. on an arrest warrant issued in Philmont Court.
Mr. Calderon allegedly struck a 22-year-old woman, causing neck and facial injuries.
He turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office and was arraigned in Philmont Village Court before Justice Rick Tracey and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond. He will return to Village Court June 18.
Valatie
Peter B. Wager Jr, 40, of Valatie was charged with second degree assault, a class D felony by Deputies Toby VanAlstyne and Joshua Oakes, May 20 at 10:05 p.m.
Mr. Wager allegedly struck a person in the head with a flashlight.  Arraigned in Kinderhook Court,  Mr. Wager was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court June 23.
Copake
Nicholas Colletti, 20, of Craryville was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant John DeRocha, June 4 at 5:05 p.m.
While investigating an unrelated incident, Sergeant DeRocha found that Mr. Colletti allegedly had a wooden billy club and a pair of wooden chukka sticks.
He was released with a ticket to appear in Copake Court.
*William A. Brooks Jr, 18, of Stuyvesant was charged on a Copake Court-issued arrest warrant for fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property by Deputy David Rose, May 29 at 10:45 p.m.
Mr. Brooks was turned over to Copake Police for further processing.
New Lebanon
Richard J. Ruark, 53, of Dover Plains was charged on an arrest warrant for third degree criminal mischief by Deputies Jason Garvey and Travis VanAlstyne June 2 at 9:11 p.m.
Mr. Ruark allegedly caused $800 worth of damage to an Amenia woman’s vehicle scraping a key along the vehicle’s side while it was parked in New Lebanon.
Mr. Ruark was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and released after posting bail. He was directed to return to court at a later time.
Greenport
William VanAlstyne, 49, of Hudson was charged on a Greenport Court bench warrant by Deputy David Rose, June 2 at 8:40 p.m. Taken into custody at a residence in the Presidential Estates, Route 9H, Kinderhook, Mr. VanAlstyne was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Francis Abitabile and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond.  He will return to court at a later date.
Drugs/alcohol
The following face drug- or alcohol-related charges:
*Andrew C. Vickery, 42, of Ghent was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and drinking an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Wayne Lopez and Deputy Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on Konig Road in Ghent May 28 at 12:42 a.m.
Deputies were enroute to assist Chatham Village Police who were responding to a complaint involving Mr. Vickery who had driven away from the scene prior to the patrol’s arrival.
Arraigned in Chatham Town Court before Justice Michael Hart, Mr. Vickery was sent to county jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $500,000 bail bond. He is slated to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.
*Joshua J. Thorpe, 29, of Nassau was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater and failure to signal by Deputies Louis Bray and Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on Route 9H, Kinderhook, May 29 at 11:47 p.m. Mr. Thorpe was released with traffic tickets and directed to appear in Kinderhook Town Court June 23.
*Collin W. Wood, 21, of Old Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, speed not reasonable and prudent and refusal to submit to a breath screening test by Deputies Louis Bray and Brendan Filli May 30 at 3:20 a.m.
Mr. Wood was charged following an investigation into an automobile crash on County Route 9, Chatham. Deputies say Mr. Wood was driving a 2003 Volkswagon north approaching the County Route 24 intersection, when he failed to negotiate a sharp left turn and drove into an earth embankment.
The Chatham Rescue Squad took the two passengers in the Wood vehicle, one to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and the other to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of a back and head injury. Mr. Wood is slated to appear in Chatham Town Court June 17 to answer the charges.
*Stella Hamm, 51, of Red Hook was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and inadequate exhaust by Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and Jason Garvey during a traffic stop on Fairview Avenue, Greenport, May 31 at 3:53 p.m.
Ms. Hamm allegedly had crack cocaine. She was released with tickets and directed to appear in Greenport Court June 15.
Deputies Louis Bray and Brendan Filli charged Ms. Hamm with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance again on June 7 at 3:47 p.m. during a traffic stop at Park Place and Columbia Street in Hudson. She was a passenger in the stopped vehicle and deputies report she had a crack pipe that contained crack cocaine. Released with an appearance ticket, she is slated to answer the second charge in City Court June 24. 
*Christopher Brannigan, 33, of East Durham was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to stop at a stop sign, refusal to take a breath test, failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change of address, uninspected motor vehicle, possessing more than one state driver’s license, failure to attach registration sticker and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle by Deputies Brendan Filli and Louis Bray during a traffic stop on South Second Street in Hudson, June 7 at 3:09 a.m.
Arraigned in City Court before Acting Judge William Cranna, Mr. Brannigan was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond. He was directed to appear in City Court at a later date.
Sean Brannigan, 23, of New Windsor was charged with public lewdness and drinking an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle during the same stop.
Mr. Brannigan allegedly exposed his genitals in public while urinating. He was released with ticket to appear in City Court June 24.
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