Police say jealous suitor set car ablaze in Greenport

GREENPORT–Jealousy provoked a teenager to set a car on fire the morning of September 2, according to Livingston State Police.

Greenport firefighters were called out to a fully-involved car fire September 2 at 5:30 a.m. The burning car was parked adjacent to a private residence at the end of a long driveway off Church Road.

Fire officials determined the fire to be suspicious and called in State Police to investigate.

The man who owned the car told police about an ongoing dispute between his son and other area teenagers.

Following a day-long investigation, State Police charged Michael Snyder, 19, of Greenport with third degree arson. Police say, Mr. Snyder intentionally set fire to the 1998 Mercury Sable because he was jealous over a girlfriend.

Mr. Snyder was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel and sent to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Mr. Snyder was the subject of a report on the police blotter page last week for his alleged involvement in a fight with weapons in a Hudson alley. 

Livingston

Katherine McLeod, 28, of Latham was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident by Livingston State Police, September 1.

Ms. McLeod allegedly reported to State Police that she had been pulled over and assaulted by an unknown person dressed in a black police-style uniform driving an unmarked car on the Taconic State Parkway.

An investigation revealed she made up the incident to conceal an affair from her live-in boyfriend. She was apparently late arriving home, said Livingston State Police Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano.

Ms. McLeod was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to jail in lieu of $500 cash bail by Justice Robert Q. Moore. 

Drugs and alcohol

The following face drug-or alcohol-related charges:

*Louis Snow III, 21, of Philmont was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and having inadequate plate lamps by Deputies Brendan Filli and Reagan Anderson during a traffic stop on County Route 9, Ghent, September 2 at 11:36 p.m. Mr. Snow was released with tickets to appear in Ghent Court September 21.

*Daniel R. Atwell, 23, of Claverack was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and improper turn signal by Deputies Brendan Filli and Michael Stelling during a traffic stop on County Route 21 in Ghent September 4 at 12:43 a.m. Mr. Atwell is scheduled to appear in Ghent Court September 21.

*Thomas Kenny IV, 28, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, unsafe lane change, speed in zone and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change by Sheriff’s Sergeant William Zincio, Deputies Brendan Filli and Reagan Anderson during a traffic stop on County Route 9, Ghent September 5 at 12:34 a.m. Mr. Kenny refused to submit a breath analysis test and was arraigned in Ghent Court before Justice Mark Portin. He was released on his own recognizance to return to court September 21.

*Ellen Sammons, 51, of Taghkanic was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Peter Grzeskow and Sheriff’s Office Sergeants William Zincio and Michael Merante, August 29 at 9:45 p.m.

Ms. Sammons was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Deputy Grzeskow on Newman Road, Greenport. Deputies say they found her to possess crack cocaine. She was issued a ticket directing her to appear in Greenport Court September 14.

*Blaymiro Choc, 32, of Greenwich was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to keep right and operating without a license by Deputies Brendan Filli and Louis Bray during a traffic stop on Route 66 in Ghent, August 29 at 12:02 a.m. Mr. Choc was issued tickets directing him to appear in Ghent Court September 14.

*Raymond C. Walz, 37, of Livingston was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of hypodermic needles and speeding by Trooper John Reppucci during a traffic stop on County Route 19, Livingston, August 29 at 11:30 p.m. State Police report that after the trooper pulled Mr. Walz over for travelling at 57 mph in a 45 mph zone, he found the driver to possess a variety of prescription pills, hypodermic needles and a glass pipe that contained crack cocaine residue. Arraigned in Livingston Court, Mr. Walz was sent to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bail bond.

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