Housekeeper charged with stealing money from elderly employer

STUYVESANT–Livingston State Police charged a housekeeper with stealing from her elderly employer, March 3.

Melanie Zelno, 24, of Stuyvesant was charged with third degree grand larceny and seven counts of second degree forgery. Police say the charges stem from the alleged theft of $8,600 from an elderly Stuyvesant man, who Ms. Zelno worked for as a housekeeper.

Officials at the National Union Bank of Kinderhook became concerned and contacted police when the man’s account became overdrawn.

An investigation by State Police and bank security officers revealed that over the past five months, Ms. Zelno allegedly stole seven checks from her employer, which she allegedly forged and cashed.

Arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court, Ms. Zelno was released in her own recognizance by Justice Edward Williams pending a future court appearance.

Copake

Hilary Smith, 24, of Copake was charged with second degree harassment and resisting arrest by Livingston State Police, February 25.

Troopers were called to the Smith residence by a relative, who was concerned because Ms. Smith was intoxicated and allegedly attempting to drive.

While Trooper Carmen Martino interviewed Ms. Smith, she allegedly pushed him and resisted being handcuffed. Additionally, while being put into the patrol car, Ms. Smith allegedly kicked Trooper Martino in the chest.

She was arraigned and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Austerlitz

John Persing, 47, of Austerlitz was charged on a felony probation warrant by Deputies Joshua Oakes and Peter Grzeskow, February 3 at 8:20 p.m.

Mr. Persing who is on probation for a May 27, 2008 conviction of third degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E-felony, allegedly violated terms or conditions of his probation orders resulting in a warrant being issued by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols.

Mr. Persing was sent to the county jail without bail pending a court appearance at a later date.

Drugs and alcohol

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Pauline Maynard, 49, of West Lebanon was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated driving while intoxicated after New Lebanon State Police report that her blood alcohol content was three times the level of legal intoxication, February 27.

Acting on a tip from the store clerk that an allegedly intoxicated woman had just driven away from the Stewart’s Shop on Route 20 in New Lebanon, Troopers Nicholas Lombardi and John La Plante pulled Ms. Maynard over.

She was released with tickets to answer the charges in New Lebanon Court at a later date.

*Martin J. Vincent, 45, of Utica was charged on an arrest warrant issued in Copake Court for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and driving without a license by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Daniel Tompkins, February 5 at 2:10 p.m. Arraigned in Claverack Court before Judge Michael Brandon, Mr. Vincent was sent to the county jail and ordered to appear in Copake Court at a later date.

*Robin C. Lensink, 40 of Niverville was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, unsafe tires and moving from lane unsafely by Deputies Brendan Filli and Kris Bauhoff, February 3 at 1:46 a.m. Ms. Lensink was charges after the 2000 Dodge pickup truck she was operating crashed into a tree on County Route 25 in Kinderhook. She was not hurt in the crash. Arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Justice Carrie O’Hare, Ms. Lensink was released on her own recognizance and directed to appear in Kinderhook Court at a later date.

*Theodore Fraker, 35, of Colonie was charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicle and traffic law violations by Livingston State Police during a stop on Route 66, Greenport, February 5. He was released with tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

*Kenneth Mather, 52, of Berlin was charged with driving while intoxicated by New Lebanon State Trooper Frank Cox February 3 at 2:20 p.m. Trooper Louis Godfroy IV, assigned to the Dover Plains barracks, was off-duty when he reported an erratic driver on Route 20 in New Lebanon. He then followed the vehicle until Trooper Cox pulled it over.

Mr. Mather is scheduled to appear in New Lebanon Court at a later date.

*David Petrovsky, 50, of Claverack was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a headlamp and plate lamp by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Warren Street in Hudson after being seen operating without a headlamp and a plate lamp January 31. He was released with tickets returnable in Hudson Court at a later date.

*Richard Biron, 56, of Comstock, Wisconsin was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 9H in Ghent, January 30. State Police say they stopped the Biron vehicle after they saw it repeatedly cross the double yellow and fog lines. Mr. Biron was released with tickets to appear in court at a later date.

*Reone Nicholson, 30, of Albany was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and felony first degree aggravated unlicensed operation by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 9G in Hudson, January 30.

In addition to his alleged intoxication, Mr. Nicholson was also allegedly driving with a suspended license.

He was released with tickets returnable in Hudson Court at a later date.

*Jade Schmidt, 19, of Copake, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and for unlawful possession of marijuana. She was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine pills. Brianna Miller, 18, of Copake was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The teens were found in a vehicle parked in rest area on Route 22 in Ancram, February 2. Livingston State Police stopped to check on the welfare of the vehicle occupants and noted a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Alcohol was also visible in the car.

They were issued appearance ticket returnable in Ancram Court at a later date.

*Jacob Z. Mazza, 19, of Schodack Landing was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to stop at a stop sign by Deputies Michael Stelling and Kris Bauhoff during a traffic stop on Route 9 in Valatie, January 31 at 12:42 a.m. He was issued tickets and directed to appear in Valatie Village Court at a later date.

*Kevin Allen, 29, of Philmont was taken into custody on a Greenport bench warrant by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Tracy Proper, February 3 at 5:56 p.m.  The warrant was issued after Mr. Allen failed to appear in court to answer a charge of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Francis Abitabile, Mr. Allen was released and directed to return to court at a later date.

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