Police say Chatham man pulled knife during struggle

CHATHAM–A man Village Police describe as having hands that were “cut and bloody” faces a long list of charges after tangling with the law in the early morning hours of April 2.

Chatham police say Emergency 911 dispatchers called them to Jones Avenue for a man who was reportedly “acting drunk and disorderly” at 2:34 a.m. Officers Eric Colon and Jesse Austin found Jeffrey Mayes Jr., 23, of Chatham, standing on the corner of Austerlitz Street and Jones Avenue. Police heard Mr. Mayes shouting obscenities and noticed that he had cuts and blood on his hands.

When the officers approached Mr. Mayes, he allegedly “took a fighting stance” and tried to hit Officer Colon. While the officers struggled with Mr. Mayes, he allegedly pulled out a knife and tried to stab Officer Colon, but instead struck the handle of the officer’s holstered gun, with the knife, leaving a “large gouge” in the weapon’s handle. Police say they finally got Mr. Mayes under control by putting him in restraints.

But when officers tried to put Mr. Mayes in the back seat of their patrol car, he allegedly lifted up his legs and kicked the vehicle in the rear quarter panel–damaging it.

Even after he was inside the car, Mr. Mayes continued to struggle and allegedly kicked out the vehicle’s rear passenger side window and caused damage.

Police say that before they arrived and took Mr. Mayes into custody he had been involved in a fight at a residence during which he allegedly assaulted a person and did damage to the place.

The Chatham Rescue Squad took Mr. Mayes to the Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Officer Colon was also treated at the hospital for leg and hand injuries. Officer Austin was treated for a cut on his left wrist.

After his trip to the emergency room, Mr. Mayes was brought to the Chatham Police Station where he was charged with second degree assault, a class D felony; second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Arraigned in Village Court before Justice David Harrison Sr., Mr. Mayes was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail pending a later court appearance.

Hudson

The body pulled from the Hudson River by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit the afternoon of April 7 was identified as that of a missing Rensselaer County man.

Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr. said in a press release April 9 that an autopsy revealed the body to be that of Edward A. Smithrovitch, 48, of Troy.

The sheriff did not give the cause of death or any further information, except to say that the case has been turned over to Troy Police, who had initiated a missing person investigation into Mr. Smithrovitch’s disappearance in their jurisdiction.

Greenport

Taleshia Penciel, 19, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault by Deputies Heath Benansky and Peter Grzeskow, April 1 at 4:10 p.m.

The suspect allegedly punched a 34-year-old woman in the head causing injury during an incident on James Street the same day at 11:31 a.m.

Steven Baxter, 25, of Hudson was charged with reckless driving in connection with the same incident because he allegedly passed the victim’s vehicle in a no passing zone with oncoming traffic in the opposite lane, swerved toward the victim’s vehicle and slammed on his brakes several times in an attempt to get the victim to stop her vehicle.

Both suspects were arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel. Ms. Penciel was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond. Mr. Baxter posted $150 bail at the time of arraignment. Both were ordered to return to court at a later date.

Claverack

William H. Russell, III, 20, of Philmont was charged with second degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny and petit larceny by Sheriff’s Office Investigators Anthony Brahm and Patrick Logue, April 1 at 2:24 p.m.

Mr. Russell allegedly illegally entered a residence on Route 217, stole a credit card and used it. He was arraigned before Philmont Justice Rick Tracey, was sent to the county jail and ordered to return to village court at a later time.

Philmont

Anthony B. Howley, Jr, 22, of Philmont was charged on a felony probation warrant by Deputies Marcus Hickey and Travis VanAlstyne, April 2 at 8:08 a.m.

Mr. Howley was convicted of third degree burglary October 26, 2005 and sentenced to probation, which he allegedly violated. A warrant was issued Columbia County Judge Paul Czajka. Arraigned in Greene County Court, Mr. Howley was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bail bond and ordered to return to court at a later date.

Livingston

Two youngsters were hurt in all-terrain-vehicle crash on Wire Road, April 11 at 5:08 p.m.

Livingston State Police, who were called to investigate, say that a four-year-old boy was operating a TAO Industries ATV with his seven-year-old brother as a passenger.

The ATV was headed northwest when it hit an unoccupied motor vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence. Both youngsters, who were wearing helmets, were thrown off the ATV.

The four-year-old was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. An initial medical assessment indicated he had possible severe head trauma. The seven-year-old was taken by ambulance to Albany Medical Center for possible head and internal injuries. Subsequent evaluation by hospital personnel revealed that the boys’ injuries were not life threatening.

The children were not identified by police.

*Charles Nicolich, 42 of Milan was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Livingston State Police, April 6.

Mr. Nicolich allegedly violated an Order of Protection issued by Dutchess County Family Court. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and subsequently released.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Michael Drabick, 51, of Stockport was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police after his vehicle was found parked in the roadway on Chester Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, Stottville, April 2.

Police say Mr. Drabick got his vehicle stuck in the mud and over a curb on Chester Avenue. He was released with tickets returnable to Stockport Court.

*Jose Peres, 20, of Kinderhook was charged with driving while intoxicated, unregistered motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, operating without insurance and having a broken windshield by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 9H, Claverack, April 9.

Mr. Peres was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

*Eerik Polikarpus, 24, of Ghent was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and traffic violations by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop April 9.

Troopers pulled Mr. Polikarpus over on West Street in Philmont after they saw him drive on a sidewalk.

Mr. Polikarpus was released with tickets to appear in Philmont Village Court.

*Susannah Fiala, 44, of Kingston was charged with driving while intoxicated Livingston State Police, April 7.

Troopers pulled Ms. Fiala over after receiving a report from Columbia County 911 that she was driving erratically.

She was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Court.

*Jason Tanaka, 27, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 9H, Kinderhook, April 4. Mr. Tanaka was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Marco Duenas, 24, of Hicksville was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 9G, Clermont, April 4. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in Clermont Court.

*Samantha Bashford, 28, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 66, Ghent, April 4.

Ms. Bashford was released with tickets returnable in Ghent Court.

*Paul Anselmini, 20, of Egremont, Mass. was charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (cocaine/crack cocaine) by Livingston State Police during a road check on Route 9, Stockport, April 4.

He was arraigned in Stockport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Police say when the vehicle driven by Mr. Anselmini came through the road check they saw open alcoholic beverage containers and marijuana paraphernalia in plain view. Troopers subsequently found cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle.

A passenger in the vehicle, Daniel Weaver, 25, of Livingston, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in Stockport Court. Another passenger, Matthew Dempsey, 21, of Mill River, Mass. was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was issued a ticket returnable in Stockport Court.

*Thomas Velazquez, 29, of Bohemia was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (children in the vehicle), a class E felony, by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on Route 23, Claverack, April 10. He was released with tickets returnable in Claverack Court.

*Lisa Burdick, 54, of Coxsackie was charged with felony driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police, April 2. Police report that the vehicle Ms Burdick was driving ran off the road and struck a fence on private property off Webb Road in Claverack. She complained of back pain and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment. After her release from the hospital she was issued tickets returnable in Claverack Court.

*William Baldwin, III, 29, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a motor vehicle without a license, refusal to take a breath test and failure to keep right by Deputies Brendan Filli and Vernon Doyle, March 27 at 1:42 a.m.

Deputies say the vehicle Mr. Baldwin was driving struck and damaged a utility pole on George Road, Ghent, and following the collision, Mr. Baldwin left the scene. He was issued tickets to appear in Ghent Court.

*John M. Bryan, 44, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, speed in zone and inadequate license plate lamp by Deputies Michael Stelling and Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on Route 9, Kinderhook, March 28 at 1:44 a.m. Mr. Bryan was released with tickets directing him to appear in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Walter Rossi, 60, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to keep right and failure to use signal lights by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant William Zincio during a traffic stop on Route 9, Stottville, April 3 at 12:49 a.m. Mr. Rossi will answer the charges in Stockport Court.

*Paula Beaudoin, 49, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and failure to stop a stop sign by Deputies Kris Bauhoff and Ian Boehme during a traffic stop on Route 9, Valatie, March 31 at 2:08 a.m. She was arraigned in Valatie Court, released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to village court at a later date.

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