Teaching assistant alleged to have served alcohol to minors

AUSTERLITZ–Three family members, one of them a Chatham Central School District employee, were charged in connection with a party at their residence, where minors were drinking alcohol, Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison Jr., said in a press release.

Robert Mantell, 50, his wife Vicky Mantell, 43, and their son Jacob Mantell, 21, all of state Route 203, were each charged with six counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor, April 28 at 10 a.m.

An investigation started when the Sheriff’s Office received calls from two Chatham Central School District officials reporting an underage drinking incident that possibly involved a school district employee.

According to the sheriff, the investigation revealed that during a birthday party at the Mantell residence April 2, the three Mantell’s engaged in beer drinking games with at least six adolescents ranging in age from 16 to 18 years.

Partygoers also consumed liquor at the party and one 17-year-old reportedly got sick later that night as a result.

Vicky Mantell works for the school district as a teaching assistant.

Sheriff’s investigators are also looking into a second underage drinking party held at the Mantell residence sometime after April 2.

The sheriff said in the release that it is unclear whether the Mantells knew about the underage drinking at the second party.

The family turned themselves in at the Sheriff’s Office and were later released with appearance tickets directing them to Autsterlitz Court. The Columbia County District Attorney’s office assisted with the investigation.

Chatham Central School District Officials have and continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

Claverack

Three people, who were alleged accomplices in burglaries and larcenies allegedly committed by of Ronald Oakley, were charged by Livingston State Police, April 27.

Mr. Oakley, 45, of Chatham, a parolee, was charged with 10 felonies, 1 misdemeanor and 1 violation April 19 in connection with stealing copper wire and piping, tools and electronics from houses and buildings that appeared to be abandoned.

Kevin A. Beahn, 20, of Chatham was charged with one count of third degree burglary. Michael W. Beahn, 21, of Chatham was charged with one count of second degree burglary and three counts of third degree burglary. Robert J. Knott, 51 of Philmont was charged with one count of fourth degree attempted grand larceny and one count of trespassing.

The Beahns were arraigned in Greenport Court, sent to the Columbia County Jail and scheduled to appear in Ghent Court at a later date. Mr. Knott was released with tickets to appear in Claverack Court. State Police were assisted in the this investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, Chatham and Philmont police and the state Division of Parole.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Kyle Buono, 25, of Valatie was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument by Kinderhook State Police, April 24. He was released with tickets to appear in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Feather Krein, 29, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated by New Lebanon State Police following an auto accident on Bushnell Road, Chahtam, April 24.

Troopers found a Ms. Krein’s vehicle in a culvert and when they interviewed her, they said she was intoxicated.

She was released with tickets returnable in Chatham Town Court.

*Michael Leamy, 65, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated by Kinderhook State Police during a traffic stop near the Kinderhook traffic circle, April 24.

He was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Ashley Mella, 20, of Red Hook was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police, April 27. Ms. Mella was stopped on County Route 2 in Gallatin for vehicle and traffic law violations. She was released on tickets returnable in Gallatin Court.

*Cody Costa, 20, of Livingston was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs by Livingston State Police, April 27. He was stopped on state Route 23 in Claverack for traffic violations. He was released with tickets to appear in Claverack Court.

*Scott Merrit, 18, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs, April 25. He was stopped for traffic violations on Fairview Avenue, Greenport. He was released with tickets returnable in Greenport Court.*Thomas Anuska, 35, of Greenport was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, failure to signal, refusal to submit to a breath test and failure to obey a traffic control device during a traffic stop by Deputies Brendan Filli and Kris Bauhoff April 15 at 3:15 a.m. Mr. Anuska was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Francis Abitabile and released on his own recognizance.

*Daniel K. Josefsberg, 34, of Austerlitz was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, speed in excess of 55 mph, improper license, failure to notify the department of motor vehicles of an address change, inoperative speedometer and inadequate exhaust system by Deputies Brendan Filli and Ian Boehme during a traffic stop on Route 66, Ghent, May 1 at 12:31 a.m. Arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Josefsberg was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.

*Karen Bullot, 48, of Spencertown was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, no License plate lamp and failure to signal by Deputies Brendan Filli and Joshua Oakes during a traffic stop on Route 66 in Chatham Village, April 24 at 1:56 a.m. She was released with tickets to appear in Village Court.  Also charged during the stop was Ms. Bullot’s friend, Eva Walters, 46, of Chatham, who was cited for second degree harassment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. A passenger in the Bullot vehicle, Ms. Walters allegedly kicked a deputy. She was issued tickets to appear in court.

*Jennifer Caruso, 28 of Wynantskill was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by New Lebanon Trooper Bryan Cloutier during a traffic stop on Route 20 in West Lebanon the night of May 3.

Troopers say the Caruso vehicle almost struck the patrol vehicle while it was involved in a different traffic stop. The trooper learned that Ms. Caruso was lost, having overshot the East Greenbush Walmart by more than 20 miles. Ms. Caruso, who police say is 8 months pregnant, allegedly had a .20% blood alcohol content, 2½ times the legal limit. She was also allegedly had marijuana. She was ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Court.

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