KINDERHOOK — State Police here and in Livingston are investigating the reported robbery of the Valatie-area Xtra Mart convenience store on State Route 9.
The lone store clerk reported that at 12:30 a.m. January 18, two male subjects dressed in dark clothing, wearing hooded sweatshirts and ski masks entered the store and demanded cash. They implied they had a weapon, though none was displayed.
The pair left the store on foot headed in a southerly direction across the parking lot with an undetermined amount of cash, according to Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano, who said the crooks disappeared behind a snow bank.
No one was hurt during the robbery. State Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the Livingston State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (518) 851-2001.
State Police at Livingston located Gwendolyn Fuks, 51, of Ghent, January 14.
Ms Fuks was reported missing December 30 and was last seen in Albany. She contacted the State Police after seeing news reports about herself as being reported missing.
She told police that she left the state for personal reasons. Another police agency verified that Ms. Fuks is alive and well. State Police thanked the media for their assistance in the matter.
Michael Smith, 34, of Germantown was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Livingston State Police, January 1.
Troopers were called to investigate a dispute call at Mr. Smith’s residence.
He allegedly broke the telephone there to prevent an emergency call to the police about the situation. He was released with a ticket to appear in Germantown Court.
John Grenon, 19, of Hillsdale was charged with fourth degree grand larceny by Livingston State Police, January 1.
Troopers were called to a Hillsdale residence to investigate a report about stolen cash.
Mr. Grenon was allegedly housesitting at the residence when the cash was stolen. He was released with a ticket to appear in Hillsdale Court.
Livingston State Police investigated a one-car personal injury auto accident on the Taconic State Parkway, December 25.
Troopers determined that Bruno Kehmerker, 88, of Chatham fell asleep while driving, went off the roadway and hit a tree. The Milan Ambulance Squad took Mr. Kehmerker to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie for treatment of head and neck pain.
Lucio C. Loyola, 28, of Valatie was charged with third degree assault by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant John DeRocha, December 16 at 7:35 p.m.
Mr. Loyola allegedly kicked and punched a woman in the mouth and nose during a dispute, December 15.
Arraigned in Valatie Village Court, Mr. Loyola was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and was directed to return to court at a later date.
Jose Martin Colon, 25, of Catskill was charged with fourth degree conspiracy, third degree grand larceny (value greater than $3,000), third degree criminal possession of stolen property and second degree burglary (with intent to commit a crime in a dwelling) by Catskill Police, who turned him over to Hudson Police Officer Jacob R Hoffman, III, January 10 at 2:40 p.m.
Mr. Colon was charged an active Hudson City Court arrest warrant.
He allegedly entered a Warren Street residence and stole numerous items from it in July 2010. Mr. Colon was held for arraignment.
Also charged in connection with the same crime was Omar Fuentes, 32, of Hudson, who was charged with fourth degree conspiracy, third degree grand larceny (value greater than $3,000), third degree criminal possession of stolen property and second degree burglary (with intent to commit a crime in a dwelling) by Officer Daniel T. Scali, January 11 at 10:33 a.m.
Mr. Fuentes was charged on an active warrant at 718 Columbia Street. He allegedly made an agreement with others to enter and remain unlawfully at a Warren Street address with the intent to steal property valued in excess of $3,000. Mr. Fuentes was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond. An investigation into the case is continuing.
*Matthew Mulvahney, 27, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property), third degree criminal possession weapon (previous conviction) and third degree attempted assault (with intent to cause physical injury) by Officer James P. Nero, January 6, 6:45 a.m.
Mr. Mulvahney was arrested after an incident at the Devereux Foundation, 89 Green Street, in which he allegedly attempted to assault a staff member with a fire extinguisher and a hole punch, by swinging them and using them as weapons. He allegedly also damaged an office door. The staff member did not sustain any injuries.
Mr. Mulvahney was arraigned by Judge Richard Koweek and released.
*Amanda M. Howley, 20, of Catskill was charged with endangering welfare of child by Officer Jacob Hoffman, III, January 9 at 2:22 p.m.
Police were called to a dispute a 1 Spring Street. Their investigation revealed that Ms. Howley allegedly threw a chair at a man while in close proximity to a five-month old boy. She was issued a ticket to appear in City Court at a later date.
*Johnny L Copeland, 21, of Albany and Meleke Shalay Hall, 26, of Hudson were each charged with disorderly conduct (obstructing traffic) by Officer Rodney A. Waithe, January 10 at 1:39 a.m.
The two allegedly blocked vehicular traffic on the 200 block of Columbia Street after repeated warnings by police to stay out of the road.
Both were issued appearance tickets returnable in City Court at a later date.
Ryan Gildersleeve, 19, of Valatie was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment by Kinderhook State Police, December 17.
Mr. Gildersleeve allegedly punching someone and broke that person’s glasses. He was released with a ticket to appear in Kinderhook Town Court.
The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:
*Nathaniel Jennings, 21, of Chatham was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, by Livingston State Police, January 17.
Troopers pulled over a vehicle for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in Taghkanic.
Mr. Jennings, a passenger in the vehicle, allegedly had more than an ounce of cocaine in his possession.
Arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore, Mr. Jennings was sent to jail without bail pending a future court appearance.
The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Akin, 21, of Old Chatham was charged with speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was issued tickets to appear in Taghkanic Court at a later date.
*Steven J. Alger, 22, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police in early morning hours of January 15.
Troopers saw a vehicle in the parking lot of the Greenport Dunkin’ Donuts. The operator inside appeared to be unconscious and unresponsive. When they approached the vehicle to check on the operator’s well being, they found him to be intoxicated. Mr. Alger was unable to perform field sobriety tests. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana. During a chemical test at the Livingston barracks, his blood alcohol content was recorded at .11%, according to police. He was issued tickets to appear in Greenport Court at a later date and was released to a third party.
*Timothy Byrnes, 20, of Merrick was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police, January 11. Mr. Byrnes was a passenger in a car stopped on Route 82 in Livingston for driving erratically. Mr. Byrnes allegedly had marijuana and Xanax pills. The driver of the vehicle, Devin O’Conner, 21, of Merrick was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Both were issued tickets to appear in Livingston Court.
*Ra-Lon Wilson, 16, of Albany was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by New Lebanon State Police December 29.
Police say staff at Berkshire Farm found crack cocaine and a prescription pill outside its original container in his possession. Ra-Lon was released with a ticket to appear in Canaan Court.
*Andrew F. Locurto, 19, of Manhasset, and Daniel R. Ryniker, 18, of Garden City were each charged with unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21 and unlawful possession of marijuana by Deputies Heath Benansky and Peter Grzeskow during a traffic stop in Copake, January 5. Mr. Locurto, who was driving, was also charged with speeding, illegally signal from a parked position, driving the left of the pavement markings and tinted windows. Both were allegedly in possession of marijuana and open containers of an alcoholic beverage. They were issued tickets to appear in Copake Court at a later date.
*Sean Austin, 21, of East Greenbush was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police, December 30. Troopers report finding Mr. Austin passed out over the steering wheel of his car in a snow bank off State Route 9 in Clermont. He was issued tickets and released.
*Kayla E. Jamieson, 30, of Craryville was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated by Deputies Heath Benansky and David Proper, January 4. Deputies say that Ms. Jamieson was driving west on County Route 11 in Taghkanic, when she rounded a curve, lost control of her vehicle and went off the road. She was issued tickets to appear in Taghkanic Court.