Concern about severed limbs (from tree) lead to assault charge

GREENPORT–Unneighborly behavior resulted in the arrest of a Greenport man for third degree assault April 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Greenport Police Officers Matthew Chase and Patrick Meister took Bradley Sigler, 70, into custody after he got into a dispute with his neighbor over tree limbs overhanging his property.

Mr. Sigler cut the offending limbs, according to Greenport Police Chief Kevin Marchetto, and instead of placing them at the curb for pickup by the town’s Highway Department as instructed, he threw the limbs on his neighbor’s lawn.

When the neighbor went to speak to Mr. Sigler about his inappropriate disposal of the limbs, Mr. Sigler allegedly became combative and pushed the woman off his steps, causing her to fall.

He then allegedly proceeded to punch the 50-year-old woman numerous times while she was on the ground.

The woman was able to retreat to her vehicle, locked herself inside, called police and waited for them to arrive. She received a cut on her nose, scrapes and a bruised knee. The Greenport Rescue Squad administered medical care for her injuries. Mr. Sigler was arraigned before Justice Francis Abitabile in Greenport Court and was released on his own recognizance until a future court appearance.

*Brittany Gillis, 22, of Hudson was charged with second degree reckless endangerment by Greenport Police Officer Patrick Meister, April 18 at 10:10 p.m.

According to police, Ms. Gillis was sitting in her vehicle, waiting for her ex-boyfriend to come out of the Walmart on Fairview Avenue. When she saw him in the parking lot, she allegedly drove her vehicle toward him and stopped just short of striking him. She then allegedly attempted to back into his vehicle while he was trying to get in it.

Arraigned before Justice Francis Abitabile in Greenport Court, Ms. Gillis was released on her own recognizance until a future court date.

*Brittany Halligan, 23, of Chatham was charged with six counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony, and one count of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by Greenport Police Sergeant Steven Keyser, April 22.

Ms. Halligan allegedly cashed and possessed a series forged checks that she took from a family member. She cashed the checks totaling $1,200 at TD Bank in Greenport.

She was arraigned before Justice Francis Abitabile and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

*Trooper Brennan Keeler was conducting a traffic stop on Fairview Avenue when his right arm was struck by the side-view mirror of a passing car, April 21.

The trooper then pulled over the vehicle that allegedly hit him, which was driven by Bart Delaney, 36, of Hudson. Mr. Delaney was charged with a violation of the state Move Over Law, aggravated unlicensed operation for operating his vehicle with an expired and suspended license, unlawful possession of marijuana and on an Orange County Sheriff’s Office warrant for a violation of navigation law.

He was issued appearance tickets to return to Greenport Court and was ultimately turned over to the custody of Orange County deputies.

Kinderhook

State Police made a second arrest as a result of an ongoing investigation into a March 18 underage drinking party in Kinderhook.

Christopher M. Mastrianni, 29, of East Greenbush was charged with one count of first degree unlawfully dealing with a child by State Police at East Greenbush, April 21.

Mr. Mastrianni allegedly purchased alcohol for some teenagers the day before the party took place.

He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in East Greenbush Court April 28. The investigation is continuing.

Livingston

Philip J. Schools, 23, of Livingston was charged on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of driving without a license, inadequate safety glass and unlawful possession of marijuana by Deputy Brian Molinski, March 23 at 8:44 a.m.

The warrant was issued by Livingston Town Justice Harold G. Weaver, Jr., who arraigned Mr. Schools and sent him to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Louis Kolonic, 46, of Lebanon Springs was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container in violation of the Public Health Law by State Police from Livingston, March 5.

Mr. Kolonic allegedly possessed cocaine, and assorted prescription pills during a vehicle and traffic stop on State Route 22, Hillsdale. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

*Jerome Carr, 34, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, March 6.

Troopers responded to a one-car rollover accident on State Route 9, Stockport and found the driver, Mr. Carr him to be intoxicated. He was released on tickets returnable to Stockport Court.

*Gregory Reed, 22, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston during a stop for vehicle and traffic law violations on State Route 66, Ghent, March 6. He was released on tickets returnable in Ghent Court.

*Justin Williams, 20, of Stephentown was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper John La Plante during a traffic stop on Route 20 in West Lebanon, March 11.

Troopers say, Mr. Williams, the driver of the car, was found in possession of marijuana and was driving under the drug’s influence. The passenger, Jared Nelson, 18, of Stephentown was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper Bryan Cloutier. Both men will answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Cody Travis of West Lebanon and Jacob LeBlanc of Canaan, both 19, were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, March 12.

The trooper was on patrol when he noticed a young man drinking a beer in the middle of School House Road. He stopped to check out the situation and found three cases of beer but no one old enough to possess it. Both teens were ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Court.

*David Silverstein, 23, of Germantown was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated by State Police at Rhinebeck during a traffic stop on Route 9, Hyde Park, March 12. He was released to a relative and issued traffic tickets returnable in Hyde Park Court.

*Gerald Simmons, 28, of Gallatin was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston during a stop for vehicle and traffic violations on Tory Hill Road, Hillsdale, March 10. He was released with tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court.

*Matthew Pottenburgh, 21, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Kinderhook during a traffic stop for inadequate tail lights on the truck he was driving on Main Street, Valatie, March 13. After Mr. Pottenburgh could not perform sobriety tests, he was taken to the Kinderhook substation where he submitted to a breath test, which showed a .15% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in Valatie Court.

*Jonathan C. Caraballo, 22, of Brewster was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, inadequate exhaust and failure to keep right by Deputy Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on State Route 82, Gallatin, March 11 at 10:23 a.m. Mr. Caraballo was released to a third party with tickets directing him to appear in Gallatin Court.

*Scott Gendreau, 39, of Ancram was charged with driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, improper passing and unsafe turn by State Police at Livingston, March 13. Troopers stopped Mr. Gendreau for operating his vehicle erratically on State Route 82 in Taghkanic. They detected an alcoholic beverage odor on him and he could not complete roadside sobriety tests. He submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .14% blood alcohol content. He was charged under Leandra’s Law because there was a three-year-old child in the car, who was subsequently turned over to family members. Mr. Gendreau was arraigned in Taghkanic Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear at a later date.

*Desiree Graziano, 31, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, March 13. Troopers say they pulled her over after they saw her fail to stop at a stop sign in Valatie. While interviewing Ms. Graziano, troopers detected the odor of alcohol and say Ms. Graziano could not perform roadside sobriety tests. She was taken into custody and submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .09% blood alcohol content. She was issued tickets returnable in Valatie Court.

*Tishama N. Wright, 34, of Claverack was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle without a license, uninspected motor vehicle and inadequate exhaust by Deputies Jason Garvey and Brendan Filli during a traffic stop in Greenport, March 18 at 4:05 a.m. Ms. Wright will answer the charges in Greenport  Court.

*A passenger in the Wright vehicle, Lisa Risch, 41, of Hudson was charged by Deputies Garvey and Filli, March 18 at 4:05 a.m. on a bench warrant issued by Hudson City Court Judge Richard Koweek.

The warrant was for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ms. Risch was also charged with criminal impersonation after she allegedly provided false information to the deputies about her identity to prevent being arrested on the warrant. She was released on an appearance ticket for the impersonation charge and directed to appear in the Greenport Court. She was then turned over to Hudson Police on the City Court bench warrant for further processing.

*Michael Smith, Jr., 21, of Hudson was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, parking on the pavement, inadequate safety glass and illegal license plate by Deputy Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on State Route 203, Kinderhook, March 19 at 6:38 p.m. Mr. Smith was issued tickets to appear in Kinderhook Court and released to family members.

*Walter E. Jackson, 63, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident by Chatham Police, April 9 at 8:21 p.m. Police stopped Mr. Jackson after he struck and knocked down a road sign in Central Square in Chatham Village, then allegedly left the scene without stopping or reporting the accident. Police determined that Mr. Jackson had just left a local establishment and was intoxicated. He was arraigned and released with a later court date in village court.

*Christopher Williams, 27, of Hudson was charged on a Ghent Court bench warrant for failure to appear on two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and two violations of the Public Health Law related to controlled substances and hypodermic instruments, March 19 at 3:31 a.m. Deputies Brendan Filli and Vernon Doyle took custody of Mr. Williams after he was arrested by Catskill Police. Arraigned before Claverack Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Williams was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond and ordered to appear in Ghent Court.

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