One arrest doesn’t do trick for Stockport man, he goes for two

STOCKPORT–State Police from Kinderhook arrested William Svida, 51, of Stockport for fourth degree criminal mischief and harassment after a reported dispute, November 20.

Mr. Svida was arraigned in Stockport Court and released after an order of protection was issued. Later in the evening, troopers arrested Mr. Svida a second time for allegedly violating the just-issued order of protection.

He was charged with second degree criminal contempt.

Arraigned in Stockport Court, he was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $2,500 bail bond to return to court at a later date.

New Lebanon

Riley Groves, 22, of East Chatham was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and speeding by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, December 16.

Mr. Groves was pulled over for speeding on Route 20 and was found to allegedly possess metal knuckles, one of the deadly weapons listed in New York State Penal Law. He will appear in New Lebanon Town Court December 29.

*The Lebanon Valley Task Force was dispatched by Columbia County 911 December 26 at 7:47 a.m. for what was thought to be a chimney fire at the Johnson residence, 25 Tariqa Nur, New Lebanon. In the photo, Canaan Fire Captain Frank Lill pulls off the house siding to check for extension of blaze. Lebanon Valley, Canaan, East Chatham and Red Rock fire companies responded. A Canaan assistant chief was first on the scene and reported a structure fire. Residents of the home smelled smoke and thought it was related to the wood stove, but fire officials say the fire appears to be electrical in nature and started by the downstairs bathroom. Water was accessed at a pond on Chair Factory Road. A five-inch supply line was used. One firefighter was seen by the Chatham Rescue Squad for a minor hand injury. He was not taken to a hospital. All units were back in service at 10:45 a.m.


Fire ravaged much of a two-story Colonial-style home at 2540 Route 82, Ancram, just west of Wiltsie Bridge Road, December 23. Columbia County 911 dispatched Ancram firefighters at 1:56 p.m. for the fire that was seen by a passerby who then drove to the Ancram firehouse, about a mile away to report the blaze. Firefighters from Hillsdale, Copake and Taghkanic were called in to supply mutual aid. Millerton stood by in Copake’s quarters and Craryville firefighters stood by at their own quarters for Hillsdale. State Police assisted firefighters by manning hose lines. The rambling blue house was part of the estate of the late Luigi DeMaio. No one was at home when the fire broke out, but workmen had reportedly been at the house the day before the blaze. Fire Chief David Boice told newsman Lance Wheeler, who was on the scene, that the fire was fast-moving and water to douse the blaze was pumped from a pond on the grounds in front of the structure. The Community Rescue was on the scene. No injuries were reported. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was on the scene. The Columbia County Cause & Origin Team was called in to assist with the investigation, which is ongoing.


A 17-year-old Philmont boy was taken into custody by the Copake Police on a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant and was turned over to Deputies Toby VanAlstyne and Jeffrey Hofstetter, December 9 at 7 p.m. The warrant for third degree assault was in connection with an assault at the Taconic Hills School, December 2. Arraigned before Copake Justice John Spencer, the defendant was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to the Copake Court.


Jamie MacArthur, 30 of Ancram was charged on an arrest warrant for third degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was also charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle by Copake Police Officer Richard Michaels, December 19 at 8 p.m.

Deputy Cindy Madison took custody of Ms. MacArthur, who was arrested on the warrant issued November 8 by Copake Justice John Spencer. Arraigned in Copake Court, Ms. MacArthur was released on her own recognizance and directed to return to court January 23.


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

*Keith R. Clasen, 31, of Elizaville was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol by Deputies Ian Boehme and Brendan Filli, December 8 at 1:45 a.m. Mr. Clasen reportedly drove off the road on Snyderville Road, Gallatin and became stuck in a ditch. He was released with tickets directing him to appear in Gallatin Court.

*Christopher Geroux, 39, of Taghkanic charged with two class E felonies, driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with failure to keep right, uninspected motor vehicle and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change in address by Deputies Brendan Filli and Ian Boehme during a traffic stop on Route 23, Hillsdale, December 17 at 12:13 a.m. Arraigned in Hillsdale Court before Justice Russ Immarigeon, Mr. Geroux was released on $200 cash bail and ordered to return to court January 18.

*Matthew Haley, 24, of Halfmoon was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and speeding by Chatham Police, November 6 at 2:19 a.m. Mr. Haley was pulled over for speeding 60 mph in a 30 mph zone on Hudson Avenue. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in village court.

*Pawel Capala, 49, of Brooklyn was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, parking on the pavement and disorderly conduct by Chatham Police during a traffic stop on Coleman Street, November 5 at 10:57 p.m. Police saw a vehicle stopped in the driving lane on Coleman Street. The operator, Mr. Capala, was outside the vehicle standing at the driver’s door of a vehicle behind him. The officer asked if there was a problem. After further investigation, police took Mr. Capala into custody. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in village court.

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