Greenport man charged with sexual abuse of toddler

GREENPORT–Wesley P. Davis, Sr., 63 of Becraft Avenue was charged with first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, January 31 at 5:10 p.m., Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr., said in a press release.

Mr. Davis is charged with sexually abusing a three-year-old child, who is related to him. The abuse occurred at his residence on different occasions while he was babysitting the child, between June and November 2011.  Mr. Davis did make admissions to Sheriff’s investigators about his actions, said the release.

The Dr. Stephen and Suzanna Menkes Child Advocacy Center in Greenport as well as District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office are also involved in the investigation.   
Mr. Davis was taken into custody by Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Patrick Logue.  He was arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel and sent to the county jail without bail. He returns to Greenport Court on February 3.

The investigation continues and anyone with information about Mr. Davis is asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Branch at 518 828-4316.

Philmont

Homeowner Meg Cassin returned from a 20-minute walk with her dogs the morning of January 31, to find her three-story house at 10 Ark Street ablaze.

When she got home she said she thought the smoke from her woodstove smelled funny, according to newsman Lance Wheeler, who was shooting footage at the scene. Ms. Cassin called for help, but Philmont Fire Chief Vernon Higgins said the house was gone when they got there. Philmont, Claverack and Mellenville firefighters were called at 11:41 a.m. and battled the fire into the afternoon. Firefighters initially had trouble pumping water from the nearby Philmont reservoir. Ms. Cassin said that she had lived in the house for the past 15 years and that the mortgage was scheduled to be paid off in less than a year.

The Greenport Rescue Squad was also on the scene. Churchtown stoodby for Claverack. Craryville stoodby for Philmont. Greenport stoodby in their own quarters. New York State Electric and Gas disconnected the power. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office and State Police were on the scene. The Columbia County Cause and Origin Team is investigating.

Greenport

Greenport Police charged two suspects allegedly involved in a grand larceny from Lowe’s home improvement center.

Police say, on November 30, 2011, the pair entered the store and brought two Dyson Vacuums into the garden area. One man distracted the cashier while the other took the items out to their truck. The vacuums are valued at $1,100. Surveillance cameras captured the suspects committing the crime. Their license plate number was obtained from the video which lead to the arrest.

David Messmore, 43, and Keith Anderson, 45, both of Schenectady were charged with fourth degree grand larceny and fifth degree conspiracy.

Mr. Messore was charged after a traffic stop in Loundonville on January 18 and Mr. Anderson turned himself into State Police in Loundonville, January 25. Both were arraigned before Justice Robert Brenzel and bail was set at $3,000. They are currently at the Columbia County Jail. Sergeant Steven Keyser led the investigation.

*John E. Ronsani, 52, of Columbiaville was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to keep right and uninspected motor vehicle by Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Merante, December 29 at 8:23 p.m.

The sergeant investigated a one-car property damage crash on Fairview Avenue near the Columbia Plaza. His investigation revealed that Mr. Ronsani lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons, left the roadway, struck a utility pole and fled the scene. He was later found at his residence.  Mr. Ronsani will answer the charges in Greenport Court at a later date.

Hudson

Heather Johnson, 42, of Hudson was charged on a Columbia County Court Warrant of Probationer by Deputy Peter Grzeskow, November 27 at 10:31 a.m. Ms. Johnson was originally convicted March 17, 2010 of felony fourth degree grand larceny and was subsequently sentenced May 12, 2010 to a period of probation. The warrant was issued by Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols. Ms. Johnson was sent to the county jail pending further county court proceedings.

Blue Stores

Charles Croshier, 19, of Red Hook was charged with second degree menacing, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class A misdemeanors, and second degree harassment by Deputy Andrew Broockmann, November 25 at 2:04 p.m.

Mr. Croshier allegedly possessed a shotgun and made verbal threats to someone while in Blue Stores, November 18. Mr. Croshier was charged when he voluntarily came to the Sheriff’s Office. He was released with appearance tickets to answer the charges in Livingston Court.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Duke M. Huyck, Jr., 19, of Valatie and a 16-year-old male of Stuyvesant, not identified by deputies were each charged with unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21 by Deputy Travis VanAlstyne during a traffic stop on Main Street, Kinderhook, November 11 at 10 p.m. Both teens were issued appearance tickets to answer the charge in Kinderhook Town Court.

*James B. Tefft, 25, of Catskill was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor by Deputy Thomas Bagnall and Sheriff’s Sergeant Donald Krapf during an investigation into an underage drinking party on Route 9G in Germantown, November 13 at 1:41 a.m. Arraigned in Germantown Court, Mr. Tefft was sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. He was to return to court at a later date.

*Jonnierose Stockton, 28, of Stockport was charged with the class E felony of driving while intoxicated and tinted windows by Deputies Brendan Filli and Thomas Bagnall during a traffic stop on State Route 9, Stockport, November 18 at 12:24 a.m. Arraigned in Stockport Court by Town Justice Harold Horner, Ms. Stockton was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court at a later date.

*Robert Dauley, 39, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle without insurance, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to keep right and no license plate lamp by Deputies Brendan Filli and Ian Boehme during a traffic stop on State Route 66, Ghent, November 23 at 11:47 p.m. Mr. Dauley was arraigned before Justice David Harrison, Sr., and sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond. He was ordered to return to court at a later date.

*Krista Montie, 41, of East Greenbush was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding by Trooper Bryan Cloutier, November 24. Ms. Montie was pulled over on Route 20, New Lebanon for traveling at 70 mph, Thanksgiving evening. A subsequent revealed a .12% blood alcohol concentration. She was to answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Joseph Guile, Jr., 23, of Averill Park was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation during a traffic stop for speeding on Route 20, West Lebanon by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, November 24. Mr. Guile was found to have a suspended driver’s license and to be under the influence of drugs by the trooper who also found him to be in possession of marijuana. He will answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Christopher Ladue, 21, of Elizaville was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and moving from lane unsafely by Deputies Brendan Filli and Ian Boehme, November 24 at 4:49 a.m. The arrest came following an investigation into a personal injury automobile crash on County Route 19 in Livingston. He will answer the charges in Livingston Court.

*Derek Hunt, 29, of Germantown was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, January 7. Troopers were investigating a complaint in Germantown when Mr. Hunt drove up to the residence and almost struck the troopers standing in the driveway. After talking to Mr. Hunt troopers determined that he was intoxicated. He was released with tickets returnable in Germantown Court January 25.

*Shaun Huls, Jr., 21, of Canaan was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi during a traffic stop in West Lebanon, January 14.

Stopped for not having a front license plate on his car, Mr. Huls was found to be driving under the influence of marijuana. A passenger, Carolann Gianfrancesco, 20, of Chatham Center, was also found with marijuana and was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The pair will answer the charges in New Lebanon Court. 

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