Man, 37, charged with sex crimes against 13-year-old

GREENPORT–Paul Saxe, 37, of Cairo was charged with several sex-related crimes, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Deputy Andrew Broockmann and Greenport Police Officer Andrew Tanzillo went to check out a report about suspicious activity in a parking lot off Graham Avenue, Sunday, February 19 at about 9:30 p.m.


They found a vehicle with Mr. Saxe and a 13-year-old girl inside. Interviews with both parties revealed that Mr. Saxe was allegedly engaging in sexual activity with the girl.

When Mr. Saxe was subsequently interviewed further by Sheriff’s Investigator John Rivero, the sheriff said, he made more admissions about his sexual conduct with the girl, whom he met on the Internet.

Mr. Saxe was charged with second degree rape, a class D felony, endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching and second degree sexual abuse, all class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Broockmann and Investigator Rivero, the same night at 9:57 p.m. He was arraigned before Greenport Justice Francis Abitable and sent to the Columbia County Jail pending a later return to court.

The Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center in Greenport as well as District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office are also assisting in the investigation, which is continuing. The sheriff asks anyone with information about Mr. Saxe to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518 828-4316.


Anthony G. Link, 27 of Stuyvesant was charged with one count of disseminating indecent material to a minor, a class D felony, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police investigators at Livingston, February 21.

Livingston BCI in conjunction with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into inappropriate sexual communication via a social networking site between Mr. Link and a minor. Mr. Link allegedly illegally talked about sexual activities with the girl and disseminated lewd photos to her over the course of several months.

He was arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail to reappear in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

State Police encourage parents to monitor their children’s activities on the Internet and social networking sites.

*Jordan Tipple, 30, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and Larry Edelman, December 7 at 4:29 p.m.

Mr. Tipple was allegedly in the company of individuals he had been ordered by the Stuyvesant Town Court to stay away from. He was arraigned before Stuyvesant Justice Carrie O’Hare and was released on his own recognizance.

*Charles Ouellette, 35, of Stuyvesant was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment by Kinderhook Troopers T. Jackson and E. Harris, December 21.

Mr. Ouelette allegedly broke items in a Stuyvesant residence and allegedly threatened a person in the house. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court, where he was released by the judge to reappear at a later date.


Richard Blahut, 50, of Stanfordville was charged with one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony, and one count of possession of burglar’s

tools by State Police at Livingston, February 27.

Troopers and investigators responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person walking around a residence on Near Road. When police got there, they found Mr. Blahut inside the residence with some cut copper piping and wiring, which he had allegedly removed from the basement prior to the troopers’ arrival.

Blahut was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Moore and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Mr. Blahut was ordered to reappear in Gallatin Court at a later date.


A noise complaint landed a local resident in State Police custody early the morning of February 26. New Lebanon troopers were called to the usually quiet Austerlitz hamlet, where they reportedly found Joseph Walters, 20, of Spencertown and some guests playing “beer pong” in a shed. Police say, among the drinkers were a 20-year-old Ghent woman and a 15-year-old Chatham boy. Troopers John La Plante and Bart Van Buren seized almost two cases of beer and charged Mr. Walters with unlawfully dealing with a child and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. He was issued tickets to appear in Austerlitz Court March 14.


Donna Kryzckowski, 46, of Livingston was charged with five counts of issuing a bad check and on an outstanding Hudson Court bench warrant by Deputies Brian Molinski and Peter Grzeskow, February 5 at 9:21 a.m.

Mrs. Kryzckowski allegedly issued five checks to a business in Elizaville without sufficient funds to cover them in 2010.

Her husband, Joseph Kryzckowski, 51, also of Livingston was charged with second degree obstructing governmental administration. He allegedly repeatedly lied to deputies by telling them that his wife was living in another state because he knew she was wanted.

Arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore, Mr. Kryzckowski was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bail bond. Mrs. Kryzckowski was also arraigned before Judge Moore and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond. They will both return to the Livingston Court at a later date.


A resident of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth who went AWOL from the campus the evening of December 2 faces charges for the theft of a bicycle. The 14-year-old youth, originally from Schaghticoke, allegedly stole the bike from a Canaan home not far from the campus. He allegedly rode the bike into New Lebanon, where he was caught on private property near the Theater Barn on Route 20. The boy was charged with petit larceny by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi and was issued a ticket to appear in Columbia County Family Court.

Explosive fire

Three fire companies–Craryville, Hillsdale and Taghkanic–were pressed into service just after 3 a.m. Thursday, February 23 for a house fire at 176 Berkshire Road, Taghkanic. Neighbors near the home told 911 dispatchers they heard explosions then saw flames coming from the A-framed home. Upon his arrival, Craryville Fire Chief William Baker reported that the house was engulfed in flames, along with a car. According to Chief Baker, the residents were on vacation in Florida. The Columbia County Cause and Origin team was called to the scene to investigate. The Community Rescue Squad and someone from the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office were on the scene, along with Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, who assisted and New York State Electric and Gas was summoned to cut power to the house. Units remained on the scene into the afternoon.

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