Police arrest five in new Stuyvesant home invasion case

STUYVESANT–Five Hudson men were charged in connection with the latest of several home invasions in the county in recent months.

Kinderhook State Police responded to a 911 call at 11 County Route 25A, where the home invasion took place, Thursday, August 2 at about 12:30 a.m.

Police report that four men entered the residence, two of them bound the four occupants with duct tape, while the other two stole cash. At least one subject was armed with a knife, said police, and the fifth man remained outside to drive the getaway vehicle.

A search of the nearby area by State Police, a State Police K-9 and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies resulted in the apprehension of all five suspects allegedly involved in the home invasion burglary.

Charged with first degree burglary, a class B felony, were: Frederick W. Williams, 23; Jeremy T. Cobbins, 24; Miguel A. Alcarez, 20; Joseph A. Speed, 26, and Bobby C. Smith, 20, all of Hudson.

The men were arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Mr. Williams was additionally charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, because he allegedly attempted to hit a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy with a speeding motor vehicle used in the commission of the crime.

*Alexander A. Milne, 19, of Stuyvesant was charged on a warrant for neglect of impounded animal and torture/injure/not feeding an animal under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law by Deputy Joshua Oakes, May 27 at 7:27 p.m.

Mr. Milne allegedly failed to provide food and water to a dog that was confined to a cage for several hours.

Arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Justice Carrie O’Hare, Mr. Milne was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to court at a later date. Investigator Andrea Walker of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society assisted in the investigation.



State Police investigators from Livingston and Kinderhook Troopers charged Malcolm Gray, 20, of Highland with one count of first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, and endangering the welfare of a

child, a class A misdemeanor, August 7.

Mr. Gray allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, who was attending the Town of Kinderhook summer recreational program at the Kinderhook Town Park.

At the time of the incident, Mr. Gray was employed by the town and was working in his official capacity as a recreational program counselor. The investigation is currently ongoing, but police believe this is an isolated incident. Following his arrest, Mr. Gray was arraigned before Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

State Police ask anyone with information or concerns about the incident to contact the Livingston barracks at 518 851-2001 or 518 851-3111.



Jason Earley, 42, of Stockport was charged with third degree menacing, a class B misdemeanor, by Deputy Andrew Broockmann, July 23 at 2:10 p.m. Mr. Earley voluntarily turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office.

He allegedly made verbal threats of physical violence against a 44-year-old man July 22. He was released with a ticket to answer the charge in Stockport Court.



Six residents of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth were charged following an investigation into the burglary of a house on the farm center campus.

New Lebanon State Police were advised Saturday, July 1 afternoon that late Friday night, the home of one of the center’s senior staff members had been illegally entered and belongings inside taken.

The investigation revealed that several teens on the campus left their residential cottages without permission and allegedly committed various crimes. After two days of interviews, the following were arrested:

*a 15 year old male, formerly of Roosevelt, for felony second degree burglary and misdemeanor making a punishable false written statement

*a 14 year old male, formerly of White Plains, for second degree burglary and making a punishable false written statement

*a 16 year old male, formerly of Middleburgh, for second degree burglary and making a punishable false written statement

*a 15 year old male, formerly of Hoosick Falls, for second degree burglary

*a 15 year old male, formerly of Albany, for misdemeanor fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property

*William Richardson, 17, formerly of Mamaroneck, for second degree burglary and making a punishable false written statement.

The 14 and 15-year-olds, because of their ages, were issued Columbia County Family Court appearance tickets and were returned to the care of Berkshire Farm Center staff.

William and the 16-year-old were arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. They were to return to court at a later date. Trooper John La Plante conducted the investigation and made the arrests.



Matthew R. Johnson, 27, of Philmont was charged on a warrant for third degree bail jumping by Deputy Joshua Oakes, May 12 at 1:05 p.m.

The warrant was issued by Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore after Mr. Johnson failed to appear in court as directed.

Arraigned before Justice Moore, Mr. Johnson was sent to the county jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond and directed to return to town court at a later date.



Deputy Thomas Bagnall and Sheriff’s Sergeant Donald Krapf investigated the collision of two vehicles and three cows, May 18 at 1:56 a.m.

Melissa E. Jennings, 26, of Chatham was driving her 2006 Subaru south on State Route 203, south of the Merwin Road intersection, when several cows entered the roadway.

The Jennings vehicle collided with two of the cows. She complained of abrasions to her left wrist but did not seek medical assistance.  A second vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Frank Mochrie, 51, of Chatham was headed north on Route 203 and was unable to avoid striking a third cow. Mr. Mochrie complained of lower back pain but did not seek medical treatment at the scene. The cows were put down by their owner, Robert Mitchell of Kinderhook due to their injuries.



Charles Dingman, 41, of was charged with trespass and second degree harassment by Deputies Joshua Oakes and Marcus Hickey, May 27 at 10:30 p.m.

Mr. Dingman is accused of trespassing on a man’s Arthur Avenue property and verbally threatening the man. Mr. Dingman was issued appearance tickets to answer the charges in Greenport Court.



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

*Terry A. Lown, 46, of Germantown was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police, May 12 at 10:10 p.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Lown after they saw the northbound pickup truck he was driving on State Route 9, Clermont enter the southbound lane. Troopers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Mr. Lown was unable to complete sobriety field tests. He was taken to the Livingston barracks but refused to submit to a breath test. He was issued tickets returnable in Clermont Court.

*Steven Rosen, 24, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and failure to keep right by Deputies Jason Garvey and Ian Boehme, May 13 at 1:48 a.m. Deputies were called to investigate a personal injury automobile crash on Bashford Road, Chatham. They report that Mr. Rosen lost control of his 1992 Toyota pickup truck, went off the road and struck a tree. Mr. Rosen complained of an eye injury and his passenger, Casey Winters, 24, of Chatham was taken by private vehicle to Albany Medical Center for a head laceration. Mr. Rosen was issued tickets to answer the charges in Chatham Town Court.

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