GREENPORT–Joseph B. Race, 26, of Joslen Boulevard was charged with the sexual abuse of a four-year-old child, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.
The now six-year-old victim reported to relatives this month that Mr. Race had subjected him to physical contact. The child’s mother contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which initiated an investigation.
Mr. Race was a family friend and the reported sexual abuse occurred during the summer and fall of 2010 when the family was staying at Mr. Race’s residence. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Race made admissions regarding his actions involving the boy, according to the release.
Charged with first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, Mr. Race was arrested November 14 at 4:55 p.m. by Sheriff’s Office Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Patrick Logue. He was arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He was to return to Greenport Court at a later date.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation.
Anyone with information about Mr. Race is asked to contact Sheriff’s investigators at 518 828-4316. The sheriff reminds anyone with information about child abuse to contact the state Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720 or a law enforcement agency.
Michael Trinka, 30, of Claverack was charged with one count of possessing a sexual performance of a child, a class E felony, and one count of promoting a sexual performance of a child, a class D felony, by State Police investigators at Livingston, November 12. The charges stem from an investigation initiated by the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Mr. Trinka was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Moore and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and was scheduled to appear in Claverack Court November 13. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. State Police at Livingston ask that anyone with additional information contact Investigator William Mulrein at 518 851-2893.
Robert A. Dandridge, Jr., 30, of Cottage Place, Stottville was charged in connection with a robbery in Hillsdale and burglaries in both Hillsdale and Claverack, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.
Mr. Dandridge, 30, allegedly robbed a person who resides on West End Road in Hillsdale, November 6. Wearing a mask, Mr. Dandridge allegedly went to the residence of a 77-year-old man and forcibly stole cash. The man contacted 911 who dispatched Sheriff’s patrols to the residence, the release said.
He is also charged with forcibly entering a residence on Craryville Road in Hillsdale and stealing property including jewelry and a television. No one was home at the time of that break-in.
Also, Livingston State Police Investigator Abdul Weed has charged Mr. Dandridge with the burglary of a residence on Dunbar Road in Claverack.
Mr. Dandridge was charged with second degree robbery, a class C felony; petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor; second degree burglary, a class C felony; fourth degree grand larceny and third degree criminal mischief, both class E felonies, by Sheriff’s Investigators Mark Dunspaugh, Patrick Logue and Anthony Brahm, November 16 at 2:55 p.m.
He was arraigned before Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore, was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bail bond and ordered to return to Livingston Court at a later date.
The Sheriff said that the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation which is continuing. More charges and arrests are probable.
Kinderhook State Police were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a reported criminal mischief complaint in Stuyvesant, November 14. Troopers responded to New Street and interviewed Zackary Brandley, 20, of Stuyvesant. Their investigation revealed that Mr. Brandley was allegedly involved in a property damage automobile accident involving two parked cars on New Street. While interviewing Mr. Brandley, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. He could not perform field sobriety tests. Mr. Brandley was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and issued tickets returnable in Stuyvesant Court, November 21.
*David W. Anderson, 49, of Hillsdale was charged on a Hillsdale Court bench warrant by Deputies Jason Garvey and Christopher Link, October 20 at 12:12 a.m. Mr. Anderson allegedly violated terms of his conditional discharge resulting in the issuance of the warrant. He was arraigned before Hillsdale Justice Russ Immarigeon, released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court at a later date.
*Kayla M. Ramos, 19, of Hudson was charged on a Hudson City Court warrant for second degree menacing and second degree harassment by Deputies Joshua Oakes and First Sergeant Wayne Lopez, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. Ms. Ramos was turned over to Hudson Police Officer Rowe for further processing.
*Kevin Clark, 51, of Taghkanic was charged on a bench warrant by Deputy Peter Merante, October 26 at 10:45 a.m. The warrant was issued by Acting Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Nichols after Mr. Clark allegedly violated the court-ordered terms and conditions of his release. Arraigned before Judge Nichols, Mr. Clark was sent to the county jail pending further court action.
*Sharon L. Schumann, 43, of Philmont was charged on a Ghent Court-issued bench warrant by Deputies Kelly Briscoe and Peter Grzeskow, October 30 at 11:20 a.m. Ms. Schumann allegedly failed to return to court as previously ordered. Arraigned in Austerlitz Court before Justice William Hogencamp, Ms. Schumann was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to Ghent Court.
*Brad Hapeman, 39, of Saugerties was charged on a Saugerties Village Court bench warrant by Deputies Joseph Bruno and Chad Shufelt, October 30 at 8 p.m. Mr. Hapeman was taken into custody as he was being released from the county jail on unrelated charges. He was turned over to Saugerties Village Police Officers for further processing.
*Ryan Puckett, 24, was charged on a Ghent Court-issued bench warrant by Deputies Thomas Bagnall and Kris Bauhoff, November 13 at 1:58 a.m. Mr. Puckett was turned over to deputies by Kinderhook troopers who detained him on the warrant. He was arraigned in Ghent Court before Justice Michael Bruno and was released upon paying an outstanding $300 fine.
*Darien Moore, 21, of Hudson was charged on a Greenport Court-issued warrant for fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Kelly Briscoe, November 5 at 6:01 p.m. Mr. Moore allegedly came into the county jail possessing the illegal substance. He was arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel, released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court at a later date.
*Matthew Murphy, 23, of Hillsdale was charged on a bench warrant for failure to appear in Hillsdale Court by Deputy David Proper, October 18 at 9:10 a.m. Arraigned before Town Justice Mark Cawley, Mr. Murphy was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond and ordered to return to court November 28.
*Peter Beckman, 44, of Gallatin was charged on a warrant for second degree assault, a class D felony, by Deputies Joshua Oakes and Kelly Briscoe, November 7 at 3:49 p.m. Mr. Beckman allegedly assaulted another inmate while in the county jail. Arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel, Mr. Beckman was sent back to jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond and directed to return to court at a later date.