Police charge Dutchess man with SAFE Act violation

NEW LEBANON—A Dutchess County man was charged with violating the New York Safe Act as the result of a traffic stop by State Police at New Lebanon, May 12 at 9:45 p.m.

Troopers pulled over Gregory D. Dean, Jr., 31, of Hopewell Junction on State Route 22 for having an inadequate license plate lamp. When they interviewed the driver, they saw a handgun partially covered by a sweatshirt on the front passenger seat. Their investigation revealed that the Smith and Wesson semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun was legally owned by Mr. Dean. But when troopers unloaded the weapon, they found that the magazine contained nine rounds of ammunition rather than the limit of seven rounds, as required by the New York State SAFE Act.

Mr. Dean was also found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license. He was charged with unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and with a Vehicle and Traffic Law infraction. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court, May 23.

Philmont

David Cowles, 27, of Claverack was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, fourth degree criminal mischief, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and third degree assault by Deputies Toby VanAlstyne and Joseph Bruno, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Mr. Cowles was at a woman’s home in Philmont when he allegedly began breaking outdoor furniture and threw items at the victim and in the area of a young child. A neighbor attempted to intervene and was allegedly assaulted by Mr. Cowles. He was arraigned by Claverack Justice Michael Brandon and sent to the county jail to return to Philmont Village Court May 23.

*Adriana M. Rodriquez, 22, of Philmont was charged with disorderly conduct by Deputies Jeffrey Hofstetter and Patrick Mayo, May 2 at 3:25 p.m.

Ms. Rodriquez was involved in a dispute during which she allegedly fought in public and caused a disturbance. Arraigned before Ghent Justice David Harrison, Sr., she was released on her own recognizance and directed to return to Philmont Village Court May 23.

Claverack

Richard W. Williams, 39, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputies Jeffrey Hofstetter and Louis Bray, May 1 at 8:25 p.m.

Mr. Williams allegedly went to a residence on Route 23B in violation of an order of protection. When deputies arrived, Mr. Williams exited the residence through the rear door and was apprehended. Arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Williams was sent to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bail bond, to return to court May 21.

Valatie

Steve Mazal, 36, of Valatie was charged fourth degree criminal mischief, second degree harassment and disorderly conduct by State Police, May 8.

Mr. Mazal was involved in a dispute at his residence.

He was arraigned before Kinderhook Village Justice David Dellehunt and was released on his own recognizance to appear in Kinderhook Town Court May 21.

*David Agan, Jr., 39, of Valatie was charged with second degree criminal contempt by State Police from Livingston, May 13.

Troopers were on routine patrol in Claverack when they saw a vehicle in a local business parking lot during non-business hours. Their investigation revealed that Mr. Agan was allegedly in the presence of someone who he was order to refrain from having contact with by an active order of protection. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released to reappear June 18.

Livingston

Jeremy O. Decker, 21, of Hudson was charged on an arrest warrant for failure to appear by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Kris Bauhoff, May 6 at 11:35 p.m.

Mr. Decker was originally arrested and charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, unlicensed driver, unsafe tire, failure to use designated lane and failure to keep right, March 9. He was issued tickets to appear in court March 14 and failed to do so, resulting in the issuance of the warrant by Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore, April 30. Arraigned before Judge Moore, Mr. Decker was sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond and ordered to return to town court at a later date.

Greenport

Mitchell Brandow, 52, of Hudson was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving, failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to comply with police officer, petit larceny, fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property and failure to obey a traffic control device by Deputies Patrick Mayo and Andrew Broockmann, April 28 at 7:22 p.m.

Deputies were dispatched to a business in the Fairview Plaza where Mr. Brandow had allegedly committed a larceny. Before deputies got there, Mr. Brandow had allegedly exited the plaza in a vehicle, making an illegal turn after he had struck a wall at the Burger King Restaurant. He allegedly continued driving at a high rate of speed headed east on Healy Boulevard. Several vehicles were forced to take evasive action when the Brandow vehicle swerved into the westbound lane nearly striking them. Mr. Brandow allegedly pulled into the ShopRite parking lot and attempted to conceal his vehicle from deputies behind a wooden fence. Greenport Town Justice Francis Abitabile was contacted and he directed deputies to issue Mr. Brandow tickets to return to court at a later date.

*Aquintis Dempsey, 22, of Hudson was charged with disorderly conduct by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Kris Bauhoff, May 7 at 1:37 a.m.

Mr. Dempsey was allegedly skateboarding in the driving lane of State Route 9. He allegedly obstructed vehicular traffic and refused to get out of the road for vehicles. Mr. Dempsey will answer the charge in Greenport Court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Kenneth L. Farwell, 26, of Copake was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana and traffic infractions by State Police from Livingston, May 13 at 7:40 p.m. Troopers pulled Mr. Farwell over on State Route 82, Greenport. A check with the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that Mr. Farwell had a suspended driver’s license. He also allegedly possessed a small amount of marijuana. Mr. Farwell’s vehicle was towed from the scene and he was issued tickets returnable in Greenport Court, May 20.

*Peter G. Stewart, Jr., 20, of Millbrook was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway by State Police, May 14 at 9:35 p.m. Mr. Stewart was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over on Route 9H, Kinderhook for failure to signal. While the trooper was interviewing the operator, he smelled marijuana and found some under the front seat. Mr. Stewart admitted that the marijuana belonged to him. The trooper also found that Mr. Stewart was consuming alcohol while the vehicle was being operated on a public highway. The operator, not identified by police, was issued a traffic ticket for failing to signal. Mr. Stewart was issued tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court May 21.

*Tyler J. Pegaz, 19, of Livingston was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and parking on the pavement; his 18-year-old female passenger, not identified by deputies, of the same address, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 by Deputies Jason Garvey and Peter Grzeskow, May 8 at 3:04 a.m. The two were arrested after deputies investigated a vehicle parked on the highway on Harry Howard Avenue near Joslen Boulevard, Hudson. Both were released with appearance tickets directing them to appear in Hudson City Court May 22.

*Thomas Duane, Jr., 50, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from New Lebanon, Saturday, May 11 at 10:50 p.m. Mr. Duane was stopped in Canaan for speeding and failure to keep right. During an interview, the trooper determined that Mr. Duane was intoxicated. He provided a breath sample of .15%. He was issued tickets returnable in Canaan Court May 23.

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