Case starts with suspended license, ends with heroin charges

HUDSON—Three people face drug-related charges following their arrest by Hudson Police Tuesday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Hudson detectives saw three people in a car parked in the vicinity of Union Street near South Front Street. Police questioned the operator of the vehicle, Crystal L. VanAlphen, and determined she had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a city arrest warrant for larceny.

Further investigation revealed a substantial amount of heroin packaged for sale.

Ms. VanAlphen, 24, of Hudson was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. She was arraigned in Hudson City Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Also charged were:

*Ryan C. Potts, 27, of Elizaville for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of a hypodermic needle, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.

*Jamel D. Brandow, 30, of Hudson for third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (intent to sell), a class B felony. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and sent to jail without bail.

“I commend our detectives on their alertness and determination to rid these people and their dangerous drugs from our streets,” Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

New Lebanon

Frank S. Sacco, Jr., 29, of Loris, SC, was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment by New Lebanon State Police following a dispute at a residence, August 20.

During an argument with a woman, Mr. Sacco allegedly prevented her from making an emergency call by breaking her cell phone and then physically attacked her in front of her two minor children. He was arraigned before New Lebanon Justice Jessica Byrne and released on his own recognizance to reappear September 19.

*Robert Lindig, 70, of New Lebanon was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from New Lebanon, August 15 at 3:50 p.m.

Mr. Lindig allegedly stole a dryer and a dishwasher from his neighbor’s scrap metal pile without permission.

Troopers interviewed Mr. Lindig and found him to be in possession of the stolen items. He was issued a ticket to appear in New Lebanon Justice Court at a later date.

Chatham

Frank M. Hawver, 26, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree criminal trespass by Kinderhook State Police, August 22.

He allegedly entered a family member’s residence without permission following a dispute and allegedly caused damage to the residence entryway August 19. He was issued a ticket to appear in Chatham Town Court September 11.

Greenport

Faisal M. Shaikh, 33, of Greenport was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and second degree harassment, a violation, by State Police from Livingston, August 29 at 11:48 a.m.

Columbia County 911 assigned troopers to investigate a report of a dispute at the Joslen Motor Lodge. The woman victim reported that Mr. Shaikh had shoved her into the wall after a verbal argument over him stealing money from the business. An investigation revealed that Mr. Shaikh had allegedly been collecting rent money from the tenants, at a reduced rate, and keeping the money rather than turning the money over to the business.

He was arraigned in Greenport Justice Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Katie Haag, 21, of Schodack Landing was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by State Police from Kinderhook, August 21 at midnight. Troopers conducted an investigation in a room at the Blue Spruce Motel in Valatie, where they found Ms. Haag to allegedly be in possession of illegal drugs. Also charged was Keith M. Mazal, 22, of Stockport for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor. An occupant of the hotel room was found to have a full stay-away order of protection against Mr. Mazal. Both the protected party and Mr. Mazal were present in the room at the time of the investigation. Ms. Haag was issued a ticket ordering her to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date. Mr. Mazal was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court, released on his own recognizance and scheduled to re-appear September 17.

*Stone A. Maldonado, 19, of Agawam, MA, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without a seatbelt; Tyler R. Holmes, 20, of Agawam, MA, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by State Police from New Lebanon, August 19 at 10:50 a.m. Troopers pulled the Malanado vehicle over on State Route 22, New Lebanon after seeing that the operator was not wearing a safety belt. Among the illegal drugs seized during the stop were ketamine, hashish and marijuana. A third man was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. All three were issued tickets to appear in New Lebanon Court September 5.

County Court cases:

The following court cases were recently dealt with in Columbia County Court. Information about the cases was provided by the office of Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka:

*Trent Bowman was sentenced to five years probation and to pay a $1,000 fine by Judge Richard Koweek, July 2. He was convicted by guilty plea of driving while intoxicated, April 17. Represented by the public defender, Mr. Bowman was arrested by State Police, January 12.

*John Southard was sentenced to spend one to three years in prison on each count (concurrent) and to pay $447.36 in restitution by Judge Koweek, July 2. Mr. Southard was convicted by guilty plea of two counts of third degree arson, August 24, 2012. He was represented by Attorney John Leonardson and was arrested by State Police January 2, 2012.

*Perry Pendell was arraigned on a charge of second degree criminal solicitation before Judge Koweek, July 16. He was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office the same day. He was represented by Attorney Mark Zuckerman. Pre-trial hearing(s) are set for September 30 with a trial date of December 16.

*Trevor Heins was sentenced to five years probation on a driving while intoxicated charge by Judge Koweek, July 17. He was convicted by his plea of guilty May 28. He was arrested by State Police, February 7 and was represented by Attorney James Kleinbaum.

*Richard Wolfe was sentenced to one to three years in prison and to pay $19,720.25 in restitution and a 5% surcharge of $986.01 by Judge Jonathan Nichols, July 16. Mr. Wolfe pleaded guilty to fourth degree grand larceny May 7. He was arrested by State Police August 28 and was represented by Attorney John Leonardson.

*Edward Stallman was sentenced to one to three years in prison by Judge Nichols, July 16. Mr. Stallman was convicted by his plea of guilty to failure to register or verify his status as sex offender, May 8. He was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office January 13 and was represented by the public defender.

*Mark Ferguson was in court before Judge Koweek for a pre-trial hearing on a driving while intoxicated charge, July 29. His trial is set for October 16. He is represented by the public defender and was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office September 10, 2012.

*Henry Oswald was sentenced to spend two years in prison, determinate; with five years of post-release supervision by Judge Nichols, July 30. Mr. Oswald was convicted on his plea of guilty to first degree attempted sexual abuse, April 18. He was represented by Attorney Dennis McEvoy and was arrested by Hudson Police November 1, 2012.

*Jesse Geno was arraigned before Judge Koweek on a charge of third degree robbery, August 7. His pre-trial hearings were set for November 26 and his trial date is January 13, 2014. He is represented by the public defender and was arrested by State Police March 29.

*Robert Hamm was arraigned on two counts of driving while intoxicated before Judge Koweek August 7. His pre-trial hearings were set for November 26 and his trial date is January 27, 2014. He is represented by the public defender and was arrested by State Police June 1.

*Jessica Bressette was convicted of two counts of driving while intoxicated when she entered a plea of guilty before Judge Koweek, August 20. She was represented by Attorney Terence Kindlon. Her sentencing was set for October 16. She was arrested by State Police, March 24.

*David Dunavin was sentenced to one year in jail on two counts of driving while intoxicated by Judge Koweek, August 21. He was convicted after pleading guilty to both charges May 28. He was represented by the public defender and arrested by State Police, August 26, 2012.

*Brian Law was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision by Judge Koweek, August 21. Mr. Law was convicted of second degree burglary after pleading guilty, April 2. He was represented by Attorney Douglas Coleman and was arrested by State police September 28, 2012.

*Thomas Golden was convicted after pleading guilty to third degree grand larceny (arrested by State Police May 13), driving while ability impaired by drugs (arrested by State Police August 12, 2012) and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (arrested by State Police December 20, 2012) by Judge Koweek, August 21.

A restitution conference was set for October 30. His sentencing will be scheduled thereafter. He was represented by Attorney Douglas Coleman. –Diane Valden

 

 

 

 

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