Two house cleaners accused of stealing from client

CHATHAM—Two Albany County men were charged following a burglary investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Livingston barracks.

Bryan C. Hills, 30, of Watervliet was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, September 15. Christian C. Bonhotel, 25, of Cohoes was charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony, September 14.

A homeowner contacted State Police in August to report that about $10,000 worth of jewelry and coins were stolen from his home within the last several months.

The homeowner suspected that Mr. Hills, owner of Mayhem Managers cleaning company, had stolen the items while cleaning the house. Mr. Hills was employed by the homeowner for about a year.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail on cash bail, scheduled to appear in Chatham Town Court September 23.

Mr. Bonhotel was arraigned in Albany City Court and was sent to the Albany County Jail on cash/bond bail, scheduled to reappear September 17.

Albany

Ahmir Spann, 5, of Hudson died September 17 at Albany Medical Center after suffering severe head injuries in a two-car crash at 2198 State Route 9, Stuyvesant, September 13, State Police Troop K Public Information Officer Trooper Melissa D. McMorris confirmed.

Ahmir was one of the three boys hurt when a southbound car driven by Harriet M. Simpkins, 85, of Kinderhook veered into the northbound lane for an unknown reason and struck a northbound car operated by Rahmel Spann, 28, of Hudson head-on. Ahmir was Mr. Spann’s son. An obituary for Ahmir appears on page 25 of this issue.

Mrs. Simpkins was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after the crash.

Mr. Spann, a 14-year-old male passenger, a 9-year-old male passenger and Ahmir were all taken to Albany Medical Center. Mr. Spann and the 14-year-old suffered minor injuries and the 9-year-old child was admitted with suffered severe injuries to his extremities.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Hillsdale

Britney L. Williams, 25, of Hillsdale was charged with second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Livingston Barracks, September 14.

Troopers were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to investigate a dispute, September 6. Following an investigation, it was discovered that Ms. Williams had allegedly scratched and dented the victim’s vehicle, causing in excess of $3,400 worth of damage.

She was arraigned in Hillsdale Court and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to reappear in Hillsdale Court October 21.

Hudson

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Hudson Police teamed up last week to make four drug arrests.

The individuals were allegedly engaged in various drug activities in and around the City of Hudson and were charged September 17 as the result of a joint narcotics operation between the two agencies with the assistance of Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka targeting street level dealers and buyers, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

William T. Fernandez, 45, of Hudson was charged with one count of third degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell, a class B felony, and one count of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond with a return Hudson City Court date September 22.

Brandon L. Fielder, 26, of Ghent was charged with fourth degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond with a return Hudson City Court date September 22.

David Donenfeld, 55, of Ghent was charged with one count of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of having a controlled substance out of the original container, a violation of the Public Health Law. Mr. Donenfeld was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Hudson City Court September 22 and was released.

Jacqueline M. Luciano, 26, of Greenport was charged with four counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of having a controlled substance out of the original container, a violation of the Public Health Law. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Greenport Court October 5 and released.

“These arrests were a team effort; a result of strong interagency cooperation. It’s something that we’ve focused heavily on the past year—open dialogue, sharing of information and resources, and teamwork. It’s paid off time and time again,” the sheriff said in the release. He credits Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore and DA Czajka for their work to improve communication between the county’s law enforcement agencies.

Drugs/alcohol

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

  • Mitchell C. Bartley, 35, of Ancram was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and having a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08%, both class U misdemeanors, by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Andrew Broockmann and Deputy Joseph Bruno, September 5 at 6:58 a.m. Columbia County 911 called deputies to a private residence in Ancram for a dispute during which a man involved, identified as Mr. Bartley, left in a vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Tims Road and administered field sobriety which Mr. Bartley failed. He took a breathalyzer test which yielded a .16% BAC. He was issued tickets returnable in Ancram Court September 30.

*Nicole M. Moss, 24, of East Berne was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, September 17. Troopers stopped Ms. Moss on State Route 20, New Lebanon for failing to wear her seatbelt. An interview revealed that she was intoxicated at the time of the stop.

She provided a breath sample that yielded a blood alcohol content of .20%, more than two times the legal limit. She was issued traffic tickets directing her to appear in New Lebanon Court October 22.

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