I-90 traffic stop leads to credit card, pot charges

CHATHAM—A traffic stop for speeding on the Thruway landed two men in jail, according to State Police.

Troopers stopped a vehicle on I-90 for a speeding violation, January 20 at 9:58 p.m. The passengers, Kareem Padgett, 22, of Schenectady and Maliek J. Brown-Barrow, 20, of Brooklyn were allegedly found to be in possession of forged credit cards and marijuana.

Mr. Brown-Barrow was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Padgett allegedly actively resisted, prior to being taken into custody.

Mr. Padgett was charged with second degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony; resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor and false personation, a B misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.

Mr. Brown-Barrow was charged with second degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

Both men are scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Valatie

Byron O. Mazariegos-Chavez, 27, of Valatie was charged with first degree criminal contempt, class E felony; second degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors; and second degree harassment, a violation, by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Andrew Broockmann and Deputy Michael Meier December 22 at 3:30 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to River Street in the Village of Valatie for an altercation in progress. Mr. Mazariegos-Chavez is accused of violating an order of protection against a woman, whom he allegedly struck in the head, while refusing to let her leave the residence. The incident occurred in the presence of a child.

Mr. Mazariegos-Chavez was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court before Justice Lisa Mills and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to return to court at a later date.

Ghent

Douglas R. Hults, 66, of Ghent was charged with first degree criminal contempt, third degree assault, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving by State Police from Livingston, December 22 at 8:35 p.m.

Troopers were dispatched to an altercation on State Route 203. The woman victim attempted to stop Mr. Hults from driving an unregistered vehicle by opening the car door. The door subsequently struck her in the head causing a minor laceration. She declined medical treatment. Mr. Hults was arraigned in Ghent Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

Claverack

Brian J. Banks, 51, of Claverack was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy David Pulcher, January 3 at 1:12 p.m.

Mr. Banks is accused of choking a female victim at a private residence in Claverack. He was arraigned in Claverack Court where bail was set at $500. He was to appear back in court at a later date.

Hudson

Shyquan Keon Miller, 22, of Hudson was charged with first degree criminal contempt (violating an order of protection, physical contact); endangering the welfare of a child and second degree harassment (physical/repeated) by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Keyser, January 10 at 9:41 a.m.

Mr. Miller was arrested on an active Hudson City Court warrant issued January 10. During an altercation Mr. Miller allegedly violated an order of protection by slapping the protected party in the presence of her one-year-old child.

*Jordan S. Howard, 16, of Hudson was charged with unlawful possession weapon on school grounds by Hudson Police Officer Mishanda Franklin-Cox, January 18 at 8:33 a.m.

Jordan allegedly possessed a BB pistol while on school grounds. He was issued an appearance ticket.

*Shane D. Noble, 35, of Hudson was charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property) and endangering the welfare of a child, by Hudson Police Officer Patrick Meister, January 19 at 9:26 p.m.

Mr. Noble was charged on an active arrest warrant in connection with a January 7 argument during which he allegedly damaged a woman’s residence and in doing so endangered the welfare of a child.

*Joseph Richard McGiffert, 31, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property; second degree harassment (physical/repeated) and criminal obstruction breathing/blood circulation by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Keyser, January 23 at 2:39 a.m.

Mr. McGiffert was involved in a physical dispute during which he allegedly pulled a woman’s hair, attempted to strike her, choked her almost causing her to pass out and damaged some of her property including the clothing she was wearing.

Taghkanic

Paul A. Oszust, 27, of Copake was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation by Deputy Peter Merante, December 23 at 8:59 p.m.

The deputy stopped Mr. Oszust, who was driving on State Route 23, Taghkanic, for an inadequate exhaust. He was found to allegedly be in possession of brass metal knuckles and a quantity of marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Taghkanic Court at a later date.

Greenport

Charles Woodberry, 31, of Hudson was charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by State Police from Livingston, December 27 at 8:38 a.m.

Troopers patrolling Joslen Boulevard found Mr. Woodberry walking down the street allegedly carrying chukka sticks. He also allegedly possessed a gravity knife.

He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Thomas W. MacGregor, 57, of Athens was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, December 2. Mr. MacGregor was interviewed by troopers after they saw him get out of a vehicle at the Citgo Gas Station in Hudson and appear to be unsteady on his feet. An investigation revealed that he was intoxicated. The defendant provided a breath sample that yielded a blood alcohol content of .18% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in Hudson Court at a later date.

*Meaghan E. Parsons, 36, of Gallatin was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from Livingston, December 2. During a traffic stop conducted on Sigler Road, Gallatin for speeding, Ms. Parsons was found to be intoxicated. The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a blood alcohol content of .20% and was issued traffic tickets directing her to appear in Gallatin Court at a later date.

*Kary D. Jablonka, 70, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by New Lebanon State Police following a one-car auto collision on New Concord Road, Chatham, December 22 at 12:40 p.m. Mr. Jablonka drove off the road and his vehicle became disabled a ditch. Troopers found him to be intoxicated. He provided a breath sample that revealed a blood alcohol content of .10%. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in Chatham Court at a later date. Mr. Jablonka is the Columbia County Social Services commissioner.

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‘Big game’ brings crackdown goal

HUDSON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will join with Hudson Police, Greenport Police and state law enforcement agencies in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving during Super Bowl Weekend, according to a press release from Columbia County STOP-DWI.

Super Bowl weekend is traditionally a time for friends and family to get together to enjoy the big game. Many will be hosting Super Bowl parties.

Law enforcement agencies will take to the roads during this weekend in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown starts February 5 and will end February 8.

The Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the State STOP-DWI Association.

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