Sheriff charges Stuyvesant man with Stockport arson

STOCKPORT—The Sheriff’s Office charged a Stuyvesant man with third degree arson, a class C felony, in connection with an October 2017 house fire in Stockport.

The arrest was made after a two-and-a-half-month-long investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The investigation began October 1, 2017 after the fire was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by Columbia County 911. Information gathered during the course of the investigation led to the arrest of William P. Travis, III, 31, of Woods Lane in the Stuyvesant. It was determined that Mr. Travis allegedly went to the residence at 290 County Route 25 in Stockport and started a fire that completely destroyed the structure. The Stockport Fire Department responded along with other local fire companies.

The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at the Travis home by Sheriff’s Office investigators. During the search, items of interest were recovered.

Mr. Travis was charged December 20, 2017 at 7:15 p.m., then arraigned before Stockport Court Justice Jack Mabb. Mr. Travis was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond. He is scheduled to return to Stockport Court at a later date.

Conducting the investigation for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were investigators, the Drug Enforcement and Education Unit and Deputy Jordan Brahm. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the Stockport Fire Department, the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control assisted in the investigation.

Commending those involved in the investigation for the work they did running down leads and conducting multiple interviews, the sheriff said in the release, “Like so often is the case, this investigation required patience and persistence. The diligent work of all involved—law enforcement and fire investigators alike—is what which ultimately led to the arrest.”

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. Sheriff Bartlett urges anyone who may have information that could assist in this investigation to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at the non-emergency number, 518-828-4316.

Chatham

*Cory Bly, 28, of Brainard was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Ryen Boehme December 20 at 5:37 p.m. Mr. Bly is accused of taking a credit card without the owner’s consent and charging merchandise on it. He also allegedly stole cash from the victim. He was arraigned in Chatham Village Court and released on his own recognizance with a future return court date.

*Gary Williams, Jr., 22, of Chatham was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Steven Rose, December 23 at 1:53 p.m. Mr. Williams is accused of violating an order of protection. He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail. He will appear back in court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*State Police Troop K made 31 driving while intoxicated arrests from December 14 to 17, 2017 in Columbia County they were:

Lisa M. Gille, 53, of Hudson was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, December 15, 2017. She was traveling on State Route 23 in Greenport when she was involved in a personal injury motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

Nathaniel S. Murray, 30, of Troy was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 16, 2017. He was traveling on State Route 295 in Chatham, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

Jody E. Parsons, 45, of Tivoli was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, December 16, 2017. She was traveling on Route 9 in Clermont, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. Investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

Elena M. Calabrese, 39, of Valatie was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 16, 2017. She was traveling on Route 9 in Kinderhook, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. Investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

*Denzel Moody, 25, Marcel Teixeira Ingram, 22, Shamyia Robinson, 22, Dominique Satrape, 21, and Celeste Barrett, 20, all from Massachusetts, were charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, December 13, 2017.

K9 Rato, pictured, assisted State Police in the arrest of five Massachusetts residents on narcotics charges. Photo contributed

Ms. Barrett was also arrested for driving while ability impaired, an unclassified misdemeanor, and for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Troopers observed a white 2016 Toyota Camry traveling in excess of the legally posted speed limit on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack and initiated a traffic stop December 13, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. Troopers were assisted on scene by K9 Rato, who alerted to the presence of narcotics. A subsequent vehicle search found about 13.4 grams of marijuana and 184.7 grams of crack-cocaine. Troopers also seized $2,036 U.S. currency. All subjects were arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

*Jordan T. Dixon, 20, of Germantown was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both unclassified misdemeanors, and several vehicle and traffic law violations, by State Police from the Livingston barracks December 19, 2017. Troopers investigated a November 12, 2017 motor vehicle crash involving a passenger vehicle colliding with a utility pole. The operator, Mr. Dixon, who allegedly smelled like an alcoholic beverage, was taken to Albany Medical Center due to his injuries. In the vehicle, troopers found about 43.8 grams of marijuana. After further investigation and Mr. Dixon’s release from Albany Medical Center he appeared at SP Livingston to be processed. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Germantown Court at a later date.

*Monica Hall, 24, of Chapin, SC, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, failure to stop at a stop sign and operating with no headlights, both traffic infractions, by First Sergeants John Rivero and Louis Bray December 23 at 11:06 p.m. Ms. Hall was stopped on Prospect Avenue in Hudson for driving without headlights and not stopping for a stop sign. She failed field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test yielded a .10% blood alcohol content result. She was issued tickets returnable in Hudson City Court at a later date.

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Charges dismissed in robbery case

HUDSON—Jeffrey T. Treffy of Sunnyside was acquitted of third degree robbery and driving while ability impaired by drugs, when Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek dismissed the charges in county court November 13, 2017, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka. Mr. Treffy was represented by Attorney Justin De’Armas.

Mr. Treffy, then 39, was arrested by State Police from New Lebanon after they were called to a reported robbery of a tractor trailer driver near the intersection of state routes 22 and 295, Canaan in May 2017.

In other court news from the DA’s Office:

*Ciera Patrick waived her right to a trial by jury before Judge Richard McNally in Columbia County Court, September 12, 2017. After hearing the prosecution’s proof in the form of testimony from Hudson Police and State Police officers, Judge McNally found the defendant not guilty of possession of child pornography. She was arrested by Hudson Police November 4, 2016.

*Todd Wyant, 41, of Greenport was sentenced to three months in the Columbia County Jail and five years probation upon his conviction by plea of second degree attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, September 15, 2017. The crime was committed in Livingston. State Police Investigator Jason D. Manchuck investigated the case and arrested Mr. Wyant, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Ethan Reck, 21, of Chatham was sentenced to six months in the Columbia County Jail, 10 years probation and ordered to pay $1,485 in fines and surcharges, upon his conviction of possessing a sexual performance by a child, before Judge Richard M. Koweek, September 29, 2017. The crime was committed in the Town of Chatham. State Police Investigator Dustin Gardiner and Trooper James Sokolowski investigated the case and arrested Mr. Reck, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Phillip Schmidt, 23, of Stockport was sentenced by Judge Nichols to four years incarceration with the State Department of Corrections, three years post-release supervision, and ordered to pay $4,703 in restitution upon his conviction of first degree attempted robbery, September 29, 2017. The crime was committed in the Town of Kinderhook. State Police Investigator Dustin Gardinier and Trooper Michael Singleton investigated the case and arrested Mr. Schmidt, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Amanda Craig, 20, of Valatie was sentenced by Judge Nichols to six months in the Columbia County Jail, five years probation and ordered to pay $4,703 in restitution upon her conviction of second degree attempted robbery, September 29, 2017. The crime was committed in the Town of Kinderhook. State Police Investigator Dustin Gardinier and Trooper James Sokolowski investigated the case and arrested Ms. Craig, who was represented by Attorney Dennis McEvoy.

*Brent Beattie, 23, was sentenced by Copake Justice John Spencer to 60 days in the Columbia County Jail followed by 6 years probation upon his conviction by jury verdict of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor, in Copake Court, October 23, 2017. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh investigated the case and arrested Mr. Beattie, who was represented by Ryan Cooke, Esq. The defendant, of Indianapolis, IN, committed this offense on August 5, 2015 in Copake at Camp Pontiac, where he worked as a counselor. DA Czajka commended ADA Lynelle Hopkins for her successful prosecution. The DA praised the victim for her courage in returning to Copake to testify.

*Marlin Lawrence, 46, of Hartford, CT, was sentenced by Judge Koweek to two and a half years incarceration with the state Department of Corrections and three years post-release supervision upon his conviction of second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, November 16, 2017. Mr. Lawrence committed the crimes in Canaan. State Police Investigator Jonathan Kelly and Trooper Daniel Snyder investigated the case and arrested Mr. Lawrence, who was represented by Attorney Ann Weaver. —Diane Valden

 

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