Department of Corrections worker charged with grand larceny

HUDSON—A State Corrections employee faces numerous counts for stealing department funds.

State Police from the Livingston barracks in cooperation with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations (DOCCS OSI) and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office arrested Maria C. Fey, 49, of Leyden for third degree grand larceny, 18 counts of second degree forgery, all class D felonies, and first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, May 29.

The state DOCCS OSI reported the possible forgery, and theft of funds from a state Corrections bank account to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at SP Livingston May 14.

An investigation found that Ms. Fey, an employee of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, allegedly stole in excess of $3,000 from accounts owned by State Corrections.

Ms. Fey was arraigned in City of Hudson Court and released on her own recognizance. She was scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Philmont

Brock Miles, 28, of Philmont was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, second degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputy Zachary Torchia, May 9 at 11:08 p.m.

Mr. Miles is accused of choking a female victim and preventing her from leaving a private residence in the Village of Philmont. This occurred in the presence of a child. He was arraigned in Claverack Town Court and was released on his own recognizance. He will appear in Philmont Village Court at a later date.

*Sonya Brixius, 28, of Philmont was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Jordan Brahm, May 17 at 5:19 pm. Ms. Brixius allegedly violated an order of protection. She was arraigned in Philmont Village Court and was released on her own recognizance with a later return court date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Kent Stadtlander, 28, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Matthew Leonard, May 12 at 9:11 p.m. Mr. Stadtlander was found allegedly in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine while the deputy was handling a complaint. He was issued a ticket to appear in Hudson City Court at a later date.

*James M. Valentin, 49, of Hillsdale was charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful growing of cannabis, both class A misdemeanors, and possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container, a violation, after the execution of a search warrant at his Hillsdale residence, May 15. State Police from the Livingston barracks, and the Troop K Community Narcotics Enforcement Team obtained the search warrant, issued by a local magistrate, after an investigation revealed the location of a large-scale marijuana grow operation on West End Road. State Police seized numerous cannabis plants in various stages of growth found in the residence, and a large quantity of prepared marijuana. Mr. Valentin was arraigned before Justice Michael Brandon in Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

*Sheri Thompson, 47, of Copake was charged with resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; operating with no license and no headlights, both traffic infractions, by Deputy David Stevens, May 16 at 8:33 p.m. Ms. Thompson was stopped operating a vehicle on State Route 23 in Claverack. She was found to be driving with a suspended license and was allegedly in possession of a quantity of marijuana. When the deputy attempted to take her into custody, she allegedly tried to leave and refused to place her hands behind her back. She will appear in Claverack Town Court June 19.

*Teresa Moore, 25, of Ghent was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; having a controlled substance in non-original container and consuming an open container of alcohol, violations, and failure to stop for a school bus, traffic infraction, by K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne, May 17 at 3:15 p.m. Ms. Moore was stopped on State Route 66 in Greenport for failing to stop for a school bus with its red lights on. She was found allegedly in possession of oxycodone and suboxone pills not prescribed to her. She also allegedly had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. She was issued tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

*Lauren Ostrow, 66, of Ancram was charged with driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, and failure to yield right of way, traffic infraction, by Deputy Daniel Keyser, May 19 at 11:17 p.m. Ms. Ostrow was stopped on State Route 23B in Greenport for failing to yield right of way. She was administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .15% blood alcohol content. She was issued tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

*Jeremy Vanness, 46, of Chatham was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and a headlight violation, traffic infraction, by Deputy Zachary Sohotra, May 19 at 6:50 p.m. Mr. Vanness was stopped on State Route 22 in Austerlitz for a headlight not working. He was found in possession of a quantity of concentrated cannabis and marijuana. He was issued tickets returnable in Austerlitz Court, June 27.

*Elana M. Kramer, 24, of Housatonic, MA, was charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class B felonies, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, May 22 at 1 a.m. Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 2000 Dodge Neon on Green Street in the City of Hudson for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law at that time. Troopers found the operator, Ms. Kramer, had an active warrant for her arrest. Further investigation discovered over 43 grams of heroin, and a small amount of marijuana allegedly in Ms. Kramer’s possession. She was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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Captain Kathryne M. Rohde and Lieutenant David W. Kolb. Photo contributed

New Troop K Zone 1 leadership assigned

LIVINGSTON—New York State Police Troop K Commander, Major Robert C. Gregory has assigned Captain Kathryne M. Rohde as the new Troop K Zone 1 commander, and Lieutenant David W. Kolb as the Zone 1 lieutenant.

Troop K Zone 1 has five barracks including satellite installations, serving 24 towns, and 7 villages in Columbia and northern Dutchess Counties.

Captain Rohde’s assignment to Zone 1 was effective May 28, and Lieutenant Kolb’s assignment was effective April 19.

Captain Rohde began her career as a trooper in 1999, and worked in both Troop K and Troop F. In 2005 she was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and worked in both Troop F and the Governor’s Protective Service Unit. In 2012 she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, serving in the Internal Affairs Bureau, Computer Crimes Unit, and then back to Troop K as the Zone 2 lieutenant. In 2017, she was promoted to the rank of captain, and assigned to Troop K Headquarters.

Lieutenant Kolb started his career as a trooper in 1993 working in Troop K Zone 1, and for a short time in the Governor’s Protective Service Unit. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001 serving first in Troop F, and later in Troop K. As a sergeant, Lt. Kolb, served as station commander of both the Rhinebeck and Livingston barracks. He then served as the Emergency Management NCO of Troop G beginning in 2005 prior to being promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2014. Lt. Kolb was initially assigned to Troop F, and the Internal Affairs Bureau, before returning to Troop K in 2016. Lt. Kolb has earned two letters of commendation from the superintendent, and one Superintendent’s Award throughout his career.

Both officers bring a wealth of knowledge, and experience with them to Zone 1 Headquarters SP Livingston. They look forward to serving the people of Columbia and northern Dutchess counties, according to a press release.

Former Zone 1 Commander, Captain Michael Jankowiak has transferred to Troop H headquarters in Albany and former Zone 1 Lieutenant Eugene Hallenbeck has retired, Public Information Officer Trooper Aaron J. Hicks told The Columbia Paper June 6.–Diane Valden

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