Rensselaer man charged again with ‘forcible touching’

PHILMONT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Rensselaer County man on a second count of forcible touching.

Michael Ramm, 37, of Castleton was charged with forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor under NYS Penal Law, by Sheriff’s Office investigators, Thursday, November 1 at 1 p.m. Mr. Ramm was previously arrested by the Sheriff’s Office October 11, 2017 for forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a separate victim. This investigation came as a result of information gathered after the first arrest, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh of the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began the most recent investigation October 24. It is alleged in this incident that Mr. Ramm “intentionally touched the intimate parts of another person for no legitimate purpose.”

The alleged act was reported to have been committed in the Village of Philmont in 2017.

Mr. Ramm was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Philmont Village Court November 29.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with any information concerning this crime to contact Sr. Inv. Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344.

*Joshua R. Charron, 21, of Philmont was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, October 28.

At 9 a.m. that day, troopers responded to Main Street in the Village for a report about a stolen vehicle. An investigation determined that Mr. Charron allegedly stole a 2013 GMC Terrain from someone he knew.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Mr. Charron scheduled to appear in Philmont Court at a later date.

*State Police arrested a New Jersey man for identity theft and grand larceny. John J. Houdershieldt, 42, of Bayonne, NJ, was charged with first degree identity theft, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, October 26.

Troopers received a complaint about a possible larceny from a victim’s bank account, October 17. Over the next week, investigators determined that Mr. Houdershieldt allegedly forged a check in the victim’s name and stole $3,000.

Mr. Houdershieldt was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Philmont Court at a later date.

Kinderhook

State Police charged Christopher Sidoti, 39, of Kinderhook with three counts of second degree aggravated harassment, one count of third degree stalking and one count of resisting arrest, all class A misdemeanors.

In connection with the case, State Police at Kinderhook and the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at Mr. Sidoti’s residence on Birch Road in Kinderhook, November 2.

In March, State Police commenced an investigation after hearing numerous reports from several people who received harassing and unwanted phone calls of a sexual nature. The lengthy investigation led State Police to obtain a Columbia County Court search warrant for the Sidoti residence.

Mr. Sidoti was arraigned in Kinderhook Village Court before Justice David Dellehunt and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court November 20.

The public should contact the Livingston BCI at 518-851-2893 with any information related to this incident or any other suspicious activity in the area.

Copake

David Gough, Jr., 48, of Hillsdale was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Zachary Torchia and David Stevens October 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Gough is accused of violating an order of protection by contacting a protected person. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Copake Court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Allison Groupp, 25, of Chatham was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree obstructing governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Peter Merante September 23 at noon. Deputies encountered Ms. Groupp on Upper Main Street in the Village of Valatie. She was sitting hunched over in a parked vehicle. She allegedly refused to cooperate and attempted to prevent deputies from investigating a suspicious person complaint. She was also allegedly in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. She was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail or $1,000 bond to appear in Kinderhook Town Court court at a later date.

*John Cruickshank, 54, of Halfmoon was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and having an unregistered motor vehicle, a traffic infraction, by Deputies Eric Ordway and Peter Merante September 24 at 1:29 p.m. Mr. Cruickshank was driving an unregistered vehicle on state Route 9 in the Village of Kinderhook. A license check revealed that his license was suspended. Deputies found that he was in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. Appearance tickets were issued returnable in Kinderhook Village Court at a later date.

*Lila Dunlap, 23, of Catskill was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP Livingston October 5. She was traveling on State Route 9 in Clermont, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol, and she was subsequently arrested.

*James R. Harvell, 35, of Philmont was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, October 6. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Ghent, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Fantashia E. Harvin, 23, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, October 7. She was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*William E. McCullen, Jr., 33, of Hudson Falls was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, October 8. He was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Ghent when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

To contact Diane Valden email moc.r1544434740epapa1544434740ibmul1544434740oc@ne1544434740dlavd1544434740

Shooter heads to state prison

HUDSON—A Hillsdale man who fired a shotgun at police was sentenced in Columbia County Court, October 22.

Judge Richard M. Koweek sentenced Tyler D. Meltz, 24, of Hillsdale to one to three years with the State Department of Corrections after he was convicted of first degree reckless endangerment.

State Police and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute on State Route 22 in Hillsdale, January 2 at 10:25 p.m.,

When officers arrived, Mr. Meltz exited the residence and fired a shotgun at the patrols. He was later found hiding in a nearby vehicle.

The case was investigated by State Police Investigator Eric Harris and Trooper James Schulhoff. They arrested Mr. Meltz, who was represented in court by Attorney Trevor Hannigan.

The following were sentenced in Columbia County Court according to information provided by the District Attorney’s Office:

*Keith Pierson, 23, of Clermont was sentenced to two and one-half years with the State Department of Corrections and five years post-release supervision by Judge Nichols July 26, upon his conviction of first degree attempted sexual abuse. The defendant committed the crime in Germantown. State Police Investigators Feroze Munim and Robin Reed investigated the case and arrested Mr. Pierson, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Michael Gaioni, 24, of Greenport was sentenced to six months in the Columbia County Jail and five years probation, by Judge Nichols July 26, upon his conviction of failure to register or verify as a sex offender. The defendant committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Keyser investigated the case and arrested Mr. Gaioni, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Michael Chowka, 20, of Coxsackie was sentenced to two years with the State Department of Corrections and two years post-release supervision by Judge Nichols July 26, upon his conviction of second degree attempted robbery. The defendant committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Hudson Police Department Detectives Nicholas Pierro and Jeffrey Keyser investigated the case and arrested Mr. Chowka, who was represented by Eric Schillinger.

*Enoch Durham, 42, homeless, was sentenced to two years with the State Department of Corrections and two years post-release supervision, by Judge Nichols July 26, upon his conviction of second degree attempted robbery. The defendant committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Hudson Police Department Detectives Nicholas Pierro and Jeffrey Keyser investigated the case and arrested Mr. Durham, who was represented by Dennis McEvoy.–Diane Valden

Comments are closed.