Police arrest Ghent man for machete threat

GHENT—A Ghent man has been charged for allegedly threatening his neighbor with a machete.

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Albert J. Dalton, 52, of Ghent for third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, January 9.

On that date, troopers went to an address in Ghent for a 911 call reporting a man armed with a machete who was threatening a neighbor. Mr. Dalton was found allegedly in possession of the machete, and was taken into custody without incident.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He was ordered to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

Philmont

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Joshua A. Charron, 21, of Philmont for second degree assault, a class D felony, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call and resisting arrest, all class A misdemeanors, January 3.

Troopers responded to 23 Main Street for a welfare check after a partial 911 call was received January 3 at 2:30 a.m. Their investigation revealed that Mr. Charron had been involved in a dispute and allegedly struck the victim with a baseball bat.

When the victim attempted to call 911, Mr. Charron allegedly destroyed the phone. He fled from his residence, was located a short time later, but resisted troopers as they took him into custody.

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

Chatham

Nicholas A. Scialdone, 52, of Saratoga was charged with second degree grand larceny, a class C felony, by State Police from Livingston, January 5.

An investigation found Mr. Scialdone was hired as a contractor to perform services for a Chatham business. He allegedly cashed three checks totaling more than $90,000, but failed to perform the work agreed upon.

Mr. Scialdone was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on $10,000 cash bail. He was scheduled to return to court at a later date.

Hudson

Jeffrey A. Barmen, 44, of Middleburgh was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, January 11.

Mr. Barmen was arrested as a result of violating an order of protection while he and the victim were in the Columbia County Court House.

Mr. Barmen was arraigned in Hudson City Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. His next scheduled Court appearance is January 17.

*Members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit conducted a month-long investigation into the transport of narcotics from New York City for the purpose of selling them in Columbia County. Plain-clothed investigators and uniformed deputies conducted surveillance at the Hudson Amtrak station, Thursday evening, January 10, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

At 10:57 p.m., deputies detained Connell Johnson, 41, of Brooklyn after he exited a northbound passenger train at the station. A search warrant for his person and belongings was signed by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. As a result of this investigation, Mr. Johnson was found to allegedly be in possession of more than 42 grams of crack cocaine which investigators believe he intended to sell in this area.

Mr. Johnson was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—having one or more preparations of a narcotic drug, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—with intent to sell, a class B felony, and second degree obstructing governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned before Town Justice John Porreca in Greenport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. The defendant is scheduled to return to court at a later date.

Assisting the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were Hudson Police and the Office of the Columbia County District Attorney.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Jeremiah Simpson, 40, of Copake was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Zachary Torchia December 20 at 3:47 p.m. Mr. Simpson was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on Center Hill Road in Copake. He is accused of possessing a quantity of heroin. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Copake Court January 28.

*Jamie L. MacArthur, 37, of Copake was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs), seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, all misdemeanors, by State Police from SP Livingston December 28. She was traveling on State Route 23 in Greenport when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by drugs and she was subsequently arrested.

*Timothy K. Link, 52, of Livingston was charged with DWAI-drugs by State Police from SP Livingston, December 30. He was traveling on County Route 19 in Livingston when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs and he was subsequently arrested.

*Jose A. Flores, 56, of Copake was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP Livingston, December 31. He was traveling on Mountain View Road in Copake 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.

*Brandon N. Merchant, 31, of Ghent was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, January 1. He was traveling on Quinn Lane in Ghent when he was involved in a one-car personal injury motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

*Michael D. Bleau, 53, of Kinderhook was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, January 5. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Valatie when he was the subject of a 911 erratic driver complaint. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

*Matthew R. Jalanti, 26, of Claverack was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, January 6. He was traveling on Fish and Game Road in Claverack 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.

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Sexual predator sentenced

HUDSON—A New Lebanon man will spend 15 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a child.

Keith Benson, 48, of New Lebanon was sentenced in Columbia County Court by Judge Richard M. Koweek, January 4, according to a press release from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Benson was sentenced to 15 years to life incarceration with the state Department of Corrections after being convicted of two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, and to 15 years of incarceration, together with 20 years of post-release supervision, for his convictions of two counts of first degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

The court issued a 23-year order of protection in favor of the victim and imposed a fine of $1,425 upon the defendant.

The defendant committed the crimes in New Lebanon. State Police Investigator Abdul Weed handled the case and arrested Mr. Benson, who was represented by the Public Defender.

In other Columbia County Court action:

*Marie Shook, 49, of Hudson was sentenced by Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, December 13, to five years of probation, had her driver’s license revoked, was ordered to install an ignition interlock device and attend a victim impact panel for her conviction of two counts of driving while intoxicated. The defendant committed the crimes in Greenport. State Trooper Jeremy Proper handled the case and arrested Ms. Shook, who was represented by James Kleinbaum, Esq.

*Elroy Dupuis, 54, of Valatie was sentenced by Judge Nichols December 13 to five years of probation for his conviction of fifth degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. The defendant committed the crime in Chatham. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Torchia handled the case and arrested Mr. Dupuis, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Angela Rodriguez, 18, of Hudson was sentenced by Judge Nichols December 13 to two to six years in state prison for her conviction by plea, as indicted, of first degree promoting prison contraband and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. The defendant committed the crimes in the City of Hudson. State Police Investigator Matthew Reilly handled the case and arrested Ms. Rodriguez, who was represented by the Public Defender. —Diane Valden

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