State Police stop nets two with counterfeit bills

GHENT—State Police from Livingston arrested two men from Queens February 14 for having counterfeit money.

Junior Ferreira, 33, of Queens was charged with first degree possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony; first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, and second degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor. Edgard Duche, 31, of Queens was charged with first degree possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony, and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor.

On February 14 at 10 p.m., troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 2018 Chrysler 300 on State Route 9H in Ghent for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.

An investigation found both the passenger and operator provided false identities to avoid association with outstanding warrants for their arrest. Further investigation discovered both subjects were in possession of counterfeit $100 U.S. currency bills, and Mr. Duche was found to have 11 suspensions on his license.

These counterfeit one hundred dollar bills were seized by State police during a traffic stop in Ghent. Photo contributed

Both men were arraigned in Ghent Court before Town Justice Michael Bruno and were sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Their next scheduled appearance before the Court was set for a later date.


Chanthon Lim, 34, of Lynn, MA, was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree criminal possession of marijuana, both class D felonies, by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, February 14.

Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 2011 Mercedes-Benz 500 Series on Interstate 90 in Canaan for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law, February 14 at 9:10 p.m.

While interviewing the operator, Mr. Lim, it was determined his vehicle registration was suspended. Further investigation discovered Mr. Lim possessed about 0.9 grams of cocaine and 6.7 pounds of marijuana.

Mr. Lim was arraigned in Claverack Court before Town Justice Michael Brandon and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Matthew G. Smith, 24, of Livingston was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from Kinderhook, February 10. Mr. Smith was traveling on State Route 9 in Claverack, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

*Mariusz K. Witka, 29, of Catskill was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, February 10. Mr. Witka was traveling on State Route 9G in Greenport, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

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High court upholds child sex predators’ life sentence

Jeanine Van Alphen / File photo

ALBANY—On February 7, the New York State Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court, denied Jeanine Van Alphen’s application for leave to appeal the decision of the Appellate Division, Third Department, which affirmed the conviction and the life sentence imposed by Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek, according to a press release from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

On August 9, 2016, a Columbia County jury convicted Ms. Van Alphen, Goliath Van Alphen, William Wendover and Eugene Shackelton of numerous counts for their years-long sexual abuse of several children. Judge Koweek sentenced all to life in prison. District Attorney Paul Czajka, assisted by Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty prosecuted the case in a trial that lasted 12 days.

New York State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes was the lead investigator. Co-defendants have yet to perfect their appeals.

Summer camp applications now accepted

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the 2019 New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Summer Camp which will be held July 28 through August 3.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is near Penn Yan in Yates County and is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association’s honorary members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp will accommodate more than 900 girls and boys from across the state.

Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. Deputy sheriffs and camp counselors work to create a positive experience for the young people who attend. Throughout the week-long stay, camp attendees participate in and observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the state, including K9 presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, archery competitions and a talent show.

The camp is free of charge and transportation is provided by the Sheriff’s Association Institute.

Campers must be between the ages of 9 and 12 during their camp session; must have a complete physical signed by a licensed physician and must have their immunization records up-to-date to meet state immunization requirements.

Deputy sheriffs and Sheriff’s Office personnel children are not eligible.

The Sheriff’s Office seeks children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to go to a summer camp.

Children will not be allowed to have cell phones or any electronic equipment while at camp. They will also not be allowed to contact home unless there is an emergency.

Parents or guardians of children interested in attending summer camp this year, can pick up applications at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 85 Industrial Tract, Greenport or from school resource deputies at the Taconic Hills, Ichabod Crane, Chatham, New Lebanon and Germantown school districts. The number of spaces is limited. Priority will be based on fully-completed applications returned by March 1. To ask questions call Confidential Assistant Rebecca Milone 518-828-0601 X 1400.

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