Sheriff says OTB worker made big bets but didn’t pay

NEW LEBANON—Sheriff’s deputies and investigators arrested a Massachusetts man on a warrant for stealing from a local Off Track Betting (OTB) establishment and then falsifying business records.

Peter T. Dimitropolis, 63, of Adams, MA, was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, March 18 at 9:26 p.m.

On December 7, 2018, an auditor from Capital District Off Track Betting reported to the Sheriff’s Office that after a recent audit of the New Lebanon OTB branch it was discovered that an employee there had been stealing money from the branch, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

An investigation was initiated by Sheriff’s Office Investigator Kris Bauhoff, whose further interview of the auditor revealed that the employee in question was Mr. Dimitropolis.

During the routine audit, Mr. Dimitropolis made admissions to the auditor about his involvement in making bets while he was working at the New Lebanon branch and not paying for them, the release said.

He also indicated that he had falsified reports in an attempt to hide the larceny. The investigation showed that Mr. Dimitropolis made about $9,500 in bets that he failed to pay for over the course of a weekend in late November 2018.

Mr. Dimitropolis was arraigned in Greenport Court before Town Justice John Porecca and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He will appear in New Lebanon Court at a later date.

Investigator Bauhoff was assisted by K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is also assisting with this case.

Ghent

A passenger suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Meadowgreens Golf Course, 1242 Route 9H, March 30 at 9:35 a.m.

Ryan Potts, 32, of Elizaville was driving southbound on State Route 9H when his vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree. Mr. Potts told deputies that he was having difficulty steering the vehicle.

West Ghent and Ghent firefighters along with the Greenport Rescue Squad work to free a passenger trapped in a car, March 30, on State Route 9H near Meadowgreens. Photo by Michael McCagg

Front seat passenger, Ashley Ether, 31, was trapped in the vehicle for nearly half-an-hour while rescuers worked to free her. The Greenport Rescue Squad then took her to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of a possibly fractured leg or hip. Mr. Potts was evaluated at the scene. He was issued a ticket for failure to use designated lane returnable in Ghent Town Court at a later date. Deputies Philipp Gomm and Ryen Boehme handled the accident.

West Ghent firefighters were on the scene until 10:38 a.m.

Canaan

Christopher Roberts, 43, of Winsted, CT, was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors, by State Police from SP Livingston, March 16.

Mr. Roberts was traveling on State Route 295 in Canaan, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he allegedly illegally possessed a Ruger .357 handgun and a dagger. He was subsequently arrested.

Copake

Devin Poucher, 32, of Copake was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief—preventing an emergency call and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies Zachary Torchia and Jerald Rowell, March 2 at 3:18 a.m.

Mr. Poucher was involved in a domestic dispute and is accused of breaking a cell phone to prevent the victim from calling 911. In addition, he is accused of pushing the victim to the ground while a child was present. He was arraigned in Copake Court and was released on his own recognizance with a future return court date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Antonio Velez, Jr., 23, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and operating a motor vehicle without a license, a traffic infraction, by Sheriff’s Office First Sergeant John Rivero and Sergeant Brian Molinski, March 5 at 1:06 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to a property-damage accident on State Route 9J in Stuyvesant. Mr. Velez was found to be driving with no license and was allegedly in possession of some ecstasy pills and marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

*Michael D. Rockefeller, 32, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP Kinderhook, March 8. He was traveling on County Route 21 in Stuyvesant when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

*Eric P. Zobre, 35, of Winterville, NC, was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, March 9. He was traveling on County Route 28 in Chatham, when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Summer F. Clevenger, 23, of Kinderhook was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor and vehicle and traffic violations by State Police during a traffic stop on I-87 in Cornwall for vehicle and traffic violations, March 9 at 7:48 a.m. Her blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.20%. Ms. Clevenger was turned over to a sober third party and released on appearance tickets returnable in Cornwall Court April 9.

*Danis Portillo Rodriguez, 29, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, March 10. Mr. Rodriguez was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Andrew L. Sacco, 22, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, by State Police from the Kinderhook barracks, March 15 following a crash. Troopers were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to County Route 21 north of Old Post Road, Kinderhook for a report of a vehicle that crashed into a tree at 10:25 p.m. An investigation determined the operator, Mr. Sacco, was impaired at the time and he was subsequently arrested. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

*James E. Richards, 47, of Duryea, PA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from SP Kinderhook, March 16. He was traveling on State Route 203 in Kinderhook, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*A 17-year-old Ancram youth, not identified by deputies, was charged with second degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony, by Sheriff’s Office First Sergeant John Rivero and Deputy Zachary Torchia, March 17 at 12:38 a.m. The teenage boy was a passenger in a car stopped on County Route 7A in Copake. He is accused of possessing about 1.08 pounds of marijuana. He was arraigned in Copake Court and was released on his own recognizance to return to court at a later date.

*Justin D. Weldon, 39, of Hudson charged was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations, by State Police following a traffic stop on the Thruway, March 23 at 11:04 p.m.

Troopers stopped a vehicle on I-87 in Saugerties for a violation of vehicle and traffic law. During an interview of the driver, probable cause to search the vehicle was established. Mr. Weldon allegedly possessed about 30 grams of marijuana, 4 pills of amphetamine dextroamphetamine (Adderall), 6 pills of ecstasy, and 2 glassine envelopes containing less than a gram of ecstasy.

He was taken into custody and later released with appearance tickets returnable in Saugerties Court at a later date.

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