PHILMONT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with a Philmont home invasion.
Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress at a residence on Main Street in the Village, April 14 at about 9:39 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
The trio allegedly forced their way into a residence occupied by two adults and four children, all under the age of seven.
Victims reported that the suspects attempted to steal property from within the residence. They then fled on foot.
Lieutenant Wayne Lopez told The Columbia Paper Wednesday, that the attackers knew the victims and the invasion was not a random act. He said the suspects were unsuccessful in making off with the property and that no one was hurt.
Sheriff’s deputies and investigators charged Duhamel Johnson, 27, of Philmont with second degree burglary, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, April 15 at 1:45 a.m. Mr. Johnson was arraigned before Judge John Connor in Hudson City Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or bond. He will return to city court at a later date.
A second male subject, a 16-year old, was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, at 2:30 a.m. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court as an adolescent offender and released on his own recognizance. The defendant will have a future court date in Columbia County Family Court.
Investigators arrested a third suspect, a 16-year-old male, April 15 at 4:47 p.m. He was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge Connor and was released on his own recognizance with a future court date in Columbia County Family Court.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518-828-4316 and ask for Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh or Investigator Reagan Anderson.
In addition to the investigators, First Sergeants Louis Bray and John Rivero, Deputies Ryen Boehme, Eric Ordway and Timothy Gladwin are working on the case.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police.
In an April 11 release, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett updated information regarding skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon, April 7 by an excavation company doing work on private property at 1590 Route 9J.
Sheriff’s Office investigators met with anthropologists’ from the New York State Museum at the Stuyvesant site, the morning of Tuesday, April 9. With the assistance of the anthropologists, the Town of Stuyvesant historian and record archives from the Columbia County Clerk’s Office, “the remains have been positively determined to be human and appear to be historical in nature,” the release said. While the investigation is still ongoing, the property is no longer considered a crime scene. The remains have been taken to the New York State Museum for further analysis.
Sheriff Bartlett thanked Lisa Anderson and Julie Weatherwax from the New York State Museum Office of Bioarchaeology along with Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner’s Office for assisting in the investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies seized cocaine and heroin during a traffic stop on County Route 28 and arrested a Niverville man on a felony drug charge after a vehicle stop for a traffic infraction, March 19.
That day at 3:39 p.m., Deputy Steven Rose was on routine patrol and saw a 2006 Kia traveling westbound on County Route 28 with a registration violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and encountered two occupants when he approached the vehicle. During the traffic stop, the passenger, William T. Hines, 48, of Niverville allegedly attempted to conceal and then destroy illegal drugs that were in his possession.
Deputies located and recovered about 4.8 grams of cocaine and about 4.9 grams of heroin. Mr. Hines was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, and second degree obstructing governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor.
Mr. Hines was arraigned before Justice David Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.
The driver of the vehicle, Nathan Pfeiffer, 31, of Elizaville was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and not having two license plates, a traffic infraction. He was released with an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with this case. Assisting Deputy Rose were Sergeant Eli Fieser, Deputy Ryen Boehme and Investigator Patrick Logue of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit.
Three people were arrested for drug possession after their vehicle went off the road, March 23.
At 12:25 a.m., Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from the Kinderhook barracks to State Route 295 and Birge Hill Road for a one-car motor vehicle crash.
Joseph Patterson, 39, of New York City was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and fifth degree criminal possession of controlled substance, a class D felony.
Both John U. Adams, 40, of Dalton, MA, and Casey K. DuPont, 40, of Stockbridge, MA, were charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.
An investigation found the Ms. DuPont allegedly possessed about one gram of Clonazapam, Mr. Adams allegedly possessed about 0.5 grams of cocaine, and Mr. Patterson allegedly possessed about 12.7 grams of cocaine.
Ms. DuPont and Mr. Adams were issued appearance tickets returnable in Chatham Town Court at a later date. Mr. Patterson was arraigned in Chatham Town Court by Justice Michael Rosen and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secure bond. He was scheduled to appear before the court at a later date.
*Cathryn Oliveri, 21, of Hudson was charged with using a vehicle without an interlock device, a class A misdemeanor; operating with an improper license, and dazzling headlights, both traffic infractions, by Deputy Patrick McMahon, March 28 at 11:03 p.m.
Ms. Oliveri was stopped for an equipment defect and is accused of using a vehicle without a required interlock device. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Chatham Town Court at a later date.
Jawaun Daniels, 25, of Cohoes was charged with second degree criminal impersonation and second degree obstructing governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating with a suspended registration, both class U misdemeanors, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice, March 18 at 8:40 a.m.
Mr. Daniels was stopped while operating a vehicle on State Route 9 in the Village of Valatie.
He is accused of using a different name to avoid tickets. In addition, he allegedly had a suspended license and the vehicle registration was suspended. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.
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