New charges of child rape brought against man in custody

HUDSON—Jamel D. Brandow, 36, of Hudson faces four new charges of first degree rape of a child less than 11 years old, a class B felony. Hudson Police arrested him again May 10.

These new charges are independent, unrelated and in addition to the earlier charges of first degree rape—forcible compulsion, child less than 11 years old, a class B felony; first degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; second degree menacing—with a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, for which he was arrested by Hudson Police, May 5.

In the initial incident, a young girl, who was visibly upset and crying, told police that she escaped a State Street residence and ran, without shoes, several blocks to her mother’s workplace.

She said she had just been violently and forcibly sexually assaulted, that she was bound, and that her attacker displayed a knife.

The new victim, now 20-years-old, saw the earlier news story about Mr. Brandow and came forward to police to report that when she was between the ages of 8 and 9 years of age she was also raped by Mr. Brandow.

The victim stated that it happened at least four different times when she was a child between 2007 and 2008.

An arrest warrant for four counts of first degree rape was signed and issued by Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman. Mr. Brandow was arrested and arraigned in City Court May 10 and was sent back to the Columbia County Jail with a future return court date.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, Columbia County Child Protective Services, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), and State Police assisted in this investigation.


A Troy man was arrested after he attempted to flee from troopers, May 15.

Jordan T. Mair, 22, of Troy was charged with 11 counts of first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; third degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors; reckless driving and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both unclassified misdemeanors, by State Police from the Livingston barracks.

A Troy man was arrested after he failed to negotiate an exit ramp while fleeing from police. Photo contributed

Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2006 Mercury sedan for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law on the Taconic State Parkway in Austerlitz, May 15 at 1:50 p.m. The driver refused to comply and drastically increased his vehicle’s speed while in a New York State Department of Transportation work zone.

The trooper slowed his response in the interest of public safety in a work zone, and then saw the suspect vehicle go off the road while trying to navigate the exit ramp to State Route 203. The operator, later identified as Mr. Mair, resisted arrest, but was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Austerlitz Court at a later date.


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

*Corey W. Heald, 29, and Kelly L. Heald, 51, both of Massena, were charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony, by State Police from Troops T and K, May 17. At 10 a.m. that day, a trooper conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on the Berkshire Spur portion of the state Thruway in Chatham for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. A subsequent K9 detection, and search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

Both subjects were arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Troopers seized 200 pounds of pot from a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on the Thruway. Photo contributed

*Dylan Beckman, 22, of Ancram was charged with fleeing a police officer in motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, class U misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; imprudent speed, operating with no license, fail to keep right, unsafe tires, inadequate exhaust and uninspected motor vehicle, all traffic infractions, by Deputies Samantha Plass and Joseph Kilmer, April 25 at 8:48 a.m. Deputy Plass saw infractions on a vehicle being operated by Mr. Beckman in an easterly direction on Doodletown Road in Ancram. When emergency lights were activated, Mr. Beckman allegedly attempted to flee the deputy but lost control of his vehicle and struck a stone wall, which caused the vehicle to roll on its side. Ancram firefighters and the Community Rescue Squad responded to the scene but the driver reported no injuries. In addition, Mr. Beckman was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license. He was arraigned in Ancram Court and was released on his own recognizance. He will appear back in court at a later date.

*Philip Yang, 33, of New York City was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, circumventing a court ordered interlock device, both class A misdemeanors; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and operating with no license, a traffic infraction, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice, April 27 at 6:44 p.m. Mr. Yang was stopped on State Route 23 in Hillsdale. He allegedly possessed quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. He was operating with no license and his driving privileges were suspended in New York. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

*Michael Feranda, 46, of Hillsdale was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both class E felonies; second degree criminal impersonation and second degree obstructing governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors; operating with no license, having an unregistered motor vehicle, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, and not using a turn signal, all traffic infractions, by Deputy Samantha Plass, May 3 at 5:10 p.m. Mr. Feranda was stopped while operating a vehicle on State Route 23 in Copake for various traffic infractions. He allegedly gave the deputy a false name during the stop because he had no license and his privileges were suspended. Field sobriety tests were conducted, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .08% blood alcohol content (BAC.) He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He will appear back in court at a later date.

*Bobbi J. Gonzales, 45, of Rhinebeck was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, May 12. She was traveling on State Route 23 in Greenport, and was found parked in the roadway slumped over the steering wheel sleeping. An investigation revealed she was under the influence of alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*Robert Yates, Jr., 44, of Valatie was charged with DWI and aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors; failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey, May 9 at 5:51 p.m. Mr. Yates was seen operating a vehicle on State Route 9J in Stuyvesant and was stopped for failing to obey a traffic control device and failing to keep right. A breathalyzer test was administered, which yielded a .21% BAC. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and was released on his own recognizance with a return court date of June 5.

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Heroin, fentanyl dealer pleads guilty

ALBANY—Saul E. Pacheco, 38, of the Bronx pled guilty May 13 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York to conspiring with another person to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in Columbia County.

The announcement was made in a press release by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

In pleading guilty, Mr. Pacheco admitted to supplying heroin to Timothy J. Simpson, Jr., a Columbia County drug dealer, from at least April 2017 through March 2018. Mr. Pacheco was arrested April 4, 2018, while attempting to meet Mr. Simpson in the parking lot of a casino in Yonkers, Westchester County. In the parking lot, DEA Special Agents located a plastic bag containing about 68 grams of heroin, which Mr. Pacheco discarded once he noticed agents approaching him.

Mr. Pacheco, who is in custody, faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, as well as a term of post-imprisonment supervised-release of at least 4 years and up to life when he is sentenced September 16 by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

Mr. Simpson has pled guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge McAvoy, June 19.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Mr. Pacheco has also pled guilty to an unrelated charge of conspiring to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl, in a case investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He faces at least 5 years in prison in that case as well, according to the release.

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