Sheriff: Man arrested for sex crimes that allegedly happened in 2008

GHENT—Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies charged a Clifton Park man with sex crimes dating back 11 years.

On June 4, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a reported sexual offense that occurred in Ghent in 2008. The victim, who was less than 11-years-old at the time of the incident, reported the abuse to Deputy Ryen Boehme.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael Bradford, 58, of Clifton Park on one count of first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, and one count of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, July 25 at 11:11 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh prepared an arrest warrant that was signed by Ghent Town Justice Michael Bruno. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mr. Bradford on the warrant and later turned him over to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Bradford was arraigned before Claverack Justice Michael Brandon and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.

This arrest was made in cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is continuing and any other potential victims are asked to contact Senior Investigator Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344.

Hudson

Hudson City Police charged Xavier C. Anderson, 28, of Hudson with being a fugitive from justice (wanted in Texas); fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, Saturday, July 20 at 1:12 a.m.

While on patrol over-night, Officers Jonathan Merante and Randy Strattman saw Mr. Anderson, a wanted man, walking in the area of Bliss Towers.

According to Hudson Police, Mr. Anderson is a parole violator who has previous convictions for weapons possession in Texas and has known gang affiliations. He was considered “armed and dangerous.” The State of Texas declared him a fugitive from justice.

When HPD officers approached Mr. Anderson, he allegedly resisted arrest, but was subdued without any injuries. Police learned he was staying in this area with relatives.

He was also found to allegedly possess 1.9 grams of cocaine and 3.7 grams of Ecstasy. Mr. Anderson was arraigned before City Court Judge Brian Herman and was sent to Columbia County Jail without bail on the fugitive from justice charge, and $10,000 cash/$25,000 bond on the felony drug and resisting charge. He is scheduled to return to Hudson City Court at a later date.

• Hudson City Police received a call from the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Room that a 26-year-old Chatham man was being treated there for a gunshot wound to his leg, Monday, July 22 at 10:05 p.m.

Police patrol units went to the Emergency Room to investigate. Officers confirmed that the man had suffered an entry and exit wound to his leg. He was combative to police as well as hospital staff and refused to give any information as to where or how he suffered the wound. He was released from CMH around 3 a.m.

Police canvassed neighborhoods and learned that several residents of the 200 block of State Street thought they heard a gunshot in that neighborhood earlier that evening. No report was made to police at that time.

HPD is currently investigating the gunshot incident. Anyone with further information they want to share with the police, should contact them at 518-828 3388.

Chatham

Robert Lagerwall, 46, of Chatham was charged with second degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a class U misdemeanor, by Deputies Timothy Gladwin and Daniel Keyser, July 18 at 4:27 p.m.

Mr. Lagerwall is accused of intentionally striking another vehicle that was occupied by two people at State Route 295 and New Concord Road. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Chatham Town Court at a later date.

Greenport

Walter Bailey, Jr., 43, of Hudson was arrested on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Ryen Boehme, July 14 at 4:08 p.m.

Mr. Bailey is accused of violating an order of protection. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and was released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.

Stockport

Kathryn Leavitt, 54, of Stottville was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Ryen Boehme, July 16 at 6:50 p.m. An investigation was initiated after the deputy was informed of that Ms. Leavitt violated an order of protection issued by Columbia County Family Court. She was arraigned in Stockport Court and was released on her own recognizance with a later return court date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

• Shelli Nielsen, 21, of Great Barrington, MA, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; DWI (driving while intoxicated) and aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice, July 4 at 5:33 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to a reported disabled vehicle on State Route 22 in Hillsdale. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed Ms. Nielsen, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. In addition, she allegedly possessed concentrated cannabis and a quantity of marijuana. A breathalyzer test was administered which yielded a 0.19% blood alcohol content (BAC). She was issued appearance tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

• Erik Olsen, 37, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated—having two prior convictions, a class D felony; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; unlicensed operator, unregistered motorcycle, operating with no insurance, and operating an uninspected motorcycle, all traffic infractions, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Peter Merante, July 5 at 8:06 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies for a report about a man who was operating a motorcycle and fell off it as he was traveling on Gregory Road in Ghent. Deputies arrived at location and determined Mr. Olsen was intoxicated and operating a motorcycle on a public highway. No injuries were reported from the accident. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. Mr. Olsen was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He will appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

• Elizabeth A. Bradford, 59, of Hillsdale was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, July 5. She was traveling on State Route 22 in Ancram, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed she was under the influence of alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

• Michael Y. Tong, 51, of Ghent was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, July 15. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Stockport, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

• Cameo Clark, 25, of Chatham was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol, a class U misdemeanor; controlled substance in non-original container, a violation; following too closely and open container/drinking alcohol in motor vehicle, both traffic infractions, by Deputy Jordan Brahm, July 19 at 1:44 p.m. Deputy Brahm was assigned by Columbia County 911 to a personal injury auto accident on State Route 9 in Kinderhook. Ms. Clark struck a vehicle that was attempting to turn into Golden Harvest Farms. Valatie Rescue took Ms. Clark to Albany Medical Center for a laceration and pain. She allegedly possessed Xanax pills, a controlled substance, without a prescription. She was issued tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

• Joseph T. Schuster, 23, of Stockport was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, July 20. He was traveling on Deer Haven Road in Livingston, when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

• Max Dube, 59, of Germantown was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, July 22. Mr. Dube was traveling on State Route 9H in Claverack, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

• Samuel C. Wright, 51, of Durham was charged with aggravated DWI with three prior convictions, a class D felony; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony, and use of a vehicle without and interlock device, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from Livingston, July 26. Mr. Wright was traveling on State Route 9H in Claverack, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

• Erik C. Olsen, 38, of Ghent was charged with DWI with two prior convictions, a class D felony, and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony, by State Police from Livingston, July 28. Mr. Olsen was traveling on State Route 9 in Stockport, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

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