Deputies arrest Hudson man for burglaries in Valatie

VALATIE—Columbia County Sheriff Office investigators arrested a Hudson man moments after he allegedly burglarized a local business in the village, October 14 at 10:42 p.m.

Investigators have been looking into multiple commercial burglaries that have occurred over the past two months in various parts of Columbia County. Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release that during the course of these investigations, special details were implemented in an attempt to catch the those responsible for the crimes.

While conducting one of these special details, investigators discovered a burglary had just occurred at local restaurant in the Village, October 14 around 10 p.m. The investigators were quickly able to identify a potential suspect and the vehicle he was operating.

Handgun and drugs recovered by police. w/pic/ Photo contributed

A traffic stop of the suspect vehicle was initiated on State Route 9H in Kinderhook. During the stop, evidence indicating the suspect was responsible for the burglary was uncovered. The suspect, James H. Smith, 48, of Hudson was taken into custody and brought to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and subsequently made admissions as to his involvement in the burglary to Chris’ Café at 1048 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

He was charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal mischief and petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors. Mr. Smith was arraigned before Justice David Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is to appear back in court at a later date.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and his office are assisting with the case and as the investigation continues, investigators are obtaining search warrants related to the burglary and traffic stop. Additional charges are possible in this case.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Senior Investigators Kevin Skype, Mark Dunspaugh and William Foster, Investigators Patrick Logue, Reagan Anderson and Kris Bauhoff and Deputies Joseph Bruno and Jerald Rowell.

Anyone with information pertaining to these burglaries of local businesses is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518-828-4316 and ask for Sr. Inv. Skype or Inv. Bauhoff.


State Police from Kinderhook and Livingston arrested Brendan Crotty, 30, and Brittany H. Hevessy, 30, both of Valatie, for second degree burglary, a class C felony, and criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, October 16. Mr. Crotty was additionally charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony.

Troopers responded to Hudson Street in the Village of Kinderhook for a report of a possible burglary, October 2. An investigation determined Ms. Hevessy and Mr. Crotty allegedly illegally entered the victim’s residence and stole several credit cards. The pair then allegedly purchased several items at Walmart locations in Greenport and Rensselaer County with the stolen credit cards.

Both subjects were arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. The are scheduled to return to court at a later date.

*Jael Downes, 41, of Catskill was charged on a warrant for criminal obstruction of breathing, fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputy Timothy Gladwin September 28 at 9:48 a.m.

Mr. Downes is accused of choking and punching a female during a domestic incident at a private residence in the Town of Kinderhook. He also allegedly damaged her cell phone during the altercation. He was arraigned in Stockport Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.


Hudson Police arrested a teenage boy and recovered a handgun and drugs following a “shots fired” call October 15. The Hudson youth was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (defaced weapon), a class D felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

At 12:15 a.m. that Tuesday, City Police received two calls reporting gunshots in the area of the 200 block of State Street. Patrols responded to the area within one minute to investigate. While on the scene interviewing possible witnesses and searching the area for evidence, the patrol heard another gunshot in the area of the 300 block of Columbia Street.

Officers conducted a field interview of a 16-year-old male located on the 300 block of Prison Alley. Police say the teen was in possession of an illegal 9mm handgun. The serial numbers on the weapon were filed off and obliterated. He also allegedly possessed five 9mm ammunition rounds, illegal narcotic drugs (pills), marijuana, and a small amount of cash at the time of the arrest.

The adolescent was arraigned in Columbia County Family Court before Judge Richard Koweek. He was released to his mother and is due back in County Court at a later date.

Hudson Police were assisted by State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

“I credit our night patrol for their quick work in locating the subject and getting another gun off the street. Officers Mausolf, Strattman and Roberts did a great job. We do not know the origins of the pistol and have sent it to the lab for testing,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

*Police arrested two men after search warrant was executed on Columbia Street, October 8.

Following an investigation, a search-warrant was issued by the Columbia County Court and executed at the residence of Aaron L. Lomax, 29, on Columbia Street in Hudson.

Mr. Lomax was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to sell, a class B felony; fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Also charged was Lakuan Deleon, 25, of Ravena for fourth degree grand larceny (larceny of a wallet), a class E felony, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a class A misdemeanor, and as an out-of-state fugitive from justice by the State Police Troop K Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET), and Hudson Police.

Mr. Lomax was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge Brian Herman and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 secure bond. He is next scheduled to appear before the court at a later date.

Mr. DeLeon was jailed without bail.

Hudson Police said Mr. DeLeon’s arrest on a warrant for grand larceny stems from July 25 incident when a Hudson resident accidentally dropped his wallet containing $1,400 on the ground as he exited the Speedway gas station on Green Street. Mr. DeLeon allegedly picked up the wallet and sped off.

The two men happened to be together at the time the home was raided. There is “no connection between the two incidents,” police said.


James Faulkner, 49, of Greenport was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Peter Merante and John Sullivan, September 19 at 3:39 p.m. Mr. Faulkner is accused of violating an order of protection. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Richard Jarowicz, Jr., 57, of Kennebunk, ME, was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)—previous conviction within 10 years, a class E felony, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by Deputy David Stevens, September 6 at 8:10 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to 10299 State Route 22 in Hillsdale for a one-vehicle personal-injury accident with wires down. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, Richard Jarowicz, was traveling south when his vehicle struck a guard rail and overturned. The Community Rescue Squad took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The investigation revealed that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol. He was issued tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

Hillsdale firefighters were back in service at 9:54 p.m.

*Charles Fasig, 22, of Sherman, CT, was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors; drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Samantha Plass and Joseph Kilmer, September 8 at 8:37 a.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies for an erratic driver complaint on County Route 7 in Copake. Mr. Fasig was found driving the erratic vehicle and was stopped. Deputies administered field sobriety tests, which Mr. Fasig failed. His breathalyzer test revealed a 0.25% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in Copake Court at a later date.

*Nazaire Paul, 28, of Queens was charged with driving with ability impaired by drugs by State Police from Livingston, September 8. He was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Taghkanic, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of drugs. He was subsequently arrested.

*Stacy Long, 38, of Stuyvesant was charged with aggravated DWI, and first degree leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident, both misdemeanors, by State Police from Livingston, September 8. She was traveling on State Route 9 in Stockport, when she was involved in a two-car motor vehicle crash and fled the scene. An investigation revealed she was under the influence of alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

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