PHILMONT—Keith Gaylord, 33, of Philmont was charged in connection with a robbery at the Family Dollar store, 84 Main Street in the Village.
Columbia County 911 dispatched Philmont Police and Sheriff’s deputies to the Family Dollar for a
reported robbery that had just occurred, February 27 at 3:55 p.m. A store employee reported that a white male in his 30s, having a small build and wearing dark-colored clothing, had pushed him and then stole money from the cash register.
The employee knew the suspect as Keith Gaylord, who then ran from the store in an easterly direction, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
Deputies and a Sheriff’s Office K9 unit conducted an immediate search of the area. Sergeant Heath
Benansky found the suspect a short time later crouched under a staircase in close proximity to the store.
Mr. Gaylord was taken into custody and found to allegedly possess of a quantity of crack cocaine.
Sergeant Benansky and his K9 partner Apollo then conducted a search for the proceeds taken in the robbery.
The Sheriff’s Office did not say whether the money was found or how much was stolen.
Mr. Gaylord was charged with third degree robbery, a class D felony; petit larceny and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors.
He was arraigned in Philmont Village Court and was released on his own recognizance under new bail reform laws. Mr. Gaylord is scheduled to return to court March 26 at 6 p.m.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Philmont Police and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.
Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Captain John DeRocha, Senior Investigator William Foster,
Sergeant Heath Benansky, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Deputies Ryen Boehme and David Stevens.
Steven Herzog, 34, of Niverville was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A
misdemeanor, by Deputy Ryen Boehme, February 8 at 9:20 a.m. During a domestic dispute, he allegedly broke things while children were present. He was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and was released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.
*Michael Coxon, 41, of Niverville was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A
misdemeanor, by Deputy Andrew Horst, February 10 at 8:35 pm.
Mr. Coxon is accused of violating an order of protection. An appearance ticket was issued returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.
Mickey Miller, 51, of Greenport was charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Thomas Merante, February 14 at 3:37 p.m.
Mr. Miller is accused of causing physical injury to a 17-year-old victim. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.
Thomas Golden, 36, of Craryville was charged on a warrant for third degree criminal mischief and first degree criminal contempt, both class E felonies, by Deputies Thomas Merante and Zachary Torchia, February 8 at 8:20 a.m.
Mr. Golden is accused of intentionally causing damage to a person’s car and also violating an order of protection issued by Columbia County Court. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $1,000 bond. He will appear back in court at a later date.
Shooter headed to state pen
By DIANE VALDEN
HUDSON—Jesus Figueroa, 26, of the Bronx was sentenced by Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek in Columbia County Court March 3 upon his conviction by plea, as indicted, of second degree attempted murder, two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon and first degree assault, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.
The judge sentenced Mr. Figueroa as a predicate felon to a minimum of nine years with the New York State Department of Corrections and five years post release supervision.
Mr. Figueroa shot Cody Curtis, 22, of Copake six times at a Halloween party in the early morning hours of October 27, 2019. Mr. Curtis, who was initially hospitalized and underwent surgery was later released.
What was supposed to be a small gathering for several friends got out of hand when more than 60 people showed up after learning of the party on social media, police said at the time.
State Troopers Zhaka, Winters, Buchinsky, Gagliardi, Keeler, VanBuren, Newton, Syrek, Klay, Fairbairn, Orcutt; Senior Investigators Barnes, Schneeloch and Holtman; Investigators Domkoski, Reilly, Morrison, Munim, Simko, Alpert and Gagliardi; Crime Scene Investigator Samsy, Sergeant Herkelland and Captain Kolb investigated this case and arrested Mr. Figueroa, who is represented by William Galvin, Esq.
*Robert Streib 36, of Red Hook waived indictment by a grand jury and pleaded guilty in Columbia
County Court to second degree manslaughter, a class C felony, February 28. The court will sentence Mr. Streib April 27.
Mr. Streib stabbed Glenn Unson, 43, of Clermont 11 times in his chest and abdominal area, Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:32 a.m. Authorities said that Mr. Unson was stabbed outside of a vehicle at the Pleasant Vale Road /State Route 9 intersection about a half-mile from where his body was found at 120 Pleasant Vale Road, Clermont on the front lawn of a house where his sister lives. The men had known each other for years and got into an argument.
Mr. Streib was initially charged with second degree murder. Asked why the charge was changed to
manslaughter, a lesser charge, DA Czajka told the Columbia Paper, “the circumstances of the assault together with the quantum of proof available to the People suggested that the manslaughter charge which carries a 5 to 15 year sentence was most appropriate.”
Columbia County Sheriff Office Deputies Theodore Blank, Jerald Rowell, Matthew Leonard, Jordan
Brahm, Daniel Keyser and Patrick O’Malley-McMahon; Investigators William Dunspaugh, Patrick Logue and Reagan Anderson; Senior Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Kevin Skype; Sergeant Jeffery Hofstetter; 1st Sergeant Louis Bray III; Lieutenant Wayne Lopez and Sheriff David Bartlett investigated the case and arrested Mr. Streib who is represented by Ann Weaver, Esq.