Stuyvesant man arrested for criminal sexual act/unlawful dealing with child

STOCKPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Scott W. Folmsbee, 51, of Stuyvesant for second degree criminal sexual act, a class D felony, and first degree unlawful dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor, December 23.

In August 2021 State Police began investigating the possible sexual assault of a victim taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Their investigation determined Mr. Folmsbee allegedly provided an alcoholic beverage to the victim, who is under the age of 21, and then performed a criminal sexual act while the victim was incapacitated.

Mr. Folmsbee was arraigned before Justice Malcolm Smalley in Stockport Court and released on his own recognizance to return to court at a later date.

Livingston

State Police responded to a report of a stabbing January 4 at 8:23 a.m. on Bells Pond Road. An investigation determined the incident was a domestic dispute between two people with one having suffered a stab wound to a hand.

The stabbed person was taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the other person was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

This investigation remains ongoing and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Copake Falls

A Copake man was hurt in an all-terrain-vehicle accident at 4 Old Route 22, December 26 at 10:02 p.m.

Hillsdale firefighters, the Community Rescue Squad and State Police were summoned to the scene.

Dean C. Mellan, 23, of Copake was operating a Polaris RZR 1000 ATV when the vehicle overturned for unknown reasons. A Life Net helicopter took Mr. Mellan to Albany Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries, according to State Police Troop K Public Information Officer Trooper A.J. Hicks.

He was subsequently listed in stable condition. The accident investigation remains open.

Firefighters were back in service at 11:10 p.m.

Kinderhook

State Police on patrol observed a 2021 Nissan Altima on Route 9H with several V&T violations, December 28 at 9:18 p.m.

When the vehicle turned onto Fischer Road, troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the operator failed to comply.

The driver lost control of vehicle, went off the road and struck a utility pole at 601 Fischer Road.

The driver was subsequently identified as Peter A. Knapp, 52, of Kinderhook. The Valatie Rescue Squad took him to the Albany Medical Center for evaluation. An investigation determined Mr. Knapp was allegedly operating under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, obstruction of governmental administration, third degree fleeing a police officer, all misdemeanors, and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony.

Kinderhook and Valatie firefighters were called to the scene along with National Grid to deal with the broken pole.

Firefighters were back in service at 9:50 p.m.

Mr. Knapp was issued tickets to appear in Kinderhook Town Court, January 25.

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Sex offender gets 3.5 years prison time

HUDSON — Shawn Mazelie was sentenced by Judge Jonathan Nichols in Columbia County Court to 3.5 years in state prison and 10 years post-release supervision, according to a January 3 press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Shawn Mazelie

September 29, 2021, a jury found Mr. Mazelie, 41, of Hudson guilty of third degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony. The 12-person jury convicted Mr. Mazelie of engaging in sexual conduct with a person less than 17-years-old on December 7, 2019. The trial before Judge Nichols lasted nine days. The jury deliberated for about one hour before reaching its verdict.

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty prosecuted the case. In the press release ADA Carty commended the victim for testifying under extremely stressful circumstances. The DA also thanked the Child Advocacy Center, whose counselors had been instrumental in obtaining the conviction, and, most importantly, assisting the victim from the day the crime was reported. As a result of his conviction, Mr. Mazelie will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 20 years.

“The victim is courageous for not only reporting this incident, but testifying during the trial. The strength of the victim assists in ensuring that this will not happen again to any other children.” ADA Carty said.

Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore commended the work of the department’s detective unit, especially Detective Patrick Meister, who investigated the case and arrested Mr. Mazelie, February 20, 2020.

“I also commend our witness’s bravery in coming forward. Without their cooperation, there wouldn’t be a case,” Chief Moore said in the release.

Mr. Mazelie also faces a witness tampering charge in relation to the case after his arrest September 24, 2021. The case is pending in Columbia County Court.

Columbia County Conflict Defender John Leonardson represents Mr. Mazelie on the sex charge. County Conflict Defender Dennis McEvoy represents Mr. Mazelie on the witness tampering charge.

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