DELMAR – These are the Police briefs that appeared in November 9th edition of The Spotlight.
DWI on Delaware
CLARKSVILLE — Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Stewarts on Delaware Turnpike on Sunday, Oct. 2 to perform a welfare check on a driver in the parking lot.
When deputies arrived at approximately 4:59 p.m. they found a 34-year-old Glenmont man sitting in his Ford F-150 with the keys in the ignition. While interviewing the man, the deputies observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.
The man said he had one Coors Banquet beer earlier in the day and he had more in the passenger seat, but did not consume them.
He was given and failed field sobriety tests, tested positive for breath alcohol on a prescreening device and taken into custody. At the police station he provided a breath sample that returned a 0.12 percent BAC. He was charged with DWI and traffic violations. He was given tickets and released to return to New Scotland Town Court on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Westerlo woman three times over legal limit
NEW SCOTLAND – On Monday, Oct. 31 State Police arrested a 32-year-old Westerlo woman for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.
At about 5:48 p.m. Trooper received the report of a vehicle being operated erratically on State Route 32 in Bethlehem. Troopers patrolled for the vehicle and located it on State Route 32 in New Scotland and observed it violate multiple vehicle and traffic laws. Troopers conducted a traffic stop, identified the operator, and performed field sobriety tests which she failed. The woman was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.
She was transported to the barracks for processing, where she provided a breath sample that returned a 0.28 percent BAC. She was issued tickets returnable to the New Scotland Town Court on December 1 and released to a sober party.
Detectives make arrest in Price Chopper check scam
TROY – Bethlehem police arrested a Troy woman on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a fraudulent check scheme at the Price Chopper in Glenmont.
Casey Francis, 40, allegedly presented, as herself, a payroll check for $790.16 from Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley to Price Chopper on June 29 and cashed it. She was not an employee of the company.
After an investigation, a warrant was issued for Francis and she was arrested at her residence in Troy. She was charged with possession of a forged instrument, a felony, petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and an additional misdemeanor count of possession of a forged instrument.
Francis was arraigned by Bethlehem Town Justice Andrew Kirby and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Crash and fire lead to DWI and possession of testosterone
SELKIRK – Bethlehem police responded to a crash and vehicle on fire in the area of 149 Maple Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 22 at approximately 7:26 p.m. Upon arrival they observed a 2016 Nissan Sentra that had hit a 2019 Silverado. While interviewing the driver of the Sentra, a 24-year-old Selkirk man, officers observed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. The man said he consumed two 16-ounce Budweisers and two Juice Bomb IPAs earlier in the night in Saugerties.
He was given and failed field sobriety tests, tested positive for breath alcohol on a prescreening device and taken into custody. At the police station the man provided a breath sample that returned a .10 percent BAC.
While the officers were doing an inventory of the Sentra before towing it, officers found seven bottles of Testosterone Propionate, a controlled substance. Six of the bottles were empty, but one contained .23 grams of the substance.
The man was charged with DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, as well as following too closely, a violation.
He was arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Larceny at Walmart leads to arrest on warrant
GLENMONT – On Saturday, Oct. 29, Walmart loss prevention reported to Bethlehem police that a woman had walked out of the store with a duffle bag full of merchandise.
When police arrived they found Aida Rivera, 54, of Albany, hiding in the bushes next to the building with the bag.
She was given an appearance ticket for Bethlehem Town Court on November 15. She was released, then transported to officers from the City of Albany for an outstanding warrant for burglary.
Two car crash with felony aggravated DWI
DELMAR – Bethlehem police responded to a two-car crash near 997 Delaware Avenue on Monday, Oct. 31 at 11:51 a.m. to find a 33-year-old Greenville man standing outside his Mercedes 350 after the accident.
As the officers were interviewing the driver of the Mercedes, Joshua McMillen, they observed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and that he had bloodshot eyes. McMillen stated he was at a house party in Albany the night before where he had his last set of drinks and had about three hours sleep and was driving home.
Officers administered field sobriety tests which McMillen failed, he tested positive for breath alcohol and was taken into custody.
At the Bethlehem police station, a malfunctioning breath testing device caused blank readings and officers transported McMillen to the Albany County Sheriff’s office in Clarksville to use their device. According to reports, at 2:05 p.m. he provided a breath sample there which returned a .19 percent BAC.
McMillen was charged with felony DWI because he had a prior DWI conviction. He was also ticketed for passing in a no passing zone. He was issued an appearance ticket and released.
Outstanding warrant brings man back from Oswego
OSWEGO – A man who vandalized the Glenmont Job Corps in 2018 arrested on outstanding warrant while in Oswego County Jail.
Davonte Graham, 22, was arrested for breaking an exit sign and chair after being told he was being removed from the program at Job Corps. He was arrested on January 18, 2018 and given an appearance ticket. He failed to return for his February court date.
On Tuesday, Nov 1, Graham was located at the jail and transported back to Bethlehem for the Warrant. He pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was returned to Oswego County Jail.
Tool thief back in court on warrant
GLENMONT – A man accused in 2018 of stealing tools from the Lowes on Route 9W was back in court for a second time and plead guilty to disorderly conduct.
Kyle Chambers, 36, of Schenectady, was arrested in 2019 for entering the store and stealing tools. Chambers and Claude Anderson, also of Schenectady, were also implicated in additional larcenies at Lowes stores in Schenectady County and were turned over by Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department for the 2019 outstanding Bethlehem arrest warrant. The pair were charged, arraigned and released on their own recognizance. They did not show up for court in April and another warrant was issued in August 2019.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Chambers was transported to Bethlehem from the Saratoga County Jail for the outstanding warrant. He pled guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and was returned to jail.