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Philmont man busted for alleged crack sales after neighbors complain


PHILMONT–A village couple faces drug-related charges following the execution of search and arrest warrants by State Police at Livingston, September 15 at 10 p.m.

Accompanied by the Special Operations Unit and Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, State troopers and investigators raided ½ Church Street and arrested Nathaniel S. Jennings, 22, on a County Court Warrant resulting from a Grand Jury indictment charging him with two counts of felony third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (crack cocaine.)  Mr. Jennings was awaiting a trial date for previous felony drug charges at the time of this most recent arrest. He was jailed without bail pending appearance in County Court.

Also arrested was Tanya King, 28, identified by police as Mr. Jennings’ girlfriend. She was charged with one count of felony third degree criminal possession of controlled substance (prescription pills) and jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

The arrests came as a result of numerous complaints made to law enforcement officials by Philmont village officials and village residents.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s office assisted in the investigation.

A State Police helicopter and K-9 were also used in the raid.


Neil Vesce, 40, of Manhattan was charged as a fugitive from justice by Deputy Bernard Roberts, September 9 at 2:35 p.m.

Mr. Vesce was being released from the Columbia County Jail on an unrelated matter and was found to be wanted on felony burglary warrant from Puerto Rico. He was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel and sent back to the county jail without bail, pending further proceedings.

*Gregory O. Springs, 44, of Hudson was arrested on a Hudson Police warrant for third degree attempted robbery by Greenport Police Officer Patrick Meister, September 9 at 9 p.m. He was charged at the Moose Lodge on Town Hall Drive and turned over to Hudson Police Officer David Miller.

Mr. Springs allegedly attempted to forcibly steal property from a 27-year-old woman during a dispute at a Warren Street address, July 9, according to Hudson Police.

Arraigned before City Court Judge Richard Koweek, Mr. Springs was released on his own recognizance pending a later court appearance.


Jason Ortiz, 19, of Niverville was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing by State Police at Kinderhook, September 14.

Responding to a dispute in the Hannaford Parking lot in Kinderhook, troopers interviewed the woman victim. Mr. Ortiz allegedly “keyed” her car and then choked her after an argument. He was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court.


Alexander Karpinski, 23, of Kinderhook was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor under state Environmental Conservation Law; driving while intoxicated; aggravated driving while intoxicated; inadequate exhaust and inadequate license plate lamp by Deputy Kris Bauhoff and Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Donald Krapf during a traffic stop on Route 203, September 3 at 10:30 p.m. Mr. Karpinski will answer the charges in Chatham Town Court, September 28.


A Pennsylvania man was ticketed following a personal injury automobile crash at the intersection of Lasher and Pleasantvale roads, September 3 at 12:45 p.m.

Robert Paul McAndrew, 81, of Bethlehem, PA was driving a 2010 Toyota, attempting to make a right turn onto Lasher Road when he pulled into the path of a 2005 Jeep operated by Karl Frizzell, 42, of Germantown.

Northern Dutchess Paramedics took Mr. Frizzell to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of head pain. Mr. Frizzell’s passenger, Dorothy Kloss, 55, and Mr. McAndrew were not injured in the crash.

Sheriff’s Office Sergeant William Zincio issued Mr. McAndrew a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right of way. He will answer his charge in Clermont Court, September 22.

*Lisa Hoffman, 34, of Clermont was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputy Brian Molinski, September 1 at 1:35 p.m.

Ms. Hoffman is accused of violating a court order of protection by going near the residence of a person she was directed to stay away from. She was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore and sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond and directed to return to Germantown Court at a later date.


Arlene M. Mercado, 34, of Albany was charged with second degree criminal impersonation, a class A, misdemeanor; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor; operating a motor vehicle without a license and speed in excess of the 55 mph limit by Deputy Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway, September 3 at 12:01 p.m.

After being stopped for speeding, she allegedly provided a false name and date of birth to the deputy. She was arraigned in Austerlitz Court and jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $1,500 bail bond and directed to return to court at a later date.

*Wesley Waite, 46, of Hillsdale was charged with speeding, unlicensed operation, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and on an outstanding Dutchess County Family Court warrant by Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Merante during a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway in Austerlitz, August 26 at 7:54 p.m. Mr. Waite will answer the local charges in Austerlitz Court September 28. Sgt. Merante turned him over to Dutchess County deputies for further action on the warrant.


Jonathan Barratt, 21, of Germantown was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by State Police at Livingston, September 5.

Police were called to investigate a person walking in the road on State Route 9H. The responding trooper found Mr. Barratt intoxicated and in the road.  When the trooper tried to take Mr. Barratt into custody for disorderly conduct he allegedly resisted. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

*Hao Huang, 27, of Albany was charged with false personation, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding and other vehicle and traffic law violations by State Police at Livingston, September 3.

Police stopped Mr. Huang for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack. He allegedly repeatedly gave a false name to police in order to try to conceal that he was driving with a suspended license, police said. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in Claverack Court.

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