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EAST CHATHAM–Three people face felony charges in connection with a firewood-throwing incident, January 5.

State Police report that Sarah Patton, 19, of East Chatham and Joshua Case, 33, of Valatie were involved in a violent dispute at the Patton residence on State Route 295.

Mr. Case allegedly assaulted Ms. Patton, causing cuts to her hand and arm. He then allegedly damaged the storm door, a wall of the residence and threw a piece of firewood through a window, causing more than $1,000 worth of damage.

Ms. Patton’s brother, Andrew Patton, 21, intervened during the dispute and fought with Mr. Case. When Mr. Case tried to leave in a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup, the Patton siblings chased him on foot, with Mr. Patton allegedly punching and kicking the truck and Ms. Patton allegedly throwing firewood at it. The brother and sister caused more than $1,900 damage to the vehicle.

Troopers Bryan Cloutier and Nicholas Lombardi sorted out the whole affair and charged Mr. Case with felony third degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor third degree assault. He was ticketed to appear in Chatham Town Court.

Mr. Patton was charged with felony second degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned in New Lebanon Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He will reappear in Chatham Town Court.

Ms. Patton was charged with felony second degree criminal mischief. She was arraigned in New Lebanon Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail. She will also reappear in Chatham Town Court.

This is the second violent incident at the Patton home in recent memory, according to State Police. In September 2010, the two Pattons, along with their brother, Kyle and their mother, Kathleen, were involved in a melee with several state troopers that ended with all four family members arrested on numerous charges. Kyle Patton is still serving a state prison sentence for his involvement.

Stuyvesant

Paul R. VanBenschoten, 40, of Stuyvesant was charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Deputy Travis VanAlstyne was called to the Glencadia Rod & Gun Club on County Route 46, January 7 for a reported burglary. The deputy found that forced entry had been made to the building and that a large flat screen television worth more than $750 was stolen. Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Dunspaugh processed evidence at the scene.

Investigators interviewed residents who live along County Route 46 in the area of the club. They provided information about a suspicious vehicle seen in the area which assisted in the investigation. Mr. VanBenschoten made admissions concerning his involvement in the burglary and he is also a suspect in a larceny case under investigation by Greenport Police, the sheriff said in the release.

Mr. VanBenschoten was taken into custody without incident at the Sheriff’s Office January 9 at 1:45 p.m. by Sheriff’s Investigators Dunspaugh and Patrick Logue.

Arraigned in Greenport Court before Town Justice Robert Brenzel, he was sent to county jail in lieu of $1,000 bail and directed to appear in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

Greenport

Jennie Fusco, 41, of no known address, was charged as a fugitive from justice by Deputies Peter Merante, Jr. and Marcus Hickey, November 15 at 3:30 .pm.

Ms. Fusco was found to be wanted in the State of Florida by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on felony probation warrants. She was in the Columbia Jail on unrelated charges. Arraigned in Greenport Court before Town Justice Robert Brenzel, she was remanded to the county jail without bail pending extradition proceedings.

*Crystal-Shine McEwan, 34, of Hudson was charged with second degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s Office Investigator John Rivero, November 14 at 2:15 p.m.

Ms. McEwan allegedly possessed an altered food voucher to claim more merchandise than she was authorized to purchase. Arraigned in Greenport Court, Ms. McEwan was released on her own recognizance and directed to return to court at a later date.

Copake

Kelly A. Mazzuchelli, 47, of Hillsdale was charged with second degree harassment and second degree criminal contempt by Deputies David Proper and Toby VanAlstyne, November 10 at 3:50 p.m.

Ms. Mazzuchelli allegedly violated an order of protection by going to the residence of the protected person in Copake and engaging in physical contact with the individual. Ms. Mazzuchelli was arraigned and sent to the county jail in lieu of $ 5,000 cash bail or bond. She was return to Copake Court at a later date.

Kinderhook

Trevor Welch, 32, of Kinderhook was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputies Todd Hyson and Travis VanAlstyne, November 9 at 7:10 p.m.

Mr. Welch allegedly violated a Columbia County Family Court order of protection issued by Judge Jonathan Nichols. Arraigned for Kinderhook by Stuyvesant Justice Carrie O’Hare, Mr. Welch was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

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