CLAVERACK—A 47-year-old Warren County man is in the Columbia County Jail on $1 million bail charged with the rape of a minor.
About two weeks ago the Columbia County Sheriff Office was contacted by the parents of the child, who said they suspected that a man had attempted to have sexual contact with their child, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr. The child is under 17 years of age.
An investigation was initiated which revealed that Perry Pendall, 47, of Stock Farm Road, Chestertown and the child had communicated on the Internet, later met in Columbia County and subsequently had sexual intercourse.
The sheriff said Mr. Pendall had driven from Warren County on more than one occasion to meet with the child.
On April 5 at 4:42 p.m., Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Patrick Logue arrested the defendant. He was charged with second degree rape, a class D felony, and was arraigned before County Court Judge Richard Koweek at the Columbia County Courthouse. He was sent to the Columbia County jail in lieu of $1 million bail bond. The case was set to be presented to the Grand Jury, Monday April 8.
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible. District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office along with the Warren County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Unit is assisting in the investigation. Captain David Bartlett, Senior Investigator Kevin Skype, Patrol Sgt. William Zincio and other uniformed members of the Sheriff Office also assisted in the investigation. District Attorney Czajka asks anyone with information in the Warren County area contact Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan who is also involved in the investigation.
The Sheriff asks anyone that may have information concerning Mr. Pendall or his actions in the local area to call or contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518 828-4316.
(The information in this report was provided by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and is from a revised version of a previously issued press release.)
Food stamp fraud suspected
Federal and local police agencies raided the D & D Deli and Grocery on Fifth Street in Hudson, April 9 at 9:01 a.m. Targeted as a hub for food stamp fraud, officials believe the deli was buying food stamps from recipients for a reduced cash value. The execution of a U.S. District Court-issued search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Columbia County Welfare Fraud Task Force. The investigation into illegal use of food stamps began more than a year ago and widened to include state and federal agencies. Involved in the investigation and/or executing the warrant were: the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Department of Social Services, Hudson Police, state Office of Taxation and Finance, U.S. Department of Agriculture–Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The investigation is continuing.
*Ana M. Docoito-Nelson, 40, of Yonkers was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by Hudson Police Officer Rodney Waithe at the police station, March 23 at 11:29 a.m.
Ms. Docoito-Nelson allegedly struck her three-year-old autistic child multiple times in the face and yelled obscenities at him while he was secured in a stroller.
She was arraigned before City Judge Mark Portin and released.
*Walter Garcia, 57, of Hudson was charged with third degree attempted assault (with intent to cause physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer Jacob Hoffman, III, at 549 State Street, March 30 at 5:10 p.m.
Mr. Garcia was arrested following an investigation into a dispute during which he allegedly grabbed a 58-year-old woman by the arms and dragged her down a flight of stairs.
Arraigned before City Judge John Connor, Jr., Mr. Garcia was released and an order of protection was filed.
Jonathan Ramirez, 22, of Canaan was charged with one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony, by State Police at New Lebanon March 29
Troopers were called to the Sunoco gas station on State Route 22 for a reported burglary March 28. An investigation that continued into the early morning hours Friday resulted in Mr. Ramirez’ arrest.
He was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.
John P. Morgan, 37, of Claverack was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and Christopher Link, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Mr. Morgan allegedly violated an order of protection issued by Columbia County Family Court Judge Richard Koweek. He was arraigned before Claverack Justice Michael Brandon, released on his own recognizance and directed to return to court at a later date.
Tavaris Grant, 17, of Hudson was charged with second degree assault by State Police at Livingston, April 5.
Troopers were called to a village residence where they determined that Tavaris struck a female acquaintance in the head with a broomstick causing a laceration. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail to reappear at a later date.
Hillary R. Gonyer, 33, of Ballston Spa was charged with second degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor and first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, by state troopers and investigators from Livingston, April 3.
A four-month-long investigation resulted in Ms. Gonyer’s arrest after she allegedly used false information during a traffic stop in Chatham. She was issued tickets to appear in Chatham Town Court at a later date.
*Paul M. Williams, 51, of Hudson was charged with endangering welfare of child, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated (first offense) and aggravated driving while intoxicated (driving with a child in the vehicle) by Hudson Police Officer Corey Skype following an accident at 62 North Third Street, March 24 at 11:28 p.m. Mr. Williams was allegedly operating a vehicle and caused an accident. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time and had a seven-year-old child as the passenger in the vehicle. He was arraigned before City Judge Mark Portin and sent to jail without bail.
*William S. Hallenbeck, 26, of Valatie was charged with failure to keep right and unlawful possession of marijuana by Sheriff’s Sergeant William Zincio during a traffic stop on Route 9, Stockport, March 24 at 9:10 p.m. He will answer the charges in the Stockport Court April 15.
*Danelle Gansowski, 35, of Stockport was charged with driving while intoxicated and several vehicle and traffic law violations by State Police from Kinderhook, during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 31. Troopers received a report of an erratic operator traveling southbound on State Route 9J. They located the vehicle on School Road in Stockport and an investigation revealed found Ms. Gansowski to be intoxicated. She provided a breath sample with a 0.14% blood alcohol concentration. She was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.
*Jermaine Shivers, 33, of Hudson was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and a mobile phone violation by State Police from Livingston, March 25 at 11:52 a.m. Troopers observed Mr. Shivers driving a vehicle on Fairview Avenue in Greenport while using a cellular telephone. Troopers initiated a traffic stop and interviewed Mr. Shivers, who was subsequently found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was issued tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.
*Luke Culley, 41, of Merrimack, NH, was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, April 5. Mr. Culley was stopped on State 66, Ghent for vehicle and traffic law violations and he was found to be intoxicated. He was released with tickets returnable in Ghent Court April 15.
*Philip Santangelo, 20, of Lindenhurst and his passenger, Stephen Troncoso, 24, of North Adams, MA, were each charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by State Police from Livingston, April 7 at 5:15 p.m. Troopers stopped the vehicle driven by Mr. Santangelo on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack for traveling at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. Both Mr. Santangelo and Mr. Troncoso were found to be in possession of hashish and a small amount of marijuana. Mr. Santangelo was also charged with speeding. Both men were issued tickets returnable in Claverack Court, April 23.
*Robert Englehardt, Jr., 34, of Livingston was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and speeding by State Police from Livingston April 7. A trooper saw the Englehardt vehicle speeding on State Route 9, Livingston. He pulled the vehicle over and as he approached it, the trooper saw the operator finish a can of beer. Sobriety tests were conducted and Mr. Englehardt was found to be intoxicated. Mr. Englehardt was given a breath test with a .13% blood alcohol content as the result. He was issued tickets returnable in Livingston Court April 18.
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