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GREENPORT–Michael J. Weaver, 33, of Stanfordville was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon, class D felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, class U misdemeanor; controlled substance not in original container and inadequate exhaust, both violations, by Deputies Kris Bauhoff and Peter Merante, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Weaver was pulled over for having an inadequate exhaust while driving a vehicle on Fingar Road. He was found to have a suspended license and allegedly possessed brass knuckles. He is also accused of possessing Xanax and Suboxone without a prescription. Mr. Weaver was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He was scheduled to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

Hudson

Darien J. Moore, 24, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer David Card at 32 North Fifth Street, September 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Mr. Moore was charged on an active Hudson City Court warrant stemming from a fight in the vicinity of the 200 block of Warren Street August 8 at 3:50 a.m. He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge John Connor and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

*Crystal Riegel, 31, of Hudson was charged on a City of Hudson warrant for three counts of second degree endangering the welfare of a child and second degree harassment (physical/repeated) by Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies at 719 Union Street, September 1 at 9:45 a.m.

She was turned over to Hudson Police Officer James Nero on charges stemming from an August 23 dispute.

Ms. Riegel was arraigned before City Court Judge John Connor and released on her own recognizance pending a future court date.

Livingston

Harold W. Rugar, III, 35, of Livingston was charged with second degree criminal contempt, class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Jason Garvey, September 2 at 8:15 p.m.

Mr. Rugar allegedly violated an order of protection. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance pending a future return court date.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

  • Robert M. Ashbaugh, 52, of Elizaville was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Peter Merante and Steven Rose, September 1 at 5:39 p.m. Mr. Ashbaugh was pulled over on County Route 19 in Livingston for failure to keep right and then failure to stop for a stop sign. He failed field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test yielded a .22% blood alcohol content (BAC). He also allegedly possessed of a quantity of marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Livingston Court, September 17.
  • Anthony F. Lipari, 37, of Greenport was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, class U misdemeanor; drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and failing to use turn signal, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Peter Merante and Steven Rose, September 3 at 6:56 p.m. Mr. Lipari was stopped on Maryanne Avenue, Greenport for failure to signal a turn. An investigation at the scene revealed that he held a suspended license in New York and that he was in possession of a quantity of heroin. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court September 21.
  • Mitchell C. Bartley, 35, of Ancram was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and having a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08%, both class U misdemeanors, by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Andrew Broockmann and Deputy Joseph Bruno, September 5 at 6:58 a.m. Columbia County 911 called deputies to a private residence in Ancram for a dispute during which a man involved, identified as Mr. Bartley, left in a vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Tims Road and administered field sobriety which Mr. Bartley failed. He took a breathalyzer test which yielded a .16% BAC. He was issued tickets returnable in Ancram Court September 30.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com.

Burglars and robber sentenced

HUDSON—Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek sentenced Michael Cristaldi to three and one-half years with the State Department of Corrections upon his conviction of First Degree Attempted Robbery, August 4, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

State Police charged Mr. Cristaldi with stealing cash from the Sunoco station in the Town of Kinderhook, January 15 while armed with a large knife. State Police investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Cristaldi. He was represented by the Columbia County Public Defender’s Office.

Also in County Court, Judge Koweek sentenced both Jamie Garcia and Joshua Tyler to five years of probation upon their conviction of third degree burglary, a class D felony, committed April 30.

State Police arrested Mr. Garcia and Mr. Tyler after an investigation into a string of burglaries of vacant Columbia County residences.

The Columbia County Public Defender represented Mr. Garcia. Columbia County Conflict Defender Sean Lally, Esq. represented Mr. Tyler.

In the release, the DA commended the quick and efficient work of the State Police. All of the defendants, in all of these investigations are required as a part of their sentence to make complete restitution and reparation to the victims of their crimes.

 

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