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Burglar Found In Closet Threatens Area Homeowner With Liquor Bottle, Police Say Burglar Found In Closet Threatens Area Homeowner With Liquor Bottle, Police Say
Burglar Found In Closet Threatens Area Homeowner With Liquor Bottle, Police Say A man broke into a stranger’s home in the region before threatening to harm the victim with a liquor bottle, police said. The Saratoga County incident happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the town of Halfmoon. Sheriff’s officials said a woman called 911 saying she had found a burglar hiding in her closet after she arrived at her residence on Hudson River Road. The man threatened her with a liquor bottle before slapping her phone from her hand to stop her from calling the police, she told investigators. He allegedly then stole alcohol before fleeing the home. The woman, who has …
Fatal Crash, Car Fire: Woman ID'd As Victim In Single-Vehicle Wreck In Area Fatal Crash, Car Fire: Woman ID'd As Victim In Single-Vehicle Wreck In Area
Fatal Crash, Car Fire: Woman ID'd As Victim In Single-Vehicle Wreck In Area Authorities have identified a woman who died in a single-vehicle crash and car fire in the region. The Saratoga County wreck happened at around 10:20 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Clifton Park. Sheriff’s officials said emergency crews were called about a single-vehicle crash and subsequent car fire that occurred on North Parkwood Drive near State Route 9. The female driver and sole occupant of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said. No other cars were involved and nobody else was injured. On Monday, May 20, deputies publicly identified the victim as Deborah Bushey, age 60, of C…
Italian Restaurant In Region Closes After 10 Years: 'Proud And Honored' Italian Restaurant In Region Closes After 10 Years: 'Proud And Honored'
Italian Restaurant In Region Closes After 10 Years: 'Proud And Honored' After a decade of satisfying hungry patrons, that’s a wrap for this popular Italian restaurant in the region. Saratoga County eatery Nonna Maria’s Italian Kitchen – located in Halfmoon at 1505 Route 9 – permanently closed on Wednesday, May 15. The restaurant space will be taken over by neighboring establishment Mi Mexico Lindo, owner Gerry Cunsolo said in a goodbye post on Facebook. “About 10 years ago we stumbled upon this little place in a strip mall in Halfmoon, we figured we would take a chance,” he said. “We didn’t know that the chance would turn into endless amounts of customers who …
New Employee Steals Over $8K From Business In Region, Police Say New Employee Steals Over $8K From Business In Region, Police Say
New Employee Steals Over $8K From Business In Region, Police Say A woman from the region is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her new employer. Rensselaer County resident Sinead Corrigan, age 42, of Troy, was arrested Monday, May 6, on suspicion of felony grand larceny. Her arrest came a month after a Saratoga County business owner in Wilton contacted New York State Police in early April about an alleged theft. Troopers determined that Corrigan, who began working at the company in January, allegedly stole merchandise and cash totaling over $8,500. Investigators did not identify the business involved in the alleged theft. Corrigan surrender…
Leandra's Law: Drunk 27-Year-Old Crashes In Region With Child In Car, Police Say Leandra's Law: Drunk 27-Year-Old Crashes In Region With Child In Car, Police Say
Leandra's Law: Drunk 27-Year-Old Crashes In Region With Child In Car, Police Say A 27-year-old woman from the region is accused of causing a drunk-driving crash involving a child. The Saratoga County incident happened at around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the town of Ballston. Sheriff’s officials said Haley Czwakiel, of Ballston Spa, had a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08 percent when she caused a property damage crash on Saratoga Road. At the time of the crash, she was traveling with a child under the age of 15, deputies said. Neither Czwakiel nor the child were injured. Czwakiel was arrested on suspicion of aggravated DWI (felony) and operating a motor…
Highway Stranding Leads To DWI, Animal Abuse Charges For Duo From Region Highway Stranding Leads To DWI, Animal Abuse Charges For Duo From Region
Highway Stranding Leads To DWI, Animal Abuse Charges For Duo From Region What began as a disabled vehicle call on a highway in the region ended with two people in handcuffs, one accused of drugged driving and the other of animal abuse. Troopers in Saratoga County responded to I-87 in Wilton shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, for a broken-down car. New York State Police said the driver, 34-year-old Jennifer Hagadorn, of Gansevoort, and a passenger, 42-year-old Guy Chadwick, of Queensbury, got into an argument when Hagadorn walked away from the vehicle. As she did so, Chadwick allegedly released a dog they had been traveling with and the animal was struck by …
17-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighter From Region Dies; 'Loved Helping Other People' 17-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighter From Region Dies; 'Loved Helping Other People'
17-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighter From Region Dies; 'Loved Helping Other People' Tributes and donations are flooding in following the unexpected death of a beloved 17-year-old volunteer firefighter and EMT from the region. Saratoga County resident Anthony Stefanacci, of Saratoga Springs, died by suicide on Friday, May 10, according to the Ballston Lake EMS. Stefanacci, lovingly known by colleagues as “AJ,” had just passed his EMT exam and was a week shy of his 18th birthday. He was set to graduate from WSWHE BOCES, where he was enrolled in the Criminal Justice Studies program. In a post on Facebook, the school said it was devastated to learn of his passing, adding that…
Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In School Bus Attack In Region Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In School Bus Attack In Region
Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In School Bus Attack In Region A mother is demanding accountability after her teen daughter was left bloodied with a broken nose following an assault aboard a school bus in the region. The Saratoga County incident happened aboard a South Glens Falls High School bus that was transporting students home on Friday afternoon, May 10. Britney Shaffer said her 15-year-old daughter, Bella, was riding on the bus with her boyfriend when a 16-year-old girl became “enraged” that a student’s feet were in the aisle as she was trying to exit. Angered, the 16-year-old reportedly used her 32-ounce, stainless steel Stanley cup to first h…
Numerous Dogs Found In 'Deplorable' Conditions At Home In Region, Police Say Numerous Dogs Found In 'Deplorable' Conditions At Home In Region, Police Say
Numerous Dogs Found In 'Deplorable' Conditions At Home In Region, Police Say A 29-year-old man from the region is facing dozens of animal abuse charges after allegedly neglecting numerous dogs that were in his care. Saratoga County resident Derrick Sud-Nieves, of Halfmoon, was arrested Friday, May 10, following an investigation by the Town of Halfmoon Code Enforcement Department. According to sheriff’s officials, they discovered “a large number” of dogs that were living in “deplorable” conditions on the property. No other details were given. Sud-Nieves was charged with 35 counts of violating the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law, which covers overdriving, tortur…
'Connected By Evil': Unsolved Murders Of Teens Found In Region Focus Of New Podcast 'Connected By Evil': Unsolved Murders Of Teens Found In Region Focus Of New Podcast
'Connected By Evil': Unsolved Murders Of Teens Found In Region Focus Of New Podcast An ex-cop turned podcaster is hoping to breathe new life into the cold case killings of two young women whose remains were discovered in upstate New York. On a recent episode of his true crime podcast, APB Cold Case, retired Costa Mesa, California police chief Mark Spawn discussed the murders of 18-year-old Jennifer Hammond and 19-year-old Christina White. The women disappeared in August 2003 and June 2005, respectively, and were last seen near mobile home parks in the Saratoga County town of Milton. According to New York State Police, Hammond, a native of Littleton, Colorado, was last see…
Man Driving Stolen Car Rams Deputy's Patrol Vehicle On Area Highway, Police Say Man Driving Stolen Car Rams Deputy's Patrol Vehicle On Area Highway, Police Say
Man Driving Stolen Car Rams Deputy's Patrol Vehicle On Area Highway, Police Say An attempted traffic stop on a highway in the region ended with a deputy’s patrol car rammed and the alleged culprit in handcuffs. The Saratoga County incident happened at around 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, on I-87 in Clifton Park. According to sheriff’s officials, a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle in the northbound lanes near Exit 10 after learning that it had been stolen from outside a Stewart’s Shops on Route 146. The driver, identified as 37-year-old Jacob Hayner, reportedly ignored the lights and sirens and refused to stop. At one point, he intentionally rammed the deputy’s patrol c…
Alert Issued For Area 13-Year-Old Missing 2 Days Alert Issued For Area 13-Year-Old Missing 2 Days
Alert Issued For Area 13-Year-Old Missing 2 Days Police are asking for help in locating a 13-year-old girl from the region who has been missing for two days. Saratoga County resident Natalia Andrew, of Halfmoon, was last seen on Saturday, May 4, according to sheriff’s officials. Andrew is 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a black short sleeved t-shirt with white lettering, jeans, and plaid sneakers. Investigators said she may have traveled to south Troy. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543. …
Well-Reviewed Eatery In Region Closing After 5 Years: 'Beyond My Control' Well-Reviewed Eatery In Region Closing After 5 Years: 'Beyond My Control'
Well-Reviewed Eatery In Region Closing After 5 Years: 'Beyond My Control' A well-reviewed breakfast and lunch spot in the region is calling it quits after five years in business. Saratoga County eatery Spa Café on Broadway – located in Saratoga Springs at 480 Broadway – will permanently close on Friday, May 17, owner Darin Palmetto announced on Facebook. “It is with a very heavy heart that I make this announcement,” Palmetto said. “This decision took a lot of thought and deliberation, but I have come to realize that I can no longer sustain the business in any form due to circumstances that are beyond my control.” He went on to thank all of his customers for supp…
Man From Region Sells Stolen Car To Dealership, Police Say Man From Region Sells Stolen Car To Dealership, Police Say
Man From Region Sells Stolen Car To Dealership, Police Say Talk about a lemon. A man from the region is facing charges after allegedly selling a stolen vehicle to a dealership. Rensselaer County resident Mousse Saiid, age 42, of Troy, was arrested on Friday, April 26, on grand larceny and related charges. New York State Police said a Saratoga County car dealership located in Malta contacted troopers in early April 2024 saying they had purchased a vehicle that turned out to be stolen from New York City in the previous December. An investigation found that Saiid used a fraudulent title to sell the vehicle to the dealership for more than $30,000, a…
ID Released For Woman Killed In Head-On Highway Crash In Region ID Released For Woman Killed In Head-On Highway Crash In Region
ID Released For Woman Killed In Head-On Highway Crash In Region Authorities have identified a woman killed in a head-on highway crash in the region that left another man injured. The Albany County wreck happened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Bethlehem, on State Route 85 near the Albany city limits. Bethlehem Police said a 28-year-old Saratoga County man from Clifton Park was driving westbound on Route 85 when he crossed over the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle. The driver of the eastbound car, 53-year-old Shawna Marzahl, of Selkirk, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Due to the im…
Robbery Suspect All Smiles Following Violent Attack At Home In Region Robbery Suspect All Smiles Following Violent Attack At Home In Region
Robbery Suspect All Smiles Following Violent Attack At Home In Region A 30-year-old man was all smiles after being arrested in connection with a violent robbery that left another person injured at a home in the region. The Saratoga County incident happened at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at a residence on Route 29 in the town of Galway. Sheriff’s officials said Jose Sartin, of Middle Grove, struck another person in the face, injuring them, before forcibly stealing property from the victim. Sartin’s relationship to the victim was not immediately known, though the incident was reported as being domestic in nature. No other details were released. Sart…
Man From Region Chokes Woman While Holding Infant, Making Over 1K Threatening Calls: DA Man From Region Chokes Woman While Holding Infant, Making Over 1K Threatening Calls: DA
Man From Region Chokes Woman While Holding Infant, Making Over 1K Threatening Calls: DA An accused rapist and animal abuser from upstate New York is now charged with choking the Long Island mother of his infant son while holding the child. Suffolk County prosecutors slapped Saratoga County resident Preston Wido, age 37, of Clifton Park, with multiple felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges on Wednesday, April 24. According to investigators, Wido left the victim two voicemails threatening to kill her on Monday, March 11. Police arrested him a week later on aggravated harassment charges and a full stay away order was issued on behalf of the victim. Related Report:&nb…
Campground Kidnapping: Area Man Gets Decades For Abduction, Sexual Assault Of 9-Year-Old Campground Kidnapping: Area Man Gets Decades For Abduction, Sexual Assault Of 9-Year-Old
Campground Kidnapping: Area Man Gets Decades For Abduction, Sexual Assault Of 9-Year-Old A confessed kidnapper who abducted a 9-year-old girl from a New York state park before sexually abusing her in a case that garnered national attention could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Saratoga County resident Craig Ross Jr., age 47, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced to 47 years to life in prison in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday, April 17. It followed his guilty plea to kidnapping and related charges in which he admitted to abducting the child as she rode her bike in Moreau Lake State Park in September 2023. Earlier Report: Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, …
Duo's Storage Unit Theft Spree In Region Foiled By Vigilant Passerby, Police Say Duo's Storage Unit Theft Spree In Region Foiled By Vigilant Passerby, Police Say
Duo's Storage Unit Theft Spree In Region Foiled By Vigilant Passerby, Police Say Two suspected storage unit thieves are facing charges thanks to a tip from a vigilant passerby. Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies were called at around 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, for a suspicious vehicle at the Extra Space Storage in Clifton Park. When they arrived, deputies encountered found 40-year-old Michael DeMartino, of Stillwater, and 41-year-old Kristin Frisch, of Gloversville. An investigation determined they had stolen numerous items from various storage units. DeMartino and Frisch were arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny. …
Wrong Driveway Murder: Shooter’s Wife Shares Blame For NY 20-Year-Old’s Killing, Lawsuit Says Wrong Driveway Murder: Shooter’s Wife Shares Blame For NY 20-Year-Old’s Killing, Lawsuit Says
Wrong Driveway Murder: Shooter’s Wife Shares Blame For NY 20-Year-Old’s Killing, Lawsuit Says A New York man whose girlfriend was shot and killed after he mistakenly drove down the wrong driveway is suing both the gunman and his wife. In his civil lawsuit filed in Washington County Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 20, Blake Walsh says he has been “rendered emotionally distressed” and “suffered psychological harm” after Kevin Monahan fatally shot 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis. Sheriff’s officials said Walsh was driving one of three vehicles that mistakenly turned onto Monahan’s rural property in the town of Hebron just before 10 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023, while looking for a friend’…
Update: Patient Charged After Bomb Threat Evacuates Hospital In Region Update: Patient Charged After Bomb Threat Evacuates Hospital In Region
Update: Patient Charged After Bomb Threat Evacuates Hospital In Region This story has been updated. A former patient is facing charges in connection with a hoax bomb threat that forced the partial evacuation of a hospital in the region. The Saratoga County incident happened at around 8 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Saratoga Hospital on Church Street in Saratoga Springs. Police said officers responded to the hospital’s emergency department for a reported bomb threat. The area was briefly evacuated while the agency used an explosive detection K-9 team to sweep the building. No explosive devices were found, and nobody was injured. In an update hours later, S…
Where Is Bilal? Disappearance Of Area Man Still Mystery 2 Years Later Where Is Bilal? Disappearance Of Area Man Still Mystery 2 Years Later
Where Is Bilal? Disappearance Of Area Man Still Mystery 2 Years Later Police are renewing calls for tips two years after a man from the region went missing. Saratoga County resident Bilal Ashfaq, age 21, of Halfmoon, was last seen at around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2022, on Terminal Road near the Mohawk River. Relatives told New York State Police that Ashfaq went for a walk and never returned home. Ashfaq is described as an Indian male, approximately 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a light green hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and red sneakers at the time of his disappearance. Police said he is a vulnerable adult and…
State Worker Abused Disabled Client In Region, Second Employee Covered It Up: Police State Worker Abused Disabled Client In Region, Second Employee Covered It Up: Police
State Worker Abused Disabled Client In Region, Second Employee Covered It Up: Police A state employee at a facility in the region is accused of abusing a developmentally disabled client before another worker attempted to cover it up, police said. Troopers in Saratoga County were called to the Department of Developmental Services Offices (DDSO) care facility on Alpine Meadows Road in Greenfield on Saturday, March 2, for a reported abuse. State Police said an investigation found that an employee, 53-year-old Sandra Villafane, struck and injured a non-verbal resident who is diagnosed with multiple developmental disabilities. Troopers also discovered that another employee, 37-…
'Inexcusable': Owner Of Area Deli Admits Abandoning Cat In Sub-Freezing Temps 'Inexcusable': Owner Of Area Deli Admits Abandoning Cat In Sub-Freezing Temps
'Inexcusable': Owner Of Area Deli Admits Abandoning Cat In Sub-Freezing Temps The owner of a popular restaurant in the region will avoid jail time after confessing that he abandoned a woman’s cat in sub-freezing temperatures. Saratoga County resident Anthony Gargano, age 49, of Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law in Milton Town Court on Tuesday, March 5. Sheriff’s officials said Gargano – who owns Spring Street Deli & Pizzeria in Saratoga Springs – left the cat outside of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter after hours on the night of Thursday, Jan. 4. Temperatures at the time hovered aroun…
Homeowner Who Shot, Killed Area 20-Year-Old In Mistaken Driveway Case Gets Decades In Prison Homeowner Who Shot, Killed Area 20-Year-Old In Mistaken Driveway Case Gets Decades In Prison
Homeowner Who Shot, Killed Area 20-Year-Old In Mistaken Driveway Case Gets Decades In Prison A homeowner in upstate New York who opened fire on a car, killing a 20-year-old woman, may well spend the rest of his life behind bars. Kevin Monahan, age 65, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in a Washington County courtroom on Friday, March 1. It came one month after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and related charges in the shooting death of Kaylin Gillis outside his rural home in the town of Hebron. Earlier Report: 'Glue Of The Family': Funeral Set For Schuylerville Woman Slain In Wrong Driveway Shooting Investigators said it was just before 10 p.m. on…
Ex-Corrections Officer Who Brought 'Ghost Gun' Into Local Business Gets Prison Time Ex-Corrections Officer Who Brought 'Ghost Gun' Into Local Business Gets Prison Time
Ex-Corrections Officer Who Brought 'Ghost Gun' Into Local Business Gets Prison Time A former corrections officer will spend years in prison for attempting to bring an untraceable gun into a business in the region. Timothy Feldman, age 23, was sentenced to between two and six years behind bars in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday, Feb. 28. According to prosecutors, a bouncer at a Saratoga Springs bar caught Feldman, a former Schoharie County Corrections Officer, with the weapon as he entered the crowded Caroline Street business early on July 23, 2023. Earlier Report: Ex-Corrections Officer Brings 'Ghost Gun' Into Saratoga Springs Business The bouncer contacted pol…
16-Year-Old Stabbed Multiple Times In Area Neighborhood; Police Seeking Tips 16-Year-Old Stabbed Multiple Times In Area Neighborhood; Police Seeking Tips
16-Year-Old Stabbed Multiple Times In Area Neighborhood; Police Seeking Tips A teenager is recovering after being stabbed numerous times in a residential neighborhood in the region. The Saratoga County attack happened at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the town of Clifton Park on Redfield Park. Sheriff’s officials said deputies found a 16-year-old boy suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper body and leg. He was taken by ambulance to Albany Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available. No suspects had been arrested as of Wednesday evening, Feb. 21. Investigators did not say whether the attack was random or if the victim and culprit k…
Contractor Accused Of Ripping Off $10K From Homeowner In Region Contractor Accused Of Ripping Off $10K From Homeowner In Region
Contractor Accused Of Ripping Off $10K From Homeowner In Region A 21-year-old contractor from the Capital Region has been charged with allegedly ripping off a homeowner of a $10,000 deposit after he failed to perform work on the victim's home. Saratoga County resident Michael T. Maralett, of Greenfield, was charged with grand larceny and traffic violation on Thursday, Feb. 1, said Trooper Stepanie O'Neil of the New York State Police. According to O'Neil, on Thursday, Jan. 25, State Police received a complaint from a Saratoga County resident. The investigation determined the victim allegedly met with Marlett, the owner and operator of ATQ Contracting LLC…
52-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Train In Region 52-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Train In Region
52-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Train In Region A 52-year-old man from the Capital Region was struck and killed by a train. The Schoharie County incident happened around 2 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, in the area of Everett Street in Cobleskill. According to New York State Police Trooper Stephanie O'Neil, an investigation has determined Saratoga County resident Bruce B. Bidwell, age 52, of Gansevoort, was in the area of the tracks when he was struck by the passing train and severely injured.  The train immediately stopped following the incident and contacted emergency services, but Bidwell died from his injuries on the scene, …
Home Invasion: CT Man Accused Of Traveling 150 Miles Before Assault, Burglary At NY Residence Home Invasion: CT Man Accused Of Traveling 150 Miles Before Assault, Burglary At NY Residence
Home Invasion: CT Man Accused Of Traveling 150 Miles Before Assault, Burglary At NY Residence A Connecticut man has been accused of violating an order of protection after traveling around 150 miles to commit a home invasion in upstate New York. Just before 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, New York State Police in Saratoga County responded to a home in the town of Wilton for the report of an assault with a knife. The investigation determined New Haven County resident Thomas A. Rivera, age 50, of Naugatuck, reportedly traveled to the location unexpectedly and uninvited.  "He allegedly entered the house without permission and assaulted the victim with a knife, causing serious but n…
Update: Cause Of Death Revealed For 25-Year-Old Killed At Home In Region Update: Cause Of Death Revealed For 25-Year-Old Killed At Home In Region
Update: Cause Of Death Revealed For 25-Year-Old Killed At Home In Region Authorities have released new details in the case of a 25-year-old woman from the region who was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Saratoga County resident Brianna Craig was found dead at her Saratoga Springs apartment on Vanderbilt Avenue at around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. After speaking with neighbors, detectives identified Craig’s ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Sebastian Mabb, as a person of interest in the case. Officers found him nearly 90 minutes later and detained him without incident. Earlier Report: Update: Woman ID'd As Murder Victim At Saratoga Springs Home; Victim's …