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The Altamont enterprise and Albany County post. (Altamont, N.Y.) 2006-current, December 25, 2008, Image 12

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MiAV£ff»iM,^£b'\:>**n* V..K-Y 10 TMMtamont Enterprise-Thurtdds, December 2B, 2008 Spargo charged with two felonies Crystal Garcia, 46, who was born in Manhattan and is now homeless, was arrested on Dec. 18, at the Guilderland Police Department, for third-degree criminal possession of a con- trolled substance, a felony. Guil- derland Police arrested Garcia on a sealed indictment from the Albany County Court for two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled sub- stance, according to the arrest report; Garcia was returned to Oneida County's jail. **** Dontia M. Traynham, 30, of 3 Locust Hill, Guilderland, was arrested on Dec. 16, at the intersection of Lehner Road and Western Avenue, for third- degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. After Traynham was in a property-damage auto accident, Guilderland Police found that he had failed to an- swer a summons in the town of Waterford on July 25, according to the arrest report. Christopher J. Morgan, 23, of 333 Highland Drive, Guilderland, was arrested on Dec. 9, at the in- tersection of Van Wie Terrace and Western Avenue, for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Guilderland Police stopped Mor- gan for driving in the center turn lane and then found that his license had been suspended for failing to answer a summons in Guilderland. Jean E., Duroseau, 26, of 205 Brandywine Parkway, Guilder- land, was arrested on Dec; 7, at his home, for fourth-degree crim- inal mischief, a misdemeanor. Duroseau broke a security lock belonging to the victim when he kicked the victim's door during a domestic dispute, according to the Guilderland Police report. ChristinaL. Franze, 30, of 3889 Western Turnpike, Altamont, was arrested on Dec. 15, at 2080 Western Ave., for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and she was ticketed for driving with obstructed vision, an infrac- tion. Guilderland Police stopped Franze for having an inadequate exhaust and an obstructed view and then found that her license had two active suspensions—one from the town of Coeymans and the other from Guilderland—ac- cording to the arrest report. **** Tora A. Stringfield, 25, of 121 Lark Drive, apartment B, Albany, was arrested on Dec. 11, at Crossgates Mall, for petit larceny and criminal mischief with intent to damage property, both misdemeanors, and she was ticketed for second-degree harassment, a violation. String- field took the sensor tag off of a gray coat, worth $79,90, at H&M, which caused an inch long tear, according to the Guilderland Po- lice report. While Stringfield was in the custody of store security guards, she punched one of them in the face; the report says, and police; later found that she had marijuana. Stephen D ; Perry, 33, Of 3734 Martha Boulevard, Beth Page (Nassau County), was arrested on Dec. 12, at 2040 Western Ave., for driving while intoxicated, first offense, arid for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, both misdemeanors. Af- ter getting a civilian complaint that Perry was sleeping in his earmarked at CVS, Guilderland Police arrived to find him out- side the car and noticed signs of drunkenness, the arrest report says. Perry refused a breath test arid a chemical test showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of .16,,according to the report. 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Weatherby, 31, of 508 Fifth, Aye., Wjiteryliet, were each arrested on IJec. 13, at Crossgates Mail,for petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and Weatherby was also charged with possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor. The pair stole merchandise worth a total of $519.97 from J.C. Penney, according to the Guilderland Police reports. **** Sherry M. Francis, 34, of 107 Lewis Rd., Altamont, was arrest- ed on Dec. 15, near the intersec- tion of Schpolhouse Road and the Northway ramp, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and she was ticketed for using an illegal signal* an inff actioii. Guilderland Police stopped Francis when she made a turn without using a signal and then found; that her license had been suspended, ac- cording to the arrest report. • **** . • Marquisha S. Young, 22, of 150B Lark Drive, Albany; was ticketed on Dec. 13, at Crossgates Mall, for disorderly conduct, a violation. Guilderland Police ticketed Young hear Old Navy when she \did recklessly create a ^risk.bf public mconvenienceand annoyance when she did engage in violent, tumultuous behavior when she was involved in a physical altercation,\ according to the police report. MphiqUeD. Murray, 21; of 431 Morris St:, apartment 1, Albany, was arrested on Dec. 12, at Cross- gates Mall, for petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Murray stole two five-packs of Carter body suits, a sterling silver necklace and ear- ring set, two Carter pajamas, a Carter blanket, a pair of bunny slippers, a Speechless dress, two Ruby Fox dresses; two Arizona shirts, and two Pout sweaters, from J.C. Penney, according to the Guilderland Police report. Miriam M. Edmunds, 21, of 226. Clinton Ave., apartment 1, Albany, was arrested on Dec. 13, at Crossgates Mall, f°r resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and she was ticketed for disorderly con- duct, a violation. Edmunds \did continue screaming and yelling\ as Guilderland Police moved her away from the scene of a fight near Old Navy, according to the arrest report. **** Jasmine L. Mercado, 18, of 180A Lark Drive, Albany, was arrested on Nov. 26, at 1645 Western Ave., for fourth-degree criminal possession of a stolen credit card, a felony. Mercado had the Visions Credit Union credit card that belongs to the victim, according to the Guilderland Police report. **** Joseph E. Archambeault, 37, of 260 Manning Bpulevard, Albany, was arrested on Dec. 16, at 1671 Western Ave., for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended regis- tration, both misdemeanors, and he was ticketed for driving with- out brake lights, an infraction. Guilderland Police stopped Ar- chambeault for having a broken brake light and found that his insurance was not in effect and his licenseihad been suspended, according* to the arrest report. By Zach Simeone BERNE — The decade-long legal battle of Thomas Spargo, a Berne resident and former State Supreme Court justice of New York, is ongoing. On Dec, 10, Spargo was charged with one count of attempted extortion and one count of at- tempted bribery. According to the. indictment from the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, a grand jury charged that Spargo, while a. Supreme Court justice, solicited and pres- sured an Ulster County attorney practicing before him to consent to give $10,000 to benefit him \all under color of official right and induced by fear of economic harm,\ the, indictment says. Furthe*Toh the count of at- tempted bribery, it says Spargo \corruptly solicited and demand- ed, forhis own benefit...$10,000.,. for the use of his official actions and influence to the benefit of an Ulster County attorney practic- attorney, or that the Clyne cam- paign committee owed. Spargo $10,000 for legal services. In both instances, the commis- sion said, Spargo \failed to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety and failed to act at all times in a manner that . promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.\ Then, in May of 2001, the commission said that Spargo, Calling himself a candidate for the Supreme Court, talked at a fund-raiser in Rochester about bis work in the.Florida recount Oh behalf of the'George'W. Bush presidential campaign. The com- mission said that this \exceeded the boundaries of permissible conduct.\ The commission filed com- plaints against Spargo in 2002 for these charges. Spargo argued ., that bis First Amendment rights were being violated, and eventu- ally lost the case. To pay for the legal costs as- \All under color of official right and induced by fear of economic harm.\ ing before him, and for refraining from the use of his official actions and influence to harm that Ulster County attorney.\ At Spargo's Dec. 16 arraign- ment, a, deadline for discovery was set for Jan. 13, 2009. Neither Spargo nor his law- yer; E. Stewart \Jofie's could be 'r'eached'for comment.'•-./ u Therootisoftheseissuesreach baek ; tp 1999, whfen'SjJa%b\' wis runningfor t'owhjustice as 1 a'Re*- publican in Berne. The New York State Commission oh'Judicial Conduct charged that, during this time, he handed out $5 gift certificates to voters and, after identifying himself as a candi- date for town justice, brought a round of drinks at a bar. In addition, the commission charged, he handed out cou- pons for doughnuts; coffee, and gasoline; gave out half-gallons of apple cider and dougKnuts at the town dump; and purchased and delivered pizza for BerneiKnox- Westerio teachers; town highway department workers, and work- ers at the school bus garage. While judges are allowed to hand out promotional material, the commission said, they can- not distribute things of value to Voters. Spargo, a Republican, won the election, in a town where Democrats Outnumbered Repub- licans 3 to I; While serving as town justice, the commission charged; Spargo saw criminal cases prosecuted by the Albany County District At- torney's Office, without disclos- ing to the defense that he had rendered legal services to Paul Clyne's campaign for district sociated with these charges, the commission said, Spargo approved the creation of the Thomas J. Spargo Legal Expense Trust. In 2003, the commission charged; Spargo asked; through friends, for contributions to.this trust from lawyers with cases before him., Bruce Blatchly, an attorney from New Paltz,.told The.Ent0rr p^ise in 2004;thatiSpaEgb;irj:vi 1 'tifd him to \meet soine people\ at,a luncheon at La Canard in Kings- ton. Blatchly suspected that he would be asked for money atthis lunch, as he had never dined with Spargo befpre; he'saidV; ;1 .As he was leaving the lun- cheon, Blatchly said, he was ap- proached by SaiuTprdRosenblum, an old friend of, Spargo, who asked him for $10;b00. Eight days later, Blatchly told the commission, Spargo called him to discuss the judicial as- signments for the coming year. That call; the commission said, \Was intended to induce Mr. Blatchly to contribute to respon- dent's legal expense fund.\ Richard.Emery, a New York City lawyer and member of the commission, called Spargo's case . \a paradigm for what is wrong with our adversarial elective system for selecting judges\ in his written opinion. \In effect, the misconduct rules regulating judicial campaigns are a patch- work of compromises and ixd hoc judgments which fail to address the central causes of the un- seemliness of judicial campaigns: party control and the candidate's need to raise money.\ Ahmad R. Benford, 18, of 13 New Hope Terrace, Guilderland, was arrested on Dec. 7, at Cross- gates Mall, for second-degree aggravated unlicensed opera- tion of a motor vehicle, a misde- meanor, and he was ticketed for operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, an infraction. AfterJbeing in a personaHnjury auto accident on the, Crossgates ring road, Guilderland Police •\round that his license had been suspended. Rachel M. Buckley, 17, of 117 Ridge Drive, Oneonta (Otsego County); was arrested on Dec. 12, at Crossgates Mall, for fifth- degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor. After getting a signed complaint from an employee of the Garage clothing store, Guilderland Po- lice arrested Buckley, who had a black and white scarf, worth $14, from the store, according to the arrest report.

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