Area Police News: Jan. 28, 2009

Kingston resident Mark A. Hunt, 26, was arrested last Tuesday for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected motor vehicle and a broken windshield. He was stopped by police after he was allegedly seen traveling 70 mph in a 55-mph zone. Charges came about when a check on his license showed that the license had been revoked with five suspensions on three different dates. Hunt was issued uniform traffic tickets for the three offenses and was sent to the county jail on $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear before the Town of Middletown Court on Jan. 28.

Shandaken Police report the arrest Thursday of Nicholas A. Lesko, 20, of Chichester on charges of third-degree burglary and grand larceny, both felonies. Lesko was arrested after a police investigation of the burglary of his neighbor’s residence in early December in which between $2,000 and $3,000 in art equipment and other items were stolen. Lesko was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

State police arrested Fleischmanns resident Gregory A. Montminy, 20, Friday night following a traffic stop for a loud exhaust. Upon interviewing Montminy, police detected an odor of burnt marijuana. Montminy was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 2.5 grams of marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on March 9.

Twenty-five-year-old Jayson S. Rivera, of Hastings on Hudson, was arrested Saturday after he was allegedly observed speeding in the Village of Walton and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol in subsequent interviews. Rivera was administered standard field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. He was issued a uniform traffic ticket for the speed and another for driving while ability impaired.

Margaretville resident Jason S. Piskacek, 39, was arrested Saturday and charged with a DWI. Following a traffic stop, Piskacek was found to yield a strong odor of alcohol and was subsequently administered standard field sobriety tests, which he failed. Upon transport to the police station, he was found to have a blood alcohol content of .14 percent. Piskacek was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI, refusal to submit to a breath screen, failure to change address on registration and license, and having unauthorized stickers on his rear window, returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Feb. 16.

A bench warrant was served on Stamford resident John C. Todd, 27, on Saturday. The warrant was issued by the Town of Kortright Court for failure to answer a summons. Todd was issued a uniform traffic ticket for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and transported to court, where he was released and directed to reappear on Feb. 5.

Boiceville resident Michael A. Ackerley, 35, was arrested and charged with a DWI after he was allegedly seen by police officers parked on the side of the road with his engine running. Upon interview, Ackerley was noted to have a strong odor of alcohol, glassy eyes and slurred speech. He submitted to standard field sobriety tests but refused a breath screen; he was arrested and transported to the Margaretville police station for processing, where his BAC was allegedly measured to be .16 percent. Uniform traffic tickets were issued returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Feb. 19.