Area Police News: Oct. 21, 2009

Joseph P. VanLeuvan, 22, of Boiceville faces a number of traffic violations after he was stopped by state police Sunday on Main Street in Fleischmanns for allegedly crossing the center half of the roadway. Police say they charged VanLeuvan with failure to keep right, unlicensed operation and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court. His vehicle was towed to the Big Indian Service Center.

Two Grand Gorge teenagers were arrested by state police Sunday and charged with second-degree criminal trespass in a dwelling after Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson received a complaint for a burglary in process at a home on Route 30 in Grand Gorge. When state police arrived at the scene Constable Williamson had two suspects in custody: Courtney R. Hess, 16, and Maurice E. Hughes, 19, both of Grand Gorge. Arraigned in Town of Roxbury Justice Court, Hughes pled guilty and was fined $955. Hess was also arraigned in Roxbury Justice Court where she pled not guilty and was released to reappear later.

Pierre Kamdem, 42, of Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested by state police last week Monday and charged with DWI following a one-car property damage accident on county Route 26 in the Town of Hamden. Police say they charged Kamdem when his blood alcohol level allegedly tested .10 percent. In addition to DWI, Kamden was also charged with speed not reasonable and prudent and moving from lane unsafely. He was arraigned in Delhi Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail.

Paul M. Fontana Jr., 23, of Fleischmanns was arrested by state police Sunday and charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly attacked another Fleischmanns man with a screwdriver. Police say the incident happened on Main Street in Fleischmanns when Fontana jumped out of a vehicle and attempted to strike Charles J. Fronckowiak in the face with the screwdriver. Police say Fronckowiak blocked two attempts to strike him in the face but suffered a punctured hand in the incident. Fontana was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and released on $500 cash bail to reappear later.

County court cases
Chris M. Klutsch, 45, of Margaretville, was sentenced in Delaware County Court last week to a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The sentence includes credit for time served. Klutsch is accused of taking more than $1,000 worth of jewelry when he worked at Discoveries antique shop in Margaretville. The merchandise was recovered and returned, according to Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup.

Michael S. Hartley, 41, of Andes, pleaded guilty in Delaware County Court to driving while intoxicated in a plea agreement. He will be sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison on November 9. He was also fined $2,500. Hartley was charged with DWI in Deposit on April 26. He was previously convicted of DWI on August 4, 2005, as a second offense and driving while ability impaired on July 17, 2000.