Area Police News: March 5

Steven Amundsen, 16, of Margaretville was arrested last week Tuesday by state police and charged with one count of third-degree criminal mischief after a domestic incident at his mother’s home during which he allegedly threw items, punched a wall and did $200 damage to a door. Amundsen was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court.
Lisa H. Stokes, 46, of Pine Hill was arrested Thursday by state police and charged with DWI after she was stopped on Main Street in Margaretville for a traffic violation. Police say they charged Stokes when her blood alcohol allegedly tested .20 percent. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on March 17.
Ellsworth R. Velez, 20, of Brandon, FL was arrested by state police Saturday on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court for failure to pay a previously levied fine. Velez was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and released after paying a $150 fine.
Lisa M. Skala, 24, of Margaretville was arrested by state police Sunday and charged with second-degree after she allegedly punched another woman in a Margaretville restaurant following an argument the previous evening. Skala was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and then turned over to Kingston State Police who transported her to Town of Hurley Justice Court where she was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant charging her with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Brandon M. Hargrove, 27, of New Kingston was arrested by state police Sunday on a warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court for failure to pay a fine. Police said the $1,190 outstanding fine relates to a DWI arrest on January 10, 2007. Hargrove was unable to pay the fine and was remanded to the county jail without incident.
A former Margaretville area resident, now living in West Hurley, was arrested last week Tuesday and faces five felony charges after he allegedly sold 300 tablets of prescription morphine to an undercover agent of the Ulster County Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT). Matthew Galunas, 40, of 24 Park Drive was charged with two counts of sale of drugs, two counts of possession of drugs and one count of reckless endangerment. Police say Galunas sold over 300 tablets to URGENT agents and a total of over 400 tablets while being investigated. In a report published in Wednesday’s Kingston Daily Freeman, police say Galunas fled from police when they attempted to arrest him and also tried to elude police vehicles by driving off the pavement before being arrested. Police did not say how Galunas procured the morphine tablets. He was arraigned and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock Town Police assisted in the investigation.