Upheaval and

Unprecedented crimes, arrests and convictions

Armed with the support of rank-and-file police officers, Nathan "Bud" York took over as Warren County Sheriff, replacing long-time sheriff Larry Cleveland, who had shepherded the sheriff's department through growth and modernization. Cleveland was largely responsible for overseeing the construction of the new county public safety complex including the new jail.

York made changes, beefing up drug enforcement and establishing a canine unit and a motorcycle patrol.

2008 was a year for bizarre crimes, arrests and convictions, including the arrest of a Troy man for repeatedly ramming a manned sheriff's patrol car repeatedly with his truck - not long after he'd wielded a knife and caused a ruckus at the Warrensburg VFW Hall.

Arrests were made for a number of sex attacks and assaults on minors locally, and Warrensburg hosted its first police stakeout in recent history, with sheriffs officers arresting an apartment manager for rape.

Meanwhile Lake George hosted a record marijuana bust, with the owner of the Lone Bull Restaurant and his son accused of growing vast quantities of the drug in a cabin they owned near the restaurant.

In September, Warrensburg restaurant owner Anthony Sapienza was convicted of 13 felonies. related to his sexual abuse of two teenage girls, both underage. Sapienza is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 in the case, and he faces yet another trial for other indictments.

One police story had a happy ending. Yelping puppies alerted parents of a Stony Creek boy that he'd been buried alive in a collapsing sand bank. Dakota Beadnell, then 12, was dug out from underneath tons of sand in April by his parents, aided by rescue workers.

Another event sparked mourning among many.

New York Army National Guard soldier Mark C. Palmetier of Wevertown and North Creek died in an ambush in June in Afghanistan.

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