Lake George Town Court

After a half-hour trial, Joseph C. Golden of Lake Luzerne was found guilty by Lake George Town Justice Brian S. Reichenbach of Not Wearing a Seatbelt. Golden admitted not wearing a seatbelt when he was stopped mid-day May 26 on State Rte. 9, but said he didnt believe mandating seat belts was constitutional, and said that in nearly 25 years ago wearing a seat belt caused him serious injury. He said that he was unconscious for 90 days due to a seat belt containing him in his vehicle, which was flipped over going off an embankment. The four passengers in the car, who were not wearing seat belts, he said, flew out of the car and walked away unscathed from the incident. Golden said that since that crash hes been paranoid about about wearing seat belts. He also said the government couldnt force its citizens to obey a law that was unsafe. He also chastised police for wasting their time writing seat belt tickets. Im afraid a seat belt would do more harm than good, he said. Judge Reichenbach didnt go for Goldens arguments. He countered that various studies had proven that seat belts save lives in a vast majority of accidents, although Goldens incident may have been an exception. I cant bring in witnesses whod know seat belts save lives, because they are dead, Judge Reichenbach said. Reichenbach declared Golden guilty and imposed a $10 fine and a $55 mandatory surcharge. Answering a variety of charges related to urinating in lake George, Matthew Freckleton, 20 of Nassau NY appeared in court with his mother. Freckleton was charged with disorderly conduct, one open container violation, and being too young to drink an alcoholic beverage He was arrested by a village patrol officer the night of June 8 when he was caught standing on a pier urinating into the lake. In satisfaction of the three charges, Freckleton pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, but he didn't escape an admonition from Judge Reichenbach. Are you an idiot? the judge asked. Dont you know we drink that water? I cant believe how stupid this is. Freckleton was sentenced to 30 hours of community service instead of a fine, which the judge said later wouldnt be taken seriously by youth, because parents often pay the fines for them. But Freckleton still faces a surcharge of $100. David A. Amiano, 42, of Oak St., Lake George, appeared on a misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Forged Instrument, three counts of issuing bad checks, and a Misdemeanor charge of second degree Criminal Impersonation. Police said he forged American Express Travelers checks. When Amiano was questioned in the incident, he gave his middle name, Angelo, rather than his first name, David. His case appears headed for trial after he rejected a plea deal, Warren County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Donlon said. The case was adjourned for Amianos attorney to submit motions. Justin Harvanek, 27, of Bolton Landing appeared to answer a Misdemeanor Reckless Driving charge, a misdemeanor Fleeing an Officer charge and 8 additional motor vehicle violations, including speeding 75 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone on his red Suzuki motorcycle. Police said they apprehended him June 24 after he passed several cars in a no-passing zone along state Rte. 9N. A state Trooper pursued him, and Warren County Sheriffs patrol officers set up a road block which stopped him. Desi Brown, 27, of Schenectady answered a Misdemeanor charge of fourth degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police said he possessed a black Batman-shaped metal knuckle-knife during a traffic stop on the Northway The case was adjourned, and hes due back in court July 27. Anthony Charoensook, 34, of Porters Corners, NY was arraigned on Misdemeanor charges of Petit Larceny. Both town judges recused themselves because they represent the victims families. Police said Caroensook removed a stove, refrigerator, range and cooktop worth $900 from a residence he was renting at Pine Grove Cottages. He was arrested May 20. The case was adjourned. Jeramy Rounds, 23, of Warrensburg was arraigned on a Misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree Criminal Mischief. He is accused of punching a hole in the exterior wall June 13 of the Exit 23 Mobil Station.The case was adjourned. Drew Viddivo, 19, of Ballston Spa plead guilty to DWAI in satisfaction of a DWI charge. He had a blood-alcohol level of .17 when he was stopped June 7. Viddivo is to pay $580 in a fine and surcharge. Facing two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, Amanda Iasillo, 27 of Middle Village NY pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of a single DWI which was dismissed. Her blood alcohol level was .18 when she was stopped. She had faced a prior DWAI incurred Oct. 2005. She was ordered to pay $890 in a fine and surcharge. Luke Morrison, 21, of Watervliet was arraigned on two counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana, all violations. Police said he used obscene language in public May 24. The case was adjourned to July 17. Others facing charges in court July 2 of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana were Joseph Mallory, 22, of Fort Edward; Adam D. Johnson, 16, of Queensbury; Lucas Ruedy, 37, of Albany; and Timothy Staniak, 20, of Mechanicville. Jaime V. Haskell, 27, of Athol, didn't show up to pay a $50 fine for a parking ticket. The parking charge was a plea deal on an original charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident. According to statements to police, Haskell and Taryn Sepe were drinking shots of liquor May 1 in Haskells 1989 Chevy in her driveway, and Sepe got out of the car and vomited behind it, and Haskell either backed into her or ran over her. A witness said the two drank more than a bottle of liquor together. Sepe was driven to the hospital, treated and released. Skid marks were seen on the driveway. The charge was reduced to a parking ticket June 19, but Haskell didnt show up, so the court will be taking collection action. Hipolito Colon of Vernon Rockville Conn. pleaded guilty to a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Police said that while crossing busy Canada St. on June 28, he stopped traffic near the Beech St. intersection, then mooned, or exposed his rear to the idle motorists. Colon paid a $200 fine. Justin Barnhart, 25, of Nassau NY was arraigned on a charge of urinating in public Police said he urinated on the walkway of the public bathroom at Shepard Park at 11:35 p.m. June 27. The case was adjourned to July 31. William Bormann of Stony Creek appeared on a Misdemeanor charge of second-degree Reckless Endangerment. Police said he drove his red 2000 Chevy Camaro off Harrisburg Rd. and went through the Creek Mercantile Store in Stony Creek dangerously close to Neil Bradley, also of Stony Creek, who was walking though the lot. The two have had various charges against each other, according to court records. Bradley has a Misdemeanor criminal impersonating charge pending against him, according to the court. The case was adjourned to Aug. 14, and a special prosecutor is handling the case. The case of Scott F. Fifield, 26, of Fort Edward was adjourned. He was stopped April 9 for speeding 82 miles per hour in a 65 m.p.h. zone, and he faces several violations, including one for marijuana possession. Joseph R. Giustino, 23, of Chestertown, did not show up to face a Misdemeanor charge of second-degree Aggravated Harassment. Police said that at 3:50 a.m. June 28 in DJs bar, he hit someone in the face with a closed fist and followed it by blurting out a racial slur. John G. Hafner, 19, of Watervliet appeared to answer a Misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault, based on a May 28 incident. The case was adjourned to July 24. Michael D. OConnell, 24, of Phoenix, NY was in court to answer a charge of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Police said he yelled profanities at several police officers and then fought with at least three of them when they tried to arrest him. The case was adjourned to July 24. Kyle D. Hayward, 21, of Lake George appeared to face a charge of fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police said he was walking in the village May 25 with an expandable baton billy in his back pocket. The case was adjourned to July 31. The case of Mark D. Loucks, of Hudson Falls was adjourned. He faces a DWI charge and leaving the scene of an accident. Police said he crashed his vehicle Jan. 29 and was injured in the incident. √ Michael Perna, 29, of Woodmere NY, faced a violation of urinating in the lake. He was arrested for the offense Sept. 1 2007. Suzanne Tearno, of Lake George was arraigned on a charge of Operating a Boarding House at her home on Pettis St. in violation of village law. She was cited by Building Code officer Douglas Frost for renting out her house to foreign workers in a residential zone. She said the foreign workers living in her her home were merely her invited guests. Town officials said she vacated her home and moved into a recreational vehicle on her lawn, which is against zoning code because although a homeowner can rent rooms, they must stay inside the dwelling to keep it legal in a residential zone. A special prosecutor, Michael Stern was named for the case, which was adjourned. Steven T. Thetford Jr., 20, of Queensbury was on the calendar for a status check to tell the judge why he only completed a 17 hours of community service instead of 52 as mandated by the court in a plea deal. Thetford earlier had a third-degree Assault charge dismissed in a previous court appearance and a charge of Resisting Arrest reduced to Disorderly Conduct. Thetford is headed for rehab, according to court records. Eric M. VanNess of Warrensburg, 21, did not show up to face several traffic violations that police charged him with June 22, including leaving the scene of an accident and providing a false inspection certificate. Gilbert R, Wood, 17, of Athol did not appear to face a Petit Larceny charge. Police said that on May 22 he stole one can of Pringles and a package of Combos worth a total of $3.38 from Nice N Easy gas station. Nicholas R. Zahaba of Hudson Falls appeared in court to face four counts of Petit Larceny. According to a statement Zahaba gave police, he worked as a clerk at Lake George Trading Co. and stole money from a cash register there as he repeatedly rang up No Sale transactions. Then, he also took money three or four times from a safe at the nearby Nostalgic Soul store, and earlier, had gone into Fat Willies Ice Cream store, opened the register and took $100 in $1 bills. Police said he stole $280 or more in total. The case was adjourned to July 24 on all four charges.

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