Area Police News: August 6, 2008

Shandaken Police report the arrest Sunday of a Shokan man on numerous felony charges. Martin Sletten, 58, of Twin Oakes Drive was arrested after Shandaken Police received a 911 call for an assault. Police allege that Sletten pushed his way into the residence of a Mt. Tremper man and once in the home displayed a knife in a threatening manner and stole property from the resident. Sletten was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree felony robbery, first-degree felony unlawful imprisonment and second-degree menacing. He was arraigned in Town of Woodstock Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

A Stamford man was arrested by state police Sunday after he allegedly choked his girlfriend’s dog to death and then kicked her in the face following a disagreement. State police say they charged Raymond T. Weale, 38, with third-degree assault and with a violation of the Ag and Markets law for torturing an animal. Weale was issued appearance tickets returnable in Stamford Justice Court on August 8.

William B. Sinclair, 34, of Jackson, N.J., was arrested by state police Saturday and charged with DWI after he was stopped on Route 28 in the Town of Middletown for a traffic violation. Police say they charged Sinclair when his blood alcohol content allegedly tested .16 percent. Sinclair was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Middletown Justice Court on August 11.

Nicholas G. Mitchell, 39, of Margaretville was arrested by state police Wednesday and charged with second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal contempt after he allegedly violated an order of protection that had been granted to his ex-wife. Mitchell was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and released to reappear on August 14.

Kenneth R. Haskin, 44, of Roxbury was arrested last week Tuesday and charged with third-degree assault following a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend during which he allegedly struck her. He was arraigned in Town of Stamford Justice Court and released to reappear on August 6.

A number of charges previously lodged against Elwin J. Johnson of Davenport, including two counts of criminal mischief and petit larceny, were dismissed in Town of Harpersfield Justice Court last week following motions made by his attorney, Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford.