Area Police News: Dec. 16, 2009

Lester C. Hall, 48, of Fleischmanns was arrested by state police Wednesday on charges of menacing a police officer. Police report that they were responding to a call from Hall’s girlfriend who told police that Hall was hallucinating and making threats against himself and others. Police say that when they tried to interview Hall he became enraged and approached a trooper with a hatchet. Police say they administered a burst of OC pepper spray from a distance of five feet after which Hall became compliant and dropped the hatchet. Following treatment by Margaretville Hospital EMS staff, Hall was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.

James P. Ford, 52, of Fleischmanns was arrested by state police Friday and charged with DWI. Police say they arrested Ford after he pulled into the parking lot of the police barracks in Dunraven and nearly fell down at the foot of the stairs leading to the barracks. Police say Ford’s blood alcohol level was .16 at the time of his arrest. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on January 11.

Robert A. Balcom, 55, of Margaretville was arrested by state police Thursday evening and charged with DWI after he was stopped on Route 28 in Arkville for speeding. Police say they charged Balcom when his blood alcohol level allegedly tested .11 percent. In addition to DWI he was also charged with speeding. Balcom was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on December 28.

Clifton F. Kirk, 28, of Roxbury was arrested by state police early Friday morning and charged with DWI after he was stopped for speeding on Route 10 near the Village of Stamford. Police say they charged Kirk when his blood alcohol level allegedly tested .14 percent. Kirk was also charged with speeding and with being an unlicensed operator. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Harpersfield Justice Court on December 21.

A piece of artwork by former Fleischmanns resident Alfredo Santos was stolen from the Pine Hill home of Santos’ former wife Marianne Sommers sometime between November 3 and 9 while she was away from home at the hospital. The burglary was investigated by Shandaken Police Officer Knox and Investigator Holland. Sommers, a former librarian, said that whoever stole her painting “must’ve known what it was.”  The painted wood showed the head of a man; which she believes was a self-portrait of the artist. Anyone with information is asked to call the Shandaken Police Department.

Frank W. Berry, 51, who was arrested by state police in the Town of Harpersfield in November of 2006 on charges of DWI and failure to keep right, had those charges dismissed last week Monday in Town of Harpersfield Court. Berry was represented by Michael A. Jacobs of Jacobs and Jacobs, Esqs., of Stamford and Margaretville, who filed a motion to dismiss based on various grounds, which the court granted.