Area Police News: Feb. 3, 2010

State police arrested Roxbury resident Paul C. Garofolo, 34, last Monday and charged him with violating an order of protection by allegedly calling the complainant. He was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and was arraigned before a Town of Roxbury judge and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond returnable on February 3.

Stamford resident William Wagner, 53, was arrested last Tuesday and charged with harassment following an alleged incident of assault against a NYSEG employee, who had visited Wagner’s residence to inform him that continued failure to pay his electric bill would result in cessation of his electric power. Police say Wagner became aggressive, stepped outside and grabbed the NYSEG employee by the arms and tried to push him off the porch. Information was completed for second-degree harassment and was forwarded to the Town of Stamford Court for a criminal summons.

The Shandaken Police Department reported the arrest of Fleischmanns resident Matthew Santiago, 21, on Thursday morning. Police say they received a report that Santiago allegedly broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and assaulted a man who was visiting. Santiago was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and harassment. He was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court, where an order of protection was issued. Santiago was remanded to the Ulster County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.

State police reported the arrests of Delhi residents John Lilholt, 62, and Elaine Lilholt, 50, on Friday night. Police say that they observed John Lilholt’s vehicle at an intersection in Delhi with its hazard lights flashing, near a damaged guardrail; upon initiating a traffic stop on Lilholt, who was pulling away, he was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol and in possession of an open container of beer. Police say he stated that his wife, Elaine, was involved in the accident and had just left, and that he was picking up the parts from the side of the roadway. He was subsequently transported to the Margaretville police station, where he submitted a breath sample with a reportable blood alcohol content of .06 percent. Elaine Lilholt was subsequently interviewed at her residence, where she stated that she had just arrived home after being involved in an accident. She was transported to the Margaretville police station, where she submitted a breath sample with a reading of .13 percent. Both were issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Delhi Court on February 9.

George W. Martens, 63, of Arkville, was arrested Friday night and charged with speeding and DWI after he was allegedly pulled over in the Town of Middletown for driving 44 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone. Police say that they observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Martens, and that he had impaired speech and poor motor coordination; they say he subsequently failed standard field sobriety tests. He was transported to the Margaretville police station, where his blood alcohol content was reported to be .11 percent. He was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on February 8.

Arkville resident Seth R. Friedman, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with a DWI after police say they observed him traveling 68 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. Upon investigation and standard field sobriety tests, Friedman was arrested and provided a breath test, which allegedly yielded a result of .12 percent blood alcohol content. He was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on February 4.

Police arrested Monticello resident Ryan G. Guenste, 22, Saturday and charged him with a DWI following a traffic stop initiated after police say they observed him turn without using a signal. Police say that he had seven unpaid tickets on five dates, and that upon interviewing Guenste, they noticed an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Upon transporting Guenste for an arraignment, police say he admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving and failed a standard field sobriety test. He was arraigned on charges of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failing to signal. Police say that subsequent to arrest, a search of Guenste produced a small plastic bag containing approximately 15 grams of marijuana, a paper towel with 35 oxycodone pills weighing over eight grams, and a plastic bag in his right sock containing seven bags of cocaine weighting approximately over three grams. Guenste was released on his own recognizance on the second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to signal charges with a return date of February 1. He was transported to O’Connor Hospital to have blood drawn and then to the Margaretville police station, where he was arraigned for DWI, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
He was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bail bond to reappear on February 3 for a felony hearing.