Area Police News: November 21, 2012
An Ulster County woman was charged with multiple felonies on November 13 after she attempted to drive her car into a male acquaintance when he took refuge in the Big Indian Post Office.
The incident unfolded after Denedra L. Harkless, 32, of Oliverea Road, Big Indian reportedly had a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old male acquaintance from Brooklyn who had been visiting her. Shandaken Police said that Harkless initially used her 2004 Dodge Neon to pin the legs of the victim against a guardrail.
Police indicated that when Harkless backed her car up, the victim ran toward the post office to make a 911 call. Harkless then reportedly intentionally drove into him as he was entering the building, pushing him through the front of the building and into the lobby area.
Police said that Harkless then chased the victim with a pair of scissors. She then returned to her car and proceeded to chase the victim down the roadway in her car. When police arrived, she reportedly fled into her residence.
Shandaken police said that Harkless’ daughter, who is nearly two years old, was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
The male victim was transported by ambulance to the Margaretville Hospital where he was treated for soft tissue damage to his knee, a sprained ankle and lacerations to his hands.
Harkless was charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree harassment and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
She was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
The Big Indian Post Office sustained several thousand dollars’ worth of damage, police said.
Assisting at the scene were Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputies, Olive Police and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) members arrested Miguel A. Santiago, 27, of the Bronx on November 16. Santiago is charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.
Santiago was arrested when he allegedly attempted to sell 80 bags of heroin to an undercover DEU Member in the Village of Walton. Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by members of the Village of Walton Police Department and the New York State Police K-9 Unit.
Santiago was arraigned in the Village of Delhi Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond.
State police arrested brothers Jeremiah R., 33, and Nicholas W. Roberts, 27, both of Arkville, on November 18 and each face charges of second-degree aggravated harassment after they allegedly made repeated phone threats to Nicholas’s ex girlfriend.
Both men were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on November 26 at 9 a.m.
BettyJean Daddario, 21, of Westkill was arrested by state police on November 14 and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after an employee at the Dollar General Store in Margaretville found an aluminum foil package containing a drug that video surveillance allegedly confirmed belonged to Daddario.
She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on November 26.
Christopher J. Pitera, 28, of Roxbury was arrested by state police on November 13 and charged with criminal obstruction of breath and second-degree harassment following an argument with his girlfriend during which he allegedly choked her and threatened to kill her.
Pitera was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail to await further court action.
John Gilchrist, 53, of Margaretville and Liberty G. Beauvais, 38, of Grand Gorge were arrested by state police on November 14 and face charges after they were stopped for a traffic violation on Crowe Road in the Town of Kortright.
Gilchrist was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right. Police say other charges are pending against him.
Beauvais, who was a passenger in the car driven by Gilchrist, was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle. Police say the drug oxycodone and drug paraphernalia were found in the car.
Both men were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Kortright Justice Court on November 20.