Police News: July 15, 2009

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Johnny J. Berdoff, 42, of Downsville Wednesday charging him with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny.
Deputies alleged that Berdoff illegally entered a residence and stole a handgun. Berdoff was arraigned before Colchester Town Justice Theodore Fonda and remanded to the county jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint last week of a painting stolen from Chace-Randall Gallery, 49 Main Street in Andes. A neighbor reported seeing a white male, medium to stocky build, 40+, leaving the gallery with a painting under his arm on July 4. The painting is of a hanging quince branch. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department or Chace-Randall Gallery at 676-4901.
Three people have been charged in connection with a sexual encounter between an underage girl and a 30-year-old man at a Shandaken motel, state police at Ulster said.
State police said they arrested Carlos Peralta-Perez of Arkville and charged him with rape, a felony, and the misdemeanors of unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday.
Also arrested were Jorge Hernandez-Avila, 25, and Rebecca L. Alvarado, 19, both of Fleischmanns, on misdemeanor charges of unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said their investigation showed the pair helped the girl and her brother sneak out of their home and took them to the motel.
Peralta-Perez was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 insurance bond. Alvarado and Hernandez-Avila were both arraigned and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond, police said.
State police were assisted by Shandaken Police.
On July 10 following a four-month investigation, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Kenneth L. Schwartz, 62, of 1507 Teed Hill Road, Masonville and charged him with the following crimes: two felony counts of second-degree grand larceny, two felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and one felony count of first-degree scheme to defraud.
It is alleged that Kenneth L. Schwartz, operating Upright Builders Inc. and Upright Custom Homes of Masonville, engaged in a systematic on-going course of conduct to allegedly defraud seven victims of $219,646 between November 10, 2006 and February 18, 2009. The investigation is continuing.
The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Justice Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $30,000 cash or $60,000 property bond to await a felony hearing on July 15.
Kathleen Stead, 33, of Westfield, MA was arrested by state police on July 3 and charged with aggravated DWI after she was stopped on Lake Street in Stamford for speeding.
In addition to DWI, Stead was charged with speeding and no seat belt.
Robert F. Joedicke, 48, of New Kingston was arrested by state police on July 5 and faces a number of charges following a domestic dispute that allegedly took place in front of his victim’s children.
Joedicke was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.
He was arraigned in Town of Andes Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail to await further court action.
Joseph L. Temple, 53, of Stamford was arrested by state police on July 5 and charged with DWI after a trooper allegedly witnessed his vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Police say they stopped Temple and later charged him when his blood alcohol level tested .20 percent.
Temple was issued a summons that was returnable in Town of Stamford Justice Court on July 14.
State police arrested Nicole F. Lescher, 19, of Arcata, CA on July 12 and charged her with DWI after observing her truck parked in the parking lot of the Margaretville skate park. Police say they charged Lescher when her blood alcohol allegedly tested .11 percent.
She was issue a summons to appear in the Town of Middletown Justice Court on July 13.
State police arrested Michael P. Rogers, 44, of Stamford on July 13 and charged him with DWI following the report of a suspicious vehicle in the woods near Stamford.
Police say they found Rogers’ vehicle hung up on a rock with Rogers asleep and the vehicle running.
Rogers was issued a summons to appear in Town of Stamford Court on July 15.