Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy Graduation

L to R: Chief John Belardo (Ret.), Chief Joseph Belardo, Officer Anthony Belardo, Schodack Town Supervisor David Harris
L to R: Chief John Belardo (Ret.), Chief Joseph Belardo, Schodack Town Supervisor David Harris

On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson New York. 11 new police officers graduated from the academy. Among the graduates was Town of Schodack Police Officer Anthony Belardo. Officer Belardo will serve a three month in service training period.

Schodack Police investigate stabbing, make arrest for assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing

On February 5, 2018 The Town of Schodack Police Department investigated an assault at the Dunkin Donuts bakery at 1792 Columbia Tupike in Schodack. Two male employees were involved in an argument and one stabbed the other. The suspect fled the scene in a car while a third male drove the victim to Albany Memorial Hospital ER. The suspect, Delroy Smith, 53 of 100 Harry Howard Road, Hudson, NY was apprehended by New York State Police in Kinderhook a short time after the incident. Smith has been charged with assault 1st degree and criminal possession of a weapon 3rd degree (felonies) and menacing 2nd degree (misdemeanor). New York State Police at Troop G Zone 1 headquarters worked with Schodack Police on this incident. Smith was arraigned in the Town of Schodack Justice court and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $15,000.00 bail. Smith is scheduled to appear in town court on February 9, 2018 at 5pm for a preliminary hearing.

Press Release – Burglary and Menacing

On January 8, 2018 at around 11:30 pm members of the Schodack Police Department responded to a reported burglary in progress at 1346 Maple Hill Road. The victim reported that her ex-boyfriend, James M. File, 46 of 11 Alter Alley Way, Nassau, NY, had broken into her house shortly after she arrived home and confronted her. When the victim tried to use her cell phone to call 911, File grabbed the phone out of her hand and left the residence with it. The victim used her home telephone to call 911. File then left. Officers were on their way to arrest File for this incident when 911 dispatchers received a new call that File was back at the residence. File had a handgun and was menacing the victim with it. A Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriff patrol was nearby and was dispatched to respond as well. The deputy sheriff was in the residence when Schodack Police units arrived. File had relinquished his firearm and surrendered to the deputy sheriff without resistance. File is facing charges of Burglary in the first degree, Burglary in the third degree, Robbery in the third degree, Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, all felonies and Menacing in the second degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree both misdemeanors. Other criminal charges may be possible. File was arraigned before Town of Schodack Justice Paul Peter and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail without bail. File is scheduled to return to Schodack Town Court for a preliminary hearing on Friday January 12th, 2018 at 1:00pm.

Press release – Structure fire/Hate crime investigation

On Sunday May 14, 2017 at around 11:40 PM, the Town of Schodack Police Department responded to 29 Cold Spring Road for a report of a structure fire. First responders on the scene report that a swastika and a racially offensive epithet had been spray-painted on the front of the detached garage at the residence and that garage was on fire. Fire companies from Nassau, East Schodack, South Schodack, Schodack Valley, and North Chatham responded to the scene to put out the fire. The fire was confined to garage. The Town of Schodack Fire Investigation Unit conducted a cause and origin examination. The Rensselaer County Sheriffs Office K9 unit responded as well. The K9 unit is specially trained for arson investigation. The New York State Police assisted with the investigation on the scene. Police are continuing the investigation of the incident throughout today. Police plan to speak to residents in the area and neighbors of the homeowner. This incident is under investigation as a hate crime. Help from the community is crucial in this investigation so Schodack Police urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact them at 518.477.8077.

Press release – Assault/Burglary/Robbery

Press Release Assault 1/Burglary/Robbery

The Town of Schodack Police Department and New York State Police BCI from the Schodack Zone 1 headquarters are investigating an assault, burglary, and robbery that occurred on January 28, 2015 in the early afteoon on Reno Road in the Town of Schodack. The suspect is reported to have been wearing an orange ski mask. The suspect took the victims wallet containing an unknown amount of cash. This investigation is still in the early stages and police are still developing and following up on leads. Investigators are requesting the assistance of the public and urge anyone with information to contact investigators at Schodack Police 518-477-8077 or NYSP Schodack BCI at 518-732-4646

Press Release ? Burglary/Criminal Mischief Arrest

On September 25, 2014 The Town of Schodack Police Department arrested George Ertel, Jr, 27 of 429 McClellan Road, Nassau, NY for Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Petit Larceny, and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. Officer Eckel was on patrol when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked partially on the road in front of 864 Maple Hill Road. Officer Eckel discovered Ertel standing on the lawn of the residence with a pile of copper pipe in the front yard and in the the bed of his truck. Further investigation by Officer Eckel revealed that Ertel had forced entry to the residence and removed the copper pipe from inside. Additionally, Ertel was wanted on a bench warrant out of the City of Troy. Ertel was arrested and arraigned before Town of Schodack Justice Peter and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $25,000.00 bail. Ertel is due back in Town of Schodack Justice Court on October 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm for a preliminary hearing.

Press Release – Burglary 2nd and Grand Larceny 4th

On September 9, 2014 The Town of Schodack Police Department arrested Roscoe Quint, 17 of 764 River Road, Schodack Landing, NY for Burglary in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree, and Petit Larceny related to a residential burglary and several recent larcenies from vehicles in the Schodack Landing area. Officers from the Schodack Police Department were on foot patrol in the area investigating the burglary and rash of larcenies when they encountered Mr. Quint. Mr. Quint had items stolen from vehicles in his possession at the time of his arrest. Officers also recovered stolen property at Mr. Quints home. Mr. Quint was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in Town of Schodack Justice Court on October 1st, 2014 at 6:00pm

Press Release – Felony DWI Arrest

The Town of Schodack Police Department conducted a STOP-DWI enforcement detail oveight from August 20, 2013 at 6pm until August 21, 2013 at 2am. Just after midnight, Schodack Police officers arrested David B. Cassidy, 63 of Fort Luaderdale, FL for Felony DWI and Failure to Dim Headlights. Cassidy was arraigned in Town of Schodack Justice Court before Town Justice Bruce J. Wagner and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 bail. Cassidy is scheduled to return to Town Court on September 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

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Press Release – Hit and Run Driver Arrest

The Town of Schodack Police Department has made an arrest in a personal injury hit-and-run motor vehicle accident which occurred on September 11, 2012.

The accident occurred at around 9:00 pm on a Tuesday night. A 17 year old male and his 14 year old friend were walking on Scott Avenue just east of Village of Castleton when a vehicle struck the 17 year old male. The young man was treated at the scene for injuries to his left hand, buttocks, and pelvic area. The youth’s parents later took him to an unspecified hospital for additional treatment. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene.

Investigating officers recovered evidence at the scene of the accident and were able to use that evidence to locate the vehicle.

Arrested was Louis Avellino, 50 of Castleton. He was changed with Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Reckless Driving, Assault 3rd degree, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, and imporper lane usage. Avellino was arraigned before Town Justice Peter and released on his own recognizance.

His next court appearance is schedule for October 10th at 6:00 pm.

Louis Avellino