Tri-county blotter

S.C. man facing weapons charges

AMSTERDAM — A South Carolina man is facing charges after state police said they found a variety of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Mitchell L. Richards, 49, of Aiken, S.C. was charged Saturday with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony; four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession, a class A misdemeanor; second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana

Troopers said Richards was arrested following a vehicle stop for a traffic infraction on Route 30 in the town early Saturday morning. During the traffic stop and subsequent investigation, it was discovered that Richards possessed a loaded firearm and multiple edged weapons. Richards was also discovered to have altered the vehicle’s temporary registration.

Richards was processed at the Fonda barracks and arraigned in the Glen Town Court. He was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 secured bond pending a future court appearance in Town Court.

Driver facing multiple DWI felonies

GLEN — Derick St. Amour, 32, of 152 Shun Pike Road, Sloansville was charged on Friday by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all felonies.

Deputies said they were dispatched to a one car motor vehicle accident on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies determined the vehicle had left the roadway striking a ditch. Amour had allegedly been driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was arraigned in Town Court and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional facility in lieu of bail. Amour is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Passenger in vehicle facing drug charges

JOHNSBURG –An Indian Lake pair are facing charges after state police said they were found to be in possession of a variety of illegal drugs.

Jennelle B. Starcher, 43, was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree criminal contempt and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Matthew M. Meher, 35, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, both felonies.

Troopers said at approximately 10:37 p.m. on Nov. 17, they stopped a vehicle traveling on Route 28 for a traffic infraction. When the trooper interviewed the driver, Meher, he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. A subsequent search revealed that Meher’s passenger, Starcher, was in possession of buprenorphine, Suboxone, and a small quantity of heroin.

Troopers said Starcher had initially provided state police with a false name to hide the fact that there was an active stay away order of protection between her and Meher. Both were taken into custody and transported to the barracks in Chestertown for processing.

Starcher was issued an appearance ticket for Town Court on Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. Meher was arraigned in Warren County Centralized Arraignment Part and remanded to Warren County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.


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