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Arrest made in Stamford (updated)
By Lissa Harris
10/11/12 - 9:36 am
10/11/12 - 9:36 am
Rumors are flying in the Delaware County town of Stamford, which was the scene of heavy law enforcement activity last night. So far, little information has been released about the nature of the incident, but state troopers told the Watershed Post that an arrest was made, and that more information will be available later today.
Captain James Barnes of Troop C said that a person was taken into custody on a warrant out of Menands, a village in Albany County. In a related action, another person was arrested in Oneonta, also on a warrant from Menands. Barnes declined to give the names of those arrested.
"We're still working on the investigation," he said.
Barnes said that Troop C would release a statement later in the day. We'll update this post when we have more information.
Update, 10/12: State police still have not released any information, other than to say that getting information out about this incident is currently low priority because they are dealing with the shooting of an officer in an unrelated case.
But the Daily Star spoke to Menands police, who say that an Oneonta man and his mother were arrested and charged with abducting and assaulting the man's ex-girlfriend:
Charles J. Mehalick, 27, of 52 Elm St., Oneonta, was wanted on a warrant out of Menands, an Albany suburb, after the ex-girlfriend was found there and transported to a hospital, Sgt. Frank Lacosse of the Menands Police Department said by phone Thursday.
Also arrested was Mehalick’s mother, Roxann Homan, 53, of Stamford.
Lacosse said the two are accused of abducting the ex-girlfriend in Oneonta, driving her in a van to Menands and leaving her there. She allegedly was assaulted along the way.
Update, 4pm: New York State Police have released a statement. More charges are pending:
(Oneonta, NY, October 12, 2012) On October 6, 2012, the Menands Police Department, Menands, New York contacted the New York State Police at Sidney, New York and requested assistance in locating two subjects involved in an assault that occurred on that date in Menands, New York. They identified the subjects as Charles J. Mehalick, age 27 and Roxann Hovan, age 53. The Menands Police Department provided possible locations for the suspects in the City of Oneonta, Otsego County and in the Town of Stamford, Delaware County. On October 10, 2012, the suspects’ vehicle was located at 1563 Tower Mountain Rd. in the Town of Stamford, Delaware County. Arrest warrants for both subjects had been obtained. Roaxann Hovan was arrested at that location by the New York State Police and was subsequently turned over to the Menands Police Department to answer criminal charges in that jurisdiction. As a result of a continuing investigation, Charles J. Mehalick was located and arrested in the City of Oneonta by the Oneonta Police Department and subsequently turned over to the Menands Police Department to answer criminal charges in that jurisdiction. As part of the continuing investigation, the New York State Police executed search warrants at residences in the Town of Stamford, Delaware County and the City of Oneonta, Otsego County. Additional charges are pending in both Delaware and Otsego Counties at the completion of the ongoing investigation.
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