Updates on youths charged in graffiti and trespassing incidents
By Michael Turton
A resident of New York City and a second from Connecticut appeared in Cold Spring Justice Court on Wednesday, Feb. 11, following their recent arrests resulting from two separate incidents.
Jillian E. Salcido, 29, of Danbury, Connecticut, faces a charge of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Cold Spring Police arrested her on Jan. 31 after investigation of an incident that occurred at Whistling Willie’s American Grill on Jan. 23. Salcido is alleged to have stolen a wallet. If found guilty of the Class E felony, she could face up to four years in prison.
Anthony D. Alvarado, 44, is charged with three counts of forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana following his arrest on Jan. 30 at Drug World in Cold Spring. Alvarado is alleged to have attempted to fill a forged prescription for oxycodone.
Cold Spring Police said that he was in possession of three forged prescriptions. Conviction on a charge of second-degree forgery can result in a prison term of up to seven years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Both cases were adjourned until March 11.
Update on youth cases
Judge Anthony Costello agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) in the case of one of three youths charged in connection with the graffiti spree that defaced property in several locations around Cold Spring last August. An ACD signals that charges will be dismissed.
Addressing the defendant, the judge said: “You’ve had your bite at the ACD apple. If you appear in front of me again, there will be no second bite. And stay away from spray paint if you find yourself bored at 2 in the morning.” The defendant had completed community service and paid $244.23 in restitution.
A second youth who was involved in the graffiti incident also appeared in court. Assistant Putnam County District Attorney David Bishop told Costello that while the youth had paid the $244.23 in restitution as ordered by the court, he had not yet performed the community service also ordered as part of the sentence.
Costello said that once the community service was complete an ACD would be granted. The case was adjourned until April 8 in order to give the defendant time to complete the work.
A third youth, charged with trespass at Haldane school and Mayor’s Park last August did not appear in court as scheduled, apparently due to confusion over the date he was to appear. Bishop told the judge that he had spoken to the boy’s father, who requested that his son’s community service be performed locally.
Community service work is generally administered by ATI (Alternatives to Incarceration), a program of the Putnam County Court, however the program currently offers few venues on the west side of the county. The case was adjourned until March 11.
Costello advised Bishop to have the youth check with Cold Spring area churches, the library and Haldane to see if work could be performed there. “I want to see him [in court] and I want to know about the community service,” Costello said. “I expect this to be resolved.”