Woman threatens to injure child, charged with aggravated harassment
• The case of Jamie L. Durham, 29, 6 Meadowlark Lane, Warrensburg, was heard in court July 14. Durham is charged with second-degree aggravated harassment, and the case was adjourned to July 21.
Durham is accused of sending Eric M. VanNess text messages July 12 indicating she was attempting to harm his young child, according to police. The text messages, according to court records, include: "You will never see us again! I'm at the edge of a lake with (child's name) asleep! She won't feel a thing," and, "I wish you could see how morbidly peaceful she looks after six sleeping candies," causing the father great alarm, police said. The frightening messages prompted VanNess to call 911 for great fear of physical injury or death to his child, police said. The texts also caused public alarm due to the effort by the police in an attempt to locate Durham and the child to assure their welfare, police said.
• The case of Laurie H. Kennedy, 48, Village Estates, Chester, was adjourned to July 28. She is charged with petit larceny. Police said between October 2008 and April 2010, Kennedy stole rolls of toilet paper from the Chestertown firehouse. According to a confession, Kennedy - as a 7-year member of the Chestertown Fire Department Auxiliary - had keys to several locks in the firehouse, and during the above time frame she repeatedly stole toilet paper from the janitor's closet, according to court records. She confessed she and her husband Wayne regularly stole the toilet paper at least once a week, and sometimes, she acted as a lookout. Kennedy was arrested in May. Adjourned to July 28. Chester Town Justice James McDermott recused himself from the bench, as he is a member of the Chestertown Fire Department.
• The case of Wayne J. Kennedy Sr., 46, Village Estates, Chester, was adjourned to Aug. 11. He is facing a felony fourth-degree grand larceny charge for obtaining gasoline on a fire company credit card between October 2008 and April 2010 for his personal vehicle and use. He was arrested in May on the charge.
• Eugene J. Kelley III, 34, Sanford St., Warrensburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment, based on an incident at 1:45 a.m., July 11 at his apartment. Kelley threatened officer E.J. Mazzeo, squaring up to him in an aggressive fighting stance with fists raised, that he was going to kick Mazzeo's "(expletive) ass." Kelley was sentenced to a fine and surcharge totaling $150.
• The case of Raymond Hernandez, 40, was referred to a Grand Jury and adjourned to Aug. 11. Hernandez is facing a felony charge of first-degree criminal contempt, for allegedly violating an order of protection by placing a phone call July 7 to a woman who had an order of protection in effect against him. The incident triggered a felony charge because of a previous conviction of violating an order of protection, court records state.
• The case of Gary P. LaRose, 57, Bolton Landing, was adjourned to Aug. 11. He is facing a felony DWI charge after being stopped 3:25 p.m., June 13 on Main Street in Warrensburg. The alleged DWI offense prompted a felony charge because of a DWI-related conviction of his during the past 10 years. LaRose is also facing a misdemeanor charge of aggravated DWI, for a blood-alcohol level testing more than 0.18 percent, or .24 percent. LaRose told police he was driving from home to get toilet paper.
• The case of Carl Venosa, 25, Chestertown, was adjourned to Aug. 11. He is charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, based on a traffic stop June 17 on Elm Street.
• The case of Kirk Penman, 22, Lake Shore Drive, Bolton, was adjourned to July 21. Penman is facing Misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, and driving with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent, based on a June 25 incident when he was stopped on Golf Course Road. He tested 0.1 percent at the time, records show.