Associated Press
Section: LOCAL,  Page: B4

Date: Friday, November 18, 1988

South Colonie School District residents on Thursday approved a proposition to purchase five buses and a van for $278,500, by a vote of 642-148.

The district is eligible to receive up to 80 percent of the expenditure in state aid, which would reduce the cost to South Colonie to about $55,700, accordingto administrative intern Dominick Rivera. The proposition will hike the district tax rate by 16 cents each year through the 1993-94 school year, but Rivera said by spreading out the cost over five years it would avoid having to hit residents with a dramatic tax increase.

The district is trying to replace 10 percent of its bus fleet each year, he said.

The buses to be taken out of service range in age from 10 to 14 years with mileage from almost 113,000 to more than 176,000.

SAND LAKE - A Nassau woman, 76, was killed when police said her car was struck by another automobile.

Lillian Marchand back out of a driveway on Route 43 into the eastbound lane when an eastbound car driven by Kristen Kelly of Averill Park hit the Marchand auto on the driver's side about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, state Police at the East Greenbush station said.

Kelly was injured in the accident and was released following treatment in Albany Medical Center Hospital, troopers said.

ALBANY - A 22-year-old Schoharie man is scheduled for arraignment today

on charges that he tried to pull a woman into the woods in Guilderland.

David J. Crumb was indicted earlier in the week on attempted second- degree kidnapping, a felony, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, in the Oct. 13 incident.

It is alleged that about 4:20 p.m. on Guilderland Road (Route 158), "a woman in her 20s was walking along the rural section minding her own business" when Crumb grabbed her and tried to drag her into the woods, according to Assistant District Attorney Paul A. Clyne.

A couple driving along the road saw the woman struggling and stopped their car to help her, causing Crumb to flee, Clyne said. Crumb was arrested later that evening by Guilderland police.

COLONIE - Seven percent of the 229 people who applied to take the civil service test for town police officer are women.

Police Department spokesman Lt. Donald Fialka said Thursday while the town encourages women and minorities to apply for police jobs, it has no affirmative action program.

"We don't feel we have to go out and recruit anyone in particular," he said.

Joy Meher is the only woman in the 104-member department.

The 1989 town budget includes an appropriation to increase the department by four officers and several other positions are expected to open through retirements and resignations.

The test is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10 in Shaker High School. The deadline to apply for the test was Nov. 3.

COLONIE - A Latham 16-year-old was in Albany County Jail withoutbail Thursday night after town police arrested him in connection with a Halloween night assault of a Latham teen with a BB rifle.

Ivea Mosley Jr. of 45 Ford Ave. was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, according to an arrest report by Investigator Richard Weiss and Detective Andrew Zostant.

The arrest stemmed from an incident on Halloween night when Tracy Salmeri, 16, of Percy Avenue and six friends were trick-or-treating in the Burns Whitney Development in Latham, police said. Salmeri was shot in the neck by an assailant in a passing car with a BB rifle, and had to undergo surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital to have the projectile removed, police said.

Mosley is to reappear in Town Court on Tuesday.

ALBANY - Scott Wiley, the parolee accused of Wednesday's knifepoint robbery of the First American Bank branch on Delaware Avenue, is scheduled to return to court Nov. 29.

Wiley, 24, of 147 Morey Park Road, Nassau, was arraigned Thursday in Albany Police Court and ordered held in Albany County Jail without bail pending the next hearing on the charge of first-degree robbery.

He was arrested early Thursday by Colonie and Albany police after a Colonie officer spotted the man's car parked outside the Days Inn motel on Wolf Road.

Police said Wiley was identified as the bank robber through pictures taken in the Wednesday morning holdup.

Albany Detective Lt. Edmund P. Flint said Wiley was booked on a first- degree robbery charge at the Colonie Police Department after his arrest at the motel.

Wiley was convicted in Renssealer County Court in January 1986 of attempted first-degree robbery and forged instrument charges and was sentenced to two to eight years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of an East Greenbush service station while armed with a shotgun, according to state parole officials.

In July, he was released on parole from the Mount McGregor state prison in Wilton, Saratoga County.

GREENVILLE - A 46-year-old Greenville man claiming to have booby- trapped his house with explosives held his estranged wife hostage for a second day Thursday, according to State Police.

Robert Simpson forced Katherine Simpson into his Woods Road home at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when she, her son and another woman went to the house, according to Sgt. Alfred Dorer of State Police in Middletown.

He said Katherine Simpson had not been living with her husband for at least three weeks. The son and other woman were not taken hostage, Dorer said, though he had reports that two other people were in the house.

COLONIE - A Latham man injured when his motorcycle and a car were in collision on Route 7 died Thursday afternoon in Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Gary Crawford, 23, of 16 Garling Drive was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m. after his admittance with severe head injuries following the accident early Wednesday morning, police said.

The driver of the car, Sam P. Mabile, 33, of Mount Upton, Chenango County, has been held in the Albany County Jail without bail since his arraignment Wednesday on charges of second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.10 and failure to yield the right of way.

Police said Mabile was turning left from Route 7 into the Super 8 Motel driveway when he collided with Crawford's motorcycle.

ALBANY - A city man was to appear in Police Court today

following his arrest Thursday on drug charges, police said.

Christopher Smith, 20, of 468 Livingston Ave., faces charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

According to a report by Officer Derek Coleman, Smith was found to have 10 small plastic bags of a white powder, alleged to be cocaine and a small bag of marijuana. He was arrested at 8:27 p.m. at the corner of Catherine and Elizabeth streets.