Section: Capital Region,  Page: B6

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Troy man arrested on drug, weapons charges

TROY -- A city man faces weapons and drug charges, Rensselaer County sheriff's deputies said Friday.

Tyshaun A. Purvis, 18, of 81 Jay St., wanted on a probation violation, was arrested after county probation officers saw him enter a home. Purvis was arrested after he came out and was found to have crack cocaine and marijuana, authorities said. A search of the home turned up drug-cutting agents, packaging materials and a loaded .22-caliber handgun reported stolen in 2009, police said.

Purvis was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, deputies said. He was sent to county jail on a probation warrant.

-- Kenneth C. Crowe II

Fire damages house in Guilderland Center

GUILDERLAND CENTER -- Firefighters from Guilderland Center were joined by five additional fire companies in battling a fire Friday afternoon at a Gardner Road house in a rural area without fire hydrants.

There were no serious injuries reported in the blaze, although a firefighter suffered a fall and some bruises, said Chief Dave Dodge.

The homeowner of the bungalow at 5816 Gardner Road had just returned home when he smelled smoke and called 911 at about 3:05 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, there were flames visible from the back of the house. The fire apparently started in the chimney and spread to a wooden back porch, which was built around the chimney, Dodge said.

Mutual aid arrived from Altamont, Fort Hunter, Knox, North Bethlehem and Voorheesville companies. By pumping water from two tankers and several engines, the fire was under control in about 20 minutes, Dodge said.

The house sustained considerable damage, he said.

-- Paul Grondahl

Drug charges lodged in Saratoga Springs arrest

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A Bronx man was arrested Friday in the Woodlawn Avenue parking lot, accused of having about 23 grams of cocaine, marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.

Police said they noticed Jermaine Perez, 33, acting suspiciously with a woman in his car around 2:12 a.m. An officer approached and found the illegal drugs, Saratoga Springs police said in a press release.

Perez, of Howe Avenue in the Bronx, was arraigned in City Court and taken to the Saratoga County jail on $20,000 bail, police said. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Police allege that Perez intended to sell the cocaine, and it had a street value of about $2,000. Perez must appear in City Court again March 16.

The woman allegedly in Perez's car, Xiomara Goboyeaux, 27, of Brookline Drive, Ballston Spa, was arrested on an outstanding City Court warrant, police said.

-- Dennis Yusko

Suspect in bank robbery in Greene County nabbed

DURHAM --State Police said they quickly captured a suspected bank robber in Greene County.

A man entered the Legacy Bank on Route 145 about 3 p.m. Thursday, demanded money and left with $1,000, State Police said. Acting on information obtained in their investigation, police arrested Jeremiah P. Smith, 48, a short time later at his home on Quincy Lane, Conesville.

Smith was charged with robbery and sent to Greene County Jail on $50,000 bail.

No one was injured and no weapon was displayed, police said.

-- Bob Gardinier

Rape suspect arrested by fugitive task force

ALBANY -- A city man was arrested on a rape indictment Friday by members of the local fugitive task force.

Willie E. Dabbs, 55, was picked up around 4 p.m. outside of 660 Central Ave., U.S. Deputy Marshal Jeff Susi said.

The first-degree rape charge, a felony, was for an alleged incident that occurred within the city of Albany, Susi said. No details were available Friday night.

Albany police detectives and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Dabbs. The indictment also charged him with first-degree kidnapping, a felony, said Susi who heads the group.

-- Carol DeMare