Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF                     James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
                                    CHARGES IN VALATIE VANDALISM
                                                                        August 30, 2007  

Valatie, NY - Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr. reports that two fourteen year old Valatie youths
are charged in the spray painting vandalism which occurred in the Little Falls Estates in Valatie, N.Y., this
past weekend.

      The Sheriff said that since it was reported on Sunday morning, Deputy Sheriff’s and Investigators have
been in the area conducting interviews and securing evidence.  He said that written estimates are being
obtained, however the amount of damage committed is believed to be in the thousands of dollars.  He said
that information developed led investigators to the two fourteen year old boys who reside in the Little Falls
Estates and who have made admissions to investigators regarding their involvement.  He said that the
parents of the youths have cooperated with investigators.

      Sheriff Harrison reports that the vandalism has been investigated as hate crimes due to the symbols and
phrases painted.  He added that due to their ages, the names of the youths can not be released and both
are charged with being Juvenile Delinquents for the crimes of Aggravated Harassment 1st Degree – E
Felony, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree – D Felony and making Graffiti - A Misdemeanor.

      The Aggravated Harassment 1st Degree charge is specifically for the Swastika symbols and ethnic
phrases painted on the residences.

      Sheriff Harrison said that investigators have found no indication of gang affiliation.  He said that both
youths and their parents, one on August 29th and the second on August 30th, are issued appearance tickets
returnable to the Columbia County Probation Department.

      Sheriff Harrison said that Sr./Investigator Kevin Skype, Investigator Mark Dunspaugh and Resident
Deputy Sheriff Louis Bray have been working on the case and the investigation is continuing.