Burglary plea begins Saratoga Springs kidnap case resolution
BALLSTON SPA A Saratoga Springs man who is accused of kidnapping his wife and sons and taking them to Schoharie County in a stolen box truck pleaded guilty Monday to attempted burglary in a partial resolution of that case.
Nicholas P. Beer, 37, of 23 Vincek Lane faces more serious charges in Schoharie County in a case that is still pending. But he pleaded guilty to the felony third-degree attempted burglary charge for trying to break in to Excelsior Auto Parts at 64 Excelsior Ave. in Saratoga Springs in May.
Beer tried to turn off the power to the building by cutting power lines. Then he tied a rope to the roof vent in an attempt to gain entry, but he didn’t get inside, said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.
In May, authorities said Beer stole a box truck, brought it to his home and loaded it with personal belongings and woke his two sons. He then allegedly woke his girlfriend, told her to get inside the truck and when she refused, he allegedly pointed a loaded .22-caliber rifle at her and forced her into the back of the truck.
Murphy said Beer told his sons, ages 13 and 9, that they had to get out of bed because they were moving to a new home. He told his girlfriend that they had won a trip and had to leave immediately, Murphy said.
In Schoharie County, Beer is accused of kidnapping, possessing stolen property and criminal mischief, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
His sentencing is slated for December, when Murphy said the District Attorney’s Office will seek one to three years in state prison.
Also in Saratoga County Court recently:
• A Mechanicville man admitted Monday to second-degree attempted criminal possession of marijuana after authorities said he was receiving shipments of the drug from California and selling it locally. Zachary Manrique, 24, of 320 Springs St., was arrested in April. He is slated for sentencing in November.
• Dana Livziey, 40, of Kathy’s Cottages, Chalet E, Lake George, pleaded guilty Monday to felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Livziey was arrested in March in Wilton. Sentencing is slated for November.
• Nicholas Carleton, 31, of 2865 Route 9 in Malta, was sentenced Monday to 60 days in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time he already served after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to failure to report an address change within 10 days. He is a registered sex offender.
• Christopher G. Abrams, 31, of Fort Edward pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to felony fourth-degree grand larceny. He is accused of incidents state police investigated in Moreau between May 2010 and September 2011.
• Jason Dalaba, 35, of 12 Hawk St., Scotia, was sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail and five years’ probation for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle in Saratoga Springs. City police said in May that he was driving drunk with his 2-year-old son in the car and ran a red light downtown after swerving around on Broadway.
• Richard Connolly, 46, of 7 Highgate Road, Gansevoort, was sentenced Thursday to five days in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation for a felony DWI in May.
• Gary Karnbach, 52, of 630 Main St., Corinth, pleaded guilty Friday to felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and misdemeanor DWI from an arrest in March in Corinth.
• Philip DeBlois, 57, of Queensbury pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of disseminating indecent material to minors. He was charged in January in the town of Saratoga after he sent nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old girl, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said previously. DeBlois is slated for sentencing in November.
• Michael B. Hare, 38, of 540 County Route 76, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to felony second-degree assault. State police charged him in February in Malta. He is scheduled for sentencing in November.
• Jeremy B. English, 40, of 106 E. Turf Trailer Park, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to felony driving while ability impaired by drugs in Halfmoon in January. His sentencing is slated for November.
• Rebecca Breaux, 39, of 34 Waterbury St., Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to time she already served in jail plus five years’ probation for a felony criminal mischief charge. She was accused of hitting a neighbor’s house with her car in May, then spraying lighter fluid on three people and threatening them with a knife. She pleaded guilty in July.
• Lawrence Knight, 45, of Cohoes, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged after a state police investigation into criminal activity on six dates in August and September. He faces sentencing in November.