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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 26, 2011

Hilltown woman, Glenmont man facing felony gun charges

By Zach Simeone

BERNE — After fleeing from police, a Hilltown woman and a Glenmont man were arrested for unlicensed possession of two weapons.

Rebecca Bradford, 25, of East Berne, and Henry Rauche, 26, of Glenmont, were arrested on Monday, May 9, after they were seen speeding on I-890 in Schenectady, according to a release from the New York State Police. In an attempt to avoid the police, Rauche exited I-890 onto Michigan Avenue; after colliding with a signpost at the intersection of Watt Street and Doherty Drive, Rauche and Bradford fled on foot, the release said. Rauche was apprehended by Trooper Tony McLea after a short chase, and Bradford was located a few minutes later, police said. Bradford discarded her purse during the chase, police said, and troopers found it behind some trash cans.

A loaded .45 caliber handgun belonging to Rauche was found in her purse. When troopers searched Rauche’s vehicle, they found a loaded 5.58 millimeter Double Star Corporation assault rifle.

According to Trooper Maureen Tuffey, a spokesperson for the state police, the pair had the guns on them “because they were going to be doing a drug deal in the city of Schenectady and felt that they needed them.” She said the couple was going to make a heroin deal, though she did not recall whether they were buying or selling.

Bradford has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.

Rauche has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, each a Class C felony; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony; resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; and unlawfully fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Both were arraigned in Rotterdam Town Court by Judge Kenneth Litz, and remanded to Schenectady County Jail, with bail set at $35,000 cash and $75,000 bond.

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