CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — A Queensbury man was killed last weekend in Clifton Park while allegedly walking in and out of traffic on Route 146 in the western part of town.
According to a report from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, county law enforcement personnel were dispatched at 10:23 p.m. July 27 after receiving several calls of a pedestrian walking in and out of traffic on the road.
While investigating these complaints, a separate call was received by the department indicating the pedestrian had been struck by a moving vehicle.
According to sheriff's department investigators, the crash revealed that a 2019 Dodge Charger operated by Justin D. Daniels, 28, of Corinth, had been traveling eastbound on the road when the car struck the pedestrian later identified as Bradly J. Brean, 26, of Queensbury. The sheriff’s department said Brean was pronounced dead at the scene.
As of Monday, the cause of the collision remained under investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigator Matt Robinson with the department.
In other law enforcement activity in July, Samuel Mejia-Portorreal, 19, was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Monday by sheriff’s deputies in the Town of Halfmoon on a warrant for his arrest. Mejia-Portorreal was charged with criminal contempt, criminal mischief, and harassment stemming from an incident that is said to have occurred the previous night, July 28.
According to a sheriff department report, Mejia-Portorreal allegedly subjected another person to physical contact, interfered with that person’s effort to contact 911 using a cell phone, and violated a court order of protection that protected the other party.
Mejia-Portorreal was arraigned before Clifton Park Town Justice James Hughes and remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail or bond to await further proceeding in the matter.
In additional law enforcement action, The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Eric D. Wald, 41, of Halfmoon after a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking within Saratoga County. According to the sheriff’s office, Wald was believed to have been distributing quantities of cocaine throughout the county.
A search warrant was executed recently by sheriff’s deputies with assistance of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team. Upon investigation, Wald was found to be in possession of quantities of cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, drug packaging materials, and scales.
He has been charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.
Wald was later arraigned before Halfmoon Town Justice Joseph Fodera and remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.
In other proceedings last month, Halfmoon resident James Satalino, 61, was arrested July 6 by Saratoga County Sheriff Department personnel following an investigation into his alleged contact with children under the age of 11 at his home.
The investigation determined that Satalino is alleged to have had oral sexual contact with at least two children resulting in a charge of criminal sexual act and a charge for endangering the welfare of a child. He was charged additionally with sexual abuse in the first degree for further sexual contact with one of his victims.
It is alleged also by law enforcement that Satalino took sexually revealing photos of his victims prompting a charge of use of a child in a sexual performance.
He is further charged with criminal sale of marijuana for providing it to a child and for the sale of items containing marijuana for consumption.
Satalino was arraigned before Halfmoon Justice Fodera where he was remanded to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bail bond.
The investigation is continuing and further charges may be added in the future. Anyone with concerning contact with Satalino should contact Investigator Steve Brown at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.