Parolee ac­cused of gun, drug of­fenses

Albany Times Union - - AROUND THE REGION -

Af­ter fol­low­ing up on “many” leads, in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive in­ter­views with wit­nesses and the vic­tim, po­lice say they de­ter­mined the event never hap­pened.

The ve­hi­cle that the girl de­scribed was lo­cated, but po­lice de­ter­mined that there was never a con­ver­sa­tion between its driver and the girl and that it had been in the area for a le­git­i­mate pur­pose.

“The girl is very re­morse­ful for mak­ing the ini­tial re­port and the en­su­ing use of re­sources to in­ves­ti­gate it,” said Po­lice Chief David Keev­ern.

“While this in­ci­dent didn’t oc­cur, this is still a good re­minder to re­in­force with our chil­dren the im­por­tance of be­ing aware of their sur­round­ings and how to re­spond in the event of be­ing ap­proached by a stranger,” Keev­ern said.

AL­BANY — A tip about a man with a hand­gun re­sulted in the ar­rest Wed­nes­day of an Al­bany parolee on weapon and drug charges.

Al­bany po­lice said Thurs­day that the tip came in around 4:10 p.m. for the area of 79 S. Ferry St. When they ar­rived, they found a man, 25-year-old Joshua Wel­don, match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect and stopped him.

Wel­don had a loaded .25 cal­iber hand­gun on him, po­lice said. A search war­rant that was later used at his house also led to the dis­cov­ery of a clear plas­tic bag with clon­azepam pills, a seda­tive used to treat seizures and anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, po­lice said. Wel­don was charged with crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a weapon and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

In 2012, he served time in state prison for sec­ond­de­gree bur­glary and as­sault. He was re­leased in March 2016 un­der the su­per­vi­sion of New York State Pa­role. His pa­role is up in 2021.

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