By LINDA KELLETT
For the Recorder
FORT PLAIN -- A Fort Plain businessman who's had several run-ins with the law was arrested once again: This time for allegedly attempting to smuggle out of the village a suspect for whom police had an active arrest warrant.
Fort Plain Police Chief Robert Thomas III on Thursday night said Dennis Todd, of 24 Willett St., Fort Plain, was charged with misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration in connection with the most recent incident. He was released on an appearance ticket.
The owner of a number of local commercial properties, Todd was charged earlier this year in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old male and physically assaulted one of the child's adult relatives by hitting him on the head with a baseball bat.
Later, additional charges stemmed from his alleged attack on a Channel 13 news team who were trying to interview him. Todd was charged with felony reckless endangerment; criminal possession of a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor; and harassment in connection with the incident, which was partially captured on tape by the WNYT News 13 videographer.
In mid-December, Todd was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, leaving the scene of an accident and failed to keep right following a reported collision with a vehicle on Railroad Street.
Thomas said Todd's newest charge stems from the arrest on Tuesday afternoon of 33-year-old Hope Holligan, also of 24 Willett Street.
He said Holligan, who was driving Todd's car, was stopped by police on River Street on that date for allegedly failing to signal. At the time of the traffic stop, Thomas said the arresting officer observed a pipe used for smoking crack cocaine, and Holligan was taken into custody. When a female officer searched Holligan, she reportedly was found with approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine in her possession.
Holligan was arraigned and sent to the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
The vehicle was towed.
Thursday night, acting on information from a confidential source, police learned that Todd was allegedly attempting to transport 25-year-old Michael Keith, also of 24 Willett St., to Gloversville.
Keith, a suspect sought in connection with a mid-December drug sweep, was wanted for his alleged sale of drugs in September 2012. He reportedly fled the village during the December operation.
Thomas said, "Todd had been made aware that we had a warrant for [Keith]."
He said Todd, who was operating the vehicle Thursday night, was stopped on River Street by an officer who recognized his passenger as someone else for whom police had an arrest warrant.
Thomas said, "The officer recognized Robert Holligan in the passenger seat."
According to the news release, Holligan, 38, also of 24 Willett St., was arrested on a warrant for allegedly conspiring to purchase crack cocaine. Police allege he transported his wife, Hope Holligan, to another jurisdiction at an earlier date to purchase the drugs.
During Thursday night's vehicle stop, Thomas said Keith, 25, also of 24 Willett St., was found hiding under a blanket on the floor in the back seat of Todd's vehicle.
Keith was charged with loitering, unlawful possession of marijuana, and fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony.
Robert Holligan was charged with loitering and fifth-degree conspiracy, a felony.
Both Keith and Robert Holligan were arraigned and sent to the Montgomery County Jail.