Albany man, ex-girlfriend charged after domestic exchange

Friday, April 10, 2009
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Kaishamia Benson and Shaleek Drayton
Kaishamia Benson and Shaleek Drayton

— An Albany man set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment last week, and she responded by smashing out his new girlfriend’s car window, police said today.

Now both are facing criminal charges.

Shaleek Drayton, 31, of Lark Drive, is accused of setting fire to the apartment of ex-girlfriend Kaishamia Benson Thursday at 390 Clinton Ave.

Drayton allegedly broke in, set fire to Benson’s clothes and fled. The fire caused extensive damage to her apartment, as well as other floors, police said. No one was hurt.

Benson then confronted Drayton at his 60B Lark Drive apartment. While there, Benson allegedly smashed out the windshield of Drayton’s new girlfriend’s car.

Drayton allegedly retaliated by taking out a knife and cutting Benson, police said.

Drayton was charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

Benson faces a count of criminal contempt because she allegedly violated an order of protection when she went to Drayton’s apartment.

Further charges could be filed, police said.

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April 10, 2009
3:58 p.m.
RCordone says...

Just makes you want to break out the Neil Diamond records

"Love on the rocks
Ain't no surprise
Pour me a drink
And I'll tell you some lies
Got nothin' to lose
So you just sing the blues all the time
Gave you my heart
Gave you my soul
You left me alone here
With nothing to hold
Yesterday's gone
Now all I want is a smile"

April 11, 2009
9:37 a.m.
annarondac says...

Now I'm going to be singing that song all day in my head!

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