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Saratoga County administrator’s son facing charges

Saratoga County administrator’s son facing charges

The son of Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig III had two run-ins with the police last mo

The son of Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig III had two run-ins with the police last month, less than a year after facing a felony vandalism charge, according to sources familiar with both incidents.

Spencer Hellwig IV, 17, was one of five teens arrested in February by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department in connection with more than $1,000 in damage done to The Paddocks of Wilton on Jan. 22. He and Saratoga Springs teens Connor Tremblay, Jacob Hyland, Michael Foley and Jordan Canin each face a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge, said two sources.

A search Saturday through the arrest binder maintained at the sheriff's office in Ballston Spa didn't include a reference to the arrest. Computer searches by sheriff’s officials also failed to produce a record of the arrest.

Two days after he was arrested, the younger Hellwig was in a car being driven by Tremblay that was stopped late at night by a Saratoga Springs police officer, according to two sources familiar with that incident. The officer allegedly smelled marijuana smoke and a search of the vehicle turned up psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Tremblay, who faces misdemeanor drug charges, was the only one charged in that incident.

Police also encountered Hellwig last April, when city police accused him, Hyland and William Bruder of shooting homes with pellet guns and hitting private property with baseball bats. Despite facing a felony vandalism charge in that case, all the teens were granted youthful offender status after the case was completed and the records were sealed.

It's not clear how that incident will impact this latest arrest.

Because the elder Hellwig has ties to various law enforcement and judicial personnel in the county, some officials involved in his son's proceedings will likely recuse themselves. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III and Wilton Town Justice David Towne have both already recused themselves.

Murphy also recused himself in the vandalism case last year and Warren County District Attorney Kathleen Hogan prosecuted.

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