Rensselaerville man accused of pointing gun during argument

RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Rensselaerville man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a shotgun at someone. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office said Stephen Pappalau Jr., 46, was arrested on July 30.

On July 29 around 6:30 p.m., police received a menacing complaint from a Berne man. The victim reported that Pappalau pointed a shotgun at him during an argument.

Pappalau is also accused of assaulting the victim, leaving him with a fractured nose. Police said this took place in front of the victim’s 12-year-old son. Pappalau is also accused of leaving threatening messages on the victim’s voicemail.


  • Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (felony)
  • Second-degree menacing (misdemeanor)
  • Third-degree assault (misdemeanor)
  • Endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor)
  • Second-degree aggravated harassment (misdemeanor)

Pappalau was arraigned in the Town of Westerlo Court. He was then released under the supervision of probation.

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