Child safety seat event deemed success

Pictured (l-r), Mike Potter Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, Kristy Frederick Columbia County Health Department certified technician, Columbia County Sheriff certified technicians Deputy Cindy Madison and Deputy Peter Grzeskow with Zachary Potter being fitted for a new seat, Alex and Arica Rosenstrach Club Life event staff, Mike Breen Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, and Patricia Abitabile Columbia County Health Department certified technician. Photo contributed

Pictured (l-r), Mike Potter Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, Kristy Frederick Columbia County Health Department certified technician, Columbia County Sheriff certified technicians Deputy Cindy Madison and Deputy Peter Grzeskow with Zachary Potter being fitted for a new seat, Alex and Arica Rosenstrach Club Life event staff, Mike Breen Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, and Patricia Abitabile Columbia County Health Department certified technician. Photo contributed

KINDERHOOK—Certified child passenger safety technicians from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Department of Health held a Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection at the Club Life Day Community event in Kinderhook, Saturday July 18 and it was a big success, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.

Technicians assigned to the Child Passenger Safety Seat Program provide new child seats to families who have shown a need, and complete a safety inspection at these events. In addition to a safety seat inspection, parents and caregivers receive free one-to-one installation guidance and safety education from Sheriff’s Office and Health Department nationally certified technicians. The program’s success is attributed to a grant program, as well as the collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and Health Department. A total of 134 safety seats have been inspected and a total of 108 safety seats have been replaced by the grant program. Read more…

Former deputy pleads guilty to spying on woman

Former Sheriff's deputy Thomas Bagnall pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance, July 8.

Former Sheriff’s deputy Thomas Bagnall pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance, July 8. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—Thomas G. Bagnall, 27, of Hudson pleaded guilty to second degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony, in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan Nichols, July 8. The former sheriff’s deputy, who was suspended without pay following his arrest, immediately forfeited his job as soon as he entered the plea, according to District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Mr. Bagnall took photos of a woman dressing and undressing in November 2010 from outside the woman’s Livingston residence without her consent. The images were subsequently posted on the Internet. Read more…

Firefighters sharpen ventilation skills

Chatham firefighters Christian Haner (left) and Andrew Horst prepare to ventilate the sheet metal roof. The department’s 75-foot aerial ladder truck L58 is in the background. Photo contributed

Chatham firefighters Christian Haner (left) and Andrew Horst prepare to ventilate the sheet metal roof. The department’s 75-foot aerial ladder truck L58 is in the background. Photo contributed

CHATHAM—As part of its ongoing training, the Chatham Fire Department conducted a June 25 ventilation drill using a roof simulator made by department members. One section contained asphalt shingles over orientated strand board (OSB) while the other was covered with sheet metal roofing. Interior firefighters supported by exterior firefighters used various saws, pikes and halligans to simulate a “live fire” drill without putting the firefighters in danger. Ventilation is a common practice to open up part of a roof to allow heat, smoke and steam from heated hose water to escape from an interior fire. Read more…

Castleton man dies in Speedway event crash

WEST LEBANON—A Castleton man died following a crash at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 U.S. Route 20, June 30.

State Police were called to investigate a collision that occurred at the speedway’s annual “Eve of Destruction” racing event. A Winnebago motor home, driven by Shawn J. Rivers, 43, of Castleton was racing on the speedway track at 10 p.m. A second vehicle, operated by Frank J. Sorrento, 34, of Rensselaer attempted to disable the motor home according to rules of the race. Mr. Sorrento struck the motor home, causing it to rollover, collapse and trap Mr. Rivers. Read more…