Investigation leads to endangering charge against Hudson man

TAGHKANIC—Justin F. Carrasco, 24, of Hudson was charged with one count of first degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person following a joint investigation by the Livingston State Police investigators, the New York State Justice Center and the Columbia County DA’s Office, April 8.

On March 30, the Justice Center received a complaint about an abuse allegation from InFlight, Inc., of Red Hook. The complaint alleged the Mr. Carrasco, an InFlight, Inc. employee, had injured a resident of an InFlight facility in Taghkanic. InFlight, Inc. provides Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs) to individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities in both Columbia and Ulster counties, according to the agency’s website. Read more…

Craryville man charged with abuse

CRARYVILLE–John C. Vansteenburgh, 60, of Craryville, formerly of Canajoharie in Montgomery County, was charged with one count of third degree sex abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, April 1.

Officials commenced an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact between Mr. Vansteenburgh and a 15-year-old female victim, March 27. Read more…

Firefighter: Smoke detectors save lives

GREENPORT—A tragic fire in Brooklyn late last month killed seven children aged 5 to 16 in their bedrooms. The fire started in the first floor kitchen when a hot plate, a device often used by Jewish families to keep food warm during the Sabbath, malfunctioned during the night. The children’s mother and her 15-year-old daughter were able to jump from a second floor window, according to a press release from Greenport Fire Department Training Officer Douglas Garrison.

Investigators found only one smoke detector in the basement of the two-story house but have not found any on the first or second floor. The fire started just after midnight, probably smoldered for a while and then flared up, causing flames to eventually make their way to the stairway and up to the second floor. The mother was able to make her way across the street to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Even though firefighters were on the scene in a matter of minutes, it was already too late and instead of rescuing survivors, they were only able to bring out victims, the release said. Read more…

Troop K recognizes members’ promotions

PLEASANT VALLEY—State Police Troop K has issued a release that acknowledges and applauds the following members on their recent promotions or reclassifications.

Senior Investigator William J. Mulrein, III, entered the Division of State Police in January 2002. He was promptly promoted to investigator in 2007 and he served the Livingston barracks and Troop K Major Crimes Unit. In January 2014, he was appointed to senior investigator and served as the administrative senior investigator before transferring to SP Dover Plains. On February 26, Senior Investigator Mulrein earned the permanent rank of sergeant and will continue to serve the Bureau of Criminal Investigation stationed at the Poughkeepsie barracks. Read more…