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…

Sex offender held on new charge involving child

STOCKPORT—State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from Livingston arrested Shane M. Laurange, 25, of Stockport for first degree sexual abuse and first degree for disseminating indecent material to minors. Both charges are class D felonies, June 9.

During an investigation police it was discovered that Mr. Laurange allegedly had sexual contact with an 11-year-old female and sent her lewd photographs of his genitalia. Read more…

Two defendants plead guilty to separate robberies

HUDSON—Two defendants pleaded guilty in Columbia County Court to felony robbery charges in separate incidents, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka, June 2.

Christopher Arsenault pleaded guilty to second degree robbery, a class C felony, before Judge Richard M. Koweek.

Mr. Arsenault was charged with stealing cash from the Blue Stores Xtra Mart in Livingston, January 8 while armed with a rifle. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and arrested Mr. Arsenault. Judge Koweek has scheduled sentencing for July 28. The Columbia County Public Defender represents Mr. Arsenault. Read more…