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…

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…