Police charge Chatham man with wielding shovel as a threat to neighbors

CHATHAM–Village Police took a local man into custody after he allegedly made threats with a shovel.

Police received a report about possible shovel attacks on Spring Street and say their investigation determined that Jerry Bates, 60, of Chatham, wielded a shovel and told people he would kill them.

He was charged with third degree menacing and disorderly conduct June 30 at 2:30 p.m. Arraigned before Village Justice Portin, Mr. Bates was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail pending a later court appearance.

Mr. Bates also had a run-in with police June 26 at 10:50 p.m., when they got a call about two drunken men near Hudson Avenue. Police charged Mr. Bates and Albert Dalton, 43, of Chatham with disorderly conduct after they both allegedly became loud and verbally abused the officers by yelling obscenities in public.

They were each issued tickets to appear in Village Court and were released to family members.

Ghent

Gregory F. Kelsey Jr., 19, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by Deputy David Rose and Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Logue, July 2 at 3:08 p.m.

Mr. Kelsey is accused of stealing tools and equipment valued at more than $2,500 from a contractor, who was working on Sherman Potts Road.

Mr. Kelsey was released with a ticket directing him to appear in Ghent Court July 13.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug- or alcohol-related charges:

*Clifford Kahn, 37, of Canaan was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to keep right and operating without a seatbelt by Deputies Brendan Filli and Michael Stelling during a traffic stop on County Route 28 in Kinderhook, June 27 at 11:34 p.m.

He was released to a third party and issued tickets directing him to appear in Kinderhook Town Court July 14.

*Sandra Smith, 19, of Copake was charged with unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21 and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle by Deputies Louis Bray and Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on Route 9, Kinderhook, June 28 at 1:40 a.m. Ms. Smith was a passenger in the vehicle. She was released with tickets directing her to appear in Kinderhook Town Court July 14.

*Scott Rose, 45, of Petersberg was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and illegal turn signal by Deputies Louis Bray and Brendan Filli during a traffic stop on Route 9H, Ghent, June 28 at 3:50 a.m.

Mr. Rose was issued tickets directing him to appear in Ghent Court July 13.

*Steven Nelson, 49, of Kings Park was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to keep right and having illegally tinted windows by Deputies Heath Benansky and Peter Grzeskow during a traffic stop on Route 22, Copake, June 30 at 8:57 p.m.

Mr. Nelson was released with tickets directing him to appear in Copake Court July 27.

*Nicole Tripp, 28, of West Cornwall, Conn., was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and failure to keep right by Deputies Brendan Filli and Louis Bray during a traffic stop on Moutainview Road, Copake, July 4 at 2:02 a.m.  Released with tickets, Ms. Tripp was directed to appear in the Copake Court July 27.

*Patricia Peters, 36, of Philmont was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana, inadequate stop lamps, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change by Deputies Brendan Filli and Louis Bray during a traffic stop on Route 22, Copake, July 3 at 10:13 p.m. Ms. Peters will answer the charges in Copake Court July 27.

*Daniel Lowery, 56, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and not wearing a seat belt by Deputies Scott Leggett and Peter Grzeskow during a traffic stop on County Route 22, Ghent July 2 at 6:32 p.m. Mr.  Lowery will answer the charges in Ghent Court, July 20.

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