Snowmobile mishap sends driver to hospital

COPAKE LAKE–A Copake man was hurt in a snowmobile crash on Copake Lake, February 4.

Livingston State Police report that Joseph Gursky, 52, was operating his snowmobile at night when he hit the shoreline and then an embankment.

The Community Rescue Squad took Mr. Gursky to a landing zone where he was airlifted by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center with chest trauma. Further information about Mr. Gursky’s condition was not available.


Three people were hurt in an accident involving a school bus and a car on Main Street west of the Church Avenue intersection, February 8 at 7:48 a.m.

Michaela Lawson, 17, of Germantown was driving a 1998 Ford when she was blinded by the sun as she turned east on Main Street from Maple Avenue.

The Lawson vehicle crashed into the rear of a school bus owned by Pat Zanchelli, Inc. of Germantown. The bus was at a complete stop with the red warning lights on.

The busdriver Thomas Knapp, 61, complained of back pain, but decided to seek his own medical treatment.

Two passengers on the bus, an 18-year-old girl also complained of back pain and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital by her mother. Another student, a 12-year-old boy, was evaluated by the school nurse and returned to school.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Sergeant John DeRocha investigated and issued no tickets. Germantown firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics were also on the scene.


Robert Kinney, 23, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Livingston State Police who stopped him on Route 9 for a vehicle and traffic Law violation, February 3.

A check of Mr. Kinney’s license revealed that a stay-away order of protection had been issued against him. He was allegedly travelling in the stopped vehicle with the person named on the order he was to stay away from.

He was released with a ticket returnable in Livingston Court at a later date.


Lacedric Griffin, 30, of Watervliet was charged on a Claverack Court arrest warrant for failure to appear in court to answer charges of third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and second degree criminal impersonation by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant John DeRocha February 8 at 11:34 a.m.

Taken into custody at the Watervliet Police Department, Mr. Griffin was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and was released on his own recognizance.  He was ordered to return to court February 16.


John Persing, 47, of Austerlitz was charged on a felony probation warrant by Deputies Joshua Oakes and Peter Grzeskow, February 3 at 8:20 p.m.

Mr. Persing, who is on probation for a May 27, 2008 conviction of third degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E-felony, allegedly violated terms or conditions of his probation orders. This resulted in a warrant being issued by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols.

Mr. Persing was sent to the county jail without bail pending a court appearance at a later date.

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