Woman dies of injuries after Route 9H crash during storm

CLAVERACK–A Broome County woman was killed and her husband seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash on Route 9H/23 about 500 feet south of the County Route 27 intersection February 23 at 3:53 p.m.

The accident happened during a heavy snowfall.

Nelson D. Dickey, 89, of Vestal, was driving a 2001 Toyota north on Route 9H when he lost control of his vehicle due to snow and ice, slid across the highway into the southbound lane and collided with a 2009 Ford utility truck operated by Frederick A. Gruntler, 61, of Germantown, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr.

Rescue squad members took Mr. Dickey to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of leg injuries. Claverack firefighters extricated Mr. Dickey’s wife, Frances Dickey, 88, from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to AMC where she later died of her injuries.

Mr. Gruntler and his passenger, Tom Zyryi, 58, were taken by ambulance to the Columbia Memorial Hospital for complaints of chest pains.

The Greenport and Philmont rescue squads responded to the call and the Northern Dutchess Paramedics were on standby.

Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Michael Merante, Investigator Patrick Logue and the Sheriff’s Office Accident and Incident Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene.

The investigation is continuing and no tickets have been issued.

East Greenbush

A joint investigation into area thefts by Schodack State Police and East Greenbush Police resulted in the arrests of two Rensselaer County men following the execution of a search warrant at one suspect’s home, early the morning of February 18.

Douglas A. Faulkner Jr, 20, of East Greenbush was charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, tampering with evidence and petit larceny after a lengthy investigation.

State Police say the investigation revealed that in May 2009 Mr. Faulkner stole furniture when he burglarized a residence in Stephentown.

Numerous pieces of the stolen furniture were recovered from his East Greenbush home.

He also allegedly entered the East Greenbush Police impound lot and stole an all-terrain-vehicle that was being held as evidence, as well as, a pickup truck.

Mr. Faulkner then allegedly drove the truck into the Hudson River, where it was recovered by the State Police Scuba Team earlier this winter.

Additionally, Mr. Faulkner allegedly burglarized a residence under construction in East Greenbush and stole plumbing supplies.

He was arraigned in East Greenbush Court and sent to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

Eric R. Bergdoll, 22, of Nassau was charged with one count of second degree burglary for his alleged part in the Stephentown burglary. He was arraigned and released with an electronic monitor.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Detective/Sergeant Matt Brieg at the East Greenbush Police Department (518) 479-2525 or the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Schodack (518) 732-4644.


Andrew Dysard, 21, of Ghent was charged with second degree criminal impersonation and was issued traffic tickets which included aggravated unlicensed operation by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop in Stockport, February 13.

Police say Mr. Dysard claimed to be his brother because his own driver’s license had been revoked. He was issued tickets to appear in Stockport Court.


Barry Tremblay, 20, of Dedham, Mass was charged with speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway in Chatham, February 13.

State Police say they pulled Mr. Tremblay over after they detected him traveling at 111 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and released after posting $500 bail. He is to reappear in court at a later date.

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