Vigilant motorist, quick response avoid injury in motel fire

KINDERHOOK–Firefighters stopped a stubborn early morning blaze at the Blue Spruce Inn and Suites, 3093 Route 9, March 4.

A passing motorist spotted flames shooting from the complex and called 911.

Columbia County 911 dispatchers summoned Niverville and Valatie firefighters under automatic mutual aid along with the Valatie Rescue Squad at 5:05 a.m.

Within minutes of the alarm, Niverville Fire Chief Wayne Huyck arrived and reported a working structure fire.  
Other mutual aid companies called to the scene were: Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Greenport, Kinderhook, Lebanon Valley, Nassau, North Chatham, Red Rock, South Schodack, Stockport, Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Falls, Tri-Village and West Ghent.

Greenport and Red Rock firefighters were assigned Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) duties. They immediately searched all rooms for residents. Only one of the apartments, on the first floor, was occupied and the inhabitants got out safely.

Stuyvesant requested Stockport to standby at their station and Stuyvesant Falls to standby in Stuyvesant’s quarters. Nassau stood by at Niverville Station #1. 
Representatives of the Columbia County Fire Coordinators and EMS Coordinators offices were on the scene along with the Greenport Rescue Squad.  
State Route 9 between County Route 28 and the traffic circle was closed during the incident. 
National Grid responded to shut off power to the complex. State Police were on the scene. 
Fire officials requested the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team to investigate. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control was also notified. 
Fire Chief Huyck said the fire appears to have started in a second floor unit. Four of the 16 apartment units in the complex were destroyed. 
Fire command reported the fire under control at 6:18 a.m. and units cleared the scene at 1:56 p.m.



Lisa Hoffman, 34, of Clermont was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputy Eli Fieser, November 29 at 9:46 a.m.

Ms. Hoffman was allegedly at a Germantown residence of someone listed as a protected person in an order of protection. Ms. Hoffman was arraigned in Germantown Court before Justice Wendy Nack-Lawlor and released on her own recognizance to return to town court at a later date.


Aaron Howley, 19, of Gallatin was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Livingston Trooper C. Morse, December 9.

Mr. Howley allegedly broke a phone during a Creekside Road residence. He was arraigned in Gallatin Court and released to reappear at a later date.


Raymond W. Lippman, 26, of Valatie was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property by Deputy Louis Bray, December 16 at 1:14 a.m.

Mr. Lippman allegedly stole merchandise from the Staples store on Fairview Avenue. Deputy Bray, who was assisting Greenport Police with the investigation, confronted Mr. Lippman at his residence and he then produced the stolen property. He was issued a ticket to appear in Greenport Court and was turned over to Greenport Police Officer Corey Cox for further investigation.


Clarissa R. Bartles, 30, address unavailable, was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputy Travis VanAlstyne, December 28 at 9:07 a.m.

Ms. Bartles was allegedly at a Philmont residence she had been ordered to stay away from in an order or protection issued by Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols. Ms. Bartles was arraigned in Claverack Court, released on her own recognizance and directed to report to Philmont Village Court at a later date.

*Jason Shook, 31, of, Philmont was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest by State Police at Livingston, December 28. Troopers went to investigate a dispute at 205 Main Street. When they tried to interview Mr. Shook’s girlfriend, he allegedly physically attempted to stop the troopers from doing so. After being warned repeatedly to stop interfering, he was charged. While being taken into custody, he allegedly resisted. He was pepper sprayed. He was released with tickets to appear in Philmont Court.


Angela Ciancetta, 28, of Stottville was charged with third degree assault by Deputies Peter Merante, Jr. and Brian Molinski , December 27 at 6:07 p.m. Ms. Ciancetta allegedly struck a male victim in the head causing injury and bleeding. Arraigned before Stockport Town Justice Harold Horner, Ms. Ciancetta was released on her own recognizance to return to court at a later date.



Kent J. Stadtlander, 21, of Germantown was charged with disorderly conduct by Deputies Joshua Oakes and Jeffrey Hofstetter, December 30 at 12:30 a.m.

Mr. Stadtlander allegedly yelled obscenities in public while being interviewed by deputies about a dispute in Germantown. Arraigned before Claverack Town Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Stadtlander was sent to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bail bond and directed to appear in Germantown Court at a later date.



The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Samuel Scott, 40, of Catskill was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest by Deputies Brendan Filli and Thomas Bagnall during a traffic stop on Route 23B, Greenport, November 27 at 3:33 a.m. Mr. Scott allegedly resisted deputies’ attempts to take him into custody and had to be subdued. He was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond.

*Joshua Walko, 29, of West Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated, speed-in-zone and passing in a no-passing zone by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi during a traffic stop on Route 20, West Lebanon, December 3. Mr. Walko was pulled over after the trooper saw him traveling at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone and passing in a no-passing zone. He was found to be intoxicated and tested at a .08% blood alcohol concentration. He was issued tickets to appear in New Lebanon Court.

*Cassie Boinay, 29, of Sheffield, MA, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated by Deputies Jason Garvey and Jeffrey Hofstetter, December 4 at 2:34 a.m. Ms. Boinay came to deputies’ attention when her vehicle was disabled vehicle on State Route 82 in Ancram. She was released with tickets directing her to appear in Ancram Court at a later date.

*Barry Tibbetts, 50, of Old Chatham was charged with failure to keep right and driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, December 11 at 2:28 a.m. Troopers responded to a one car auto accident on Stockport Road, Ghent, where the car was in a ditch. Troopers interviewed the operator, Mr. Tibbetts, and he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation. When troopers went to the hospital to further interview Mr. Tibbetts, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverage. Mr. Tibbetts refused to submit to a blood test. He was issued tickets returnable in Ghent Court at a later date.

*Jacob McGuire, 22, of Stockport was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana by State Police at Livingston, December 8. Mr. McGuire was stopped for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations on State Route 9, Stockport. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable in Stockport Court.

*Joseph E. Schaniel, 31 of Hillsdale was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, speed in zone, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and unregistered motor vehicle by Deputy Heath Benansky during a traffic stop on Twin Bridges Road, Copake, December 13 at 3:52 p.m. Mr. Schaniel was to answer the charges in Copake Court at a later date.

*Walter Maleonski, 55, of Hudson was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston Trooper J. Proper, December 16. Mr. Maleonski was stopped on County 31 in Livingston for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. He allegedly had some marijuana and was impaired by same. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in Livingston Court.

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