Police officer allegedly struck by frame wielding assailant

GREENPORT–Greenport Police were called to break up a fight in progress at 401 Fairview Avenue, April 4 at 8:45 p.m.

While attempting to intervene, Officer Chris Duntz was struck in the face with a picture frame and suffered a cut under his nose. After a struggle and with the arrival of back-up from Deputies Jeff Hofsetter and Officer Andrew Tanzillo, Daniel Brown, 42, of Hudson was taken into custody. Officer Duntz was treated at Columbia Memorial Hospital for the cut and was released.

Mr. Brown allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old woman prior to the arrival of police, punching her in the side of the face. She had a cut inside her mouth, bruises and scrapes. She refused medical treatment at the scene. While Mr. Brown was being driven to the police station, he allegedly kicked the side window frame out of the patrol car, causing about $1,100 worth of damage.

Mr. Brown was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; second degree assault, a class C felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned before Justice Robert Brenzel and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Chatham

State Police investigators from Livingston assisted New York State Thruway troopers from Albany with the arrests of Benjamin F. Laplante, 29 of Rochester and Madeline W. Dominello, 26 of Prospect, CT, March 23.

Mr. Laplante was stopped on the Thruway by Trooper Gabriel Ryan for speeding. While interviewing the Mr. Laplante, the trooper determined that he possessed a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of illegal drugs.

During the stop, while the trooper was interviewing and investigating, another vehicle stopped to inquire if Mr. Laplante was “all right.” The operator of the second vehicle was identified as Ms. Dominello. A license check on her revealed that she also possessed a suspended license, police report.

Trooper Charles Chandler of SP Kingston Thruway and Trooper Douglas Colwell of SP Livingston with his K-9 partner A.J. were called to the scene to assist.

Investigation and search of both vehicles revealed that the pair were traveling together. Search of Mr. Laplante’s vehicle revealed that he allegedly had a quantity of MDMA , also called ecstasy. He was charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-2 felony, and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Search of the Dominello vehicle revealed that she was allegedly in possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. She was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Both subjects were arraigned in Chatham Town Court. Mr. Laplante was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. Ms. Dominello was jailed in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Ancram

Christy A. Smith, 33, of Ancram was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy David Rose,

January 29 at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Smith allegedly contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a larceny to her residence that did not occur. She was released with a ticket to appear in Ancram Court.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*James VanDyke, 34, of Gallatin was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston, January 22. Trooper J. Cort was called to investigate a dispute in Gallatin, as the trooper was arriving he spotted Mr. VanDyke, one of the subjects involved, fleeing in a motor vehicle. Mr. VanDyke was released with tickets returnable in Gallatin Court.

*Duncan Mitchell, 20, of Stephentown was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (marijuana) by Trooper John La Plante, January 24. A Lebanon Valley Protective Association volunteer firefighter, in full turn-out gear, wearing a reflective vest and carrying a six-foot-tall stop sign was directing traffic at an accident scene on Route 20, New Lebanon, when Mr., Mitchell allegedly failed to stop for him and drove toward oncoming traffic. The trooper saw the incident and pulled him over. He was administered an evaluation by a drug recognition expert at the New Lebanon State Police barracks. Mr. Mitchell was to answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Kathleen M. Patton, 47, of East Chatham was charged with speeding over state speed limit of 55 mph; driving while intoxicated with previous conviction within the past 10 years and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, both class E felonies, by Deputies Jason Garvey and Ian Boehme during a traffic stop on Route 295 near Barnegat Road, Canaan, January 26 at 2:14 a.m. She was arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or bail bond.

*Joshua Schermerhorn, 32, of Hudson was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper J. Horton, January 26. He was stopped on state Route 66, Ghent for vehicle and traffic violations and was found to be impaired by drugs. He was released on tickets returnable in Ghent Court.

*Claire Nielson, 24, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston Trooper Eric Buchinsky during a traffic stop on Columbia Turnpike in Greenport for violations, January 27. She was released with tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

*Domenic Bruno, 37, was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, the night of January 27. Mr. Bruno was stopped on State Route 295, Canaan for crossing the center lane markings, He tested at a .12% blood alcohol concentration. He was to answer his charges in Canaan Court.

*Wayne Surprise, 64, of Claverack was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% by Deputies Thomas Bagnall and Brendan Filli following an automobile crash on State Route 23B, Claverack, January 28 at 6:49 p.m. Mr. Surprise’s vehicle struck a 2005 Subaru operated by Rosalind Tobias, 73, of New York City, who made an illegal U-Turn after she missed her turn onto Spook Rock Road. Ms. Tobias was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of back pain and was ticketed for making an illegal U-turn. Both drivers were to answer charges in Claverack Court.

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