CLAVERACK–State Police investigators at the Livingston barracks seek the public’s assistance in their search for Nicholas M. Beauchamp, 17, of Philmont, whom police characterize as a “violent felon.”
The suspect is a black male, about 6’1″, weighing 160 pounds.
On April 19 at about 11:20 p.m. in Claverack, he allegedly used a 12″ knife to rob a taxicab driver, steal her money and then stole the taxi cab.
The cab is a 2005 gray Ford Taurus, with “PRONTO TAXI” written on the side. It has a New York registration 13270TX.
State Police say, “This subject is considered dangerous.” Anyone with information about the case or the wanted suspect should call State Police Troop K, SP Livingston BCI at 518 851-2001 or Investigator Eric Barnes 518 851-2894.
Winds fan flames
On a day when many volunteer fire departments around the county showcased their firehouses as part of Recruit NY, April 21, seven volunteer companies were pressed into service at 11:42 a.m. in Philmont, when flames from a barn fire quickly spread to other buildings including a three story, former apartment building at 35 Summit Street, a shed, a trailer used for storage and two homes. Strong winds and dry conditions made fighting the fire difficult. At least one firefighter was injured, according to newsman Lance Wheeler on the scene. Greenport Rescue was called to the scene along with Mellenville, Claverack, Greenport, Hudson, Churchtown, West Ghent and Ghent. Churchtown, Craryville, Taghkanic and Catskill firefighters were placed on standby and Chatham Rescue was additionally called to the scene along with New York State Gas and Electric.
At midnight April 20, Valatie firefighters and the Valatie Rescue Squad were called to a house fire at 3622 Mechanic Street in the village. Kinderhook, Niverville, Stuyvesant and Ghent firefighters provided mutual aid at the fire scene. Nassau, Niverville, Chatham, Stuyvesant Falls and Stockport firefighters stood by. National Grid, the village building inspector, the Red Cross and the County Cause and Origin Team were all called to the scene.
State Police and a representative from the county fire coordinators office were there as well. The family lost most of its belongings and was given clothing vouchers from the county Fire Chiefs Victims Clothing Fund.
Firefighters were back in service 7:59 a.m.
Valatie firefighters and squad members were summoned to the Barnwell Nursing Home at 3230 Church Street at 12:27 a.m., according to Columbia 911. Staff at the home pulled the alarm after smelling smoke, which it turned out was coming from the Mechanic Street blaze. They were back in service at 12:46 a.m.
Fire knocked down at Crosswinds
Hudson Firefighters contained a structure fire at 15 H. W. Rogers Lane in the Crosswinds complex in Hudson, April 20 at 4:36 p.m. Heavy smoke and some fire were evident when the first units arrived in the complex, located off Harry Howard Avenue. The fire was knocked down quickly and was contained to the bedroom. The building sprinkler system helped to stop the spread of the fire. The Hudson Police Department is also investigating. In the photo, longtime Hudson Firefighter and current safety officer Charles “Chuck” Hoffman gives orders to a pair of firefighters as they prepare to enter the burning unit. Greenport Rescue was on the scene. Hudson fire units were back in service at 7:03 p.m.
Raiquan Falls, 16, a resident of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth on Route 22, originally of Newburgh, was charged with third degree criminal mischief, a felony, and second degree harassment by Trooper Dillard Waring, the evening of March 30.
Raiquan allegedly snatched eyeglasses off of the face of a staff member in one of the residential cottages and then intentionally broke the prescription eyewear, valued at more than $500. The teen was arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He was to reappear at a later date.
Lance Fongemie, 27, of Livingston was charged with second degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct by Trooper J. Proper, February 2.
State Police at Livingston were called to a residence where an intoxicated man was banging on the front door. Troopers found Mr. Fongemie, who was allegedly intoxicated, belligerent and refused to comply with orders. He was arraigned in Taghkanic Court and released to reappear in Livingston Court at a later date.
Ryan Vaughtele, 17, of Hudson was charged with second degree reckless endangerment by Trooper B. Keeler, February 3.
Ryan allegedly attempted to cause a car he was a passenger in to crash by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling on it. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and ordered to reappear at a later date.
Michele Clapp, 42, of Rensselaer was charged with second degree criminal trespass by Trooper E. Harris, February 6. Ms. Clapp allegedly entered a residence without permission and remained there unlawfully. She was released on an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.
Recardo Ormsby, 28, of Hudson was charged with second degree obstructing governmental administration and vehicle and traffic law violations by Trooper A. Behrens, February 9. Mr. Ormsby was pulled over on Columbia Street Hudson and allegedly refused to provide any identification or comply with any orders given by police. He was released on tickets returnable in City Court.
The following face alcohol- and/or drug-related charges:
*Justine Metzler, 34, of Canaan was charged with driving while intoxicated by Troopers John La Plante and Nicholas Lombardi, early the morning of January 28. She was pulled over on Stony Kill Road in Canaan after failing to stop for a stop sign on Queechy Lake Drive. She refused the breath test and was arraigned in Canaan Court, where her driver’s license was immediately suspended for her refusal. She was ordered to appear for a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing and was to answer her charges in Canaan Court at a later date.
*Carrie L. Gamello, 25, of Chatham was charged with speed in zone, tinted windows, driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% by Deputies Brendan Filli and Peter Merante during a traffic stop on State Route 203, Valatie, January 29 at 12:43 a.m. She was to answer the charges in Kinderhook Town Court.
*Justin Fields, 23, of Catskill was charged with third degree criminal possession of marijuana (E felony), driving while ability impaired by drugs and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation by Trooper E. Buchinsky, February 4. Mr. Fields was stopped for vehicle and traffic law violations on Warren Street, Hudson and found to allegedly be driving with a suspended license, to be impaired by drugs while driving and to possess about a pound of marijuana. He released with tickets returnable in City Court.
*Patrick Schneider, 27, of Elizaville was charged with various vehicle and traffic law violations and felony driving while intoxicated by State Police from Livingston, February 4 at 11:30 p.m. He was stopped in Livingston for an equipment violation and found to allegedly be intoxicated. He submitted to a breath test which revealed a .09% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in Livingston Court.
*Chaffee Loper, 36, of Sharon, CT, was charged with vehicle and traffic law violations and aggravated driving while intoxicated by State Police from Livingston, February 4 at 11:55 p.m. Troopers stopped the Loper vehicle for failure to keep right in Hillsdale. After detecting an odor of alcoholic beverage, troopers administered sobriety tests which Ms. Loper could not perform. She took a breath test which revealed a .26% blood alcohol content. She was issued tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court.
*Erik Breuning, 55, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper E. Buchinsky, February 9.He was stopped on Warren Street, Hudson for vehicle and traffic law violations and was found to allegedly be intoxicated. Mr. Breuning was released with tickets returnable in City Court.
*Robert Mickle, 42, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper E. Buchinsky during a stop on State Route 295, Chatham for vehicle and traffic law violations, February 9. He was found to allegedly be intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with no insurance. He was released with tickets returnable in Chatham Village Court.
*Paul H. Howley, Sr., 39, of Greenport was charged with driving while intoxicated and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by State Police from Livingston during a traffic stop for an equipment violation in Hudson, February 13 at 1 a.m. Troopers detected the odor of alcohol and determined Mr. Howley was allegedly intoxicated. He was also found to allegedly be in possession of a small amount of cocaine. He submitted to a breath test, which revealed a .12% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable City Court.
*Robert Shaw, 21, of Castleton was charged with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, February 10. He was pulled over for failure to use his turn signal on Route 20, West Lebanon. Mr. Shaw allegedly had Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, dextroamphetamine, also known as Adderall, a hypodermic needle and marijuana. His passenger, Stephanie Rouse, 22, of North Chatham was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. They were to answer the charges New Lebanon Court.
*Nicholas Cardascia, 61, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper G. Szulis during a traffic stop on State Route 9H, Claverack for speeding, February 12. He was released on tickets returnable in Claverack Court.
*Donald Coe, 45, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, unsafe backing, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and leaving the scene of a property damage accident by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter during a traffic stop on State Route 9H, Ghent, February 16 at 8:47 p.m. Mr. Coe allegedly struck a vehicle parked in the lot of Route 66 business and left the scene. He was to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.