Virginia man caught after beating woman and hiding in brush pile

GHENT–A Virginia man is behind bars on charges that he beat a woman and then tried to elude capture.

Deputies were called to a fight on Quinn Lane after a 911 call, Saturday, May 12 at 8:21 p.m., according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Deputies Marcus Hickey and Eli Fieser took Douglas E. Darling, 66, of Warrenton, VA, into custody on charges of second degree assault, a class D felony, second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class A misdemeanors. 

Mr. Darling allegedly caused physical injury to a 33-year-old woman by striking her with a shovel and golf club in the head, back and hands, as well as punching her repeatedly with his fist.

Mr. Darling fled the scene before deputies arrived, but was later found about 100 feet northwest of the residence under a thick brush pile at 11 p.m. by deputies and troopers using a thermal imaging device, often used by firefighters to find victims in smoke-filled structures.

Arraigned in Ghent Court before Justice David Harrison, Sr., Mr. Darling was sent to the county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond and was ordered to return to court at a later date.

Also assisting at the scene were Deputies Joshua Oakes and Jeffrey Hofstetter and State Police patrols from Kinderhook and Livingston.

Information about the condition of the woman was not available.

 

Gallatin

Peter E. Beckman, 44, of Gallatin was indicted for second degree criminal sex act, a class D felony, by a Columbia County Grand Jury and was arrested on that charge by Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at the Columbia County Court House, April 30 at 3:15 p.m.

Mr. Beckman allegedly engaged in a sex act with a 14-year-old boy and is currently in the Columbia County Jail without bail.

The case remains under investigation and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about other victims or crimes involving Mr. Beckman to contact investigators at 518 828-4316.

 

Fast moving fire

Fire broke out in a house at 52 Brookbound Lane, Claverack, May 14 at 10:11 a.m. Claverack firefighters were called in along with mutual aid from Churchtown, Greenport, West Ghent and Mellenville. The blaze was fast-moving did extensive damage to the house owned by Joe and Vanessa Slominski, according to newsman Lance Wheeler, who was on the scene. The Slominskis lived in the ranch-style home with their three dogs. Mrs. Slominski was not home at the time of the fire started and Mr. Slominski and the dogs escaped the home as smoke quickly turned to flames. The blaze is believed to have started near the garage. A Corvette inside the garage was destroyed. Officials on the scene were not certain if the house was insured for fire damage. Two firefighters were hurt; one was taken by the Greenport Rescue Squad to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents. Claverack firefighters were back in service at 2:19 p.m.

 

Stockport

Michael Day, 54, of Stockport was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, second degree harassment and refusal to take a breath test by Deputy Brendan Filli, March 17 at 3:42 p.m.

The deputy was called to investigate a dispute as the Day residence, where Mr. Day allegedly crashed his 2006 GMC pickup truck into his garage door and then got into an altercation.

Arraigned in Stockport Court before Justice Harold Horner, Mr. Day was sent to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bail bond and ordered to return to town court at a later date.

 

Kinderhook

Kinderhook Trooper M. Castle was called to a two-car personal injury auto accident on State 9H, March 18.

A vehicle driven by Thomas Nolan, 31, of Ravena was northbound when it crossed the double yellow line and struck a car driven by Janet Shumsky of Hudson. Mr. Nolan left the scene of the accident, but was located a short distance away. Ms. Shumsky drove herself to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The Valatie Rescue Squad took Mr. Nolan to CMH and he was later charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to a chemical test, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to keep right. He was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Court.

 

Hillsdale

David R. Miller, Jr., 49, of Hillsdale was charged with third degree assault by Deputies David Rose and Andrew Broockmann, March 19 at 9:54 p.m. Mr. Miller allegedly punched a woman and caused injury to her face. He was arraigned in Copake Court and released on his own recognizance to return to Hillsdale court at a later date.

 

Claverack

Aaron Collins, 19, of Williamsville was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property by Livingston Trooper R. Barksdale, March 20. Mr. Collins was arrested after being stopped for speeding and he was subsequently found to be driving a car with license plates stolen from the Buffalo area. He was released with tickets returnable in Claverack Court.

 

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Carlou Bowker, 37, of Stuyvesant was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by Kinderhook State Police February 29. Mr. Bowker was stopped on County Route 25A, Stuyvesant and found to allegedly possess cocaine and marijuana. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Also, Deputies Jeffrey Hofstetter and Andrew Broockmann arrested Mr. Bowker on charges of second degree promoting prison contraband and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors, March 1 at 1:49 p.m. When brought into the Columbia County Jail “on unrelated charges,” he allegedly possessed cocaine.  Arraigned before Greenport Justice Francis Abitabile, Mr. Bowker was directed to return to court at a later date.

*Scotland Victorin, 51, of Menands was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper John La Plante following a property damage car accident on Lebanon Mountain the night of March 1. Troopers report that Mr. Victorin failed to negotiate a curve on Route 20 near Brickyard Road in New Lebanon and crashed his 1996 Buick Century into a snowbank. Mr. Victorin tested at a .08% blood alcohol concentration. He was ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Town Court.

*Ronald Farrere, 64, of Hillsdale was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police March 3 at 11:30 p.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Farrere for failing to signal. He could not perform field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath test with a .11% blood alcohol content result. He was issued tickets to appear in Hillsdale Court.

*Henry Reyes, 34, of Danbury, CT, was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police March 3. Police found Mr. Reyes sleeping in his vehicle on the side of the Taconic State Parkway in Gallatin. They determined he was intoxicated and possessed less the 25 grams of marijuana. He was released with tickets returnable in Gallatin Court.

*Stephen Zido, 59, of Stephentown was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper John La Plante March 11. Mr. Zido had just left the New Lebanon OTB that afternoon when he drove over a curb and into a ditch on West Street. The trooper spotted Mr. Zido trying to free his car. He tested at a .15% blood alcohol concentration. He was issued tickets to appear in New Lebanon Court.

*Kevin Hasbrouck, 35, of Gallatin was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating an unregistered and uninsured all-terrain-vehicle and other vehicle and traffic violations by Livingston State Police, March 12 at 7 p.m. Troopers spotted Mr. Hasbrouck riding an ATV on Highland Avenue in the Village of Philmont. Troopers determined he was intoxicated. He submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .12% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable Philmont Court.

*Shannon C. Elberth, 39, of Athens was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by Livingston State Police March 12 at 2 p.m. Troopers stopped the Elberth vehicle on State Route 23 in Greenport for having an inadequate exhaust. They subsequently found him to possess crack cocaine. He was issue tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

*Krystal Carroll, 27, of West Sand Lake was charged with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone and alprazolam pills), unlawful possession of marijuana, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while ability impaired by drugs by Trooper J. Reppucci March 14. Ms. Carroll was stopped on the Taconic State Parkway in Taghkanic for operating a vehicle with a broken headlight. She was arraigned in Taghkanic Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. She was to reappear at a later date.

*Andrew Witherell, 30, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston Trooper J. Weber, March 15. The trooper stopped Mr. Witherell on State Route 9 for vehicle and traffic law violations. He was found to be intoxicated and to possess marijuana. He was arraigned in Stockport Court and released to reappear at a later date.

*Sonny E. Harvey, 30, of North Egremont, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police March 16 at 10:15 p.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Harvey for driving over the center line on State Route 23 in Hillsdale. They determined Mr. Harvey was intoxicated. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of .15%. He was issued tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court.

*Sonny Harvey, 30, of North Egremont, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Trooper E. Buchinsky, March 17. Mr. Harvey was stopped on Route 23, Hillsdale after troopers saw him nearly strike a Columbia County Sherriff’s Office car which was parked off roadway. He was released with tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court.

*Nathanael I. Amstutz, 20, of Ghent was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicle and traffic law violations by Livingston Trooper A. Behrens, March 18 at 1:55 a.m. The trooper stopped Mr. Amstutz for failing to maintain his lane in the City of Hudson. He administered field sobriety tests which Mr. Amstutz could not complete. He submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .19% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable at a later date.

*Lisa Bradley, 43, of Ancramdale was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Trooper J. Crowe, March 20. Ms. Bradley was charged when the trooper spotted her driving on County Route 3, Ancramdale after he had just dealt with her on an unrelated complaint.  While talking to her at the prior complaint, the trooper saw that she was intoxicated and warned her not to drive anywhere. She was released on tickets returnable in Ancram Court.

*Eric Carlson, 53, of Albany was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston Trooper A. Behrens, March 23. The trooper stopped Mr. Carlson after seeing him driving westbound in the eastbound lane of Union Street in Hudson. Mr. Carlson was found to be intoxicated. He was released with tickets returnable in Hudson Court.

*Jasmine Yang, 30, of Hackensack, NJ, was stopped on State Route 22 in Lebanon Springs for speeding by New Lebanon Trooper John La Plante, Friday night, March 23. The trooper discovered that Ms. Yang’s driving privilege in New York was revoked for a conviction of driving while intoxicated. She was charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving without an interlock device and renting a vehicle without an interlock device, all misdemeanors. She was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail to return to court at a later date. Provisions of Leandra’s Law require that when someone is found guilty of DWI, they can only drive vehicles installed with ignition interlock devices, said police.

*Elliot Podbielski, 40, of Ancram was charged with driving while intoxicated by Trooper M. Radewitz, March 24. He was stopped for vehicle and traffic law violations on Fairview Avenue, Greenport and was found to be intoxicated. Podbielski was released with tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

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