LIVINGSTON—An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Anthony Buffa, 60, of Maple Lane in connection with alleged child sex abuse, Friday November 2 at 2:07 p.m., according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.
In mid-October, an eight-year-old girl told her mother that Mr. Buffa had inappropriately touched her. Her mother immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office which initiated an investigation. Mr. Buffa was a family friend who lives near the victim.
Mr. Buffa was charged with first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both class A-misdemeanors, by Deputy Andrew Broockmann and Investigator Mark Dunspaugh.
Arraigned before Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore, Mr. Buffa was sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond and ordered to return to court November 8.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office received a complaint Thursday, November 1 at 7:44 p.m. that a child found a foreign object in a piece of Halloween candy. The child, an 11-year-old girl, and her family, who reside in Ghent, reported that they were trick or treating in the Water Street area. After returning home, in a small bag of Haribo Gold Bears candy that she was given, a sharp foreign object was found embedded in a red gummi bear.
The object was partially visible to the girl and she did not eat it. Sheriff Harrison said that investigators are trying to determine exactly where the candy was handed out and at what point the object was inserted into the candy. He reminded children and parents that all candy should be examined before eaten, especially when received during Halloween. Senior Investigator William Foster and Deputy Andrew Broockmann are handling the investigation. Even though this appears to be an isolated incident, anyone who has information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 518 828-3344.
William McCaul, 25, of Copake was charged on a warrant for violation of probation by Deputy David Proper, October 15 at 3:40 p.m.
Mr. McCaul was convicted July 1, 2004 of felony attempted sexual abuse and was sentenced August 2004 to a period of probation. County Judge Richard Koweek issued the warrant when Mr. McCaul failed to comply with terms and conditions of his probation.
He was arraigned before Judge Koweek and sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond and ordered to return to county court at a later date.
Edward H. Casivant, 48, of Claverack was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter and Investigator Patrick Logue, October 12 at 3:23 p.m.
Mr. Casivant allegedly possessed a long gun which he is prohibited from doing as a convicted felon. He also allegedly advised his 13-year-old son to cause physical injury to a third party. The Greene County Department of Social Services assisted in the investigation. Arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Casivant was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to town court November 20.
Peter Wilson, 31, of Apple Valley Lane, Germantown was charged with driving while intoxicated; aggravated driving while intoxicated; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony and unlawful possession of marijuana by Deputies Thomas Bagnall and Vernon Doyle following an automobile crash on Moore Road, October 19 at 4:45 a.m.
Deputies were responding to assist the Clermont Fire Company for a report of a utility pole and wires down. While enroute, 911 advised the deputies that a vehicle had struck the pole and left the scene. The vehicle, engulfed in flames, was located by deputies at the intersection of Lasher Road and Moore Road. Arraigned before Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore, Mr. Wilson was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond and ordered to return to Clermont Court.
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