Pedestrian dies after being struck by car on Route in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC—A Craryville man died as a result of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car on Route 82 near County Route 10, Saturday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m.

State Police Senior Investigator Donald Bailey told The Columbia Paper Wednesday that a car driven by a 23-year-old woman from Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, was headed north when it struck Bernard Cody, Jr., 26, of Craryville, who was in the lane of travel.

Taghkanic firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics were called to the scene. The paramedics took Mr. Cody to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Firefighters were clear from the scene at 10:10 p.m.

Sr. Inv. Bailey declined to identify the driver, who has not been charged.

State Police reconstruction teams were called to the scene and the subsequent investigation, corroborated by the driver and a witness, placed Mr. Cody in the northbound lane. The investigator said he did not know why Mr. Cody was there or where he might have been headed. The accident probe by Investigator Bill Mulrein is continuing. State Police had not released information about the crash before Wednesday. Mr. Cody’s mother, Susan Collins, made a public announcement about her son’s death Tuesday evening. Mr. Cody’s obituary appears on Page 24.

Stuyvesant Falls

An elderly Kinderhook man died at the scene of a crash on State Route 9, south of the intersection with Oakleaf Drive, December 14 at 7:02 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputies found that a 2008 Mercury four-door sedan operated by Kenneth Oelkers, 87, of Rothermel Avenue had been traveling north on Route 9, when it went off the east side of the road and struck some trees. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Mr. Oelkers, the only occupant of his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Coroner Angelo Nero. Mr. Oelkers was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The accident is under investigation by Deputy Louis Bray and Investigator Mark Dunspaugh along with Coroner Nero, who are looking into the possibility that a medical problem may have been a contributing factor.

The Valatie Rescue Squad and Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company assisted at the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 9:21 a.m. An obituary for Mr. Oelkers appears on Page 25.


Michael Harvey and his wife ran from their home at 13 Pleasant View Drive, Claverack after calling 911, December 14 at 1:48 p.m. to report their garage was on fire and the flames were headed toward their home. West Ghent firefighters were initially called in with the Greenport Rescue Squad. Mutual aid was summoned from Claverack, Mellenville, Stottville, Churchtown and Philmont. The county Fire Coordinator’s Office, Emergency Management Services Coordinator’s Office and State Police were on the scene. Stottville stood by for West Ghent, Churchtown stood by for Claverack. West Ghent Fire Chief Jim Cesternino reported to 911 that the fire is believed to have started in the garage and extended into the residence. The cause of the blaze continues to be under investigation. Firefighters were back in service at 4:29 p.m.


*Matthew Harris, 37, of Philmont was charged with third degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter, November 8 at 11:38 a.m. Mr. Harris allegedly assaulted an individual while at the Columbia County Department of Social Services Building by striking the victim with a sock containing batteries. Mr. Harris was scheduled to answer the charges in Hudson City Court at a later date.

*Glorianne M. Dalton, 26, of Clinton Corners was charged on a county probation warrant by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter, November 21 at 10:35 p.m.

Ms. Dalton was convicted May 11, 2010 in Columbia County Court on charges of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. County Judge Jonathan Nichols sentenced her July 6, 2010 to a period of probation. When she allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation, the warrant was issued. Ms. Dalton was sent to the county jail without bail and was ordered to appear in county court at a later date.


Hannah L. LaChance, 21, of Stockport was charged with second degree criminal contempt, endangering the welfare of a child and second degree harassment by Deputies Joshua Oakes and William Dunspaugh, November 22 at noon.

Ms. LaChance allegedly violated an order of protection issued by Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols by making verbal threats to the protected person and throwing items from a kitchen counter onto the floor while in the presence of two-year-old child. Arraigned before Stockport Justice John Mabb, Ms. LaChance was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court at a later date.


Gary Neece, 65, of Clermont was charged as a fugitive from justice by Deputy Jason Garvey and Sergeant John DeRocha, November 27 at 3:30 p.m. Mr. Neece turned himself in to deputies when he learned he was wanted on felony charges from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Arraigned before Stockport Town Justice Harold Horner, Mr. Neece was sent to the county jail without bail pending extradition proceedings.


Livingston State Police investigated a one-car personal injury auto accident on Collins Street, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. A vehicle driven by Erika Yasinski, 21, of Livingston was southbound on Collins Street when she lost control of her vehicle, which travelled off the west side of the roadway and then struck several trees. Ms. Yasinski was extricated from the vehicle by Hillsdale firefighters. The Community Rescue Squad took her to the Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.


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