Deputy, teen collide on Route 23 in Claverack

MARTINDALE—A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy and a high school student were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital after a two-car accident involving a marked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle on Route 23. The accident happened 1,000 feet east of County Route 11, February 14 at 7:55 a.m.

The Community Rescue Squad took the operator of the patrol vehicle, Deputy Joseph Bruno, to the hospital with hand and rib pain, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 17-year-old girl from Philmont, who is a senior at Taconic Hills High School and was not identified in the release, complained of back pain at the scene and was taken by private vehicle to a doctor.

While slowing down, activating its emergency lights and turning to make a traffic stop on an eastbound vehicle, the patrol car and the other car, which was also traveling eastbound, collided.

The accident remains under investigation by deputies and investigator.


Michael Fix, 21, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, by Livingston State Police investigators, February 16.

On February 7, troopers from the Kinderhook barracks and Livingston investigators were called to a residence on Sunnyside Road for a reported burglary.

The burglary investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Fix. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Justice Carrie O’Hare and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond.

Anyone with information regarding this or other burglaries in Kinderhook or Stuyvesant should contact State Police investigators at Livingston at 518 851-2001.

*Columbia County 911 dispatched Stuyvesant firefighters and the Valatie Rescue Squad, February 19 at 10:44 a.m. for a reported vehicle fire at 13 Gibbons Road. Information was quickly updated that the vehicle involved was inside a garage.

Stuyvesant Fire Chief Steve Montie requested mutual aid to the scene from Stuyvesant Falls and Stockport. Kinderhook firefighters were requested to standby in their own quarters. According to the ColumbiaPage website, the chief reported that the fire started in the engine compartment of a Corvette. The owner had it running earlier in the morning. The fire spread to the garage. A second garage next to the burning garage was not damaged. A residence 10 feet away from the burning garage sustained some melted siding.

No injuries were reported. State Police, the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Fire Coordinator Joseph Loeffler were on the scene. Firefighters cleared the scene at 12:38 p.m.


*Raeshard D. Williams, 21, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury), second degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury to officer), second degree menacing (weapon), fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property), resisting arrest and third degree criminal possession weapon (previous conviction) by Hudson Police Detective Jason Finn at 202 Warren Street, February 11 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Williams allegedly punched a woman in the face after slamming her on the ground during a dispute. He was allegedly holding a machete at the time. An officer on patrol saw the attack and was able to persuade Mr. Williams to discard the machete but he refused to get off the victim.

Mr. Williams allegedly fought with the officer, punched him in the face and broke the sunglasses the officer was wearing. During the fight, the woman victim was able to get away. The officer detained Mr. Williams until other police officers got there to help. A civilian is credited with directing responding officers to the scene. Police say “an electronic control device” was used in making the arrest and “immediate compliance was gained.” The officer was treated and released from the hospital.

Mr. Williams was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and sent to jail without bail.

In a related arrest, Ashley Leigh Ramsey, 29, of Ancram was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct (refusing to move on) by Detective Finn at the same location, date and time.

Ms. Ramsey allegedly grabbed the arresting officer while he was attempting to arrest Mr. Williams, who is her brother. She also allegedly failed to move away from the crime scene after being warned several times to do so.

Arraigned before Judge Connor, she was sent to jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bond.

*Floyd R. Seymour, Jr., 23, of Hudson was charged with third degree attempted assault (with intent to cause physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer Nicholas Hodges at 32 Eighth Street, February 14 at 6:29 p.m.

Mr. Seymour allegedly punched someone in the face several times and threw him against a dresser causing physical injury during a dispute.

He was arraigned before City Judge John Connor, Jr., and released.


Richard Williams, 39, of Claverack was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Jason Garvey, February 18 at 4:15 a.m.

Mr. Williams was at the residence of a person he had been directed to stay away from by an order of protection issued by Claverack Town Justice Michael Brandon.

Arraigned before Justice Brandon, Mr. Williams was sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond. He was ordered to return to court March 12.


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

*Michelle Walker, 39, of Germantown was charged with misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated (blood alcohol content over .18%) by Rhinebeck State Police after an accident on State Route 9G, Red Hook, Friday, February 15 at 11:05 p.m. Ms. Walker was operating a 2002 Dodge Neon which struck a utility pole. She was found to be intoxicated and she was arrested at the scene. She was not hurt in the accident. She was issued traffic tickets returnable in Red Hook Court March 14.

County emergency notification system test complete

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Emergency Management Office announced that testing of the Columbia County Emergency Notification System has been completed.

On February 1, registered county residents received a pre-recorded test message announcing the system. The system attempted to call 44,506 registered numbers. Of the non-completed calls, 7,394 were not validated as being an active phone number and were removed from the system. This could be due to a number being disconnected or a nonworking telephone. The validation was done over two weeks after the initial test call to verify that the number is working and not experiencing a technical or phone related issue, according to a press release.

All residents who received the CodeRed call are already in the system and no further action is required. If residents did not receive the call February 1 or wish to register a cell phone or VOIP phone, they can register at and click on the CodeRed logo in the left corner.

Those who do not have access to the internet or experience problems should contact the Columbia County Emergency Management Office at 518 828-1212 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Columbia County 911 Center at 518 828-1263 for further assistance.

Gator gets to out-of-the-way places

Stottville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 recently placed into service 50-60, an off-road Gator used to assist firefighters in extinguishing brush fires and extricating patients who are on hiking trails or in hard-to-reach areas. The Gator, skid-mount unit and trailer carries 75 gallons of water, a pump, forestry hose, Stokes basket and emergency medical equipment. The purchase of the Gator and related materials was supported by a grant from The Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Pictured (l-r) in front of the new 50-60 are: Stottville Fire President Jim Vandenburgh, First Assistant Chief Ed Hamm, Second Assistant Chief Nick Wendelken, Chief Mike Briscoe, Captain Mark Wendelken, Fire Commissioner Jim Briscoe, Fire Commissioner Phil Garafalo and First Lieutenant Mike McCagg.


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