Police say man assaulted two hospital emergency department workers

HUDSON—Michael K. West, 21, of Hudson was charged with two counts of second degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at Columbia Memorial Hospital, 71 Prospect Avenue, March 10 at 2:25 p.m.

Police went to the hospital to assist with a patient who physically assaulted two staff members. Mr. West allegedly caused injury to the emergency department employees. He was additionally charged with second degree harassment (physical/repeated) by Sergeant James Delaney, Jr., because after police arrived Mr. West allegedly intentionally kicked one of the uniformed officers in the groin.

He was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and sent to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond.

*Courtney Beers, 16, of Hudson was charged with sixth degree conspiracy, fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property), third degree attempted assault (with intent to cause physical injury) and third degree attempted assault (recklessly causing physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer Jacob Hoffman, III, at the police station, March 6 at 2:26 p.m.

Ms. Beers allegedly engaged in a fight at the Hudson High School March 1 with three other students, during which injury was caused to the victim and a teacher aide and property belonging to the victim was damaged. She was issued appearance tickets. An investigation is continuing.

Three 15-year-old Hudson boys were also issued tickets for the same charges in connection with the incident.


A Westchester County man is in the county jail without bail after troopers caught him driving a stolen vehicle.

Latif Gina, 19, of Pleasantville was charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor and false personation, a class B misdemeanor by Livingston Troopers Radewitz and Buttenhof on the Taconic State Parkway, March 25 at 2 a.m.

Troopers stopped to assist a disabled motorist. During an interview with the driver and through subsequent Department of Motor Vehicle database checks, they discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen from Eastchester.

Troopers and investigators working with the Eastchester Police Department determined that Mr. Gina had stolen the vehicle from a residence there, March 24.

Mr. Gina was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.


Following a two-month investigation, Livingston State Police investigators charged Tyler Kraft, 18, of Hillsdale with third degree stalking, a class A misdemeanor and second degree harassment, a violation, March 26.

Over the course of several months Mr. Kraft allegedly continuously stalked and harassed individuals by threatening physical harm to them.

He was arraigned in Copake Court before Justice John Spencer and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


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

*Mia Gabriel, 24, of Stockport was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign by Trooper Timothy Milone during a traffic stop at County Route 25 and 25A, Stuyvesant, March 23. Troopers received multiple calls about a driver crossing into oncoming traffic and subsequently stopped Ms. Gabriel after seeing her fail to stop for a stop sign at the intersection. She was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .07%. Additionally, Drug Recognition Expert Trooper Jonathan Burleigh performed a Drug Recognition Evaluation on Ms. Gabriel with a positive response for marijuana. Further charges are pending. She is to appear in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

*Kazimierz Jakiela, 57, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicle and traffic violations by State Police from Livingston, March 24 at 12:45 a.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Jakiela on Fairview Avenue, Greenport failing to keep right. Troopers interviewed the driver and found him to be intoxicated. He refused to submit to a chemical test. He was issued tickets returnable April 1 in Greenport Court.

*Jessica C. Bressette, 40, of Stephentown was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony driving while intoxicated (previous conviction) by State Police from New Lebanon, March 24. Troopers responded to a call about a reckless driver and stopped Ms. Bressette on U.S. Route 20 in New Lebanon. Found to be intoxicated, Ms. Bressette provided a breath sample tested at a .34% blood alcohol concentration, more than four times the legal level for intoxication. She was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and released. She will reappear March 28.

*Ambrosio G. Loyola, 49, of Germantown was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicle and traffic violations by State Police from Livingston, March 24 at 5:13 p.m. Troopers were advised by Columbia County 911 about an erratic vehicle southbound on State Route 9H in Claverack. They stopped the vehicle, interviewed the driver, detected an odor of alcoholic beverage and conducted field sobriety tests which Mr. Loyola could not perform. His breath test resulted in a .19% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets to appear in Claverack Court April 16.

*Emily K. Martino, 26, of Philmont was charged with a flashing light violation (passing a flashing red light), speed not reasonable and prudent and driving while intoxicated (first offense) by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Sweet during a traffic stop at 98 Green Street, Hudson, March 10 at 4:54 a.m. Ms. Martino was arrested after a traffic stop for violations of the vehicle and traffic law. She was unable to perform field coordination tests. She refused to submit to a chemical test. She was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and released.

*Erin S. Dalton, 39, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at 15 North Front Street, Hudson, March 11 at 2:56 p.m. Ms. Dalton was arrested for having two glass pipes that contained a white powdery residue that field tested positive for crack cocaine. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Hudson City Court March 28.

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County Court case:

CLAVERACK—The following court case was closed in Columbia County Court March 11 through 18. Information was provided by the District Attorney’s Office.

*Malcolm Gray was sentenced to spend two years determinate in prison followed by 10 years of post-release supervision and to pay a $1,425 fine by County Judge Jonathan Nichols, March 13. An order of protection was issued for his victim. He pleaded guilty to second degree criminal sexual act, December 12, 2012. His attorney was the public defender. He was originally arrested August 7, 2012 by State Police.

G’port acquires pet oxygen masks

GREENPORT—Fire Chief Gary Mazzacano announced that Greenport firefighters will now carry oxygen masks for pets on their rescue truck.

The Wag’n 02 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Mask Kit Program came to the attention of the department’s Training Officer Douglas Garrison and he contacted the Albany Kennel Club, Inc., an all-breed dog club in Albany County.

The kennel club acquired a pet oxygen kit which they donated to the Greenport department. The Fur Life Program emphasizes that far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firefighters often attempt to get pets safely out of burning buildings they are not able to revive them unless they have proper equipment, such as pet oxygen masks. These specially-designed animal masks can be used on both conscious and unconscious pets suffering from smoke inhalation or exposure to toxic fumes. The chief recalls past incidents in which they could have been utilized. Presently, members are reviewing the proper way to use the masks but hope they will never have the need to use them. The fire department thanked the kennel club for the pet oxygen mask donation.

Firefighters complete training

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office has announced that the following firefighters have successfully completed training offered by the state Homeland Security’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the members of the county’s volunteer fire service.

Stuyvesant Fire Company hosted a rescue tech basic training taught by Instructors Melissa Eigenbrodt and Joseph Laviano. Completing the training were: Steven Montie, Timothy Embry, Jr., Timothy Embry, Sr., Thomas Davis, James Acker, II, Damion Rose, Ashley Cohn, Brandon Montie, Andrew Montie, Shane Blish, Spencer Hotaling, Joseph VanLeuven, Sr., Philip Bickerton, Daniel Van Allen, Samuel Becker, Philip Martel, Karen Loeffler and James Hogencamp.

Germantown Fire Department was the location of a Firefighter I training taught by Ms. Eigenbrodt, Wayne Gearing and Michael Stelling. Participants were: Dylan Garbarini, Jon Cesternino, Jonah Murphy, Bryan Proper, David White, Sr., Daryn Stockman, Jeremiah Case, Todd Gardner, John Hoey, Stephen Silvernail, Jonathan Decker, Alan Gearing, Thomas Lovette, Jake Thomas, Daniel Sutera, Michael Plass-Bracket, Melissa Colgan, Rory Woods, Brian Ostrander, Steven Rosen and Casey Winner.

Instructors Louis Godfroy, III, Laviano and Stelling teamed up with the Claverack Fire Department for a Firefighter Survival Course. Survivalists included: Arnold Anderson, Jr., Shane Blish, John Calderon, Ian Delaney, Kyle Franceschi, Spencer Hotaling, Travis Keeler, Brandon Montie, Arnold Okonski, Conor O’Neil, Andrew Powell, Frederick Rivenburg, III.

The following volunteers completed Firefighter I training at Hudson Central Station: Samuel Bervy-Walters, Ashley Cohn, Jason Detzel, Catherine Donato, Joshua Drabick, Michael Guido, Daniel Lamarre, Timothy Lasher, John Mauslolf, Jr., Austin Melick, Nick Norton, David Parlman, Casey Simmons, Mark Taylor, Joseph Thorn, Jr., Joey Vucich and Robert Walters.

Also graduating after completing make-up classes were: Fred Goodnow, Michael Rosen, David White and Dylan Garbarini. Instructors were Mr. Laviano, Mr. Gearing, Mr. Godfroy and David Shultis.

Red Rock Fire Company also hosted a Rescue Tech basic course taught by Ms. Eigenbrodt. Attendees included: Richard Newton, Matthew Fischer, David Page, Jr., Evan Kerr, Kendall Eckstron, A.J. Oliver, Alan Gearing, Bulent Yener, Joe Reiger, Frank Lill, Marlene Tuczinski, Donald Fischer and Lance Rowe.

Instructor Laviano taught a Water Rescue Basic Awareness course. Attendees at the one-night course were: Mary Agoglia, Leonard Brown, III, Margaret Brutsch, Patricia Cochrane, Lance Dragonetti, Daniel Evans, Darrin Gansowski, Louis Godfroy, III, Louis Godfroy, IV, Mark Graziano, William Hanson, Shane Honeyman, Emily Keefner, John Kowalski, Patricia Liddle, Frank Lill, Richard Lindmark, Sharon Moon, Jennifer Newton, Joseph Reiger, Aaron Stall, Christopher Steadman, Bulent Yenner, Mary Young and William Wallace.

Chief Webster earns more national certifications

Stuyvesant Falls Fire District Fire Commissioners announced that Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company #2 Fire Chief Benjamin G. Webster recently received national certifications as a firefighter 2, fire officer 1, fire inspector 1, incident safety officer and hazardous materials technician. Chief Webster had to complete training, pass skills evaluations and written examinations based on the National Fire Protection Association’s professional qualification standards for each certification area. The chief is also nationally certified as a fire instructor 2 and fire investigator. Pictured are (l-r), Fire Commissioners Halina Snyder, Chris Bortugno, Chief Webster, Fire Commissioners Joe Bellini, Cheryl Trowbridge and Richard Frick.



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