ATV mishap in Canaan woods claims local family man

CANAAN–A local man who failed to return home from a friend’s house on his ATV was later found dead as the result of an accident.

State Police Sergeant Brian Colwell reports that James Hanson, 47, of Canaan was visiting a friend on Route 295 in Chatham. He departed from the residence on his 2006 ATV, Sunday, June 9 at 8:56 p.m. and was expected home by 9:30 p.m. When he failed to return, his family tried his cell phone and getting no answer they searched the area for several hours without results.


State Police in New Lebanon received a call about the missing man shortly after 2 a.m. June 10.

Due to the rugged terrain, State Police brought in off-road vehicles to access the pathways through the densely wooded area that Mr. Hanson would have traveled.


Firefighters from the Canaan Protective Fire Company joined in the effort. Mr. Hanson’s father, William Hanson, is the fire company chief.


A grid search was mounted beginning at 3:17 a.m., and at 4:20 a.m. Mr. Hanson’s body was found in a wooded area a quarter mile southwest of Schillings Crossing Road.


Police believe Mr. Hanson lost control of the ATV and slid on the slick, steep terrain when the vehicle flipped and landed on top of him. He was dead at the scene. Coroner Roberta Davis responded to the call. A postmortem exam at St. Peter’s Hospital revealed Mr. Hanson died of trauma related to the accident.


Mr. Hanson leaves a wife and three children.



The investigation into shots fired in the vicinity of Second and State streets May 5, resulted in the arrest of Brian K. Fields, 24, for third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and the recovery of the .38 caliber revolver used in the incident.

Mr. Fields, who lists his address as County Route 27, Ancram, but is known to have resided in Hudson, was arraigned Monday, June 3 by City Judge John Connor, Jr., and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The incident involved a scuffle among several young men around lower State Street with three rounds fired. No one was injured in the incident.

Hudson Police allege that Mr. Fields was in possession of the gun at the time of the incident. The investigation is continuing and more arrests may be forthcoming.

“I credit the whole department for quick response and conducting extensive neighborhood interviews that proved helpful, as well as the cooperation of local residents. I especially acknowledge the work of Detective John Funk as lead detective in this case and the entire Detectives Unit,” City Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release. HPD worked in concert with the District Attorney’s Office as well as the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and State Police, who provided immediate assistance during this incident.


Michael Coxon, 34, of Pulcher Avenue, Greenport was charged with failing to change address as a sex offender, a class E felony under the NYS Corrections Law by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Kris Bauhoff, May 23 at 12:01 a.m.

Arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Coxon was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to court June 18.

*Megan C. Couse, 34, of Tivoli and Jason F. Russ, 22, of Germantown face burglary charges, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Deputy Patrick Mayo was called to a reported burglary at a residence on Stickles Road, Saturday, June 1.

Investigators Patrick Logue and Anthony Brahm continued the investigation and developed information leading to the arrest of Ms. Couse and Mr. Russ. Both cooperated with the investigators and made admissions about their involvement in several burglaries under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the State Police.

Arrested at 6:20 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, both were charged with the class C felony of second degree burglary, as well as, petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ms. Couse was also charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

Arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, Mr. Russ and Ms. Couse were sent to the county jail without bail. They will return to court at a later date.

Sheriff Harrison said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.


Trevor Spadaccini, 23, of Millerton was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputy Peter Merante, Jr., May 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Deputy Merante and a child protective worker saw Mr. Spadaccini on County Route 3 in the company of two individuals he had been directed to stay away from by an order of protection issued by County Judge Richard Koweek. Taken into custody without incident, Mr. Spadaccini was arraigned in Ancram Court before Justice Robert Wilcox, released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court June 26.


Jenea N. Salera, 26, of Albany was charged with third degree assault by Deputies Chris Link and Jeffrey Hofstetter, May 26 at 5:44 p.m.

Ms. Salera was involved in a dispute on Route 203 and allegedly caused injury to a 25-year-old man. Arraigned in Claverack Court, Ms. Salera was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to Ghent Court at a later date.


A Saratoga County man faces weapon, fireworks, drug, and alcohol charges following a traffic stop.

State Police from Kinderhook stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on Schodack Landing Road, Saturday, June 1 at about 11:55 p.m.

While interviewing the operator, troopers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle and its occupants revealed that one of the passengers, Troy Labelle, 19, of Malta, possessed one set of metal knuckles, several packages of fireworks, marijuana and an alcoholic beverage. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of fireworks, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Another passenger, Julianna Olsen, 18, of Schodack, was also charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under the age of 21. The operator was issued traffic tickets, while Mr. Labelle was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Olsen was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.


Michael Schneider, 48, of Salt Point was charged with second degree burglary, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Mr. Schneider allegedly stole items from an Elizaville residence, May 18. The homeowners were in a nearby building setting up a yard sale and were unaware that the crime was occurring.

Ulster Town Police contacted the property owners later in the day to tell them that officers had the homeowner’s wallet and other items. Upon checking, the homeowners then realized they had been burglarized and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Eli Fieser and Investigator Patrick Logue investigated the burglary and met with Ulster Police. Additional property recovered in Ulster was identified by the homeowners.

Mr. Schneider was additionally charged with two counts of fourth degree grand larceny, class E felonies.

Livingston Town Justice Robert Q. Moore issued an arrest warrant. Deputy Andrew Broockmann arrested Mr. Schneider June 4 at 6 p.m. when he was released from the Ulster County Jail. Arraigned before Justice Moore, Mr. Schneider was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and ordered to return to court at a later date.

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