Police charge teen with setting school fire

CRARYVILLE—State Police at Livingston arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly setting a fire at the Taconic Hills Central School, 73 County Route 11A, June 11.

Police were called to the school by the principal to investigate a fire in a boys’ bathroom. Troopers and investigators determined that the small fire was intentionally set.

The teenager was subsequently charged with fifth degree arson.

He was issued a ticket to appear in Family Court and was released to his parents pending further court appearances.

Anyone with information or questions related to this investigation should contact State Police investigators at Livingston 518 851-2894.


Dan Elmars Grinmanis, 44, of Castleton was charged with second degree burglary, fourth degree computer tampering, fourth degree criminal mischief, petit larceny and second degree harassment by Deputies Kris Bauhoff and Jason Garvey, June 2 at 6:55 a.m.

Mr. Grinmanis allegedly broke into a Marion Boulevard residence, deleted information on a woman’s computer, struck a male occupant and damaged a vehicle. Mr. Grinmanis departed the scene prior to deputies’ arrival and was found by Sergeant Don Krapf and taken into custody without incident. Arraigned before Kinderhook Town Justice Lisa Mills, Mr. Grinmanis was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to town court June 25.

He was charged with second degree criminal contempt Deputy Bauhoff, June 4 at 6:45 a.m. He allegedly violated an order of protection issued by Kinderhook Town Justice Mills by making contact with the person he had been ordered to stay away from June 2, shortly after the order was initially issued. Arraigned before Justice Mills, he was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.

*Eric R. Herchenroder, 23, of Stuyvesant was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by State Police, June 6.

Mr. Herchenroder allegedly damaged a door when exiting a village residence following a verbal dispute. He was issued a ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.

New Lebanon

Vincent Ferry, 21, of Nassau was charged with assault by State Police at Kinderhook, June 8 at 10:20 p.m.

Mr. Ferry went to a Route 20 residence where he allegedly assaulted a man during the early morning hours. He was issued a ticket to appear in New Lebanon Court at a later date.


George Nostrand, III, 53, of Valatie was charged with aggravated harassment by State Police at Kinderhook, June 1.

Mr. Nostrand allegedly made hundreds of alarming and annoying phone calls to someone. He was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and was slated to reappear at a later date.


Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 29, Hudson’s Parking Enforcement Officers will conduct a special enforcement detail focusing on double parking on city streets. This effort is in response to numerous complaints about the safety issues and public inconvenience caused by prolonged “double parkers,” according to a press release from Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.

Citizens are advised that the temporary loading and unloading of vehicles will be permitted. Drivers are encouraged to use their four-way flashers when loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.


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

*Abram M. Barnard, III, 55, of Claverack was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and failure to keep right by Deputies Jason Garvey and Vernon Doyle, May 18 at 3:28 a.m. Mr. Barnard was operating a 1990 Cadillac southbound on Hudson Street, Greenport near the Becraft Avenue intersection when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch damaging the culvert pipe owned by the town. While investigating the crash, deputies determined that Mr. Barnard was intoxicated. Arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel, Mr. Barnard was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to town court at a later date.

*Richard Corsi, 25, of Albany was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter, May 26 at 5:42 p.m. Mr. Corsi was pulled over on State Route 203 in Ghent. He was issued tickets directing him to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

*Michael Thomas, 31, of New Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at New Lebanon, June 2 at 2:40 a.m. Mr. Thomas was pulled over after troopers saw him drive across the hazardous markings and failed to use the designated lane on State Route 22, New Lebanon. Mr. Thomas provided a breath sample with a .14% blood alcohol content. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court.

*Zachary Pecoraro, 31, of Poughkeepsie was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage under the age of 21 during a traffic stop for having an inoperable headlamp on Route 20, New Lebanon, May 29. While interviewing the driver, State Police at New Lebanon detected an odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed that Mr. Pecoraro possessed the illegal items. He was issued tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court.

*Jeffrey C. Mickle, 50, of Chatham was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated by State Police, June 6. Troopers stopped Mr. Mickle after seeing him cross the center line on Albany Turnpike, then drive onto the shoulder of the roadway. He provided a breath sample with a .24% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets to appear in Chatham Town Court.

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Ghent man gets 53 years for home invasions

CLAVERACK—Jeremy Bost, 23, of Ghent was sentenced to 53 years in state prison in Columbia County Court, June 17. He was found guilty Friday, April 26 on eight of the nine violent felony charges he faced in connection with three home invasions he committed last year. In January 2012, Mr. Bost, Christopher Anderson, 25, and Joshua Spencer, 29, were arrested after a reported armed robbery in North Chatham. Trooper Chad Drozd testified for Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka that, at the time of his arrest, Mr. Bost had concealed two handguns in his waistband. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Anthony Brahm testified that both firearms were connected to the North Chatham and Valatie armed robberies.

Evidence from a Kinderhook robbery was recovered from the suspect’s black Lincoln sedan, Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy William Dunspaugh said.

Eight women, and four men, convicted Mr. Bost on four counts of first degree burglary, a class B felony; two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; and first degree robbery, a class B felony, for the crimes.

Mr. Bost was found not guilty of second degree burglary, a class C felony. Each charge against Mr. Bost is considered to be a violent felony, under state law. Both Mr. Anderson and Mr. Spencer were convicted and sentenced previously.—Lance Wheeler



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