Lightning strikes two Sunday at Lake Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC—A Dutchess County man died after being struck by lightning at the Lake Taghkanic State Park, Sunday, July 7 at 2:20 p.m.

He was one of two people struck at the park as severe thunderstorms with drenching rains swept through the county that afternoon.

State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Spokesman Daniel Keefe told The Columbia Paper this week that “lightning passed through the body of Daniel R. Quirk, 26, of Millbrook” who was under a tree that was hit at the West Beach.

Mr. Quirk went into cardiac arrest and lifeguards started CPR. Northern Dutchess Paramedics took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and then to Albany Medical Center, where he died two days later.

A second person, Amber Markham, 19, address unknown, an employee of the camp store near the park campgrounds was also struck later that afternoon when lightning hit a utility pole outside the camp store at 4 p.m. Ms. Markham was standing near an outlet when she felt the current run through her arm and upper body. Paramedics took her to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and later released.

Mr. Keefe said the beach was closed shortly before the first lightning strike, which means people were evacuated from the water.

Taghkanic firefighters were called to the park, both at 2:20 for the initial strike and again at 5:04 p.m. for the burning pole and a possible fire in the camp store.

Additionally, areas of the park were closed the following day due to storm damage: downed tree limbs and wash outs. State Police and State Park Police assisted at the scene.

County Court cases:

The following court cases were recently dealt with in Columbia County Court. Information about the cases was provided by the office of Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka:

*Elaine Gushlaw was sentenced to pay $424.54 in restitution and take part in the program at the Willard Drug Treatment Campus by County Court Judge Richard Koweek, May 22. If treatment is unsuccessful, she must spend a minimum of 3 1/2 years and a maximum of 7 years in prison. She was convicted by her plea of guilty to second degree criminal possession forged instrument, April 2. Represented by the public defender, she was arrested by State Police November 1, 2012.

*Larry Stevens was sentenced to five years probation by Judge Koweek, May 22. Mr. Stevens was convicted upon his guilty pleas to two counts of felony driving while intoxicated, April 2. Represented by the public defender, he was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies October 6, 2012.

*Gary Stevens was sentenced to five years probation by Judge Koweek, May 22. Mr. Stevens was convicted upon his plea of guilty to second degree attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument April 3. Represented by the public defender, he was arrested by State Police January 10.

*Boubacare Tunkara was convicted of aggravated harassment of employee by inmate and second degree harassment (physical contact) on his plea of guilty before Judge Koweek, June 4. Sentencing is set for August 14 at 11 a.m. Represented by Attorney John Leonardson, he was arrested by State Police January 30.

*Byris A. Ficklin was arraigned on a charge of second degree criminal possession of marijuana before Judge Richard M. Koweek, June 12. Represented by the public defender, Mr. Ficklin was arrested by State Police, February 13. His pre-trial hearing(s) were set for August 27 at 2 p.m. His trial was set for September 16 at 9 a.m.

*Mark Ferguson was arraigned on a charge of driving while intoxicated before Judge Koweek, June 12. He is represented by the public defender and was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies, September 10. His pre-trial hearing(s) were set for August 27 at 3 p.m. and his trial was set for October 16 at 9 a.m.

*Jordan Coon was convicted on his plea of guilty to fourth degree grand larceny before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, June 12. Represented by Attorney Dennis McEvoy, he was arrested by State Police, March 18. He will be sentenced August 13 at 10:15 a.m.

*Jeremy R. Bost was sentenced by Judge Jonathan Nichols, June 17. He was found guilty of the following charges at a trial April 22-26. The charges and the sentence were: first degree burglary, 23 years determinate (prison); 20 years post-release (parole); first degree burglary, 23 years determinate (prison), 20 years post-release (parole); second degree criminal possession of a weapon, 7 years determinate (prison), 15 years post-release (parole); second degree criminal possession of a weapon, 7 years determinate (prison), 15 years post-release (parole); third degree criminal possession of a weapon, 3 1/3 years indeterminate (prison); first degree burglary, 23 years determinate (prison), 15 years post-release (parole); first degree burglary, 23 years determinate (prison), 15 years post-release (parole); first degree robbery, 23 years determinate (prison), 15 years post-release (parole); second degree burglary, acquitted at trial. Counts 1, 2, 3 are concurrent, counts 4, 5 are concurrent, counts 6, 7, 8 are concurrent, counts 1, 2, 3 are consecutive to counts 4, 5, counts 4, 5 are consecutive to counts 6, 7, 8. Mr. Bost was represented by Attorney Dennis McEvoy. He was arrested January 12, 2012 by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

*Edward Bathrick was arraigned and pleaded guilty to first degree criminal sexual act before Judge Jonathan Nichols, June 19. His sentencing was set for August 13 at 9:15 a.m. Represented by the public defender, Mr. Bathrick was arrested by State Police April 16. –Diane Valden


 

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