At scene of crime, investigators arrest two in Stuyvesant

STUYVESANT—Two men were charged with burglarizing a home under renovation thanks to two alert Sheriff’s Office investigators, July 1, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Investigators Patrick Logue and Mark Dunspaugh were checking the area of Ferry Road because burglaries that have occurred there recently. They came across two subjects walking along the road and stopped to inquire what they were doing. After interviewing the subjects briefly and attempting to verify what appeared to be inconsistencies in their stories, further investigation revealed that a nearby home was burglarized.

The investigators were aware that this same home had been burglarized in the past and interviewed the subjects further. Both men then admitted that they had burglarized the home.

Eugene P. Berhaupt, 22, of Rensselaer and Zachary W. Dayter, 22, of Watervliet were each charged with one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

They were arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Justice Carrie O’Hara and released on their own recognizance. They were to return to court at a later date.

Ghent

Bruce A. Westfall, 56, of Ghent was charged with one count of second degree strangulation, a class D felony, and one count of second degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor, by the State Police Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation, June 25.

At 11:30 p.m., State Police commenced an investigation into a report of a physical dispute that occurred at Westfall’s Ghent residence. It was reported by a woman that Mr. Westfall allegedly physically assaulted her by choking her to a point that she nearly lost consciousness. State Police assisted the victim in seeking medical attention for her injuries.

Further investigation into the matter revealed that Mr. Westfall and the victim had an argument late the evening of June 24 which escalated. Mr. Westfall allegedly grabbed her around the throat and choked her, while restraining her to prevent her from fleeing the residence.

He was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. He was set to return to Ghent Court at a later date.

*Robert W. Cashman, 51, of Valatie was charged with felony driving while intoxicated by State Police from Livingston, June 24 at 8:29 p.m. Mr. Cashman has a previous DWI conviction. Troopers stopped the car Mr. Cashman was driving in Ghent subsequent to a Columbia County 911 advisory alerting police about a possible intoxicated driver. He provided a breath sample with a .13% blood alcohol content. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in Ghent Court at a later date.

The following day, June 25 at 2:23 p.m., Mr. Cashman was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Joshua Oakes and K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne. Mr. Cashman allegedly violated an order of protection. He was arraigned in Ghent Court, released on his own recognizance to return at a later date.

Chatham

Ian E. Tucksmith, 21, of Chatham was charged in connection with a hit and run personal injury auto accident, June 27.

At 5:49 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to a two-vehicle accident on Church Street, just west of Coleman Avenue in the Village.

One vehicle had left the accident scene.

Deputies found that a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Catherine Leonard, 42, of Chatham was traveling east on Church Street when it stopped in front of Charron’s Store to allow a vehicle to enter the road from the parking lot.

The VW was struck in the rear by a 1996 Subaru Legacy, operated by Mr. Tucksmith, who was also traveling east. The Chatham Rescue Squad took Ms. Leonard and her passenger, Timothy Knights, 44, to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain.

Deputies found Mr. Tucksmith a short time later. He took a breathalyzer test, which yielded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18%.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, having a BAC of .18% or more, both class U misdemeanors, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a class A misdemeanor.

He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Chatham Village Court July 15. The Chatham Rescue Squad and Chatham Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and Deputy Todd Hyson.

Claverack

Rene Vincente, 16, of the Brookwood Secure Center, Claverack was charged with second degree promoting prison contraband, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police investigators from Livingston, June 24 at 3 p.m.

Rene, a Brookwood resident, was charged with unlawfully possessing prison contraband. Police declined to say what the contraband was “for safety purposes.”

He was issued a ticket ordering him to appear in Claverack Court at a later date and turned over to Brookwood staff.

Stockport

Cheryl Warren, 52, of Claverack was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter, June 9 at 9 p.m.

Ms. Warren is accused of violating an order of protection. She was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. She is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Hudson

Hudson Police with assistance of the state Liquor Authority conducted an underage alcohol sale investigation, June 27. An underage agent went into area stores located in the city, licensed to sell alcohol, to attempt to buy alcohol without producing proof of age.

Of the 13 “off premise licensed businesses” permitted to sell alcohol, 5 were found to be in violation. The following stores/clerks sold alcohol to the underage agent:

*Ayush Hudson Corp., a/k/a, Quick Mart, 67 Green Street, Sophie Alger, 49, of Philmont

*Nazma Deli and Grocery Store, Inc., 44 North Third Street, Ashim K. Datta, 38, of Hudson

*Sheba Deli and Grocery Corp., a/k/a, D and D Deli, 35 North Fifth Street, Mofaddal M. Murshed, 37, of Hudson

*Lucky Petroleum, Inc. Citgo Mart, 718-720 Columbia Street, Tek Bahadur Budhathoki, 53, of Hudson

*The Beer Store 111 Corp., 40 Green Street, Miguel A. Matta, 28, of Hudson

The following stores/clerks did not sell to the underage agent: Warren Street Market, 201 Warren Street; Hudson Bazaar and Deli, 302/304 Columbia Street; Sam’s Market, 101 Warren Street; 5 Star Market, 534 Warren Street; Hess Express, 6 Green Street; Stewart’s, 13 Fairview Avenue; CVS Pharmacy, 617 Warren Street and Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street.

All of the clerks who sold the alcohol were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor, and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, an unclassified misdemeanor. They were issued tickets to appear in Hudson City Court.

In each instance, the underage agent, with a Liquor Authority investigator watching, entered the store and without being asked to produce any identification or proof of age, purchased alcohol and left the store.

Greenport

State Police from Livingston conducted an underage drinking initiative, July 3. They went to 10 establishments to see if clerks would sell alcohol to a minor. Eight of the establishments were in compliance.

State Police charged Azhar Uzzaman Querashi of Husdon for unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor. Mr. Querashi is a clerk at TAMS, 163 Fairview Avenue.

Also charged was Mohammed A. Ghani of Hudson. He is employed by Getty, 124 Fairview Avenue. They were both issued appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Rickey Dymond, 29, of Valatie was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Toby VanAlstyne.

June 10 at 10:22 p.m. Mr. Dymond is accused of possessing a quantity of heroin. He was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He is scheduled to return to court at a later date.

*James Monahan, 50, of Spencertown was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from New Lebanon, June 18 at 10:47 p.m. Troopers stopped the vehicle Mr. Monahan was driving on State Route 203, Austerlitz, after they saw it fail to maintain its lane of travel. Mr. Monahan provided a breath sample that yielded a .16% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets ordering him to appear in Austerlitz Court at a later date.

*Jonathan A. Delmolino, 25, of Great Barrington, MA, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by State Police from New Lebanon, June 24 at 6:38 p.m. Troopers stopped the vehicle Mr. Delmolino was driving when they saw his front seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. Investigation revealed that Mr. Delmolino was in possession of heroin and marijuana. He was also found to be driving while under the influence of drugs. A Drug Recognition Expert confirmed that Mr. Delmolino was impaired. He was released on tickets after posting station bail.

*Bionca Barrett, 21, of Clarksburg, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from Kinderhook, June 24. Troopers stopped Ms. Barrett on State Route 20, New Lebanon for having an inoperable headlamp. She was found to have a blood alcohol content of .11% and was issued uniform traffic tickets to appear in New Lebanon Court, July 10.

*Corey R. Delisle, 32, of Cummington, MA, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation by State Police from Kinderhook, June 24. Troopers stopped Mr. Delisle on State Route 20, New Lebanon, because both he and his passenger were not wearing their seatbelts. Both the operator and passenger were issued tickets to appear in New Lebanon Court July 10.

*Charles J. Witherell, 41, of Ghent was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful growing of cannabis, both class A misdemeanors, by K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and Deputy Cindy Madison, June 28 at 10:32 p.m. Mr. Witherell is accused of growing cannabis on his property and exposing children to it. He was arraigned in Ghent Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court July 14.

*Rebecca Jones, 52, of West Stockbridge, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from New Lebanon, June 30 at 1:48 a.m. Ms. Jones crashed her vehicle on State Route 22, New Lebanon. While interviewing Ms. Jones about the crash, troopers found her to be intoxicated. She provided a breath sample with a .10% blood alcohol content. She was issued tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court at a later date.

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Moore named permanent chief

HUDSON—Hudson Police Commissioner Gary Graziano announced the permanent appointment of L. Edward Moore as Hudson Police Chief, May 29.

Chief Moore’s appointment March 6, 2013 was provisional pending selection of a permanent chief from a certified civil service list to be published in mid- or late-2014.

“I have no doubt that appointing Ed permanent to this position is in the best interest of the Hudson Police Department and the City of Hudson. Besides Ed’s knowledge, commitment and dedication to this position, I’m most impressed that his leadership skills include respect and integrity which are so important in this business today. We’ve done a lot over the past year and I’m happy with the direction the department is going. The chief’s permanency will now allow us to continue our work at hand in making the Hudson Police Department the best it can be,” the police commissioner said in a press release.

“I consider it a great honor to serve the residents of the City of Hudson. I am thankful that the commissioner has given me this opportunity, and I will work hard to uphold the standards and expectations that this position demands. The public wants a police force that emphasizes integrity and service. I will oversee the department and personally accept responsibility for our performance. This is a great city, great things are happening, and I am proud to be part of its history,” the chief said in the release.

 

STOP DWI funding put to use

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has recently received $10,000 in funding for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Columbia County STOP-DWI program coordinator Reginald Crowley presented this funding to the Sheriff’s Office, which will pay for additional DWI saturation patrols and ABC checks during the course of the year.

STOP-DWI stands for Special Traffic Operations Program for Driving While Intoxicated.

The state Legislature enacted the STOP-DWI program in 1981 for the purpose of allowing the coordination of local efforts to reduce alcohol and/or other drug related traffic crashes.

The STOP-DWI legislation permits each county to establish a county STOP-DWI Program. This qualifies the county for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and drug related traffic offenses occurring in its jurisdiction. No tax dollars are used for the program.

The goal of this program is to increase public awareness and to educate the youth about the dangers of drinking and driving. There have been 101 arrests for DWI and 19 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs in the first four months of 2014. Statewide, there also has been a 20% increase in driving while under the influence of drugs since 2012.

In the release, Sheriff Bartlett thanked Coordinator Crowley for his support in obtaining this extra money for the Sheriff’s Office.

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