Dutchess County woman dies in parkway crash

CLAVERACK—A Dutchess County woman was killed in a one-car crash on the Taconic State Parkway south of Palmer Road, August 4 at 2:12 p.m.

State Police Sergeant Robin Reed said, Lynette Juul, 51, of Pleasant Valley was driving north when for an unknown reason; her vehicle went off the east shoulder and over an embankment. The vehicle became airborne and traveled into a wooded area, where it came to rest between two trees.

Churchtown firefighters with mutual aid from Taghkanic and Claverack along with the Greenport Rescue Squad worked for “some time” to extricate the driver, the sergeant said.

Ms. Juul was taken by medevac helicopter to the Albany Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. She died of injuries suffered in the crash, said Sgt. Reed.

State Police investigated, the County Fire Coordinators Office was on the scene and firefighters were clear from the scene at 5:07 p.m.

Hudson

Marcel J. Rawls, 26, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault (intent to cause physical injury) by Hudson Police Officer Jeffrey Keyser at 16 Fairview Avenue, July 4 at 2:10 p.m.

Mr. Rawls allegedly grabbed a woman by her arms causing bruising and swelling and head-butted her in her forehead causing physical injury.

He was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and released on his own recognizance pending a return court appearance.

*Isaac O. Gray, 21, of Hudson was charged with second degree menacing (weapon), fourth degree criminal possession weapon (intent to use), second degree harassment (physical/repeated) and third degree criminal mischief by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at 39 Eighth Street, July 14 at 9:15 a.m.

Mr. Gray got into a verbal and physical dispute with several people. He allegedly damaged property within the household and allegedly threatened one person with kitchen knife. He was arraigned and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond pending a return appearance in Hudson City Court.

*Reneldo Dion Harrington, 32, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury), second degree menacing (stalking), second degree unlawful imprisonment and second degree strangulation on a warrant by Hudson Police Officer Jacob Hoffman III at the police station, July 29 at 8:34 a.m.

Mr. Harrington allegedly attacked the victim and refused to let her leave her residence. Mr. Harrington is being held in Columbia County Jail.

*Damian Hernandez, Jr., 43 of Hudson was charged with second degree menacing (weapon), third degree criminal possession weapon (previous conviction) and second degree attempted assault (with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon) by Hudson Police Officer Patrick Meister at the police station, July 29 at 11:28 a.m.

Mr. Hernandez was allegedly involved in a fight on Front Street July 25. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.

*John V. Winfield, 63, of Hudson was charged with second degree assault (intent to cause physical injury with a weapon) and third degree criminal possession weapon (previous conviction) by Hudson Police Officer Jeffrey Keyser at 247 Columbia Street, July 24 at 5:50 p.m.

Mr. Winfield allegedly struck a man in the back of his head with a lead pipe causing a large laceration to the victim’s head. He was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and released on his own recognizance pending his return to City Court.

*David B. Richardson, 51, of Hudson was charged with third degree attempted assault (intent to cause physical injury) and criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation by Hudson Police Officer Jeffrey Keyser at 808 Warren Street, July 23 at 9:41 p.m.

Mr. Richardson was involved in an altercation during which he allegedly choked the victim.

He was arraigned before City Judge John Connor and sent to the county jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $1,000 bond pending his return to City Court.

*Amanda M. Crain, 27, who police say is homeless living in Hudson, was charged second degree menacing (weapon), second degree reckless endangerment and fourth degree criminal possession weapon (intent to use) by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at 521 State Street, July 17 at 3:44 p.m.

Ms. Crain was arrested on an active Hudson City Court warrant, arraigned and taken to the Columbia County Jail pending a return appearance in City Court.

*Sherri L. Snyder, 37, of Hudson was charged on warrants for third degree assault (intent to cause physical injury) and second degree harassment (physical/repeated) by Hudson Police Officer Tracey Roberts at the police station, July 16 at 11:13 a.m.

Ms. Snyder allegedly fought with a woman causing injuries to her. A second victim was allegedly harassed by Ms. Snyder. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in Hudson City Court.

*Bruce M. Wallace, Jr., 26, of Hudson was charged on a warrant with a felony violation of correction law and resisting arrest by Hudson Police Officer Kevin Sweet at 11 North Seventh Street, July 9 at 2:28 p.m.

When police attempted to arrest Mr. Wallace on an active New York State parole warrant, he allegedly led them on a foot chase. He was taken to the Columbia County Jail on a parole hold.

*Kirsten E. Algie, 28, of Livingston was charged with second degree hindering prosecution by Hudson Police Officer Nicholas Hodges at 42 North Sixth Street, July 9 at 3:20 p.m.

Ms. Algie allegedly assisted a person who was wanted on a felony arrest warrant and for resisting arrest. She was released on a ticket pending a future court appearance.

Pickup engulfed

Columbia County 911 called Canaan firefighters and the Chatham Rescue Squad to the scene of a vehicle fire on the Thruway near Berkshire Spur B-3 exit in Canaan, August 2 at 12:47 p.m. The pickup was on fire at the B23.3 milepost marker in the westbound lane. The truck was towing a camper, but when the occupants became aware of a fire in the engine compartment, they pulled over, disconnected the camper and pushed the truck away from it. The fire was knocked down by Canaan firefighters and Lebanon Valley firefighters staged near the scene.

The pickup was leaking diesel fuel and the Department of Environmental Conservation was advised. State Police from Troop T investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 2:12 p.m.

Police say: Driver was distracted

Minutes before a fatal accident on the Taconic State Parkway, Monday, August 4, another accident occurred, when an 18-year-old driver, who was texting behind the wheel near 295 Route 217 in Claverack, missed a curve, hit a ditch and flipped over at 2:04 p.m. The driver was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital but was not hurt. Vehicle and traffic tickets are pending, according to State Police. Claverack firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad were on the scene. Units were clear at 2:57 p.m.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Richard D. Porreca, 27, of Hudson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated (first offense) and aggravated driving while intoxicated (having a blood alcohol content of .18% or higher first offense) by Hudson Police Officer Christopher Duntz on East Court Street, Hudson, July 6 at 9:32 p.m. Mr. Porreca was the driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck two parked vehicles in the area of 156 Green Street. He was issued tickets returnable in Hudson City Court.

*Andrew D. Ryant, 28, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), driving while intoxicated (operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08%) and improper turn/failure to signal by Hudson Police Officer Nicolas Pierro at 5 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, July 12 at 2:41 a.m. Mr. Ryant was stopped for failing to use a turn signal. He was found to be intoxicated. He was issued tickets returnable in Hudson City Court.

*Billy John Johnson, 45, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated (operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%), driving while intoxicated (first offense), unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to stop at a stop sign by Hudson Police Officer Nicholas Hodges at 307 State Street, Hudson, July 20 at 2:25 a.m. Mr. Johnson was pulled over on the 300 block of State Street. He was released with tickets returnable in Hudson City Court August 29.

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