Father’s arrow strikes son in Copake hunting mishap

COPAKE—A Massachusetts man remains hospitalized after he was shot in the legs by an arrow, Saturday, October 18.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s Deputy Kelly Briscoe to assist the Community Rescue Squad for a report about a hunter who had been shot in the legs by an arrow in a wooded area behind 2934 County Route 7 at 6:41 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The victim, Brett Minney, 52, of Brimfield, MA, was found in the woods with wounds to his lower legs.

The younger Mr. Minney was bow hunting deer on private property with his father, David Minney, 79, of Ware, MA. A preliminary investigation shows that the two men were hunting from tree stands, which were about 75 feet apart.

Brett Minney had climbed down from his stand and started walking through the woods when he was struck by the arrow that was fired by his father. The accident is still under investigation and there are no criminal charges at this time.

Craryville firefighters responded to the scene and set up a landing zone for the rescue squad on the property and the victim was airlifted by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center for treatment.

Lieutenant Wayne Lopez told The Columbia Paper Wednesday, October 22, that Brett Minney was still in the hospital and that physicians were concerned about infection. The lieutenant said the arrow grazed one leg and penetrated the other in the lower calf.

The sheriff reminded hunters to be aware of their target and what’s beyond it. “To shoot at something you only think is a legal target is gambling. In the case of human injury, that means gambling with human life,” he said in the release. “In addition to identifying the target, a hunter must know that a safe backstop for their bullet is present in every shooting situation. We don’t always hit our target, and, in some cases, the bullet or, in this case, arrow, passes through the target. A safe backstop guarantees that no one will get hurt.”

Early bow hunting season for deer continues until November 14. Rifle season opens November 15 and continues through December 7. Late bow hunting runs from December 8 through 16.

On the scene investigating in addition to Deputy Briscoe were Captain John DeRocha, Sergeant Eli Fieser and Investigator Patrick Logue. The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted on the scene by Environmental Conservation Officer Peter Brinkerhoff and the State Police.


Joshua R. Charron, 17, of Philmont was charged with second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police investigators from Livingston, October 20 at 9:45 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a fight in progress on Main Street in the village, October 19. An investigation revealed that during the altercation, Joshua stabbed a male subject in the chest. Police did not say what the weapon was.
The victim was treated and released from Columbia Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Joshua was arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Greenport Court October 24.


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

*Martin H. Espinoza, 24, of Hudson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from Livingston, October 16 at 11:48 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to check out an erratic vehicle complaint. Troopers found the suspect vehicle on County Route 21, Ghent and initiated a traffic stop after the driver failed to keep right and turned onto Route 66 without using a directional signal. While interviewing the driver, identified as Mr. Espinoza, the trooper saw indications that he was driving while intoxicated. Mr. Espinoza provided a breath sample that yielded a blood alcohol content of .23%, more than two times the legal limit. He was arraigned in Ghent Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to reappear at a later date. State Police were assisted by the Hudson Police Department.

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Law enforcement cracks down on Halloween DWIs

HUDSON—Columbia County STOP-DWI announced that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson and Greenport Police will join in with state law enforcement agencies in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

While some spend Halloween trick or treating and hosting parties, law enforcement will take to the roads to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Statewide STOP-DWI crackdown efforts start October 31 and end November 2. State Police, county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia County and across the state will be out in force. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association and Columbia County STOP-DWI. Throughout the remainder of the year the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target the national holiday season in December.

Columbia County STOP-DWI Coordinator Reginald Crowley said in a press release that, “while STOP-DWI efforts across New York State have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, too many lives are still being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.”

“In 2012,” he said, “19% of the fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween involved drunk drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Stay safe and keep our children safe this Halloween, don’t drink and drive.”


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