Police charge 3 men in alleged robbery at town park

CLAVERACK—Three Philmont men were charged May 17 by Livingston State Police in connection with a May 15 robbery.

Derek P. Peeters, 22; Erik M. Shook, 26, and David A. Zukowski, Jr., 27, all face charges of second degree robbery, a class C felony.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to the Claverack Town Park at 91 Church Street, Mellenville for a reported robbery, May 15 at about 1 a.m.

The victim told police that while he was at the park, several individuals he knew attacked him with a folding chair.

An investigation revealed that Mr. Peeters, Mr. Shook and Mr. Zukowski allegedly forcibly stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has knowledge of the defendants should contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston by calling 845 677-7300.

All three defendants were arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and were sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond. They are due to re-appear in Claverack Court at a later date.

New Lebanon

State Police from the Livingston barracks charged Michael A. Lasher, 43, of East Greenbush with third degree burglary, a class D felony, May 9.

In November 2015, troopers were dispatched to a residence on State Route 20 for a reported burglary. The victim reported that over $2,000 worth of power tools were stolen from the residence which was under renovation.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Lasher, who was employed by a paving contractor completing a job at the residence, had allegedly unlawfully entered the New Lebanon home and stole the power tools.

Mr. Lasher was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. He is due to return to court at a later date.

Clermont

Timothy M. Karcher, 44, of Clermont was charged with second degree menacing, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment, a violation, by Livingston State Police, May 14 at 6:49 a.m.

Troopers were dispatched to a dispute on Cedar Hill Road. Mr. Karcher allegedly threatened the victim with a knife and damaged property.

He was arraigned in Clermont Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. He is due to re-appear in court May 19.

Canaan

A 16-year-old boy from Montrose was charged with third degree criminal mischief and third degree menacing by New Lebanon State Police, May 13 at 12:20 p.m.

Troopers were dispatched to the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth at 13640 Route 22.

The 16-year-old, who was not identified by police, allegedly damaged a door at the facility and pushed/threatened a staff member. He was arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Hillsdale

Michael August, 20, of Hillsdale was charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal mischief by State Police, May 12.

Troopers were dispatched to a dispute by Columbia County 911.

He allegedly kicked a hole in a wall and prevented a woman from calling 911 for help. Mr. August was arraigned in Taghkanic Court and released on his own recognizance. He was directed to appear in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Ashley Johnson, 23, of Stuyvesant was charged with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by Livingston State Police, May 14 at 11:10 p.m. Troopers were dispatched to the Xtra Mart at State Routes 9H and 23B, Claverack for a welfare check. Ms. Johnson was found to allegedly unlawfully possess suboxone and Lyrica not in their original containers. She was issued a ticket directing her to appear in Claverack Court at a later date.

*Jacob Peters, 21, of Schodack Landing was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and moving from lane unsafely by New Lebanon State Police, May 14 at 9:28 p.m. Troopers were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to the area of Hudson Street and Maiden Lane in the Village of Kinderhook for a reported two-car collision. An investigation revealed that Mr. Peters was traveling west on Hudson Street when he struck an unoccupied vehicle parked on the roadside. Mr. Peters was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash and was not injured. His breath sample revealed a blood alcohol content of .15%. He was issued tickets directing him to appear in Kinderhook Village Court at a later date.

*James T. Fallon, 29, of Hillsdale was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by State Police, May 10 at 11:08 p.m. Mr. Fallon was found to allegedly possess oxycodone during a traffic stop at Routes 23 and County Route 11, Claverack. He was issued a ticket directing him to appear in Claverack Court at a later date.

*Crawford Boice, 23, of Ancramdale was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston State Police during a traffic stop for speeding on Route 82, Ancram, May 11 at 9:02 p.m. Mr. Boice’s breath sample revealed a .11% blood alcohol content. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in Ancram Court May 25. He was released to a third party.

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