CANAAN—A Windy City man got more than a hand fixing a flat from State Police on I-87, June 1 at 2:23 a.m.
Troopers stopped to render aid to Alexis M. Martinez, 34, of Chicago, IL, the driver of a disabled vehicle, who was changing a tire. Mr. Martinez was found to allegedly be in possession of a three stun guns, cocaine and marijuana.
He was taken into custody and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
Mr. Martinez was released on appearance tickets returnable in Canaan Court at a later date.
Joseph Zeoli, 27, of Copake was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, criminal mischief 4th degree, both misdemeanors, and second degree harassment, a violation, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, June 5.
Troopers were dispatched to a dispute on Shaver Road, June 3. An investigation revealed that Mr. Zeoli allegedly choked the victim following a verbal altercation. When the victim attempted to contact 911 for police assistance, Mr. Zeoli allegedly knocked the phone from her hands and broke it. He then left the residence prior to the arrival of police.
He turned himself in to police June 5 and was arraigned in Copake Court. He was released on his own recognizance and is due to reappear in court at a later date.
Malachi P. Hanlon, 35, of Austerlitz was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputy Steven Rose, May 30 at 10:15 p.m.
Mr. Hanlon allegedly had an altercation with a woman and a child at a residence in Stockport.
He was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He will reappear in court at a later date.
David A. Eaves, Sr., 55, of Chatham was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Thomas Merante May 26 at 10:53 a.m.
Mr. Eaves is accused of striking a man in the leg at the Ghent Xtra Mart causing injury.
He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Ghent Court at a later date.
John E. Heermance, 57, of Greenport was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, second degree unlawful imprisonment, both class A misdemeanors, and second degree harassment, a violation by Deputy Scott Kline May 31 at 12:20 a.m.
Mr. Heermance is accused of obstructing a woman’s breathing and then attempting to prevent her from leaving the residence. He was issued appearance tickets to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.
*Timothy S. Hawver, 26, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Scott Kline, June 2 at 3:05 p.m.
Mr. Hawver is accused of violating an order of protection. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and was released on his own recognizance to appear in court at a later date.
Adam Conover, 20, of Kinderhook was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, June 5.
Troopers were dispatched to the Sunoco Station on Route 9H for a larceny complaint, May 21. A subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Conover, an employee at the station, allegedly stole about $700 worth of scratch off lottery tickets on several different dates.
He was issued a ticket directing him to appear in Kinderhook Town Court June 14.
State Police were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a rollover auto collision at 1824 County Route 27, May 29 at 3:18 p.m.
The driver, Kristy A. Yensen, 28, of Wallingford, CT, was traveling north on County Route 27, when her vehicle went off the road and collided with a tree.
Ms. Yensen suffered minor injuries and refused further medical treatment, according to State Police, although information from County 911 says she was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
State Police were assisted by the Greenport Rescue Squad and Taghkanic firefighters, who were back in service at 4:27 p.m.
One person was hurt when a vehicle rolled over after striking a utility pole at 2584 Route 23 near Brady Lane, May 29 at 8:54 p.m.
Austin Dandridge, 21, of Hudson was driving a 2004 Jeep headed east on State Route 23 when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle went off the south side of road and hit a utility pole head-on.
The vehicle then bounced backwards and landed on its passenger side. The Community Rescue Squad took Mr. Dandridge to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA, for treatment of neck pain. Deputy David Proper investigated.
NYSEG was requested to the scene. Hillsdale firefighters were clear from the scene at 9:39 p.m.
A 17-year-old male at the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, 13640 Route 22 was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, by New Lebanon State Police, May 25 at 4:20 p.m.
The youth allegedly damaged a door.
The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:
*Nolan McCauley, 23, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, failure to use designated lane and crossing road hazard markings by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, May 25 at 2:10 a.m.
Troopers stopped Mr. McCauley on routes 20/22 in New Lebanon. He provided a breath sample with a 0.16% blood alcohol content. He was released with traffic tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court at a later date.
*Chad Bliss, 31, of Lee, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated, first offense; failure to use designated lane and crossing road hazard markings by New Lebanon State Police, May 25 at 2:13 a.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Bliss on State Route 20, New Lebanon for failing to stay in his lane. He provided a breath sample with a .15% blood alcohol content. He was processed without incident and released to a sober third party with tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court at a later date.
*Gary D. Knight, 54, of Canaan was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated (previous DWI-related conviction within 10 years) and failure to keep right, by New Lebanon State Police, May 25 at 10:41 p.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Knight on County Route 5 in Canaan for failing to stay in his lane. He provided a breath sample that revealed a blood alcohol content of .21%. He was turned over to a sober third party and directed to appear in Canaan Court at a later date.
*Raymond P. Framarin, 61, of Kinderhook was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, failure to keep right and improper left turn by New Lebanon State Police, May 27 at 7:45 p.m. Troopers pulled Mr. Framarin over on Williams Street in Valatie after receiving an erratic vehicle complaint from Columbia County 911. Mr. Framarin supplied a breath sample that revealed a blood alcohol content of .09%. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in Kinderhook Village Court at a later date.
*Paul G. Fusini, 59, of Dalton, MA, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (prior DWI-related conviction within 10 years), failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change and driving while using a mobile phone by New Lebanon State Police, May 28 at 7:36 a.m. Troopers stopped the defendant on State Route 20 for using a cell phone while driving. He was found to be intoxicated at the time of the stop. Mr. Fusini was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and released after he posted $1,500 bail. He is due to reappear in New Lebanon Court at a later date.
*James P. Holihan, 25, of the Bronx was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by New Lebanon State Police, May 28 at 10:40 a.m. Troopers stopped the car James Holihan was operating at the intersection of State Route 20/22, New Lebanon in the old Hess station parking lot. He was found to allegedly be intoxicated at the time of the traffic stop. He provided a breath sample revealing a .08% blood alcohol content and was issued tickets directing him to appear in New Lebanon Court June 9.
A passenger in the car, William Holihan, 27, of Sherman, CT, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a seatbelt violation, and was turned over to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding fugitive warrant.
*Jason R. Shaw, 31, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated (previous conviction, a class E felony), failure to keep right and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, both infractions, and speed not reasonable by Sheriff’s Office First Sergeant John Rivero and Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter. Deputies responded to a one-vehicle personal injury accident at 67 Commons Road in Clermont, May 29 at 11:43 p.m. They determined that Mr. Shaw was driving west in a 1999 Jeep when his vehicle crossed over the center line, and struck tree on south side of the road. The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Shaw to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of lower leg pain. Mr. Shaw failed a field sobriety test. He was issued tickets returnable in Clermont Court June 9.
Radio resting underway
GREENPORT—Columbia County will be conducting testing of the new public safety radio network beginning Monday, June 6. The testing will be conducted daily, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will continue for approximately two weeks.
During this time, personnel in county owned vehicles will be traveling around the county to conduct extensive radio tests. The testing may require personnel to access remote/off-road areas. All personnel will have county issued photo identification.
County EMS earns award
GREENPORT—The Columbia County Emergency Management System (EMS) has been selected as EMS Agency of the Year (2015) by the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of the Hudson Mohawk Valley (REMO). This area encompasses Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties.
“This is a tremendous honor to be selected and is a tribute to all including” … Columbia County “911 and the county Board of Supervisors who worked so hard in the formation of such a unique and operationally efficient system and more importantly, the continuation of an EMS system that is driven around patient care,” County EMS Administrator P.J. Keeler said in a press release.
Additionally, Valatie Rescue Squad member Steve Meehan was awarded the Excellence in EMS award from the region.
“We are fortunate to have such dedicated emergency services personnel serving the residents of Columbia County,” Mr. Keeler said in the release.