Fight involving utility knife leaves 4 injured at Berkshire Farm

CANAAN–Four people received cuts during an altercation at the Berkshire Farm and Services for Youth, 13640 State Route 22, September 5.

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Tiquese A. Wilson, 16, formerly of Schenectady, for second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to the farm center, where a staff member reported that four victims were currently being treated in the infirmary after receiving non-life threatening injuries during a disturbance that transpired in the courtyard.

An investigation revealed that a group of students were involved in a physical altercation. Tiquese, who had possession of a utility knife, allegedly cut three residents during the fight. When a staff member attempted to break up the fight, he also received an injury from the utility knife.

All four victims were treated at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfiled, MA, and released.

Tiquese is scheduled to appear in Livingston Justice Court at a later date.


Richard C. Cutler, 37, of Valatie was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, August 27.

State Police were contacted by a Valatie resident July 27, reporting the larceny of more than $1,000 from the resident’s personal and business bank accounts. A subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Cutler had allegedly stolen the money by unlawfully cashing checks drawn on the victim’s bank accounts.

Mr. Cutler was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.


One person was hurt in a two-vehicle collision in front of Madsen Overhead Doors, 673 Route 203, August 24 at 11:22 a.m.

Ronald Gosse, 48, of Rensselaer was the operator of a 2003 Mack truck that had broken down alongside State Route 203, east of Dugway Road facing east.

A 2004 Toyota driven by Dorothy Perry, 85, of Spencertown traveling east on State Route 203, struck the rear of the truck then crossed over to westbound shoulder where it struck a Department of Transportation signpost and came to rest.

The Chatham Rescue Squad took Ms. Perry to Albany Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries. Mr. Gosse was not hurt. The crash was investigated by Sheriff David Bartlett, Captain John DeRocha, Sergeant Brian Molinski, Deputies Jordan Brahm and Toby VanAlstyne. No tickets were issued.

Austerlitz firefighters were back in service at 12:45 p.m.


A motorcyclist was hurt during a collision with a deer on State Route 22 near Collins Street Extension, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Gregory Hoeffner, 58, of Albany was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson northbound, when deer entered roadway in front of the motorcycle. The front end of the motorcycle struck the deer. The Community Rescue Squad took the driver to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of a right shoulder injury.

Deputy Joseph Kilmer investigated.

Hillsdale firefighters were back in service at 7:22 p.m.

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Garage lost, house saved. West Ghent firefighters along with the Greenport Rescue Squad were summoned to 70 Fish and Game Road, Claverack for a reported fire on the garage roof, September 4 at 4:16 p.m. Mutual aid was called in from the Claverack, Mellenville, Greenport and Stottville fire companies. Fire officials reported the fire to be electrical in origin. The garage was lost but there was only minimal smoke damage to attached residence. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, County Fire Coordinators Office and National Grid were all on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 6:50 p.m. They were called out for a rekindle of the blaze at 7:40 p.m. and returned to quarters at 8:15 p.m. Photo by Chip Moon

Drive carefully, school’s open

MILLBROOK—State Police from Troop K urge motorists to support AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.

AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14-years-old. The campaign is ongoing now until October 14.

As schools in Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties open their doors this September, we encourage everyone—motorists, parents and students—to be aware of their traffic safety practices. Slow down, be alert, and avoid in-car distractions so children can make it to school and home safe to their families,” Troop K Commander Major Robert M. Nuzzo said in a press release.

Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the “School’s Open” bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.

State Police also emphasize the need to show extra caution when driving as schools reopen, since it is then that vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful. Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.

Electrical safety course offered

CANAAN—A course in Electrical Safety for First Responders is being offered at the Berkshire Farm Union Free School, 13640 Route 22, Saturday, September 24 from 8:45 a.m. until noon.

Seating is limited, register by September 10.

William Martin, a retired linemen and current flight paramedic, will be keynote speaker. Mr. Martin has served as safety director for Northline Utilities.The electrical safety program is made possible by Northlines Utilities, a provider of construction and related services to the electric utilities industry.

For more information contact 518 669-5821, or visit to register.


Deputies donate to ‘Vet Day’. Philmont Mayor Clarence “Skip” Speed received a donation from the Columbia County Deputy Sheriffs’ Benevolent Association to support Thank-a-Vet-Day at the Claverack Town Park, August 28. Several members of the Sheriff’s Office are veterans and some are currently active in the reserves as well. “This is a great way to show our support to those who sacrifice so much for our freedom in this great nation,” Union President David Proper said in a press release. Photo contributed

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