Driver dies after vehicle strikes cars in parking lot

CLAVERACK—Columbia County 911 dispatched sheriff’s patrols to an accident involving multiple vehicles in the parking lot of Coyote Flaco on State Route 9H/23, just north of Van Wyck Lane, December 5 at 6:49 p.m.

Deputies found that a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban operated by Ronald E. Moore, 73, of Stuyvesant was traveling north on State Route 9H/23 when for unknown reasons it went off the east side of the roadway about 250 feet south of the Coyote Flaco parking lot. The suburban continued on,  traveling in a northerly direction and into the parking lot where it struck an occupied 2015 Jeep operated by Steven A. Hart, 54, of Hudson. The impact pushed the Jeep into two unoccupied vehicles, a 2015 Toyota Highlander and a 2011 Toyota Sienna, and the 2011 Toyota then struck an unoccupied 2010 Kia station wagon, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Moore, who was the sole occupant in the suburban, to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A Chevy Suburban (right) traveled off Route 9H/23 in Claverack Tuesday night and hit a Jeep in the parking lot of Coyote Flaco. The driver of the suburban later died at the hospital. Photo contributed

The squad also took Mr. Hart to CMH for treatment of chest pain. There were no passengers in his vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation by deputies and investigators. Coroner James Bertram is also assisting with this investigation.

An autopsy was scheduled for the morning of December 6 at Ellis Hospital.

The rescue squad and Claverack firefighters assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff David Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Captain John DeRocha, Sr. Investigator William Foster, Investigator Patrick Logue,

Sergeant Eli Fieser, Deputies Daniel Keyser and Patrick McMahon.

New Lebanon

Dustin J. Anderson, 31, of New Lebanon was charged with second degree strangulation, a class D felony; two counts of third degree assault, second degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, fourth degree criminal mischief and preventing an emergency call for help, all class A misdemeanors, by New Lebanon State Police and the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation, December 2.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a residence on State Route 20 in New Lebanon for a report of a dispute. Troopers found that the suspect had fled the area after committing acts of violence against an adult and a child victim. Mr. Anderson was located later December 2 and taken into custody without incident.

He was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $25,000 bail bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court December 7.

Stuyvesant

Sabrina E. Rawlins, 31, of Stuyvesant was charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from the Kinderhook barracks and investigators from the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation, November 28.

Troopers received a complaint of possible abuse November 27.

An investigation found that Ms. Rawlins allegedly extinguished cigarettes on the hands of a seven-year-old child.

She was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $3,000 bail bond.

Craryville

Columbia 911 summoned Craryville firefighters and the Community Rescue Squad to a structure fire at 1658 County Route 11, November 28 at 4:12 p.m.

The American Red Cross reports providing aid to six people after the fire.

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to four adults and two children, ages 1 and 6. Volunteers also offered emotional support, comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals to the children. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Philmont and Hillsdale firefighters responded with mutual aid. Egremont firefighters stood by in Hillsdale’s quarters.

Columbia County Fire Coordinators, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and State Police assisted on the scene. Officials requested that NYSEG come to the scene. The rescue squad evaluated one occupant on scene for smoke inhalation.

The Columbia County Cause and Origin team is investigating.

Firefighters were still on scene as of 7:30 p.m.

Troopers collect Toys-For-Tots

LIVINGSTON—State Police at SP Livingston report making some great progress in partnership with the United States Marine Corp and Toy-For-Tots, so far.

In the spirit of the season of giving to the less fortunate, especially children, State police want to collect as many toys as possible.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Troop K Zone 1 headquarters SP Livingston, 3353 Route 9, anytime through December 9.

Troop K Headquarters at 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, has also joined forces with the Marine Corps and will have a Toys-for-Tots collection box until December 12.

Coxsackie guard charged with faking worker compensation

By RICK KARLIN

Reprinted with permission from the Times Union

ALBANY—A 29-year-old Valatie man who worked as a correctional officer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility has been arrested for allegedly falsifying medical records in order to collect more than $30,000 in workers compensation payments while not showing for work for 13 months.

Kristopher Cowan, 29, of Route 203, Valatie was charged Wednesday, November 22 with grand larceny and 34 counts of first degree offering a false instrument for filing and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, all felonies.

This correction officer is charged with brazenly enriching himself and avoiding his work duties by attempting to deceive the workers’ compensation system with false documents regarding his health,” Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said in a prepared statement noting the arrest.

These actions undermined the integrity of a system designed to help those truly unable to work, and I will continue to use my authority to combat such fraud,” she added.

An Inspector General’s investigation found that Mr. Cowan first filed a claim for a work-related injury in May 2015.

Following the incident, he remained out of work for less than a week.

But then in August 2015 through November 2015, Mr. Cowan began repeatedly submitting falsified medical documentation for time off under Workers’ Compensation, according to the IG.

He remained out on leave for 13 straight months, according to the IG and investigators found 34 allegedly faked documents attesting to his supposed injury.

Mr. Cowan was arraigned before Athens Town Justice James H. Robinson, Jr. and released pending further court action.

State Police and Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione assisted in the matter, said Ms. Leahy Scott.

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