State Police seek witnesses in fatal K’hook crash

KINDERHOOK—State Police from Kinderhook investigated a fatal two-car motor vehicle collision on State Route 9 near Birch Drive, November 22 at 7:58 p.m.

Preliminary investigation suggests a southbound vehicle operated by Alicia M. Fernandez, 41, of Hudson entered the opposite lane and struck a northbound vehicle.

Ms. Fernandez was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

State Police released no information about the northbound vehicle Ms. Fernandez hit or the people in it.

Columbia 911 reports two other people involved in the crash were taken to Albany Med by ambulance.

State Police were assisted on scene by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Niverville Fire Department, Valatie Rescue Squad and Life Net.

Kinderhook firefighters provided mutual aid to assist with traffic control. Valatie firefighters provided mutual aid to set up a helicopter landing zone and to assist with traffic control.

This investigation remains ongoing by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation of SP Livingston and the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Route 9 was closed between the traffic circle and Route 28.

Firefighters were still on the scene at 9:50 p.m.

Investigators ask anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at 845-677-7300 or 518-851-2001. Make reference to case: SJS #7928559.

*Jeffrey A. Thebodeau, 41, of Kinderhook was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony; second degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor, and third degree menacing , a class B misdemeanor, by State Police from the Kinderhook barracks, November 20.

Troopers went to a residence in Kinderhook to investigate a report of a dispute to find the parties involved were gone from the scene. Troopers and investigators tracked the suspect and victim to the Blue Spruce Motel.

Mr. Thebodeau was arrested for his actions during this dispute and for violating an order of protection. On the previous day Mr. Thebodeau was also arrested by the State Police in connection with committing violence during another dispute, and an order of protection was issued by the court protecting the victim.

Mr. Thebodeau was arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.


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

*Jeremy Shook, 40, of Copake was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors, and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class U misdemeanor, by Deputies Peter Merante and David Stevens, October 25 at 8:47 p.m. Mr. Shook was stopped while operating a vehicle on State Route 217 in Claverack with a suspended license. He is accused of possessing a quantity of heroin and needles. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Claverack Court at later date.

*State Police from New Lebanon and the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested two North Carolina men for possession of marijuana and hydrocodone.

Eric Allen, 48, of High Point, NC, was charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony, and James Brown, 62, also of High Point was charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, October 26.

Troopers observed the suspect’s vehicle on State Route 295, Canaan traveling 30 miles an hour above the lawfully posted speed limit. Investigation after the traffic stop found Mr. Allen and Mr. Brown were allegedly in possession of about 15 pounds of marijuana. Additionally, Mr. Brown allegedly possessed five hydrocodone pills.

Both men were arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. They are both scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

*A large quantity of crack cocaine was seized after a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway, November 6 at 12:18 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputies Zachary Sohotra and David Stevens stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway just north of State Route 23 in Claverack, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett. During the stop, deputies encountered a driver and two passengers in the vehicle, all from North Adams, MA. Upon initial interview, deputies determined that the individuals were traveling from New York City en route back to the Massachusetts area.

During further investigation, deputies found a small quantity of marijuana, heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia. A further interview was conducted with the female passenger which later led to the discovery of a large quantity of crack cocaine that the female was carrying on her person. The total quantity of crack cocaine recovered was about 29 grams with an estimated street value of $2,300.

Catherine E. Terry, 26, of North Adams, MA, was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. The defendant was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to return to Claverack Court at a later date.

The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending for Ms. Terry.

The male operator of the vehicle was issued traffic tickets for speeding and having an unregistered motor vehicle. A male passenger in the vehicle was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, neither man was named by the sheriff. Both individuals will appear in Claverack Court at a later date.

Assisting with this investigation was the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

To contact Diane Valden email moc.r1521658203epapa1521658203ibmul1521658203oc@ne1521658203dlavd1521658203

Bail fund founders serve pie

HUDSON—Founders of the Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF) invite the public to join them for Pie, Prosecco and Pelegrino to celebrate the founding of the fund at Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street, Sunday, December 3, 3 to 5 p.m.
The mission of CCBF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to post cash bail for poor people
accused of minor crimes in Columbia County. Studies show, jail stays, even as short as
24-hours, increase the likelihood that someone will commit a future crime.

CCBF’s goal is keep communities safe and level the playing field by providing bail to individuals who do not have the resources that would allow them to return to their families and jobs while awaiting a determination of guilt or innocence, according to a press release.
Donations to the fund will be matched up to $10,000 due to the generosity of The Redlich
Horwitz Foundation.
To donate, make checks payable to CCBF and send to P.O. Box 396, Hudson 12534. For more
information about CCBF visit or call Linda at 518-209-7966


Vehicles crash, one erupts in fire. Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and Chatham Rescue, November 25 at 11:52 a.m. for a reported accident and a report that smoke was coming from under the hood of one of the vehicles. The crash occurred at the entrance of the Love’s Country Store at 12845 Route 22 in Canaan. State Police arrived and found a fully involved car fire. They reported that the people involved declined ambulance transport. Firefighters were back in service at 1:16 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark


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