I-90 truck accident claims life of Massachusetts man

CANAAN—State Police were dispatched to investigate a fatal accident in the area of the westbound off-ramp at Exit B3, I-90 (Berkshire Spur) February 6 at 2:58 a.m.

The troopers’ investigation revealed that Jose A. Lopez, 32, of Springfield, MA, was operating a commercial box-type truck traveling westbound on I-90 (Berkshire Spur) and was exiting at B3.

The truck struck the end of the guiderail and traveled about 200 feet before coming to rest. The Chatham Rescue Squad took Mr. Lopez to the Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) and Thruway maintenance assisted at the scene along with Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and Chatham Rescue.

Firefighters were back in service 4:17 a.m.

Livingston

Richard J. Staats, 51, of Livingston was charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and third degree menacing, a class B misdemeanor by State Police from the Livingston barracks, January 25.

Troopers were dispatched to a domestic dispute on Deer Haven Road, January 25 at 6:15 p.m.

An investigation determined that Mr. Staats allegedly menaced and endangered the welfare of a 13- and a 16-year-old victim during the course of the domestic dispute.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bond. He is to appear in Livingston Court at a later date.

Kinderhook

Michael Talarico, 40, of Kinderhook was charged with criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child less than 17 years of age, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Zachary Torchia and Jordan Brahm, January 13 at 2:18 p.m.

Deputies investigated a report of a disturbance at a Kinderhook residence. Mr. Talarico is alleged to have endangering the welfare of two children under the age of 17 while committing criminal mischief to property.

He was arraigned in Kinderhook Village Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Claverack

Deven Hotaling, 18, of Philmont was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Kelly Briscoe, January 6 at 9:04 p.m. Mr. Hotaling allegedly made phone contact with a protected party in violation of a Columbia Count Court order. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court at a later date.

Hillsdale

Joseph Litts, 31, of Hillsdale was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies David Stevens and Jerald Rowell, December 30, 2017 at 3:46 a.m.

Mr. Litts is accused of pushing and striking a female who is listed as a protected person in a previously issued court order. He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or bail bond. He was scheduled to appear in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

Copake

David Adriance, Jr., 27, of Hollowville and Briana Hawver, 27, of Copake were charged with endangering the welfare of a child by Deputies Patrick McMahon and Michael Meier, January 22 at about midnight.

The two subjects are accused of being under the influence of illegal drugs while being responsible for a child under the age of 17.

Both were arraigned in Copake Court and released on their own recognizance. Both are scheduled to return to Copake Court.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Robert Bailey, 22, of Copake was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; speed not reasonable, failure to keep right and driving out of license restriction, all violations, by Deputies Jerald Rowell and David Stevens, December 23 at 1:04 a.m.

Mr. Bailey was arrested as a result of an investigation by deputies into a motor vehicle accident that took place on State Route 344 in Copake Falls. As a result of the accident he sustained minor facial injuries and refused medical attention. Mr. Bailey took a breathalyzer test which yielded a .19% blood alcohol content—making the charge aggravated DWI. He was released on appearance tickets and was scheduled to return to Copake Court at a later date.

*Benjamin Yanovitch, 54, of Leeds was charged with felony driving while intoxicated—prior conviction, a class E felony; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; operation of a motor vehicle without a court-ordered interlock device, a class A misdemeanor and failure to keep right, a violation, by Deputy Thomas Merante and Sergeant Brian Molinski, January 1 at 7:49 p.m. Mr. Yanovitch was involved in a motor vehicle accident on State Route 9 in Stockport. He sustained minor cuts and bruises to his hand and arm but refused medical attention. Mr. Yanovitch took a breathalyzer test which yielded a .16% blood alcohol content. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Stockport Court at a later date.

*William Sawyer, 19, of Canaan and Thomas McNamara, 19, of Montrose, PA, were charged during a traffic stop on State Route 295 in Canaan by Deputy Travis VanAlstyne, January 8 at 10:58 a.m. Mr. Sawyer was operating a vehicle at the intersection of Schillings Crossing Road when he allegedly failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle traveling on State Route 295. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; unlawful possession of alcohol under the age of 21, unlawful possession of marijuana, both violations; failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign and driving a motor vehicle without a license, both traffic infractions.

Mr. McNamara, who was a passenger in the vehicle was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21, a violation, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. Both subjects were released with appearance tickets, scheduled to return to Canaan Court at a later date.

* Denise Pilch, 42, of Philmont was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and unclassified misdemeanor; as well as other motor vehicle equipment violations by Deputy Steven Rose, January 10 at 10:35 p.m. She was pulled over on Old Post Road in Ghent. Ms. Pilch is accused of possessing a small amount of suboxone. She was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

* Sheri Thompson, 47, of Copake was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and driving without a license, a traffic infraction, by Deputy Zachary Sohotra, January 11 at 12:26 p.m. Ms. Thompson was stopped on State Route 23 in Claverack. She was issued tickets returnable in Claverack Court at a later date.

* Perry Zoda, 30, of Chichester was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by Deputy Travis VanAlstyne, January 12 at 11:13 a.m. He was pulled over for an equipment violation on State Route 66 in Ghent. Mr. Zoda was issued tickets and released. He is scheduled to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

*Julio Freaney, 29, of Saugerties was charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; driving without a license and driving a vehicle with exhaust system violations by Deputy Daniel Keyser, January 14 at 7:34 p.m. Mr. Freaney was pulled over on County Route 31 in Greenport. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to Greenport Court at a later date.

*Emilie A. Holst-Grubbe, 36, of Berlin was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated by State Police from SP New Lebanon, January 19. She was traveling on State Route 22 in New Lebanon, when she was involved in a property damage motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

 

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