Deputies arrest man for Greenport stabbing incident in car

GREENPORT—Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man in connection with a stabbing, October 3.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to the intersection of Route 23 and Route 9, known as Buckley’s Corners, for a reported stabbing October 3 at 7:35 a.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Deputies discovered that a stabbing occurred inside a vehicle while it was traveling in that area and the incident stemmed from a domestic-related dispute.

The victim and suspect were found near the intersection. The victim was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stabbing incident October 3 at the intersection of state Routes 23 and 9, Buckley’s Corners, Greenport. Photo by Lance Wheeler

The knife used in the alleged assault was recovered at the scene. The suspect, Francisco Otalaro, 26, of Cairo (Greene County) was taken into custody and interviewed by sheriff’s investigators at the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff, Mr. Otalaro made admissions about his involvement in the assault and was subsequently charged with second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice John Porreca and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond. Mr. Otalaro is scheduled to return to Greenport Court at a later date.

The investigation is continuing and the Sheriff’s Office was assisted by State Police, Greenport Police and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

In the press release, Sheriff Bartlett said he personally thanks the Good Samaritan who stopped to render assistance to the victim prior to the police arriving on the scene. “Had this individual not stopped to help the victim, the outcome of this case could have been much different.”

*State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Jeffrey A. Yeh, 50, of Stockport for fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, October 1.

State Police report that their investigation determined that in August, Mr. Yeh stole credit card information belonging to someone he knows.

He then allegedly used the card information to make unauthorized purchases totaling more than $1,300 at several different businesses and organizations.

Mr. Yeh was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Greenport Court.


Sonya Terry, 46, of Stottville was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Ryen Boehme and Timothy Gladwin, September 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Terry is accused of violating an order of protection. She was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on her own recognizance. She was to appear in Stockport Court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Sean Kluge, 27, of Selkirk was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor; speeding and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Eric Ordway, September 14 at 9:44 p.m. Columbia County 911 assigned deputies to investigate a one-vehicle personal injury accident on County Route 25 in Kinderhook. Deputies found that an eastbound pickup truck had rolled over. Mr. Kluge was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a 0.17% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets to appear in Kinderhook Town Court October 16.

*Jamie MacArthur, 37, of Copake Falls was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Steven Rose September 18 at 2:55 p.m. Ms. MacArthur was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on State Route 66 in Claverack for various traffic law violations. She was found to allegedly possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Claverack Court October 16.

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DA’s Office recognized for outstanding efforts

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) honored Columbia County Assistant District Attorneys Ryan Carty and Joyce Crawford with special service awards for Outstanding Enforcement Efforts In Support of Environmental Conservation Police, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and DEC Executive Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Lynch presented Ms. Crawford and Mr. Carty with this prestigious award at a special ceremony September 12 at the Empire State Plaza.

Special service awards are presented to those outside the Division who have, by their actions, enhanced the ability of the Division to perform its mission.

A special service award is presented to Columbia County District Attorney’s Office for outstanding assistance with several significant cases brought by the Division of Law Enforcement in the past two years,” according to the awards ceremony program.

The cases include the grave injury to Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey, who was shot by an illegal hunter in Gallatin November 29, 2016. The District Attorney’s Office committed to supporting the Division of Law Enforcement in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.

Also, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted a deer poaching case in Chatham Town Court earlier this year that resulted in more than $16,000 in fines and criminal convictions for four perpetrators on 15 counts involving the illegal taking of deer. The fine was the highest-ever for deer poaching against a single individual in New York State.

Pictured (l-r): ADA Ryan Carty, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, ADA Joyce Crawford, DEC Executive Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Lynch. Photo contributed

In June, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office was instrumental in obtaining multiple search warrants resulting in the seizure of nearly 100 illegal wildlife products and obtaining four convictions resulting in more than $35,000 in criminal and civil penalties, according to the awards program.

DA Czajka told The Columbia Paper in a phone call this week, “I can think of few things more gratifying as DA than learning that such important and influential public officials agree with my assessment that my assistant district attorneys are exceptional in all respects.” –Diane Valden

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