Police arrest mechanic for incomplete work

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested a Chatham man in connection with defrauding a victim.

Richard A. Dick, 43, of Chatham was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, October 11.

Troopers received a complaint that Mr. Dick entered into a verbal contract to complete mechanical work October 3.

The work included the replacement of two front tires, replacement of both front wheel bearings, replacement of the right front tie rod and to perform an alignment on a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

State Police say, Mr. Dick deprived the complainant of his financial compensation by wrongfully taking, and retaining payment in full when the services agreed upon had not been completed.

Mr. Dick allegedly took possession of the complainant’s payment “through trickery under false pretense; purporting that all agreed upon work had been completed per the verbal contract and agreement,” according to a press release from police.

After a week-long police investigation it was determined that not all the work was completed and Mr. Dick was arrested.

He was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court October 29.

Police say this case is similar to one in which Mr. Dick was arrested by the State Police June 9, 2017. He pleaded guilty October 10, 2018.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or who may have been victimized should contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston at 518-851-2894.


Michael Ramm, 37, of Castleton was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, October 11 at 11 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after being notified of allegations of suspected sexual abuse that occurred in the Village of Philmont. Deputy Peter Merante began the investigation and then turned the case over the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims unit.

Mr. Ramm is accused of intentionally touching the intimate parts of another person as well as asking for and sending nude pictures to a person under the age of 17.

The alleged act was reportedly committed in 2017. Mr. Ramm was issued appearance tickets for the charges and was directed to appear in Philmont Village Court October 25.

State Police, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center assisted with this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information concerning this crime to contact Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344.


Tyler Rossi, 23, of Claverack was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, and third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Jerald Rowell and Ted Blank October 1 at 4:57 a.m.

Deputies responded to a Claverack residence for a domestic incident. Mr. Rossi is accused of violating a court order of protection from Columbia County Family Court. He also allegedly assaulted a female by punching and kicking her in the face.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to return to court at a later date.

*Francisco Fernandez, 60, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by Deputies Peter Merante and Eric Ordway, September 25 at 11:14 a.m. Mr. Fernandez is accused of entering a Claverack dwelling without the owner’s permission. He also allegedly possessed of a quantity of marijuana at the time. Appearance tickets were issued returnable in Claverack Court at a later date.


Arnold D. Rothvoss, Jr., 52, of Ancram was charged with third degree menacing, a class B misdemeanor, by Deputies Ryen Boehme and Daniel Keyser, September 26 at 11:21 a.m.

Mr. Rothvoss allegedly threatened to kill a female victim during a domestic incident. He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or bond. He was to appear in Ancram Court at a later date.

Several days later, October 7 at 5:41 p.m. Mr. Rothvoss was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Zachary Torchia.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint alleging that Mr. Rothvoss made multiple phone calls to a subject in violation of a court order of protection. He was arraigned in Ancram Court and released on $500 cash bail. He was scheduled to return to Ancram Court October 24.


Hudson Police received an anonymous call reporting that Hudson Fourth Ward Supervisor Linda Mussman was allegedly creating new crosswalks in the area of North Third and State streets, September 24 at 6:36 p.m.

Patrols arrived and discovered four people: Supervisor Mussman, 71; Claudia Bruce, 72; Edward Cross, 69, and Peter Spear, 46, all of Hudson, were allegedly participating in painting new crosswalks.

Ms. Mussman allegedly told officers she was tired of requests for crosswalks falling on deaf ears, according to a press release from Hudson Police.

Officers conducted an investigation, which included interviewing witnesses, reviewing social media and a television interview given by Supervisor Mussman and Ms. Bruce.

On October 18 Hudson Police issued an appearance ticket to Mr. Spear, and later that day served Attorney Michael Howard appearance tickets on behalf of his clients, Ms. Mussman, Ms. Bruce and Mr. Cross.

All four were charged with making graffiti, a misdemeanor under the Penal Law, and marking streets, a violation under the Hudson City Code. They are to appear in court November 8.

The City Department of Public Works repainted the intersection a few days later. There have been no recorded car/pedestrian accidents at that intersection for at least the last 15 years, when HPD began computerizing their blotter, said the release.

I do believe the people involved intended to promote safety. However the law requires they be cited and address their actions in a court of law. Lost in this whole conversation is the fact that merely creating a crosswalk does not necessarily make pedestrians safer. A publication by the Federal Highway Administration in 2005 found that crosswalks alone do not guarantee safety as a certain amount of engineering is involved, and a study by U-Cal Berkeley in 2007 concluded pedestrians behave more safely in unmarked crosswalks. I think the key is education and enforcement. HPD has devoted even more to this in 2018. We conducted high visibility crosswalk enforcement two weekends this September and we have more than doubled our traffic ticket writing,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in the release.

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Eavesdropper pleads guilty

HUDSON—Patrick Hildenbrand, 39, of Clermont was convicted by plea of possession of eavesdropping devices, a class A misdemeanor, in Clermont Court, September 20, with Town Justice Richard Christensen presiding, according to a press release from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. The defendant committed the crime in Clermont. Upon his conviction, the court sentenced him to an unconditional discharge. State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes and Investigator Matthew Reilly handled the case and arrested Mr. Hildenbrand, who was represented by Steven Patterson, Esq., of Pine Plains.

The following were sentenced in Columbia County Court according to information provided by the District Attorney’s Office:

*Catherine Terry, 27, of North Adams, MA, was sentenced by Judge Jonathan D. Nichols July 19, to six months in the Columbia County Jail and five years’ probation upon her conviction of third degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. The defendant committed the crime in Claverack. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies Zachary Sohotra and David Stevens investigated the case and arrested Ms. Terry, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Lindsey Cobbs, 25, of Pittsfield, MA, was sentenced to four and one-half years with the State Department of Corrections (on each count, to be served concurrently) by Judge Nichols July 19, upon his conviction of second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The defendant committed the crimes in Austerlitz. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Logue and Deputy Travis VanAlstyne investigated the case and arrested Mr. Cobbs, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Jason Higley, 32, of Livingston was sentenced to one and one-half to three years with the State Department of Corrections, with credit for time served by Judge Richard M. Koweek July 23, upon his conviction of first degree attempted reckless endangerment. The defendant committed the crime in Livingston. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Brian Molinski investigated the case and arrested Mr. Higley, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Tyson Schnell, 48, of Wappingers Falls was sentenced to five years probation, had his driver’s license revoked, was ordered to install an ignition interlock device and attend a victim impact panel by Judge Koweek July 23, upon his conviction of two counts of driving while intoxicated. The defendant committed the crimes in Ghent. State Troopers Theresa Filippini and Christopher Gonyo investigated the case and arrested Mr. Schnell, who was represented by Joseph Buono, Esq.

*Tyler Pegaz, 25, of Hudson was sentenced to two years with the State Department of Corrections and five years post-release supervision by Judge Koweek July 24, upon his conviction of second degree attempted burglary. The defendant committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Hudson Police Department Detective Sergeant David Miller and Detective Chris Filli investigated the case and arrested Mr. Pegaz, who was represented by the Public Defender. –Diane Valden

Have a spooky Halloween without fire hazards

QUINCY, MA—Halloween is a fun, festive holiday for kids and adults alike, but it does present potential fire hazards. As the holiday fast-approaches, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind, and to take simple safety precautions that can help ensure a safe, fire-free day.

According to NFPA statistics, between 2012 and 2016, decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 800 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an average of two civilian deaths, 34 civilian injuries and $11 million in direct property damage. The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in two of every five (42%) of these fires.

NFPA offers these tips and recommendations to help ensure a fire-safe Halloween:

*Costumes—When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. When making a costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

*Visibility—Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If a child wears a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he/she can see clearly out of it.

*Flammable decorations: Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

*Candles/jack-o-lanterns: It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If using a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

*Exits: Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

For more information visit www.nfpa.org.

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