Man extradited to county from Texas for sex crimes

LIVINGSTON—A suspect has been extradited from Texas to face criminal sex act charges.

The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston arrested John Acklin, 55, now of Bandera, TX, for first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony, November 8.

In 2017 State Police commenced an investigation into reports of sexual assaults that occurred more than 10 years ago in Livingston.

State Police working with their partners in the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers in Bandera County, TX, located Mr. Acklin and arrested him as a fugitive from justice, October 25.

In cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Acklin was extradited back to New York, November 8.

Arraigned in Livingston Court, Mr. Acklin was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is set to return to court November 15.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Brett Ronsani, 27, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Peter Merante and Eric Ordway October 2 at 1 p.m. This arrest is the result of a traffic stop that took place Route 9 in Stockport. Mr. Ronsani was a passenger in the vehicle stopped by deputies for a traffic violation. During the arrest it was determined that Mr. Ronsani was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Red Hook Town Court, Dutchess County. He was issued appearance tickets for the charges by Columbia County deputies and turned over to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office to answer his charges in Red Hook Court at a later date.

*Richard Moore, Jr., 38, of Hudson was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, both class B felonies; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; as well as several vehicle and traffic violations by Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and Steven Rose, October 6 at 4 p.m. Mr. Moore was arrested as a result of a traffic stop on State Route 66 in Ghent. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to court at a later date.

*Briana Stob, 35, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from Livingston, October 12. She was traveling on State Route 66 in Claverack, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

*John G. Peterson, 31, of Coxsackie was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 12. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Livingston, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Anthony J. Devito, 45, of Hudson was charged with aggravated DWI due to a prior conviction within 10 years, and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both class E felonies, by State Police from Livingston, October 12. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Ghent, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Sean Szollosi, 30, of Queens was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 12. He was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Gallatin, when he went off the roadway and became stuck in the mud. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Joseph H. Devito, 35, of Coxsackie was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony, by State Police from Livingston, October 13. He was traveling on State Route 23B in Claverack, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Peter T. Nelson, 49, of Ghent was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 13. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Ghent, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Patrick J. Birmingham, 49, of Hudson was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 14. He was traveling on Warren Street in Hudson, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Marissa A. Novack, 30, of Stamford, CT, was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 14. She was traveling on State Route 23B in Greenport, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

*Todd A. Zelukiewicz, 45, of Malta was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, October 14. He was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Gallatin, when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash in which his vehicle caught on fire. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Melissa J. Hoisington, 45, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with aggravated DWI, Leandra’s Law, a class E felony, by State Police from New Lebanon, October 17 at 10 p.m., Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 2001 GMC Sierra on State Route 20, New Lebanon for several violations of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation determined Ms. Hoisington was operating while her ability was impaired with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in New Lebanon Court at a later date.

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Wheeler recognized for 50 years of service

Russell Wheeler (l), 50-year member of LVPA receives a certificate from his son, Benjamin Wheeler, currently second assistant chief of the department and deputy chief with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

NEW LEBANON—Russell Wheeler was honored for 50 years of service with Lebanon Valley Protective Association (LVPA), November 5.

His family, friends and fellow firefighters came out to honor Mr. Wheeler for a half century of service, prior to the fire company’s monthly meeting.

Mr. Wheeler joined the fire company September 9, 1968. During his 50 active years he served as assistant chief, president, treasurer, director and served many of those years with Lebanon Valley Rescue.

His son, Benjamin Wheeler, currently second assistant chief of the department and deputy chief with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, presented his father with a certificate from the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs which “honors with great respect and admiration Russell I. Wheeler for 50 years of service as a member of the Lebanon Valley Protective Association, Inc., protecting the citizens of the Lebanon Valley community in Columbia County…”

Also making presentations were department member Matthew Larabee and representative for Assemblyman Jake Ashby and representative for the Fireman’s Association of New York David Chapman.

Mr. Wheeler received certificates from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Firemen’s Association of New York, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and the New York State Assembly.

Ropes used in rescue drill. Fire companies from Copake; and Lakeville, Norfolk and Riverton, all in Connecticut; along with New York State Parks personnel took part in a multi-agency rope rescue drill at Bash Bish Falls in Massachusetts, November 4. Units practiced several scenarios for removing an “injured hiker” from near the falls using rope rescue techniques. The Community Rescue Squad stood by throughout. Photo by Michael McCagg

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