Deputies arrest Stockport man for shooting father

STOCKPORT—A son has been charged in connection with shooting his father.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies to 33B Pats Lane for a reported shooting November 25 at 5:38 p.m. Deputies located Billy Johnson inside the residence with a gunshot wound to his pelvic area.

His son, Timothy S. Johnson, was found outside the residence by deputies and made statements indicating that he was responsible for the shooting, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Both men live at the Pats Lane address.

The Valatie Rescue Squad responded to the residence to treat Billy Johnson, who was later taken to Albany Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is reported to be in stable condition.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, assisted with the preparation of a search warrant for the residence at 33B Pats Lane. The search warrant was signed by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek.

Members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit executed the search warrant late the night of November 25 with the assistance of the State Environmental

Conservation Police. Among items recovered was a 7mm-08 caliber long rifle that deputies believe was used in the shooting.

Timothy Johnson, 23, was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony. He was arraigned before Justice Jack Mabb in Stockport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for November 30 at 4 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, State Police, and EnCon officers.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Sheriff Bartlett; Captain John DeRocha; Senior Investigators William Foster and Mark Dunspaugh; Investigators Reagan Anderson, William Dunspaugh and Ian Boehme; Sergeant Eli Fieser; Deputies Ryen Boehme, Deputy Steven Rose, and Deputy Eric Ordway.


A hunter was accidentally shot in the leg by another hunter.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to Columbia Memorial Rapid Care at 2827 Route 9 in the Village of Valatie for a report of a person who was shot during a hunting accident, November 20 at 5:05 p.m. Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh and Deputy Ryen Boehme immediately responded. Their initial investigation revealed that Robert Potter, 54, of Corinth, Saratoga County, was hunting deer on private property in Chatham when he was accidentally shot by Ernest Sutliff, 38, of Albuquerque, NM. The two men are related and were hunting together with two other family members, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Mr. Potter was taken by private vehicle to CMH Rapid Care for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left leg. The Valatie Rescue Squad later took him to Albany Medical Center.

NYS Environmental Conservation Office Jeff Cox was notified and responded to Albany Medical Center to begin his investigation of the hunting related accident.

Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ian Boehme will continue to jointly investigate this shooting with Officer Cox.

The matter is still under investigation and no further details can be released at this time.

Sheriff Bartlett reminds hunters that it is their responsibility to be aware of the area behind their intended target so such accidents can be avoided in the future.

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information about this incident to call 518-828-3344 and speak to Investigator Boehme.


State Police are investigating an incident involving an Amtrak train in the town of Stuyvesant, November 21.

According to an email message from Jason Abrams with Amtrak Corporate Communications in New York City, “Adirondack Train 68 had a separation of two cars 17 miles south of Albany Wednesday, November 21 around 7:22 p.m.” The “separation” caused no injuries nor was there a derailment. Passengers were transferred to another train and taken to their final destination.

Following the separation, the train’s safety systems functioned as designed and immediately stopped both sections of the train at a safe distance,” wrote Mr. Abrams.

Separation of train cars is rare, and we are actively investigating this incident. Train 68 was operating with one locomotive and six passenger cars, with the separation occurring between the first and second passenger cars.

The cars involved in the incident have been moved to the maintenance facility in Albany for a full inspection and further investigation to find the cause of the separation,” he said.

The locomotive event data recorder has been downloaded, and data retrieved show the train was operating within the authorized speed.”


Two people were charged in connection with illegal drug activity following the execution of a search warrant Wednesday, November 14 at about 12:30 p.m.

Members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson Police Department, and the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force (DEA) executed a search warrant for the first floor apartment at 340 State Street, November 14. The search warrant was issued by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek.

While executing the warrant, about 40 grams of heroin, along with packaging material were found and seized inside the residence. Additionally, a felony amount of cocaine as well as concentrated cannabis, a controlled substance, were recovered by investigators, according to a press release from Sheriff Bartlett.

Howard D. Mackey, Jr., 41, was charged with one count of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, one count of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class B felonies, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. Mr. Mackey was arraigned in Greenport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. He was to appear in Hudson City Court at a later date.

Tasha N. Rogers, 36, was charged with one count of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Ms. Rogers was issued appearance tickets returnable in Hudson City Court November 28.

This investigation was initiated after tips were received from community members regarding illegal activity at the location. These arrests are the result of more than a three-month long investigation conducted by members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Hudson Police Department, and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with any information about illegal activity should contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 518-822-8477, which is completely confidential.

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Governor proclaims Nov. as STOP-DWI Month

ALBANY—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently issued a proclamation designating the month of November as STOP-DWI Month in New York. The New York State Special Traffic Options for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) Program was established in November 1981 to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce impaired-driving offenses and to prevent crashes across the state.

Since the program was enacted, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes on New York’s roadways have decreased 74%.

The STOP-DWI Program is funded exclusively by fines collected from drunk and/or drugged driving convictions. It was the first program of its kind in the nation, and since it was enacted, has served as a model for similar programs across the country.

The program empowers localities to enact creative and collaborative strategies utilizing education, awareness and enforcement to address drunk and drugged driving and prevent tragedies resulting from impaired-driving crashes. The program provides a platform for STOP-DWI coordinators from each county and the City of New York to exchange ideas and collectively discuss and act upon mutual objectives that help advance these goals.

Through this collaboration, the state has made significant progress in reducing drunk-driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. Since 2009, data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and research shows that all alcohol-related crashes in New York have decreased by nearly 10%. Fatal alcohol-related crashes have fallen by nearly 30% and personal injury crashes have declined almost 16%.

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