Deputy injured in crash while on way to shooting

GHENT—A sheriff’s deputy was involved in a personal injury accident while responding to a shooting incident in Stockport November 25 at 5:47 p.m.

Deputy Peter Merante was operating a 2017 Ford police interceptor sedan traveling on State Route 9H in the area of County Route 20 on his way to a reported shooting at 33 Pats Lane, Stockport, when his car was struck by a 2019 Chevrolet, operated by Clifford Jean-Baptiste, 30, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Deputy Merante to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of hip, leg and back pain. The squad also took Mr. Jean-Baptiste and his passenger, Melissa De Pestre to CMH for evaluation. They were later released.

Mr. Jean-Baptiste was issued a ticket for failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle.

The ticket is returnable in Ghent Court at a later date.

Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Wayne Lopez told The Columbia Paper this week that Deputy Merante was later released from the hospital but has not yet returned to work.

The rescue squad and West Ghent firefighters assisted at the accident scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are First Sergeant Louis Bray and Deputy Zachary Torchia.

A report on the shooting incident appeared in this newspaper’s November 29 issue.

*Douglas Hults, 68, of Ghent was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Peter Merante, October 30 at 4:12 p.m.

Mr. Hults is accused of violating a Columbia County Family Court order of protection. He was arraigned in Ghent Court and was released on his own recognizance. He was to return to court at a later date.

*Jason Gosselink, 40, of Central Bridge was charged on a warrant for second degree aggravated harassment, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Joseph Bruno and Jerald Rowell, November 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Mr. Gosselink is accused of threatening another male by text messages. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He was to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

Greenport

Destini O’Brien, 20, of Greenport was charged with second degree aggravated harassment and fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Ted Blank and Steven Rose, November 11 at 12:24 a.m.

Ms. O’Brien is accused of sending threatening messages to a female victim. She then allegedly damaged the victim’s personal property at a location in Greenport.

She was arraigned in Stockport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

She was to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

The following face alcohol and/or drug charges:

*Zachary Haun, 25, of Buffalo was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08%, both class U misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Joseph Kilmer, October 20 at 1:17 a.m. Mr. Haun was stopped on State Route 9H in Kinderhook for failing to keep right. A breathalyzer test was administered that resulted in a .16% BAC. Deputies also found him in possession of marijuana. He was issued tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

*Mitchell A. Finn, 23, of Sheffield, MA, was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, October 27. He was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Collin W. Wood, 31, of Kinderhook was charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, by State Police from SP Livingston, October 27. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Kinderhook, when he was interviewed in a DWI safety road check. Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol with two children under the age of 16 in the vehicle. He was subsequently arrested.

*Ben G. Ezzell, 33, of Germantown was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, October 27. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Clermont, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Jennifer A. Sesma, 39, of Chatham was charged with DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, October 28. She was traveling on State Route 295 in Chatham, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

*Robert Werner, 32, of Philmont was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Peter Merante, October 30 at 9:40 a.m. Mr. Werner was found to allegedly possess about 7.8 oz of marijuana during an investigation. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Philmont Village Court at a later date.

*John Moritz, 62, of Austerlitz was charged with DWI, a class U misdemeanor; failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to signal turn and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, all traffic infractions, by Deputy Matthew Leonard, October 31 at 5:41 p.m. Mr. Moritz was stopped in the area of state Routes 22 and 71 in Hillsdale for several traffic infractions. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .08% BAC. He was issued tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

*Tavina Fails, 50, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by Deputies Daniel Keyser and Zachary Sohotra November 2 at 1:10 a.m. Mr. Fails was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on State Route 23 in Taghkanic. He allegedly possessed quantities of cocaine and marijuana. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail. He was to appear in Taghkanic Court at a later date.

*Keith A. Devine, 51, of Kinderhook was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, November 3. He was traveling on County Route 21 in Kinderhook when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Sidharth V. Subramani, 20, of Cheshire, CT, was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, November 4. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Red Hook, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Shelby L. Lintel, 23, of Poughkeepsie was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, November 4. She was traveling on North Seventh Street in Hudson, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

*Andrew M. Tuthill, 33, of New Lebanon was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, November 9. He was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Carlos D. Quist, 19, of Philmont was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI drugs), by State Police from SP Livingston, November 10. He was traveling on State Route 9H in Livingston, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs. He was subsequently arrested.

*John Stickles, 68, of Valatie was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, both class U misdemeanors; leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions, by First Sergeant Louis Bray and Deputy David Stevens November 11 at 4:05 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies for an erratic driver complaint on State Route 66 in Chatham. Mr. Stickles struck a mailbox and pulled into a driveway on County Route 28, where he was met by deputies, who administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .25% BAC. He was issued tickets returnable in Chatham Town Court at a later date.

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Police welcome visitors and toys at open house

LIVINGSTON—State Police at the Livingston barracks, 3353 Route 9, host their annual Open House and Toy Drive, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

All are welcome to the Open House which will include light refreshments, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa. New unwrapped toy donations are welcome to benefit both local recipients, and the 2018 Toys-For-Tots drive that State Police conduct with the United States Marine Corps.

Troop K once again joins forces with the Marines to make the holiday season enjoyable for children in local communities who are less fortunate. Each Troop K barracks will have a Toys-for-Tots collection box until December 18.

For more information call SP Livingston at 518-851-2001.

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