Alleged knife threat leads to misdemeanor charge

GREENPORT—Bruce Hotaling, Jr., 42, of Greenport was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, December 27 at 8 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a domestic disturbance involving a suspect armed with a knife on Joslen Boulevard. An investigation determined that Mr. Hotaling, during the course of the domestic dispute, used a knife to threaten the victim’s life.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

Chatham

William Morehouse, 25, of State Route 203, Nassau was charged with the class C-felony of second degree burglary and petit larceny, a class A-misdemeanor, Thursday, December 27 at 11:25 p.m.

Deputy Jason Garvey was dispatched to a report of a burglary that occurred at a residence on White Mills Road, Chatham, Monday, December 24. The victim reported that several items were stolen from the residence including electronics, prescription medication and jewelry, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Investigators Patrick Logue and Ian Boehme were assigned to continue the investigation and developed Mr. Morehouse as a suspect through the use of the victim’s home video surveillance system. Investigators located Mr. Morehouse in the Schodack area and later interviewed him at the Sheriff’s Office satellite station in Valatie. During the course of the interview Mr. Morehouse reportedly made admissions about his involvement in the burglary.

He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court before Justice James Borgia-Forster and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He will return to court at a later date. District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Claverack

Jeremiah Simpson, 40, of County Route 7A, Copake was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony, by Sheriff’s Office investigators, Thursday, December 27 at 1:50 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office received a complaint December 23 from a Copake resident that his vehicle had been stolen from his residence the previous evening. Family members of the victim placed information about the stolen vehicle on social media and the Sheriff’s Office received information December 24 that the stolen vehicle was possibly in Claverack, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.

Deputy Peter Merante responded to the described location, which the Sheriff’s Office would not disclose at this time, found and recovered the vehicle.

Sheriff’s Office Investigators Ian Boehme and Patrick Logue continued with the investigation and were able to determine that Mr. Simpson possessed the vehicle December 23 in Claverack.

Mr. Simpson was arraigned before Justice Michael Brandon in Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond. He will return to court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Valatie

Treyvon M. Whittaker, 21, of Canaan was charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D Felony; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, in connection with a stolen vehicle from the City of Troy.

December 29 at 12:10 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies were advised by the City of Troy Police Department that a blue 2017 Kia Optima was stolen the previous day from Troy.

Deputies quickly located the stolen vehicle while it was attempting to pull out onto State Route 9 from a private driveway in the Village of Valatie. Mr. Whittaker, the driver of the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident. A passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene by deputies after it was determined that he had no connection to the crime.

The defendant was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court by the Justice Lisa Mills and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $1,000 bond. Mr. Whittaker is scheduled to appear back in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, Investigator Ian Boehme, K9 Deputy Jason Garvey, Deputies Thomas Merante and Brian McSween.

*Krystal Winter, 24, of Albany was charged with second degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield the right of way and failure to signal a turn, all traffic infractions, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Timothy Gladwin December 7 at 9:15 p.m.

Ms. Winter was stopped in the Village of Valatie after several traffic infractions. She allegedly possessed marijuana and resisted arrest. She was issued tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Kinderhook

Columbia 911 called Niverville firefighters and Valatie Rescue to the scene of a structure fire at 66 Knollwood Drive, Kinderhook, January 8 at 1:29 a.m.

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to two people following the blaze in their single family residence. Both residents refused medical attention.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to the two adults. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Firefighters from Valatie, Kinderhook, Chatham, Claverack, North Chatham, Stuyvesant, Tri-Village, Ghent and South Schodack (Rensselaer County) assisted on scene.

Nassau firefighters stood by for additional calls. State Police and National Grid assisted on scene. Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted and Cause and Origin team investigated.

The Town Highway Department was called to the scene.

Firefighters were back in service at 7:34 a.m.

Hudson

Michael Kelley, 34, of Philmont was charged with second degree aggravated harassment, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Ryen Boehme December 19 at 7:55 p.m.

Mr. Kelley is accused of threatening a Department of Social Service worker over the telephone. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and was released on his own recognizance. He will be back in court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*William C. Thompson, 50, of Canaan was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 8. He was traveling on Hogel Hill Road in Chatham, when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Jeffrey M. Brew, 28, of Chatham was charged with first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony; unauthorized use of a vehicle, and DWI, both misdemeanors, by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 9. He was traveling on County Route 28 in Chatham when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Rita M. Capace, 58, of Greenport was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs) by State Police from SP Livingston, December 14. She was traveling on State Route 23B in Claverack when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by drugs and she was subsequently arrested.

*Ryder J. McFadyen, 24, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 15. 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.

*Liam J. Kelly, 38, of Rhinebeck was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, December 15. He was traveling on County Route 19 in Livingston when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Armando M. Bravo, 48, of Chatham was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, December 16. He was traveling on State Route 295 in the Village of Chatham 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.

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