Woman arrested after alleged threat to hospital

HUDSON—Hudson Police got a call from Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) staff reporting that they had received a threatening phone call, Thursday, January 25 at 4:06 p.m.

The female caller allegedly stated that she would “shoot the place up.”

CMH staff advised responding officers that the caller was apparently dissatisfied with the care her mother was receiving at the hospital. Safety protocols were quickly enacted and police officers established checkpoints at the hospital entrances.

HPD detectives asked State Police to check the caller’s residence, and a short time later Hudson detectives contacted the caller by telephone and arranged to meet her at the Catskill Police station.

They arrested Deborah J. McConnell, 57, of Palenville on a charge of making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. She was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Conner and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. She is to reappear in Hudson City Court at a later date.

The checkpoints around the hospital were removed at 5 p.m.

Canaan

State Police from the New Lebanon barracks arrested two people for felony drug possession, January 12.

Nicholas Dayal, 30, of Stockbridge, MA, and Chelsea L. Ryll, 31, of Ascutney, VT, were charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors.

Mr. Dayal was additionally charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, and obstruction of governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor.

Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop of a 2012 Subaru Legacy on State Route 22 in Canaan for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law, January 12 at 8:50 p.m. While being interviewed, the operator later identified as Mr. Dayal, allegedly threw a bag of cocaine out of the vehicle. Investigation with the assistance of State Police K9 Graydon, discovered about 2 grams of cocaine, 87.1 grams of marijuana, 1.3 grams of heroin, 104.4 grams of methamphetamine (MDMA) commonly known as ecstasy, 30.3 grams of Xanax, 40 grams of marijuana edibles, 0.8 grams of Vyvanse, 0.3 grams of Adderall, 26.5 grams of concentrated marijuana, 0.3 grams of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine, 13 grams of Etizolam, and more than $2,400 in U.S. currency.

Mr. Dayal and Ms. Ryll were arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Both subjects are scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*James Coxon, 29, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor; operating with an inadequate exhaust system and having no vehicle inspection, both traffic infractions, by Deputy Zachary Torchia, January 4 at 1:19 a.m. Mr. Coxon was stopped on State Route 23 in Copake for equipment violations. He allegedly possessed a quantity of heroin and cocaine. Additionally, he was driving with a suspended license. Tickets were issued returnable in Copake Court January 28.

*Peter Hayes, 50, of Mellenville was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)-previous conviction within 10 years, operating with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08%-prior, both class E felonies; failure to keep right and no plate lamp, both traffic infractions, by Deputy Daniel Keyser January 5 at 12:39 a.m. Mr. Hayes was stopped on County Route 11 in Claverack for the above traffic infractions. He was administered a breathalyzer test which yielded a result of .08% BAC. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and was released on his own recognizance to return at a later date.

*Ashley L. Myer, 30, of Kinderhook was charged with aggravated DWI (with a child in the vehicle), a class E felony, by State Police from SP Kinderhook, January 11. She was traveling on Main Street in Kinderhook, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*Joseph M. Finn, 23, of Hudson was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs) by State Police from SP Livingston, January 11. He was traveling on Rod and Gun Club Road in Stockport, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs and he was subsequently arrested.

*Three individuals were arrested by Sheriff’s deputies for drug possession after a traffic stop on County Route 9 in Ghent, January 11 at 12:27 a.m.

Skylar Dick, 22, of Ghent was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction by Deputy Daniel Keyser. She allegedly possessed Suboxone strips, a quantity of cocaine, and some marijuana.

Nathan Jennings, 29, of Ghent was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors. Mr. Jennings allegedly possessed a quantity of heroin.

Jordan Brown, 21, of Ghent was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. He is accused of possessing Suboxone strips without a prescription. All three defendants were issued tickets to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

*Dale Shannon, 57, of Claverack was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and having an inadequate exhaust system, a traffic infraction, by Deputy Thomas Merante, January 10 at 5:15 p.m. Mr. Shannon was pulled over on State Route 217 in Claverack. He allegedly possessed a quantity of cocaine. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Claverack Court at a later date.

*Jorge Cunin Guaman, 44, of Queens was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, January 18. He was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Taghkanic, 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.

*Terry Wilson, 59, of Ghent was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, January 18. She was traveling on State Route 66 in Ghent, when she was interviewed at a DWI safety checkpoint. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*Nicholas J. Zumpol, 24, of Lindenhurst was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, January 21. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Kinderhook, 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.

*Natasha M. Fielder, 32, of Copake was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors, by State Police from SP Livingston, January 21. She was traveling on State Route 23 in Claverack, when she was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

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Drunk drivers and others sentenced

HUDSON—Benjamin Yanovitch, 55, of Leeds was sentenced by Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek January 22 to one to three years with the State Department of Corrections for his conviction by plea of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Yanovich committed the crimes in Stockport. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Merante investigated this case and arrested Mr. Yanovitch, who was represented by John Kinglsey, Esq.

In other sentencing information provided by the DA:

*Nicholas Mayorga, 32, of East Chatham was sentenced by Judge Koweek January 22, to five years of probation, had his driver’s license revoked, was ordered to install an ignition interlock device, pay a $1,000 fine, and attend a victim impact panel for his conviction on two counts of driving while intoxicated. Mr. Mayorga committed the crimes in Ghent. Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Garvey investigated these matters and arrested Mr. Mayorga, who was represented by Pamela Joern, Esq.

*Tyler Rossi, 24, of Claverack was sentenced by Judge Koweek, January 22 to six months in the Columbia County Correctional Facility (with credit for time-served) and five years probation for his conviction of first degree criminal contempt. Mr. Rossi committed the crime in Claverack. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerald Rowell investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Rossi, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Vance McKee, 23, of West Sand Lake was sentenced by Judge Koweek, January 22 to five years of probation, had his driver’s license revoked, was ordered to install an ignition interlock device, pay a $1,000 fine and attend a victim impact panel, for his conviction of two counts of driving while intoxicated. Mr. McKee committed the crimes in Kinderhook. State Police Trooper Ryan West investigated this matter and arrested Mr. McKee, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Kenneth Duncan, 47, of Chatham was sentenced by Judge Koweek January 22 to five years of probation and 150 hours of community service, upon his conviction of third degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Mr. Duncan committed the crime in Chatham. State Police Investigator William Hogencamp and Trooper Joseph Edinger investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Duncan, who was represented by the Public Defender.

*Walter Castings, 38, of Woodbury, CT, was sentenced by Judge Koweek, January 22 to five years of probation, had his driver’s license revoked, was ordered to install an ignition interlock device, pay a $1,000 fine and attend a victim impact panel, for his conviction of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle. Mr. Castings committed the crime in New Lebanon. State Police Trooper Jerrad Weber investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Castings, who was represented by Mark Fleury, Esq.—Diane Valden

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