Stuyvesant man charged with passing stopped school bus

STOCKPORT—State Police from the Kinderhook barracks have arrested a Stuyvesant man they say passed a school bus that was unloading children back in February.

Mark K. Crispino, 55, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; imprudent speed, failure to stop for a school bus, and improper passing on the right, all vehicle and traffic law violations, March 4.

In February, troopers responded to the Ichabod Crane School District Transportation Department for a complaint of a vehicle that had passed a stopped school bus on the right-hand side while the bus completed its afternoon routes.

Video surveillance on the bus showed a black sedan recklessly passing on the right shoulder while two children were exiting the bus on the same side. The vehicle made no attempt to stop, and continued to proceed down State Route 9.

Snowy conditions prevented the license plate from being seen. After an extensive investigation the suspect vehicle was identified, and Mr. Crispino was determined to have allegedly operated the vehicle recklessly.

An Ichabod Crane school bus surveillance video captured the image of a car illegally passing this school bus as children were getting off. Photo contributed

He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Stockport Court March 18 at 7 p.m.

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State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested an 18-year-old for sexual misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, March 7.

After being alerted by relatives of the victim, an investigation by the State Police and the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center revealed the 18-year-old, who was not identified by police, engaged in a course of sexual misconduct with a victim under the age of 16.

The suspect was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Copake Court March 25.

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Arrest of 3 in Hudson leads to discovery of gun, drugs in toy

HUDSON—Three men face drug and weapon charges after they were found with a loaded stolen handgun and heroin stuffed in a children’s toy, March 8.

Hudson City Police arrested Dorian Carr, 37, of Hudson along with Austin Carr, 24, and Maleek Singleton, 25, both of Brooklyn on the following charges: second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.

At 8:16 that evening, Hudson City Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies observed Dorian Carr operating a gray 2018 Ford Mustang convertible in the vicinity of the Bliss Towers Apartment building, 41 North Second Street.

Police and deputies conducted a traffic stop on Columbia Street. In the car, they found a children’s toy that had about 350 individual doses of heroin and a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver hidden inside it. Detectives determined that the revolver had been stolen from Lexington County, South Carolina.

Mr. Singleton was convicted May 6, 2014 of third degree robbery (D felony) in Westchester County Court. Dorian Carr was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Hudson City Court April 18, 2018, and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (D felony) in Warren County Court October 31, 2002. Dorian and Austin Carr are cousins.

A toy with microphones that children can sing into, contained drugs and a loaded gun. Photo contributed

This short-term drug investigation involved the combined forces of the City of Hudson Police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District, and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. This investigation is open and continuing.

Once again information sharing and the combined efforts of HPD, Columbia County Deputies, and the DEA made this happen. Fewer drugs on the street that dealers can use to torture and exploit addicts. One less deadly handgun on the streets,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.—Diane Valden

Burn ban runs March 16 through May 14

ALBANY—With spring approaching conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.

While many people associate wildfires with the western United States, the start of spring weather and the potential for dry conditions increases the risk for wildfires in New York.”

The state “prohibits residential burning during the coming high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources. The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we’re encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first.” State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release.

Even though much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise.

DEC posts daily a fire danger rating map and forecast during fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App available on DEC’s website. Currently, wildfire conditions in the state are low risk.

Historically, open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall’s debris, dead grass and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.

The state first enacted strict restrictions on open burning in 2009 to help prevent wildfires and reduce air pollution. State regulations allow residential brush fires in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires in New York occur. Since the ban was established, the eight-year annual average number of spring fires decreased by 42.6% from 2,649 in 2009 to 1,521 in 2018.

Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave such fires unattended and must extinguish them. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

Violators of the state’s open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332) or report online on DEC’s website.

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