Missing man’s remains found on Schodack Island

STUYVESANT—Human remains discovered by two fishermen on the shore of Schodack Island have been positively identified as those of David Burden, 64, of East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, according to a May 1 press release from State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Coroner’s Office and the East Greenbush Police Department.

The men made the discovery April 29 at about 6 p.m. and then called State Police.

A family member reported Mr. Burden missing to East Greenbush Police, November 4, 2018. His vehicle was discovered partially submerged in the Hudson River at the Schodack Island State Park boat launch a short time later, but there was no sign of Mr. Burden.

Human remains were discovered by two men fishing near Schodack Island, Monday, April 29. Photo contributed

East Greenbush Police Chief Chris Lavin told The Columbia Paper Wednesday that Mr. Burden’s remains were found less than five miles away from where his car was recovered.

The cause of death has been ruled self-inflicted by drowning, according to the police chief.

Stuyvesant was also the site where skeletal human remains determined to be “historical” in nature were unearthed April 7 by an excavation company working on private property at 1590 Route 9J.

Ghent

Robert H. Conner, III, 34, of Ghent was charged as a fugitive from justice, a felony, by Deputies Peter Merante and Philipp Gomm, April 14 at 2:24 p.m.

In addition, he was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon (convicted felon), a class A misdemeanor. The Sheriff’s Office had knowledge that Mr. Conner was wanted in Wisconsin on a felony bail jumping warrant.

Deputies saw him on County Route 20 in Ghent and took him into custody. Deputies also found that he allegedly possessed firearms. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was due back in court at a later date.

Claverack

Mark Pellegrino, 49, of Nyack was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice, April 1 at 10:31 p.m.

Mr. Pellegrino allegedly violated an order of protection. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and was released on his own recognizance. He will appear back in court at a later date.

Kinderhook

Thomas DeLuke, Sr., 51, of Valatie was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice, April 2 at 6:05 p.m.

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

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Chasity Carothers, 43, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and operating without a license, a traffic infraction, by Deputy Thomas Merante, April 10 at 9:23 p.m. Ms. Carothers was stopped on Fairview Avenue, Greenport. She was allegedly in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. Additionally, she was driving without a license, which was suspended. Tickets were issued returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

*Robert B. Mittnight, Jr., 64, of New Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP New Lebanon, April 12. He was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

*John T. Dowling, 22, of Watertown, CT, was charged with DWI, and fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, by State Police from SP Livingston, April 13. He was traveling on State Route 66 in the village of Chatham, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, possessed more than 25 grams of marijuana and he was subsequently arrested.

*Hannah N. Wotherspoon, 25, of Woodstock was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, April 14. She was traveling on North Seventh Street in the city of Hudson, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*Joshua Silver, 44, of Castleton was charged with DWI, a class U misdemeanor; failure to keep right and crossed hazard markings, both traffic infractions, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Brandon Rice, April 16 at 1:55 p.m. Mr. Silver was stopped on State Route 9J in Stuyvesant. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. A breathalyzer test resulted in a 0.14% blood alcohol content (BAC.) Tickets were issued returnable in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

*Adam F. Donegan, 29, of Brooklyn was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs), seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of governmental administration, all misdemeanors, by State Police from SP Livingston, April 21. Mr. Donegan was traveling on State Route 82 in Taghkanic, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs. He was subsequently arrested. Additionally, he allegedly attempted to prevent a search of his vehicle which yielded about 5 grams of marijuana, and one vial of concentrated cannabis.

*Carl J. Sprague, 57, of Stockbridge, MA, was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, April 21. Mr. Sprague was traveling on State Route 23 in Hillsdale, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Edwin H. Garcia Lopez, 28, of Coxsackie was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Kinderhook, April 21. Mr. Garcia Lopez was traveling on State Farm Road in Kinderhook, when he was involved in a one-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

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Woman sentenced for burglary attempt

HUDSON—Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka recently announced the sentencing of Heather Wood, 24, of Ravena, Greene County.

She was sentenced in Columbia County Court April 4, to five years of probation. She was ordered to pay $727.92 in restitution, and issued an order of protection was issued against her, upon her conviction of second degree attempted burglary. State Police Investigator William Hogencamp handled the case and arrested Ms. Wood, who is represented by the Public Defender.

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