One driver dies after two-car collision on Route 23

CRARYVILLE—A Connecticut man was killed as a result of a two-vehicle crash at 1843 State Route 23 just east of County Route 7 in the area of the Dutch Treat, May 11 at 11:51 p.m.

Deputies found that a 2008 Toyota Highlander, operated by Jamie Wing, 42, of Norwalk, CT, was traveling west on State Route 23 when for unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and struck a 2007 Saab, which was traveling east.

The Wing vehicle went over a guard rail and struck a utility pole where it came to rest, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Mr. Wing had to be extricated from the vehicle. The Community Rescue Squad took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Saab was operated by Harle Edwards, 28, of Craryville, who sustained facial injuries and a broken arm in the crash. The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Edwards to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

The accident is still under investigation by sheriff’s deputies, and investigators, and the Sheriff’s Accident/Incident Investigation Unit. Coroner Bernadette Powis is also investigating and there was an autopsy scheduled for May 13.

State Route 23 was closed for about 3.5 hours during the investigation.

Community Rescue Squad, Greenport Rescue Squad, Craryville Fire Company, Hillsdale Fire Company, and State Police assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Captain John DeRocha; Lieutenant Wayne Lopez; Senior Investigator William Foster; Investigators William Dunspaugh, Ian Boehme; Deputies Daniel Keyser, Matthew Leonard, Patrick Mayo, and Patrick McMahon.

Firefighters were back in service at 4:27 a.m.

Philmont

Authorities say the person who was supposed to be watching a toddler who fell from a third-story window May 6 has now been charged in the case.

Brittany A. Skelley, 29, of Philmont was charged with endangering the welfare of a child (acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17), a misdemeanor, according to an Information filed in Philmont Village Court. The Information was based on a complaint signed by State Police Investigator William F. Hogencamp, dated May 7.

The court document alleges that on May 6 at about 9:30 a.m. at 148 Main Street, apartment 2, Ms. Skelley was asleep on a couch and failed to supervise the two-year-old girl, who was allowed “to walk around the apartment and jump out a third-story window.” The window was left open and had no screen.

The child was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of possible injuries and was subsequently released in good health, State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes told The Columbia Paper last week.

He would not say whether Ms. Skelley is related to the child.

She is scheduled for arraignment in Philmont Court May 23. The case may be heard in Integrated Domestic Violence Court and/or drug court before Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols.

Hudson

Hudson Police conducted a joint felony investigation with the United States Marshals (Southern Division) and the New York/New Jersey Fugitive Felony Task Force, May 10.

HPD assisted the marshals and the task force with locating a wanted subject, Leon Smalls, 23, of the Bronx. Mr. Smalls, an alleged gang member, was wanted by the United States Government for federal felony racketeering charges.

Hudson Police conduct a joint investigation and early morning raid with U.S. Marshals, May 10. Photo contributed

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

Police and marshals went in the early morning to 227 Columbia Street. Mr. Smalls was found there and apprehended without further incident. He was turned over to the marshals and remains in their custody.

Hudson detectives applied for a search warrant for the residence. HPD officers conducted a search and quantities of crack cocaine and money was seized.

Also arrested at the scene was Trevor Warner, 24, of the Bronx on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

This case is still under active investigation, and more information will be provided, according to Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Eric Mayer, 34, of Bennington, VT, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A

misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana and having a controlled substance in non-original container, both violations; speeding and inadequate plate lamp, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Daniel Keyser and Matthew Leonard, April 17 at 5:19 a.m. Mr. Mayer was stopped for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in Gallatin. He was found in possession of hydrocodone, oxycodone and marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Gallatin Court at a later date.

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Wear a seat belt or get a ticket

GREENPORT—The annual click it or ticket campaign starts on May 20 and runs through June 2, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett, who reminds drivers about the importance of seat belt use.

This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of

Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort. It is aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe and seat belt campaign runs concurrent with the busy travel season.

We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that. By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt,” the sheriff said in the release.

The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up. The driver must also make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive three driver license penalty points for each violation.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39% were not buckled up.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Child safety seats inspected, installed

GERMANTOWN—The Sheriff’s Office hosts a Child Safety Seat Check event Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Germantown Central School, 123 Main Street entrance.

Parents and caregivers will receive one-to-one installation guidance and safety education from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge.

Child seats will be provided, while supplies last, to low-income families who have a need for a child safety seat(s) and meet guidelines set by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Applicants must meet the following guidelines to get a seat:

*Must have his or her vehicle present

*Must meet income eligibility requirements

*Must receive education on child passenger safety

*Must complete the manufacturer’s warranty card

*Must sign an agreement form and waiver of liability form.

Call a certified child passenger safety technician at 518-828-3344 for more information or visit the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office website at www.columbiacountysheriff.us/childseatsafety.html

To learn more about child passenger safety or to find a technician or an inspection station at any time, go to www.nhtsa.gov, click on the child passenger safety icon, and then click on the Fitting/ Inspection Station link or go to www.seatcheck.org

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