Two girls charged in arson fire in Kinderhook shed

KINDERHOOK—Two teenage girls have been charged in connection with a suspicious shed fire at the Kinderhoff Group Home, 3433 Route 203, June 10 at 10:52 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies along with Valatie and Niverville firefighters for a report of heavy black smoke coming from a shed-type structure. The fire was knocked down quickly by responding agencies before it could cause significant damage to items inside.

Deputies and investigators interviewed two females: a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old. It is alleged that they broke into the locked structure without consent of the property owner, and used a lighter to set fire to materials inside a crawl space.

According to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett both teens were charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony and fifth degree arson, a class A misdemeanor. The 17-year-old was issued appearance tickets for Kinderhook Town Court June 25. The 15-year-old was issued juvenile appearance tickets returnable at the Columbia County Probation Department.

In addition to the fire agencies, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Columbia County Attorney’s Office assisted with this investigation.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Investigators Ian Boehme and Reagan Anderson, and Deputy Peter Merante.

Firefighters were back in service at 11:33 a.m.

*Kristopher Skarzynski, 21, of East Greenbush was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Peter Merante and Brandon Rice, May 15 at 8:22 a.m.

Mr. Skarzynski is accused of throwing items inside a private residence in Kinderhook during a domestic dispute while a child was present. He was arraigned in Ghent Court and released on his own recognizance. He was scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Chatham

Tomas Simpson, 22, of Chatham was charged on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Timothy Gladwin, May 7 at 9:09 a.m.

Mr. Simpson is accused of violating an order of protection issued by Columbia County Family Court. He is in the Columbia County Jail on an unrelated matter and was arraigned in Chatham Village Court. He will appear back in court at a later date.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*James Thompson, 24, of Brooklyn was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, and failure to use turn signal, a traffic infraction, by Deputies Ryen Boehme and Jessica Mausolf, May 10 at 8:53 p.m. Mr. Thompson was stopped while driving a vehicle on Healy Boulevard in Greenport when he failed to signal for a turn. Deputies found about 31.4 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. He was issued tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

*Jane Luther, 50, of Nassau was charged with DWI, a class U misdemeanor, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey, May 14 at 2:18 p.m. Columbia County 911 summoned the deputy for an erratic driver complaint on State Route 203 in the Town of Chatham. Ms. Luther was stopped on Church Street in Valatie and administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. A breathalyzer test was given and the result was a 0.13% BAC. She was issued a ticket to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

*Charles Stickles, 31, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both class U misdemeanors; unregistered motor vehicle and no plate lamp, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Jordan Brahm and Steven Rose, May 18 at 10:22 p.m. Mr. Stickles was stopped for an infraction while operating a vehicle on State Route 203 in Ghent. Field sobriety tests were administered, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a 0.09% blood alcohol content (BAC.) He was issued tickets returnable to Ghent Court at a later date.

*Gavin Bradway, 18, of Craryville was charged with DWI-first offense, operating motor vehicle with a BAC above 0.08% and reckless driving, all unclassified misdemeanors; third degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor under the state Penal Law, as well as several vehicle and traffic violations by Sheriff’s deputies, May 23 at 1:42 a.m. Mr. Bradway was arrested during a traffic stop on State Route 23 in Copake after he attempted to allude a Sheriff’s Office patrol. His vehicle became stuck in a roadside ditch as he was traveling at a high rate of speed. Mr. Bradway was administered a breathalyzer test which yielded a 0.12% BAC. He was arraigned in Copake Court before Justice John Spencer and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to return to Copake Court June 24.

*Joshua R. Miles, 26, of Clinton Corners was charged with DWAI-drugs and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both unclassified misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by Deputy David Stevens, May 25 at 8:56 a.m. Mr. Miles was arrested as a result of a traffic stop on State Route 66 in Greenport. The deputy was originally dispatched by Columbia County 911 to the Greenport Area for a reported reckless driver. The vehicle Mr. Miles was operating matched the reported vehicle. Deputy Stevens was assisted on scene by Greenport Police. He was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Greenport Court, June 24.

*Esther Batista, 38, of Staten Island was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs), and false personation, both misdemeanors, by State Police from Livingston, May 25. She was traveling on State Route 9H in Claverack, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed she was allegedly under the influence of drugs, and she was subsequently arrested.

*Erik L. O’Dell, 35, of Chatham was charged with DWI by State Police from New Lebanon, May 27. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Ghent, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested.

*Megan R. O’Dell, 24, of Chatham was charged with DWAI-drugs by State Police, May 27. She was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Southeast, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed she was allegedly under the influence of drugs, and she was subsequently arrested.

*Jodi Planthaber, 37, of Greenport was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, by Deputy Joseph Bruno, May 30 at 6:05 a.m. The deputy Bruno was dispatched by Columbia County 911 to the area of State Route 9G in Greenport for a reported suspicious person walking on the road hitch-hiking. During this police contact, Ms. Planthaber was found to be in possession of a small amount of an illegal controlled substance. She was issued a ticket to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

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Naegeli receives Grenci scholarship

Daniel Naegeli of Stuyvesant (second from right) was selected as this year’s recipient of the 2019 Seth Grenci Memorial Scholarship. The $500 award is presented annually to a graduating Ichabod Crane High School senior who intends to pursue a career in law enforcement. This fall, Daniel plans to attend Columbia-Greene Community College. Pictured (l-r) are: State Police Captain Kathryn Rohde, Scholarship Coordinator Charles L. White, II, Daniel and Columbia County Sheriff David Barlett. Photo contributed

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