Child dies from car crash injuries in Copake

COPAKE—A seven-year-old boy was killed in a car accident on County Route 7A (Center Hill Road), August 21 at about 6:40 p.m.

State Police were called to the scene on County Route 7A near Twin Bridges Road. A heavy rainstorm with thunder and lightning was moving through the area at the time of the crash.

A preliminary investigation reveals that Christina I. Gubler, 28, of Craryville was driving a 2005 Honda Civic southbound with a passenger, her son, Caleb P. Dier, 7, also of Craryville. Ms. Gubler lost control of her vehicle in wet conditions and crossed into the northbound lane, where it struck a northbound 2014 Toyota Avalon operated by Michael T. Super, 71, of Hudson with passenger Mary B. Super, 71, in the vehicle.

The Supers and Ms. Gubler were transported to Albany Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Caleb to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. An obituary for Caleb appears on Page 25 of this issue.

Also responding to the scene were Copake firefighters, Northern Dutchess Paramedics, Community Rescue Squad, the Columbia County EMS Coordinator, Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Columbia County Highway Department.

The road was closed until 11:04 p.m.


David Long, 41, of Stuyvesant was charged with third degree assault and second degree unlawful imprisonment, both class A misdemeanors; and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies Joseph Bruno and Joseph Kilmer August 8 at 5:37 a.m.

Deputies investigated a domestic incident in which Mr. Long is accused of causing physical injury to a female and then prevented her from leaving the private residence. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and was released on his own recognizance with a return date of September 4.

Drugs /alcohol

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

*Crystal Bell, 25, of Greenport was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs), third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both class U misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Jerald Rowell, August 7 at 11:25 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot in Greenport. Deputies interviewed Ms. Bell and administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. She allegedly possessed a quantity of marijuana and was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. She was issued appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

*Brett Saarela, 49, of New York City was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by Sheriff’s Office First Sergeant

John Rivero and Deputy Zachary Torchia, August 13 at 4:20 a.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to the Ancramdale Post Office, 11 County Route 8, for a reported accident in which a vehicle struck the building. The operator of the vehicle reported no injuries. She was administered a breathalyzer test which yielded a result of .12% blood alcohol content (BAC). She was issued tickets returnable in Ancram Court at a later date. Central Hudson and the Ancram Code Enforcement officer requested to scene

*Trina Sadofsky, 45, of Hudson was charged with DWI, a class U misdemeanor, and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, a traffic infraction, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Philipp Gomm, August 17 at 8:14 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office was advised that a female operator driving in Greenport appeared to be intoxicated. Deputies stopped her and conducted a field sobriety test, which she failed. In addition, she allegedly had an open alcoholic beverage in her vehicle. She was arraigned in Greenport Court and was released on her own recognizance with a return date of September 9.

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Lightning zaps wall. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Lebanon Valley Task Force and Chatham Rescue to a residence at 478 Route 20 in New Lebanon for a report of smoke coming from a wall due to a lightning strike, August 21 at 6:55 p.m. Firefighters from Lebanon Valley, Canaan, East Chatham and Red Rock responded. State Police assisted at the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 7:52 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Apply now for DEC forest ranger exam

ALBANY—Individuals interested in becoming a Forest Ranger or Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) should apply for civil service exams being offered for the positions this fall. Applications are being accepted until September 4.

“DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers are instrumental in protecting wildlife, natural resources, state lands and the people who use them. From search and rescue operations to uncovering environmental crimes, these brave men and women are often first on the front lines of some of the most harrowing events. We encourage anyone interested in joining our ranks of admirable professionals to sign up for the exams today,” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release.

The civil service exams will be held the weekend of October 19. There are separate exams and different qualifications for becoming an Environmental Conservation Police Officer or Forest Ranger. Potential applicants should closely review qualifications required for each position to determine which exam they are eligible to take. Those who want to apply for both positions, and meet the required qualifications, must submit separate applications and will be required to take both exams.

A full summary of qualifications, salary, and application procedures can be found online at the New York State Department of Civil Service exam announcements web pages for Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers (

Exam scores will be used to rank candidates and create eligible lists to fill openings for Environmental Conservation Police Officers or Forest Rangers. Although the exam is being offered, there is no guarantee that there will be openings. The eligibility list from this exam is expected to remain active for up to four years.

In the future, candidates selected from the list would be required to attend a 28-week residential training program at the DEC Basic Academy. Recruits must pass all elements of the Academy before being assigned to a work location.

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