State Police charge New Leb man with mistreating dog

NEW LEBANON—A New Lebanon man was charged with animal neglect by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks.

Daniel L. Bivins, 30, was charged with a class A misdemeanor, under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law 353—overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance; and an Ag and Markets Law 353B violation—failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs.

State Police say a complaint was called in August 24 at 8:40 a.m. An investigation found a pitbull had allegedly been neglected.

Animal Control Officer Wes Powell responded to scene and took the dog to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society for care and treatment of skin issues and malnourishment.

Mr. Bivins was issued an appearance ticket returnable in New Lebanon Court September 26.


Two people on a motorcycle were hurt in a crash with a car at the intersection of Route 66 and Ginsbergs Road, August 12 at 2:31 p.m.

Dev Mehta, 28, of Athens was driving a 2004 Lexus northbound on State Route 66, when he attempted to turn left into a driveway to make a U-turn and crossed into the path of a southbound 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by David Wendling, 60, of Dalton, MA. Roann Wendling, 55, was a passenger on the motorcycle.

Mr. Wendling “attempted to lay the bike down to avoid the collision,” according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took both Mr. Wendling and his passenger to the Albany Medical Center for neck, back and pelvis injuries.

Mr. Mehta was issued a ticket for failing to yield right of way. Investigating from the Sheriff’s Office were Undersheriff John Davi, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Investigator Ian Boehme and Deputy Philipp Gomm.

West Ghent firefighters were back in service at 3:29 p.m.


One driver was hurt in a two-vehicle collision in front of the Berry Farm, 2309 Route 203, August 13 at 3:22 p.m.

Diana Morelock, 71, of Kinderhook was driving a 2016 Cadillac Escalade eastbound, when she slowed to make a right turn into the Berry Farm on State Route 203.

Richard Jackson, 82, of Chatham operating a 2010 Toyota pick-up approaching behind the Morelock vehicle, did not slow down in time and rear-ended the Morelock vehicle, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Valatie Rescue Squad took Ms. Morelock to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of head pain.

Mr. Jackson was issued a ticket for following too closely. The accident handled by First Sergeant Louis Bray and Deputy Philipp Gomm.

Chatham firefighters were back in service at 4:24 p.m.

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Three new deputies welcomed

Pictured (l-r) are: Joshua Torchia, Andrew Horst, John Sullivan and Sheriff David Bartlett. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Three new police officers have joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office after successfully completing the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy, according to an announcement from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

This full-time academy with 21 candidates started in April and the three cadets graduated August 9.

The three new deputies, who were hired and sponsored by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are Andrew Horst, John Sullivan and Joshua Torchia. During the graduation ceremony, academy instructors presented awards to graduates who excelled in several different categories.

Deputy Torchia was presented with two awards: the best academic award and the top cop award for the class. In addition, Deputy Sullivan received the physical fitness award.

“I am very proud of these new deputies who dedicated a tremendous amount of time in the police academy and all of them did very well. They have made the commitment to be deputy sheriffs and they will be a great addition to the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the press release.

‘School’s Open’ campaign underway

SALT POINT—State Police urge everyone to support the AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.

AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. The campaign runs through October 11.

Children tend to be at greater risk during the back-to-school period because they are thinking more about seeing old friends and new teachers than watching for cars and trucks. Others are going to school for the first time.

Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the “School’s Open” bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.

With traffic safety a top priority for the State Police, they will ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to roads and children walk the sidewalks.

Police ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year round. Pay attention behind the wheel to make sure kids stay safe.

Drivers should be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights, as required by New York State law.

To help protect children, AAA offers these six pedestrian-safety tips to parents:

•Look all ways before crossing the street

•Cross only at corners

•Obey police officers, school crossing guards, school safety patrols and traffic signals

•Watch for turning cars

•Be especially alert in bad weather

•Play away from traffic.

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