Two men seriously hurt when farm tractor left in gear

CLAVERACK—A father and son were seriously hurt in a farm accident involving a tractor, September 28 at 2:23 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies, Greenport Police, Greenport and Claverack firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the Jutkofsky Farm, 301 Route 23B, near the intersection of Spook Rock Road at the Claverack/Greenport town line for a report of two men run over by a farm tractor.

Deputies found that Bernard Jutkofsky, 86, was operating an International Harvester 1066 farm tractor towing a brush hog used for mowing the fields.

Sheriff’s deputies investigate on the scene of a serious injury farm tractor accident off State Route 23B, Claverack, last Saturday. Photo contributed

Mr. Jutkofsky had stopped mowing briefly, shut the tractor off, and got out of the tractor cab. When he restarted the tractor, he did so while standing on the ground next to the tractor engine and manipulating something within the engine compartment, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Sr., told The Columbia Paper by phone.

The tractor was still in gear and when it started and Bernard Jutkofsky was run over by the rear tire. Additionally, Bernard’s son, Jay Jutkofsky, 48, who was standing next to the tractor, was also run over when it started.

The lieutenant said the tractor dated back to the 1970s and the usual starting method done while seated in the cab of the tractor was not working.

The accident was called in by Jay Jutkofsky’s wife, who was also on the scene.

According to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett, Bernard Jutkofsky was airlifted to Albany Medical Center by LifeNet helicopter. Jay Jutkofsky was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Greenport Rescue and then later airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

As of presstime Wednesday afternoon, both men were still hospitalized with internal injuries—the senior Mr. Jutkofsky remained in critical condition, while his son was upgraded from critical to stable, said Lt. Lopez.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Lt. Lopez; Investigators Mark Dunspaugh and Ian Boehme; Sergeants Brian Molinski and Peter Grzeskow; Deputies Timothy Gladwin, Daniel Keyser and John Sullivan.

Firefighters were back in service at 3:19 p.m.

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State Police are searching for a teen missing from the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, 13640 State Route 22.

Troopers from the New Lebanon barracks began searching for three teens missing from the farm center, September 14.

Two of the three teens were located the following day in the City of Yonkers. The third teen, Jose Smith, Jr., 16, has yet to be found, but is believed to be in the New York City area.

Jose is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at 845-677-7300 and reference case #9151042. All calls can be kept confidential.

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Man indicted for six years of child sex abuse

HUDSON—Michael Lawrence, 71, of Austerlitz was arraigned in Columbia County Court on a sealed indictment charging him with numerous child sex abuse crimes before County Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, September 30, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Mr. Lawrence was charged with first degree course of sexual conduct, a class B felony; second degree course of sexual conduct, a class D felony; first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony; 103 counts of predatory sexual assault, a class A-II felony; 103 counts of first degree rape, a class B felony; 130 counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; 23 counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and three counts of second degree sexual abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

DA Czajka commended State Police Investigator Robin Reed’s investigation. By the indictment, the grand jury alleges that Mr. Lawrence, beginning in 2009, had sexual contact with three children, the youngest of whom was nine-years old. The indictment alleges defendant’s conduct continued through 2013. Mr. Lawrence is represented by the Public Defender.

In other court activity, the DA announced the following Columbia County Court sentencings by Judge Nichols, September 19:

*James Hankerson, 41, of Hudson was sentenced to three years with the state Department of Corrections, two years post-release supervision, and an 11-year order of protection was executed on behalf of the victim upon his conviction of second degree assault. Hudson Police Detective Rodney Waithe and Officer Christopher Duntz investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Hankerson, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*Christopher Roberts, 43, of Winsted, CT, was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay a $500 fine and attend a victim impact panel upon his conviction of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and driving while intoxicated. State Police Investigator Feroze Munim and Trooper Jonathan Burleigh investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Roberts, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*James Coxon, 29, of Greenport was sentenced to one and one-half years with the state Department of Corrections, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to attend a victim impact panel upon his conviction of fifth degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs. State Police Investigator

Brendan Filli handled this case and arrested Mr. Coxon, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*Kelly Fischer, 36, of Albany was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, install an ignition interlock device, attend a victim impact panel, and an order of protection was executed upon upon her conviction by plea of aggravated driving while intoxicated. State Troopers William Vick and Kyle Kline investigated this matter and arrested Ms. Fischer, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*Maximilian Rose, 37, of New Lebanon was sentenced to three and one-half years with the State Department of Corrections upon his conviction of second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one year with the State Department of Corrections upon his conviction of third degree

criminal possession of a controlled substance, to run concurrently, and was ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution. State Police Investigator Brendan Filli handled the case and arrested Mr. Rose, who is represented by Kevin O’Brien, Esq.

*Michael Faranda, 47, of Hillsdale was sentenced to six months in the Columbia County Correctional Facility, five years probation, ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, install an ignition interlock device, and attend a victim impact panel upon his conviction of two counts of driving while intoxicated. Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Plass investigated this matter and arrested Mr. Faranda, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*Charles Dougherty, 27, of Kingston, MA, was sentenced to five years probation upon his conviction of fourth degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. State Police Investigator Mathew Reilly handled this matter and arrested Mr. Dougherty, who is represented by Lori Levinson, Esq. –Diane Valden

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