Clermont woman charged with mistreating animals

CLERMONT—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office arrested Andrea Nussinow, 57, of Clermont on 35 counts of violating Agriculture and Markets Law section 353—overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, or failure to provide proper sustenance, an unclassified misdemeanor, March 17.

On December 2, 2019, State Police in Livingston received a complaint of possible animal neglect at Blue Star Farm, 84 Nevis Road. Investigation led to police obtaining three search warrants for the property, which were all executed in January.

Twenty horses, six sheep, two goats, two cows, one donkey, and seven cats were seized from the property as a result. All animals were taken in by volunteer care organizations and individuals.

An emaciated cow seized in Clermont. Photo contributed

Continued investigation with the help of local and state veterinary professionals along with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office led to the subsequent arrest of Ms. Nussinow.

She was arraigned in Columbia County Court and released on her own recognizance. Ms. Nussinow is next scheduled to appear in Clermont Court May 20.


John A. Southard, Jr., 30, of Castleton-on-Hudson was charged with second degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class C felony, in connection with a stolen classic muscle car from the Town of Schodack, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

March 19 at 9:04 a.m., Deputy Ryen Boehme was on routine patrol and observed a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle parked next to a gas pump at the Speedway gas station/convenience store on Fairview Avenue.

The vehicle was parked at that location for an unusual amount of time, so the deputy ran the registration and discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen from Schodack.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and SP Schodack conducted a joint investigation. Video footage was accessed from several locations in Columbia and Rensselaer counties to determine the suspect’s identity. Mr. Southard was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Colonie Police Department, March 19 at 7:55 p.m. at the Motel 6 on Central Avenue in Colonie.

The defendant was arraigned in Greenport Court before the Justice Barry Sack and was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. He is scheduled to appear back in Greenport Court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, SP Schodack and Colonie Police.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Senior Investigator William Foster, Investigators Ian Boehme and Patrick Logue and Deputy Ryen Boehme.

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:
*State Troopers from Troop K – Zone 1 in Columbia County conducted a DWI sobriety checkpoint at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge approach in Greenport, March 13. As a result, the following arrests were made:

*John Carr, III, 35, of Red Hook for DWI

*Sylvester Collins, 60, of Hudson for criminal possession of a narcotic drug and fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana

*Martin Lopez, Jr., 21, of Mount Marion for driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI-Alcohol)

*Christine Rouse, 54, of Germantown for DWI (Refusal), criminal possession of a narcotic drug, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

*William Titherington, 52, of Lake Katrine for DWAI-Alcohol

All were processed and ordered to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

Additionally, Frank Robertson, Jr., 23, of Taghkanic was stopped on State Route 23B in Claverack for erratic operation and subsequently charged with DWI. He was processed and ordered to appear in Claverack Court at a later date.

State Police Captain David Kolb, Zone Commander in Columbia County, stated in a press release that while his agency has been actively involved in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the State Police continue to fulfill their public safety mission to remove intoxicated and impaired drivers from the roadways throughout the county and the state. “Last night your State Troopers were out, as they are every night, actively making Columbia County a safer place for everyone who lives, works, and visits,” he said in the release.

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