G’town students injured slightly in school bus rollover

GERMANTOWN—Several students suffered minor injuries when their school bus rolled onto its side at 450 Church Avenue, February 25 at 7:45 a.m.

A State Police investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing at this time.

The accident occurred on bus route 11, about midway through the morning run, according to the school district website.

A Germantown School District bus rolled on its side the morning of February 25. Minor injuries were reported. Photo contributed

State Police report that the Germantown Central School District bus was occupied by the driver and 20 students.

Four students sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals. Sixteen children were taken to Germantown Central School, where they met with counselors and were reevaluated by the school nurse. Of the 16 taken to the school, 4 children were released to their parents for further evaluation at local hospitals. The remaining 12 children either went home or reported to class as deemed fit by their parents or guardians.

Questar III BOCES School Emergency Resource Team (SERT) responded to assist the district.

Inspection of the bus is being completed by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Troop K Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

Columbia 911 dispatched Germantown firefighters, Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) and State Police to the scene. Clermont firefighters provided mutual aid.

NDP took patients to Columbia Memorial Hospital, Albany Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital. Firefighters were back in service 9:59 a.m.

In a press release, State Police Captain David W. Kolb, Troop K, Zone 1 commander, praised the timely and professional response of the Germantown Fire Department, Clermont Fire Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Fire Coordinator, Columbia County Emergency Medical Services, Columbia County Emergency Management, the Germantown supervisor, and Germantown Central School District officials.


City Police captured a fugitive wanted on a felony in Florida after foot chase Friday. February 14.

HPD patrol officers arrested Christopher Simmons, 50, a current resident of Hudson. Mr. Simmons is wanted by Hillsborough County, FL, authorities on felony drug and illegal gun possession charges.

He was charged by Hudson Police for: second degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor; fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; second degree criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Patrol units stopped a vehicle at the intersection of North Third and Warren streets for a traffic infraction, February 14 at 4:38 p.m. Officers Randy Strattman and Jessica Mausolf approached the vehicle in which Mr. Simmons was a passenger. After a brief exchange, Mr. Simmons allegedly bolted from the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Shortly thereafter police received a call from a resident on the 200 block of Columbia Street reporting that a person had just forced open their back door and was now in their apartment. The patrol quickly arrived at the residence, found Mr. Simmons hiding in the basement, and took him into custody without further incident.

Arraigned in City Court before Judge Brian Herman, Mr. Simmons was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and was scheduled for a later return court date.

Police said they expected Mr. Simmons to be returned to Florida to answer charges there.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted HPD with the investigation.

Mausolf and Strattman, as well as their Sgt. [Nicholas] Hodges, wrapped this up quickly to ensure public safety. I also commend our Communication Specialist Joanne Jubie who kept her cool and professionally managed this fluid and potentially dangerous situation,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.


Christopher Johnson, 30, of Cohoes was charged on a warrant for fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by Deputies Ted Blank and Joseph Bruno February 5 at 10:52 p.m.

Mr. Johnson is accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart department store. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and was released on his own recognizance with a later return date.

Nathan Shook, 27, of Hudson was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Ted Blank and Philipp Gomm January 27 at 4:14 a.m. Mr. Shook allegedly stole merchandise from the Speedway convenience mart in Greenport. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

Mr. Shook was also arrested February 6 at 9:33 p.m. on a warrant for petit larceny by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter and Deputy David Stevens.

Mr. Shook is accused of stealing items from a local diner in Greenport. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.


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

Tiffany Griffin, 31, of Schodack Landing was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor; drinking alcohol in motor vehicle on highway, crossing road hazard markings and throwing refuse on highway, all traffic infractions, by K9 Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and Jason Garvey, January 25 at 1:30 a.m. Ms. Griffin was stopped operating a motor vehicle on State Route 203 in Chatham for traffic infractions. She was administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. She was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and released on her own recognizance with a later return court date.

Brandon Coleman, 25, of Port Ewen was charged with DWI, a class U misdemeanor, by K9 Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Joseph Favorito January 26 at 12:24 p.m. Deputies saw Mr. Coleman traveling north on State Route 9 in Greenport and then abruptly pull off road. He was administered a breathalyzer test, which yielded a 0.08% blood alcohol content. He was issued a ticket returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

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