K’hook traffic stop leads to charges for pistol, DWI

KINDERHOOK—State Police arrested Jemel D. Green, 44, of Pittsfield, MA, for second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony, and driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, March 6.

State Police found this stolen Interarms model 68 .38-caliber revolver during a traffic stop. Photo contributed

At 11:15 p.m., troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law on State Route 9H. An investigation revealed that Mr. Green was allegedly operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with a suspended license, and allegedly illegally possessed a stolen Interarms model 68 .38-caliber revolver.

He was arraigned before Justice David Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court and released on $200 cash bail. Mr. Green is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Austerlitz

On March 9 at 4:44 p.m., a 61-year-old woman hiker from East Chatham was hiking to the top of Harvey Mountain when she slipped and suffered an ankle injury and was unable to hike back down the mountain.

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers John Gullen and Steven Jackson and volunteers from the Austerlitz, Spencertown, Canaan and Red Rock fire companies responded to the scene for a wilderness rescue. Emergency personnel splinted the hiker’s ankle and placed her on a litter to be carried a quarter mile to a staged vehicle, which drove her down the mountain to the trailhead near the intersection of Route 22 and East Hill Road. The Chatham Rescue Squad then took her to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA, for treatment. Firefighters were back in service at 6:45 p.m.

DEC forest rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, forest rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry.

Ancramdale

Adam Duncan, 29, of Ancramdale was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Brian McSween, February 19 at 9:23 p.m.

Mr. Duncan is accused of choking a female victim. He was arraigned in Ancram Court and was released on his own recognizance with a later court return date.

Stuyvesant

Ramirez Bautista, 28, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Jordan Brahm, February 22 at 6:51 p.m.

Mr. Bautista allegedly violated an order of protection and had contact with a victim. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and released on his own recognizance. He will appear back in court at a later date.

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

*Shawn Mazelie, 39, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic instrument, both class A misdemeanors; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and failure to stop at a stop sign, a traffic infraction, by Deputies Zachary Torchia and Philipp Gomm, February 23 at 2:20 a.m. Mr. Mazelie was stopped for traffic infraction at intersection on State Route 66 and County Route 9 in Ghent. He was found to allegedly possess a quantity of cocaine and marijuana. Additionally, he was driving with a suspended license. He was issued tickets returnable to Ghent Court at a later date.

*Manie Bynoe, 27, of Brooklyn was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Thomas Merante February 22 at 8:42 pm. The deputy was investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint on Sunset Avenue in the Village of Kinderhook. Mr. Bynoe was interviewed and found to allegedly possess of a quantity of concentrated cannabis. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Village Court at a later date.

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State Police advise public

LIVINGSTON—State Police made two important announcements in light of the coronavirus situation in a March 16 press release.

Anyone experiencing an emergency, as always, should call 911. When placing an emergency call, advise dispatchers if you or any members of your household are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.

In addition, until further notice, the State Police are suspending employment fingerprinting, along with child safety seat checks at its stations.

Public safety is a mission priority for troopers. While they understand that suspending these services is an inconvenience to the public, this is an extraordinary circumstance, the release said. State Police are committed to doing what they can to assist the state’s emergency response to COVID-19.

State Police will notify the public when the suspended services will once again be provided to the public. Check the State Police online newsroom, nyspnews.com, for the latest updates. Updates will also be posted to State Police social media pages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Columbiaville Post Office was damaged when a vehicle hit the Redemption Center next door just before midnight, March 11. Photo by Emilia Teasdale

Post office redirects patrons

COLUMBIAVILLE—One person was hurt and the Columbiaville Post Office, 1227 Route 9 in the Town of Stockport sustained substantial damage when it was struck by a vehicle, March 11 at 11:41 p.m.

Stockport firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad responded to the scene. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated with the assistance of State Police.

The rescue squad took a person who was in the vehicle to Albany Medical Center for treatment, according to Columbia County 911.

The town building inspector and postal inspector were called to the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 1:04 a.m. Accident details were not available from the Sheriff’s Office.

Due to the serious damage, the post office is closed pending safety reviews and repairs to that facility.

About 90 post office box holders have been directed to Stottville Post Office, 2857 Atlantic Avenue in Stottville, until further notice.

Columbiaville Post Office box holders will be provided with hand-out of mail service at the Stottville counter until further notice. Customers should be prepared to show identification to collect mail, according to a press release from post office officials.

There are no changes to addresses or ZIP codes during this period. Deliveries by highway contract route will not be impacted, although customers with oversized or signature-required items will be directed to Stottville for pick-up during business hours, the release said.

Retail hours at the Stottville Post office are weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. with Saturday retail activities available 10 a.m. to noon. Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Postal officials add that there is no timetable to return to the facility at this time. –Diane Valden

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