Alleged assault in vehicle leads to rape charge

CHATHAM—Jason A. Delamater, 24, of Maple Avenue in Claverack was charged with first degree rape and third degree assault, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

May 14 at 4:25 p.m., Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies for a reported assault in progress in a vehicle alongside the roadway on County Route 28A in the Town of Kinderhook.

When deputies arrived in the area, they located the vehicle along with the parties involved in the incident.

Jason Delamater

An investigation revealed that Mr. Delamater had allegedly been assaulting a female in the car. It was at that time that the victim disclosed that she was also sexually assaulted by Mr. Delamater at a separate location prior to the incident in the car.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch joined the investigation and were able to identify a location in the Town of Chatham where the sexual assault occurred. Mr. Delamater was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by investigators and subsequently made admissions regarding both the assaults.

The Valatie Rescue Squad took the victim from the County Route 28A scene by to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany for treatment of injuries sustained during the assaults. She was later released.

Mr. Delamater was charged with first degree rape, a class B felony, in connection with the incident that occurred in the Town of Chatham and third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, for the incident that occurred in the Town of Kinderhook.

He was arraigned before Kinderhook Justice David Dellehunt and released after posting $1,500 in bail. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the State Police and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was Senior Investigator Kevin Skype, Investigators Kris Bauhoff and William Dunspaugh and Deputies John Sullivan and Travis VanAlystne.

*Gary T. Williams, 25, of Chatham was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, by State Police from the Kinderhook barracks and the SP Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation, May 18.

At 10:45 p.m., troopers responded to State Route 203, Chatham for a report of a domestic incident. An investigation determined Mr. Williams allegedly engaged in a domestic incident in violation of an order of protection with a previous conviction for the same crime.

He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court, and released on his own recognizance. He is next scheduled to appear before the court July 1 at 6 p.m.

Ghent

Park G. Stalker III, 35, of Ghent, was charged with second degree assault and second degree strangulation, both class D felonies, and fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks May 17.

At 1:25 a.m., troopers responded to a residence in the Town of Ghent for a report of an assault. An investigation determined the Mr. Stalker allegedly physically assaulted and strangled the victim, who was known to him, while at the Stalker residence. The victim then fled to a neighbor’s residence to call 911.

The Chatham Rescue Squad took the victim to Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Albany Medical Center due to the severity of his injuries.

Mr. Stalker was arraigned in Chatham Town Court, and released on his own recognizance. He is next scheduled to appear in Ghent Court July 6 at 6 p.m.

Philmont

Deven B. Hotaling, 20, of Philmont was charged with third degree robbery, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, May 21.

February 27 at 7:45 p.m., troopers responded to Main Street in the village for a report of a robbery. An investigation determined Mr. Hotaling allegedly forcibly robbed a “Lyft” driver and stole $1,700 in U.S. currency.

Mr. Hotaling was located March 3 and taken to SP Livingston for processing, but complained of immediate health issues. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Police say he then left the state as soon as he was discharged from the hospital.

He was later seen walking on Main Street in Philmont May 21 and was subsequently arrested.

He was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance. Mr. Hotaling is next scheduled to appear in Philmont Court June 25.

Kinderhook

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to an overturned 18-wheeled tractor trailer on State Route 203, just east of County Route 21B, in Kinderhook, May 26 at 4:16 p.m.

A tractor trailer ended up on its side with the driver pinned inside, along State Route 203, just east of County Route 21B, in Kinderhook, May 26 at 4:16 p.m. Photo contributed  

Deputies found that a 2001 Kenworth tractor and flatbed trailer, operated by Kristian L. Halvorsen, 29, of Dalton, MA, was traveling east on State Route 203 when while negotiating a corner, the right side tires went off the roadway causing the tractor trailer to overturn on the south side of the highway.

The operator had leg injuries and had to be extricated from the truck by multiple fire companies and the Valatie Rescue Squad. Mr. Halvorsen was airlifted by LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center.

There were no passengers in the tractor trailer, which is registered to Berkshire Heavy Haulers Inc. from Pittsfield, MA.

It was hauling a cement deck structure used for parking garages. The structure was bound for Queens.

State Route 203 was closed for some time while a tow agency worked to remove the tractor trailer and cement deck.

The Valatie Rescue Squad with CCEMS Chatham Rescue and CCEMS Greenport Rescue providing mutual aid for rehabilitation; fire companies from Niverville, Valatie, Ghent, Chatham, East Chatham and Greenport; along with the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office, Columbia County Emergency Management, State Police, and the State Department of Transportation all assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff David Bartlett, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Sergeant Eli Fieser, Sergeant Heath Benansky, K9 Deputy Jason Garvey, Deputy Jordan Brahm and Deputy Timothy Roberts.

Firefighters were still on scene at 9:50 p.m.

New Lebanon

Brittney L. Martin, 19, of Adams, MA, was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, by State Police from the New Lebanon and Livingston barracks, May 11.

At 8:32 p.m., troopers responded to a residence on State Route 22 for a report of a burglary in progress. An investigation determined Brittney Martin allegedly illegally entered the residence, and stole food.

Ms. Martin was arraigned virtually in Kinderhook Town Court and was released on her own recognizance. She is next scheduled to appear in New Lebanon Court June 11 at 5 p.m.

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