Police charge BB gun brandished in road rage incident

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Paul A. Artis, 31, of Tivoli for second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, June 16.

At 8:30 p.m. that date, troopers responded to State Route 9G for a report of a road rage incident involving a handgun near the roundabout intersection east of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Mr. Artis engaged in a road rage incident by allegedly menacing the occupants of another vehicle with a BB gun.

Mr. Artis was arraigned virtually in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance. He is next scheduled to appear in Greenport Court, September 21 at 3:30 p.m.

*William C. Herschler, III, 30, of Meriden, CT, was charged with second degree assault, a class C felony, June 9 at 4:20 p.m.

Mr. Herschler was an inmate in the Columbia County Jail June 3, when he allegedly assaulted a corrections officer. He was arraigned before Justice Barry Sack in Greenport Court and was sent back to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He was to reappear in Columbia County Court at a later date.

On June 16, Mr. Herschler was charged with being a fugitive from justice by Deputy Steven Rose. Mr. Herschler is wanted in Connecticut for a parole violation. He was arraigned virtually before Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek and was sent back to the Columbia County Jail to be held, pending extradition to Connecticut.

Claverack

Two men face felony drug charges after one of them allegedly ran away from troopers.

Rashard B. Garnett, 32, of New York City and Marcus A. Johnson, 20, of North Adams, MA, were charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony June 17 at 9:45 p.m.

State troopers from the Livingston barracks conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Mercedes Benz for a violation of a vehicle and traffic law on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Claverack. While interviewing the occupants, they developed probable cause to search the vehicle. When troopers found a bag containing about 97.5 grams of cocaine, the vehicle’s operator, Rashard Garnett, fled on foot into the nearby woods.

Troop K bloodhound handler Trooper Justin Bell and his K9 partner Tilly were called to the scene and tracked down Mr. Garnett shortly thereafter. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Both subjects were arraigned virtually in Livingston Court and released on their own recognizance to appear in Claverack Court August 8.

Drugs / alcohol

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

David W. Delyser, 62, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor; DWI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08%, a class U misdemeanor, and the traffic infractions of failure to keep right and failure to use designated lane after a traffic stop on State Route 203 in Chatham, June 5 at 4:50 p.m. Mr. Delyser was stopped by Deputy Jason Garvey for vehicle and traffic violations. He allegedly failed standardized field sobriety tests at the time of the stop. He was later found to have a BAC of .16%. He was released with traffic tickets returnable in Chatham Town Court in July.

William B. Paradis, Jr., 61, of Claverack was charged with DWI—first offense, a class U misdemeanor; and the traffic infractions of failure to use designated lane, crossing hazardous pavement markings, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, by Deputy Peter Merante following a personal injury automobile accident that occurred March 15 on Fish and Game Road in Claverack. On June 8 Mr. Paradis appeared at the Sheriff’s Office to be arrested as a result of the accident investigation. He was virtually arraigned before Judge John Connor in Hudson City Court. He was released on his own recognizance, and was directed to reappear in Claverack Court August 4.

Jennifer S. Lindig, 45, of Claverack was charged with DWI–first offense, and DWI–blood alcohol content greater than 0.08% (her BAC was .10%), two class U misdemeanors; as well as the vehicle and traffic law infraction of failure to keep right by Deputy Joshua Torchia, June 12 at 9:44 p.m.

Deputies responded to a one-car property damage automobile accident in Clermont. Ms. Lindig was involved in the accident and the subsequent investigation lead to her arrest. She was issued traffic tickets directing her to appear in Clermont Court August 6 to answer the charges.

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No details released in child’s death

GREENPORT—State Police issued a press release saying they are investigating a child’s death in Greenport, Tuesday, June 23.

The investigation into the death of a young child in the area of Ten Broeck Road, was being done in conjunction with the Greenport Police Department.

Livingston State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes told The Columbia Paper by phone he could release no further details. Troop K Public Information Officer Trooper A.J. Hicks did not return a call for information by press time Wednesday.

This tent and almost two acres burned when a campfire was left unattended. Photo contributed

Not a good idea to leave a campfire burning

AUSTERLITZ—Four individuals were camping at Harvey Mountain State Forest May 25 at 3:30 p.m. when they left their campsite and a smoldering campfire unattended, according to a press release from Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 forest rangers.

The fire crept out of the fire pit, igniting nearby grass, and eventually burned 1.8 acres of forest, including the campers’ tents and belongings.

Forest Ranger John Gullen responded to the scene along with the Austerlitz, Spencertown, Red Rock and Canaan fire departments to extinguish the fire. The leader of the group was issued a ticket for leaving an open fire unattended.

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.

Drivers charged over Memorial Day weekend

LIVINGSTON—State Police in Troop K arrested 33 motorists for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and issued more than 1,100 traffic tickets during the Memorial Day enforcement period.

Here are the motorists charged in Columbia County:

*Christian M. Canevari, 28, of Hudson was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, May 22. He was traveling on South Third Street in Hudson, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Naomi L. Mellan, 40, of Hillsdale was charged with aggravated DWI with a prior conviction, a class E felony, and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, by State Police from Livingston, May 24. She was traveling on State Route 203 in the Village of Chatham, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and in possession of 0.6 grams of cocaine. She was subsequently arrested.

*Jason M. Greening, 43, of Ghent was charged with DWI by State Police from Rhinebeck, May 24. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Hudson, when he was interviewed at a DWI safety checkpoint. An investigation revealed he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Jonathan P. Mossman, 28, of Claverack was charged with DWI by State Police from Rhinebeck, May 24. He was traveling on State Route 66 in Hudson, when he was interviewed at a DWI safety checkpoint. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

*Timothy J. Quigley, 36, of Schenectady was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from New Lebanon, May 25. He was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when he was interviewed at a DWI safety checkpoint. An investigation revealed he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested. –Diane Valden

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