Two injured in Ancram when car flips, trapping occupants

ANCRAM—Two men were hurt when the vehicle they were in flipped over and they were trapped inside.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash that occurred on 7373 State Route 22, south of County Route 3, Friday, June 5 at 2:18 p.m.

A 2005 Toyota operated by Mark Craig, 64, of Pittsfield, MA, was northbound on Route 22 when it went off the road, overturned and trapped Mr. Craig and his 44-year-old male passenger, who was not identified by the Sheriff’s Office.

The driver may have had an underlying medical condition that caused him to lose control of the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

First responders from the Ancram Fire Company and Community Rescue Squad extricated both occupants.

Two Life Net helicopters were summoned—one airlifted the driver to Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA, for treatment of a hip injury. The other airlifted the passenger to Albany Medical Center with arm and head injuries.

Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene. Copake firefighters stood by in their quarters.

Firefighters were back in service at 4:32 p.m.


A Kinderhook man was charged after allegedly interfering with traffic stop, according to State Police from the Livingston barracks.

Christopher F. Sidoti, 40, of Kinderhook faces two counts of second degree assault, a class D felony; resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors; third degree menacing, a class B misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation.

On May 31 at 11:10 a.m., Mr. Sidoti approached troopers conducting a vehicle and traffic stop on Route 9H in the Town of Kinderhook. He allegedly proceeded “to direct obscene language and gestures at the troopers.” Police say they warned Mr. Sidoti multiple times, and then ordered him to leave.

He reportedly departed only to return and “continue his obscene behavior in front of members of the public.”

When troopers told Mr. Sidoti he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, he allegedly refused to comply or provide identification and attempted to run away. When troopers caught Mr. Sidoti, he then allegedly physically assaulted them. After a brief struggle Mr. Sidoti was taken into custody. Troopers used “Oleoresin Capsicum spray” and one trooper received minor injuries during the struggle.

Mr. Sidoti was arraigned virtually in Kinderhook Town Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 secured bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court June 15.

Drugs / alcohol

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

Zachary A. Lewis, 28, of Hudson was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, both class B felonies. He was additionally charged with resisting arrest and second degree obstructing governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police, May 6 at 10:30 p.m.

State Police stopped a car on I-87 in Cornwall for a multiple vehicle and traffic violations. While interviewing the driver, troopers say they established probable cause to search the vehicle and the occupants. The passenger, Mr. Lewis was allegedly found to possess about 54 grams of heroin.

Mr. Lewis allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly apprehended by a trooper and taken into custody. He was later released on appearance tickets returnable in Cornwall Court, June 10.

Three people from Massachusetts were arrested in New Lebanon for felony drug possession, May 11. State Police from the New Lebanon and Livingston barracks charged Kyle Kosky, 26, and Jonathan Rosario, 20, both of Framingham, MA, and Kayla Harpole, 21, of Adams, MA, with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Mr. Rosario was additionally charged with driving while impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

On May 11 at 11:20 p.m., while checking a closed business, troopers interviewed three subjects in a vehicle stopped in front of the store. Their investigation revealed that the operator, Mr. Rosario, was allegedly impaired by drugs. Further investigation revealed the occupants were in possession of about 9.4 grams of ecstasy (MDMA), and 10.2 grams of cocaine. All three subjects were issued appearance tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court, June 11.

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  Brush fire spreads to barn. Two barns burned at 50 Cherry Lane, New Lebanon, May 23 at 6:47 p.m. County 911 dispatched the Lebanon Valley Task Force and Chatham Rescue. Firefighters from Lebanon Valley, Canaan, Red Rock and East Chatham responded. Additional mutual aid was from Richmond, MA, and Tsatawassa. A nearby brush fire was reportedly the cause. The first barn was a total loss when the fire chief arrived. A second barn close by was ignited by the first. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office, State Police and Chatham Rescue were on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 9:17 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

K9 Kira honored upon her retirement

GHENT—A longtime K9 officer has earned her retirement after serving the citizens of Columbia County for 10 years.

Columbia County K9 Kira poses with her C-GCC commendation and treats at her home in Ghent. Photo contributed

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett announced K9 Kira’s retirement from the Sheriff’s Office last month. In an effort to recognize and reward Kira for her service, the Criminal Justice Club at Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) issued her a commendation, signed by the club’s President Dominick Manoli ’20, Vice President Hailey Beaumont ’20, as well as club co-advisors Bill DeLuca, professor of criminal justice, and Frankie Beaver-Timmons, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology.

C-GCC President Carlee Drummer wrote a personal note to Kira and her family to accompany the commendation, which was presented to her with a basket of treats from The Berkshire Dog, an all-natural dog-treat company based in Pittsfield, MA.

You certainly will be missed on the force, but in the words of British author Jonathan Swift, ‘every dog must have his day,’” wrote President Drummer.

K9 Kira is a female German Shepherd from East Slovakia who was acquired through a grant from the New York State Department of Homeland Security in 2010. Since joining the Sheriff’s Office, Kira has received specialized training in explosives detection, patrol, and tracking—serving with her handler and partner Deputy Travis VanAlstyne.

Kira plans to enjoy her retirement with her family in Ghent.

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