Attempted murder charge results from drowning incident

TAGHKANIC—Joseph Macri, 75, of Taghkanic was charged with second degree attempted murder, a class B felony, by State Police from Livingston, July 3.

At about 3:45 p.m. that day, troopers responded to Sopak Road in Taghkanic for a report of a possible domestic incident. Upon arrival troopers found Mr. Macri allegedly attempting to drown the victim in a pond on the property.

Mr. Macri complied with commands from troopers and was taken into custody without incident. The victim was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition.

Mr. Macri was arraigned virtually in the City of Hudson Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was scheduled to appear before the court July 8.


Michael Harrington, 24, of Lake Katrine was charged with three counts of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by State Police from Livingston, June 28, after allegedly stealing and crashing three vehicles.

At 4:20 a.m. that day, troopers responded to County Route 6 in Clermont for a report of a suspicious man at the caller’s residence.

While patrolling the area for the subject, Columbia County 911 advised patrols about a nearby rollover crash. The crashed vehicle, a 2005 Honda Civic, was found with no one in it or around it.

Continuing the search, troopers found a second motor vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Ram, down an earth embankment and crashed into a tree.

Troop K bloodhound handler Trooper Justin Bell and his K9 partner Tilly were called to the scene and began to track from the site of the second stolen vehicle crash site. The trail led from County Route 6 to Cedar Hill Road, where a third vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, was also found stolen and crashed a short distance from where the vehicle was being stored.

Tilly continued her track to a nearby recreational camper where the suspect, Mr. Harrington, was located. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Mr. Harrington was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation by Northern Dutchess Paramedics, and is scheduled to appear in Clermont Court July 16.

New Lebanon

William R. Salerno, 21, of New Lebanon was charged with second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Patrick McMahon and Zachary Torchia, June 24 at 1:03 p.m.

The arrest happened after a dispute with a neighbor, June 24 at 11:48 a.m. in New Lebanon. Mr. Salerno is accused of striking the victim with a metal pipe, causing physical injury. Mr. Salerno was arraigned virtually by Judge Richard Koweek in Columbia County Court. He was released on his own recognizance, and directed to appear in the New Lebanon Court for further proceedings August 13.


Anthony L. Ayala, 18, of Stuyvesant was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy David Stevens, June 28 at 4:05 p.m.

This arrest happened after an assault that took place in the Town of Stuyvesant June 27 at 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Ayala is accused of assaulting a person under the age of 17.

He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Justice Carrie O’Hare, and was released in his own recognizance. He was directed to return to court at a later date.


A property damage automobile accident that occurred on Herrington Road in Hillsdale, May 18 at 6:28 a.m. resulted in the arrest of Ann M. Formel-Woodger, 27, of Great Barrington, MA.

Ms. Formel-Woodger was charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony; driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by Deputy Cindy Madison, June 29 at 7:17 a.m.

After the accident, an investigation revealed that the vehicle Ms. Formel-Woodger was operating was reported stolen from Great Barrington, MA, and that at the time of the accident, she was allegedly intoxicated. Ms. Formel-Woodger turned herself in to the Sheriff’s Office for arrest. She was arraigned virtually by Justice Jeffrey Tallackson in Taghkanic Court. She was released on her own recognizance, and directed to appear in Hillsdale Court August 19 for further proceedings.

State Police postpone trooper entrance exam

ALBANY—State Police announced that the trooper entrance exam that was scheduled to be held this October has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications for the exam will be suspended until a new date is announced. Those who have already signed up will have their applications canceled and will be issued a refund. They will need to reapply once the exam is rescheduled.

The State Police appreciates all of those who have shown an interest in joining one of the most highly respected law enforcement agencies in the nation, according to a press release.

A new exam date will be announced when appropriate in the State Police online newsroom and at

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