Police charge Stockport man in rape case

Jeremy Cramer

RHINEBECK—Jeremy J. Cramer, 20, of Stockport was charged with third degree rape, a class E felony, by State Police from Rhinebeck, June 26.

Mr. Cramer is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a victim without consent. He was arraigned before Justice John Kane in Rhinebeck Town Court, and was released on his own recognizance.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who has additional information or may be a victim is asked to contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Rhinebeck at 845-677-7300. Refer to case# 9666181.

The State Police in New Lebanon seek the public’s assistance in identifying the man in this photo. Photo contributed



State Police in New Lebanon seek the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly ran away with some groceries in a shopping cart.

The man allegedly stole the cart and items from the Price Chopper on State Route 66 in Ghent. He allegedly rammed the cart into an uninvolved victim’s vehicle while fleeing the scene May 24 at about 3:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about the identity or location of this man is asked to contact the New York State Police in New Lebanon at 845-677-7300. Refer to case# 9607969.



Tanner J. Rivenburgh, 25, of Livingston was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s deputies, June 17, after a domestic dispute at a Livingston residence.

Mr. Rivenburgh was arraigned virtually by the Judge Richard Koweek in Columbia County Court. He was released on his own recognizance, and was directed to appear in Livingston Court August 20.

Timothy W. Snyder, 33, of Germantown was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by sheriff’s deputies, June 13.

Mr. Snyder is accused of violating an order of protection June 12 by contacting the protected party. Mr. Snyder was arraigned virtually in front of Greenport Justice Barry Sack and was released on his own recognizance. He was directed to appear in the Livingston Court July 24.


Christopher W. McCaul, 39, of Claverack was charged on an arrest warrant for third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class

A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s deputies, June 15.

A warrant was signed after a domestic dispute June 14 in Copake.

Mr. McCaul was arraigned virtually by Judge Richard Koweek in Columbia County Court. He he was released on his own recognizance and directed to appear in the Copake Court July 27.


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

*Tyler S. Mashaw, 27, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from Livingston, June 5. He was traveling on State Route 9H in Ghent, 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.

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This rattlesnake slithered under the porch of a Copake residence. Photo contributed

Rattlesnake wrangled and relocated

COPAKE—On June 20, Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Jeff Cox received a call from a concerned homeowner in Copake reporting a large rattlesnake on the front porch. The homeowner sent pictures of the pit viper, confirming it was a timber rattlesnake. Timber rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake in New York and listed as a threatened species.

The rattlesnake appeared to come and go over the weekend before slithering under the house, causing the homeowner to worry it was taking up residence there.

Members of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Law Enforcement consulted with wildlife staff and decided to trap and relocate the rattlesnake. After a few unsuccessful attempts, ECO Cox wrangled the rattlesnake into a container the morning of June 24.

The rattlesnake was taken to a location in the Taconic Mountains, which is a known den site and released unharmed. The homeowner expressed great appreciation that the unwanted guest was removed from under the residence.—Diane Valden

Fireworks are illegal in this state

GHENT – All types of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners and aerial devices, are illegal statewide.

New York State Law does allow the sale and use of a specific category of consumer fireworks known as sparkling devices, but Columbia County has a law prohibiting the sale and use of these devices.

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control has been notified that the following counties have prohibited the sale and use of Sparkling Devices include: Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange (prohibited in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh only), Queens, Richmond, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester.

Scammers cash in on Covid-19

WALTHAM, MA—National Grid warns eastern New York customers to beware of a new phone scam in which impostors demand immediate bill payment and threaten service disconnection.

This latest scam, which targets customers already facing hardships due to Covid-19, involves callers who pretend to be National Grid representatives. They tell customers that unless payment is made within 30 minutes, their power will be shut off. The customer is then directed to call, “the direct billing department to make a payment and avoid power disconnection,” according to a press release from National Grid.

The scammers use sophisticated phone systems that display National Grid on the customer’s caller ID. Additionally, the phone number customers are instructed to call has recorded messaging and phone prompt directions which closely resemble National Grid’s. These elements make it difficult to differentiate an actual National Grid call from an impostor’s call. When in doubt, customers should hang up and call the National Grid customer service number on their bill.

National Grid reminds customers that back in March, the company temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company continues to encourage customers struggling to pay their bills to take advantage of bill payment options or to call to speak with a consumer advocates.

National Grid urges customers to be cautious of scammers and offers the following tips:

*National Grid representatives will know your account number; never offer that information to a caller.

*Ask the caller to provide the last five digits of your National Grid account number. If the caller doesn’t know your account number, asks questions about your account balance and associated details, or if you have any doubt the caller is a National Grid representative, take charge and immediately hang up. Call National Grid or local law enforcement officials to report the incident.

*National Grid will not contact customers demanding immediate payment by wire transfer, Green Dot Money-Pak or any other pre-paid card service.

*Never, under any circumstances, offer personal or financial information to someone who you cannot identify.

For more information on scams, visit: nationalgridus.com/Scam-Alert.

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