State Police charge Chatham man with sexual abuse, endangering child

CHATHAM—State Police from the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Lawrence R. Thomas, 72, of Chatham for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, August 20.

Lawrence Thomas

After receiving a law enforcement tip of possible sexual abuse an investigation revealed Mr. Thomas allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 13-years-old.

Mr. Thomas was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Chatham Town Court at a later date.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding possible crimes committed by Mr. Thomas should contact the New York State Police at 845-677-7300. Reference case #9770227.


Two men were arrested after allegedly beating and robbing individual involved in a domestic dispute in Kinderhook.

State Police from the Kinderhook barracks and Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Brandon L. Fielder, 31, of Ghent and Kent J. Stadtlander, 30, of Stockport for first degree robbery, a class B felony, and second degree assault, a class D felony, August 21.

State Police responded to an address on Parker Hall Road for a report of a domestic dispute that turned physical, August 19.

A subsequent investigation determined Mr. Fielder and Mr. Stadtlander arrived at the residence and assaulted the victim with a wrench then stole his jewelry.

Prior to the arrival of Mr. Fielder and Mr. Stadtlander, the victim was engaged in a domestic dispute with a person who was uninvolved in the robbery and assault.

The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Albany Medical Center by the Valatie Rescue Squad.

No criminal charges were filed in connection with the domestic dispute.

Both Mr. Fielder and Mr. Stadtlander were arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. They were scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Court at a later date.


Terrence Boston

Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Merante, Jr., received a report of larceny of a wallet from within the purse of a shopper at the Greenport ShopRite store, March 21 at about 1:59 p.m.

A credit card from the stolen wallet was later used to make purchases in the City of Hudson. A suspect was identified through investigation, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Terrence Boston, 59, of Albany was arrested August 18 by Deputy Jordan Brahm on the warrant, and was charged with: fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony. Mr. Boston was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and was sent to to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was to reappear in Hudson City Court at a later date.


Deven B. Hotaling, 21, of Philmont was charged with second degree arson with intent to harm a person, by State Police from Livingston, August 18 at 12:24 p.m.

Philmont firefighters, the Greenport Rescue Squad and State Police were called to Church Street in the area of Main Street, Philmont, August 18 at 7:08 a.m. for a reported mattress on fire on the deck of a house.

Firefighters were clear from the scene at 7:39 a.m.

Mr. Hotaling was previously 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, back in May. February 27 at 7:45 p.m., troopers responded to Main Street in Philmont 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.

*A seven-year-old boy was hurt when he and the bicycle he was riding were hit by a car on Summit Street, August 20 at 3:08 p.m.

A car driven by a 21-year-old woman from Hanover, NH, who was not identified by the Sheriff’s Office, was headed south on Summit Street when the boy on the bike, also not identified, was headed west on Lake View Drive and did not stop for the stop sign at the Summit Street intersection, traveled into the path of the car and the vehicles collided.

The driver of the car told deputies the bicycle came out in front of her from a side street and she did not have time to stop. The boy on the bike suffered scrapes and complained of head pain. The Greenport Rescue Squad took him to Albany Medical Center. The driver of the car and her two passengers were not hurt. No tickets issued. Philmont firefighters were back in service at 3:47 p.m.


Ronald L. Miller

Tony Winston

Two men face drug charges following a stop by sheriff’s deputies on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack, August 20 at about 1:46 a.m.

Deputies Michael Meier and John Sullivan were patrolling on the parkway when they stopped a car for speeding. A subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of both occupants of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, a large quantity of cocaine (105 grams), and a large quantity of marijuana (165 grams) were found. The occupants were Tony Winston, 39, from the Bronx and Ronald L. Miller, 30, from New York City.

The driver of the car, Mr. Miller, was charged with: third degree criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance–narcotic, a class B felony; and fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

The passenger, Mr. Winston, was charged with: tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

Both men were arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and were released on their own recognizance. They are due back in Claverack Court September 8.


Christopher D. Hargrove, 53, of Hudson was charged with five counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, by State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET), August 6.

Subsequent to an investigation by Troop K VGNET evidence was obtained in connection with the allegedly criminal sale of crack-cocaine on five occasions by Mr. Hargrove.

He was arraigned in Columbia County Court before Judge Richard Koweek and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear before the court at a later date.

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