Two Copake men charged in ATV theft

CLAVERACK—Two men face charges in connection with the thefts of a dirt bike and an ATV on two consecutive days.

Sheriff’s Deputy Philipp Gomm was called to check out a suspicious vehicle report on Palmer Road Extension, August 13.

The previous day, a dirt bike was stolen in the same area. Deputy Gomm came upon a pickup truck leaving a residence with an ATV in the back.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the occupants of the truck had allegedly just stolen the ATV, and the same occupants were allegedly responsible for the larceny of the dirt bike the previous day.

Richard M. Burntitus, 36, and Nicholas A. Ball, 22, both of Copake, were charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, for the larceny of the dirt bike August 12. They were also charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, for the theft of the ATV the next day.

Both were arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and were released on their own recognizance. They were directed to return to Claverack Court September 8.

Philmont

Adonis Oliver-Ragland, 19, of Philmont was charged with third degree menacing and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, by State Police from Livingston, August 11 at 6:57 p.m. He was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute in Philmont. He was issued appearance tickets for a future date in Claverack Court.

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

Sara O. Byron, 29, of Meriden, CT, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree unlawful possession of marijuana by Deputy Philipp Gomm, July 24 at about 7:11 p.m. The deputy stopped a vehicle on State Route 22 in Hillsdale for failure to stop at a stop sign. His subsequent investigation found that the operator of the vehicle allegedly possessed drugs—concentrated cannabis and marijuana. She was issued tickets directing her to appear in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

Melissa A Knapp, 40, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI—first offense), DWI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% (.11%), both class U misdemeanors and moving from lane unsafely, by Deputy Joseph Favorito, who was called to investigate a property damage accident on County Route 28 in Chatham, July 29 at about 9:36 p.m.

His investigation at the accident scene led to the arrest of Ms. Knapp. She was released with traffic tickets and will appear in Chatham Town Court August 26.

Isaac F. Shedd, 38, of Copake was charged with driving while intoxicated–previous conviction within 10 years, a class E felony; driving while intoxicated—BAC of .08%—previous conviction within 10 years, a class E felony, and following too closely, a traffic infraction, by sheriff’s deputies, August 3 at 4:50 p.m.

Deputies were called to investigate a property damage auto accident on State Route 9H in Claverack. Mr. Shedd was charged after he failed standardized field sobriety tests. He was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, was released on his own recognizance and directed to reappear in the Claverack Court September 15.

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Troopers report numbers of tickets issued

LIVINGSTON—State Police from Troop K report the removal of 25 impaired drivers from public roadways over the August 1 weekend.

Troop K includes Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia counties. In addition, during that weekend from 5 p.m. Friday, July 31 through 3 a.m. Monday, August 3, Troop K troopers issued 855 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets. Of the total tickets 466 were for speeding violations, 10 for distracted driving violations, 7 for child restraint violations, 10 for move-over violations.

*State Police from Troop K report the removal of 28 impaired drivers from public roadways over the August 8 weekend.

Also during that weekend, from 5 p.m. Friday, August 7 through 3 a.m. Monday, August 10, troopers issued 1,654 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets.

Of the total tickets, 1,179 were for speeding violations, 14 were for distracted driving violations, 13 were for child restraint violations, 30 were move-over violations, and 28 were to impaired motorists.

*Troopers report the removal of 36 impaired drivers from public roadways over the August 15 weekend. In addition, from 5 p.m. Friday, August 14 through 3 a.m. Monday, August 17, State Police in Troop K issued 807 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets. Of the total tickets, 372 were for speeding violations, 8 for distracted driving violations, 16 for child restraint violations and 6 were move-over violations.

Chatham FD to receive FASNY award

CHATHAM—The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has chosen the Chatham Fire Department as the winner of the FASNY 2020 Recruitment and Retention Award. The award recognizes the department’s Recruitment and Retention efforts and results. The department was selected from among entries by fire departments across the state.

The award presentation ceremony will take place at the department’s monthly meeting Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at the firehouse, 10 Hoffman Street.

Fire Chief Eric Barnes said in a press release, “We will be honored by the presence of John Farrell, FASNY president and other FASNY representatives.”

Learn more at the FASNY website: https://fasny.com/awards/recruitment-retention-award/

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