Deputies respond to altercation

HILLSDALE—Elizabeth Grimaldi, 39, of Hillsdale was arrested on several charges following a physical altercation.

She was charged with with acting in a manner injurious to a child, second degree obstructing governmental administration, third degree assault, and resisting arrest—all class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Andrew Horst and Joshua Torchia January 23 at 11:20 p.m.

She was additionally charges with second degree harassment, a violation, for allegedly striking a different victim.

She was arraigned in Hillsdale Court by Town Justice Russ Immarigeon and released on her own recognizance to return to court at a later date.

Ms. Grimaldi was subsequently charged with criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, January 27 at 11:35 p.m. The charge stems from her January 23 arrest following an altercation. When Ms. Grimaldi was in the back of a marked patrol unit she allegedly intentionally caused damage to that vehicle. She was arrested by Deputies Horst and Zachary Torchia and issued appearance tickets to return to Hillsdale Court February 17 at 5 p.m. to answer her charges.

*Michael Grimaldi, 49, of Hillsdale was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony, by Deputies Horst and Joshua Torchia, January 23 at 1:10 a.m.

Mr. Grimaldi was found to allegedly be in possession of an unregistered handgun that he did not have a license to possess. He was issued an appearance tickets to return to Hillsdale Court February 17.


Leah Petrusich, 32, of Claverack was arrested following an altercation, January 24 at 2:18 p.m.

Deputies Michael Pozzi and Ryen Boehme charged her with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal obstruction of breathing/blood flow, both class A misdemeanors.

Ms. Petrusich was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Barry Sack where she was released on her own recognizance, to return to Claverack Court at a future date.


Kayla Beaumont, 23, of Philmont was arrested for drunk driving and related charges following an accident investigation, January 24 at 2:20 a.m.

Deputies Michael Meier and John Sullivan responded to the intersection of Main and Summit Streets in the Village of Philmont for a one-car auto accident.

The driver was identified as Ms. Beaumont. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, first offense, an unclassified misdemeanor; operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, an unclassified misdemeanor, and traffic infractions related to the accident. She was issued appearance tickets to return to Philmont Court February 25 to answer the charges.

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Despite efforts, Nathan didn’t make it

CLAVERACK—The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA sadly reports that Nathan, the Pitbull mix that was abandoned in Cairo January 18, was diagnosed with terminal kidney failure related to Lyme disease associated with nephritis.

The dog was the subject of a press release in last week’s Columbia Paper, which detailed the circumstances of his being found cold and malnourished.

Nathan fast became a favorite at the CGHS/SPCA, with some staff members even cooking special diets for him to aid in his recovery. While he was in the shelter’s care, Nathan was shown unconditional love and kindness, something he had clearly never experienced.

There were no recovery or treatment options for Nathan’s advanced condition, which is often painful. On January 29, Nathan was humanely euthanized surrounded by his new friends at CGHS/SPCA.

The shelter thanks everyone for their outpouring of support for Nathan.

To date, Nathan’s owner has not been located. If anyone has information about Nathan, contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 518-943-3300.

Two car collision involves guardrail. Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and Chatham Rescue January 21 at 6:12 p.m. for a two-car accident at Route 22 and I-90 in Canaan. The accident occurred at Route 22 and the eastbound entrance to the New York State Thruway. It was reported that one person had a hand injury, but no one required transport to a hospital by the rescue squad. State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service about an hour after being dispatched. Photo by RE Lindmark

Winter brings increase in home fires

ALBANY—Winter is in full swing, bringing with it freezing temperatures and snow. As New Yorkers turn on their heat this winter and curl up next to their fireplaces, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) reminds everyone to follow some simple tips when heating their homes.

Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, with December, January and February being the peak months for heating fires. As more people are staying home during the day due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Yorkers may face an increased risk for home fires.

“Many people are working and learning from home this year, which has people turning up the dial on their home heaters. “Fire departments throughout the state typically see an increase in the amount of fires they respond to during winter months, with many caused by improperly operated equipment,” FASNY President John P. Farrell said in a press release.

Space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of a home fire when used improperly. Space heaters are responsible for 25,000 residential fires and around 6,000 burn injuries that require an emergency room visit each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Homeowners should check that all their heating equipment is functioning properly and double check that all their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors have fresh batteries.

“Always make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms have batteries and are operational. We recommend everyone place carbon monoxide alarms outside of sleeping areas in the home, especially as it gets colder and snow may block exhaust pipes in homes. We want all New Yorkers to be fire-safe this winter and remember—if there is a fire: get out, stay out, and call 911,” President Farrell said in the release.

Here are some home heating tips from FASNY and the NFPA:

*Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment

*Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters

*Never use your oven to heat your home

*Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions

*Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional

*Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed

*Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters

*Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home

*Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

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