Investigation continues in crash that killed 2 men

CLAVERACK—Two men lost their lives in a fatal motor vehicle crash on Preusser Road, August 29.

At 1 a.m. that date, State Police were dispatched to the scene of a car off the roadway. The car had struck a utility pole and was engulfed in flames.

Responding troopers found Robert G. Bailly, 32, of Stockport severely injured outside the vehicle. Kyle Germann, 25, of New York City was discovered deceased inside the vehicle. Mr. Bailly was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Obituaries for Mr. Germann and Mr. Bailly appear on pages 21 and 22 of this issue.

County Coroner Dan Herrick was called to the scene. Philmont and Claverack firefighters were also on scene rendering aid. This investigation remains ongoing.

Livingston

A Livingston man was killed in an all-terrain-vehicle crash in the vicinity of 90 Old Manorton Road, August 31.

Troopers were dispatched to a rollover ATV crash on private property off Old Manorton Road on that date at 6:56 p.m. Responding troopers arrived to find that Richard R. Hosier, Jr., 59, of Livingston had for unknown reasons lost control of his ATV and was thrown off it.

Emergency aid was rendered until relieved by Northern Dutchess Paramedics. Mr. Hosier succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Livingston firefighters set up a landing zone and Coroner Mike Blasl was called to the scene.

A Life Net helicopter arrived, but did not transport. Firefighters were back in service at 10:04 p.m.

Clermont

Juan W. Hernandez, 23, of Stottville was charged with third degree rape and first degree disseminating indecent material to minors, by State Police, August 16, according to Senior Investigator Eric Barnes with State Police at the Livingston barracks.

An investigation into Mr. Hernandez’s activities in connection with the rape of a person under 17 in Clermont commenced May 23. He was arraigned in Stockport Court and released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

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Slippery when wet. Columbia County 911 dispatched East Chatham firefighters and Chatham Rescue for a reported motorcycle accident on Rock City Road at the intersection of Lower Cady Road in the Town of Chatham, August 24 at 4:41 p.m. Canaan and Red Rock firefighters were called in under automatic mutual aid. It was reported that the motorcycle operator was westbound on Rock City Road and lost control of the motorcycle when traveling through water in the roadway under the railroad overpass. Chatham Rescue took the motorcycle operator to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment. State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 5:29pm. Photo by RE Lindmark

More alleged shooters indicted

HUDSON—Columbia County Judge Jonathan D. Nichols arraigned DiQuann “Dada” Powell and James “Seven” Hargrove, 29, of Hudson on separate sealed indictments in Columbia County Court, August 26.

According to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward

Moore, a Columbia County grand jury formally charged Mr. Hargrove with six counts of second degree attempted murder, class B armed felonies; two counts of second degree assault, class D felonies; and six counts of first degree reckless endangerment, class D felonies.

Mr. Powell, 25, of Hudson was formally charged with second degree attempted murder with a gun, a class B felony, and reckless endangerment, a class D felony.

The incidents are not directly connected, but were part of series of shootings between two rival groups that occurred in 2017 to 2018, according to the release. These indictments bring the total number of defendants to three who were charged with the attempted murder of four people over the course of eight months in those years.

Mr. Hargrove’s arrest stems from a four-year investigation by the Hudson Police Department into a State Street shooting August 13, 2017 in which three people were wounded, two of whom were children. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and have since recovered. Kevron Lee, a co-defendant on this case, was arraigned August 20.

Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty and Detective Sergeant Jason Finn led the investigations into both incidents, with critical assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office and, Northern District, and the New York State Police.

“These two defendants opened fire on a crowded porch at night, putting many people in danger, including two innocent children, who were shot in the legs. I commend HPD, Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty and the State Police for their persistence in this complex investigation which required immense time and resources,” DA Czajka said in the release.

Mr. Powell’s arrest is the result of a shooting incident occurred January 22, 2018.

Witnesses reported several shots fired in the vicinity of Third Street in Hudson. No injuries were reported.

“Although no one was injured, this was a potentially dangerous incident in which shots were fired in a densely populated area, which could have had disastrous consequences to our citizens. We are grateful for the public’s assistance in this investigation,” Chief Moore said.

Judge Nichols remanded Mr. Hargrove to the Columbia County Jail. Columbia County Public Defender Ian Crimmins represented him at his arraignment.

Mr. Powell is facing separate charges in connection with the death of a New York City man in 2017. He was charged with second degree murder, a class A-1 felony; and two counts of first degree assault, a class B felony and attempted robbery, a class C felony, in connection with a fatal shooting August 22, 2017. The case is still pending in Columbia County Court.

“Columbia County, and all counties across the state, were severely impacted by Covid-19. While this has caused significant delays in the courts, our office remains committed to prosecuting this case and all others,” the DA said.

Mr. Powell is currently serving a prison sentence at Coxsackie Correctional Facility on an unrelated assault charge in Albany, and he was returned to that facility after his arraignment.

The investigations into these incidents and shootings in 2017-2018 remain active. Anyone with information about them is asked to contact Hudson Police detectives at 518-828-3388.

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