Man leads police on short pursuit, ending on Route 66

CLAVERACK—State Police arrested Joshua M. Charron, 24, of Greenport following a short pursuit, November 16.

After receiving a tip he had stolen merchandise from Lowe’s and Kohl’s, retail stores on Fairview Avenue in Greenport, troopers located Mr. Charron driving a 2001 Toyota pickup truck headed south on State Route 9H.

Troopers initiated a traffic stop on the Charron vehicle, but he allegedly refused to comply and led police on a short pursuit.

The chase ended when Mr. Charron ran a red light at the State Route 66 intersection and struck another vehicle.

Non-life-threatening injuries were reported at the scene and all parties involved were taken to Albany Medical Center including the passenger in the Charron vehicle.

An investigation determined Mr. Charron had allegedly stolen items from Kohl’s and forcibly stole items from Lowe’s before fleeing. He was charged with second degree robbery, a class C felony, third degree robbery, a class D felony, fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while ability impaired by drugs, second degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.

Mr. Charron was arraigned in Claverack Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail pending a future court date.

This investigation remains ongoing.

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Chicken dinner funds something to crow about

VALATIE—The Valatie Fire Department held its bi-annual chicken dinner Veterans Day and, at 300 dinners, was sold out as usual. The take-out only dinner raised money for the purchase of two Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defibrillators to assist with saving the life of a person who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, an essential piece of equipment for the company. All of the firefighters in Valatie are Red Cross CPR certified.

The equipment is also a precaution for the firefighters themselves. According to the National Fire Protection Journal, while the 48 on-duty firefighter deaths was the lowest number since 1977 when the study began, there were 22 sudden cardiac deaths among firefighters in 2019 which accounts for the largest share of on-duty deaths.

Pictured (l-r) are: firefighters Frank Bevens, Karen Law, Philip Bickerton, John Matthews and Dave Malsan. Photo by David Lee

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