Two Greenport men charged with Elks Lodge burglary

RED HOOK—State Police have arrested two Greenport men in connection with a burglary of Elks Lodge in Red Hook, October 28.

Troopers from the Rhinebeck barracks responded to the Elks Club for a burglary alarm activation, October 28 at 4:10 a.m. Troopers discovered the power and alarm lines cut, damage to the interior of the building, as well as damage to cash registers, lottery machines, a safe, and a jukebox with the money emptied.

With the assistance of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and Red Hook Police Department, Scott P. Hapeman, 50, was located with burglar tools and stolen money—still in the Elks Lodge. He was charged with third degree burglary, two counts of second degree criminal mischief, third degree grand larceny, all class D felonies, and possession of burglar tools, a class A misdemeanor.

Brad R. Hapeman, 48, was located nearby and charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony.

Both men are from Greenport. They were arraigned before Justice Thomas Mansfield in Red Hook Town Court and sent to the Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Claverack

Lydell D. Washingston, 44, of the Bronx was charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count for intent to sell, both class B felonies, and one count of fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class D felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, November 2.

Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Volvo XC70 for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law on State Route 23B November 2 at 12:25 a.m. An investigation found the operator, identified as Mr. Washington, did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle. Further investigation determined he was in possession of about 108 grams of cocaine and about 314 grams of buprenorphine and naloxone.

He was arraigned before Justice Michael Brandon in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is next scheduled to appear before the court November 5.

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Raise your right hand. Newly-elected officers of the Columbia County Magistrates Association were sworn in by Livingston Supervisor James Guzzi at the Livingston Town Court, October 15. The officers (l-r) are: Second Vice-President Justice Malcolm Smalley, Stockport; President Justice Dr. Carrie A. O’Hare, Stuyvesant; First Vice-President Justice Angela Guzzi, Livingston, and Past President (Acting) Justice John Rustici, Germantown. (Missing from the picture is the Treasurer Justice Delena Schaeffer, Canaan). Photo contributed

‘Stay Awake, Stay Alive’ during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

ALBANY—The New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD) reminds motorists to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving as Daylight Savings Time ends. Despite the additional hour gained in the time change, it can disrupt sleep patterns, causing people to feel drowsy.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) uses the occasion to begin its Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 7 to 13.

“The risk posed by driving drowsy or fatigued is known, yet each year police report “fatigue/drowsy driving” and/or “driver fell asleep” as contributing factors in thousands of crashes statewide, resulting in deaths and injuries that are preventable,” NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) Mark J.F. Schroeder said in a press release.

“We urge all motorists to be aware of the warning signs of drowsy driving and pull over safely if they do not feel alert enough to drive. Staying awake and alert behind the wheel helps ensure the safety of all motorists and helps avoid needless tragedies on New York’s roadways.”

“Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When you get behind the wheel fatigued, you are putting your life and the lives of others at risk. It’s important for motorists to recognize the warning signs of drowsy driving and make safe decisions if they’re feeling tired. By doing so, you can help save lives,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said in the release.

In 2020, according to statistics from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, “fatigue/drowsy driving” and/or “driver fell asleep” were listed 3,959 times as contributing factors on police crash reports in New York State. So far in 2021, according to preliminary figures from ITSMR, those same factors have been listed 2,992 times on police crash reports from across the state. In 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 700 fatalities from drowsy-driving-related crashes in the U.S. NHTSA also estimated that, in 2017, drowsy driving contributed to 91,000 police-reported crashes and nearly 800 deaths nationwide.

To raise awareness of the dangers of driving while drowsy or fatigued, the NYPDD is promoting a “Stay Awake, Stay Alive” message during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. As part of this effort, the message will be visible on variable message signs along the New York State Thruway and member agencies will promote the safety message through social media and newsletters.

The NYPDD also cautions that common strategies to avoid drowsiness, such as opening a window, turning on air conditioning or playing loud music, should not be relied upon to overcome fatigue. It can take a half hour to feel the effects of caffeine and that provides only a short-term increase in driver alertness. The safest thing to do when drivers experience drowsiness is to pull over and find a safe place to sleep.

The warning signs of drowsy driving include repeated yawning; struggling to keep one’s eyes open and focused; forgetting the last few miles driven; tailgating or missing traffic signals; and swerving or drifting between lanes of traffic.

Sleepiness can slow a driver’s reaction time, impair vision and judgment and delay the processing of information, increasing the odds of a crash. Motorists should get adequate sleep before driving, take a break about every 100 miles or every two hours, and bring a passenger to help keep them awake and share the driving. Do not drink alcohol before driving, and always be aware of the potential side effects of any medications.

For more information about the dangers of drowsy driving and strategies to avoid it, visit the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Drowsy Driving Awareness webpage at

https://trafficsafety.ny.gov › drowsy-driving.

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