State police charge two on Devereux staff in pedestrian fatality

CLERMONT—October 5, State Police released the name of the victim of the fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on State Route 9 in Clermont September 23, as 14-year-old Romelo Cruze.

While the State Police were investigating the fatal crash, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Red Hook reported Romelo Cruze, a resident of their facility, missing.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s mission is to unlock and nurture human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences, according to its website

Two staff members responsible for the teen, provided business records and written statements to investigators claiming he was in good condition at their facility at 5:30 a.m. But the crash occurred at 4:50 a.m. almost 4.5 miles north of the facility.

Subsequently, Churchil Orodi, 39, and Beryl Orech, 36, both of Poughkeepsie, were arrested October 4, for first degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and first degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies, and making a punishable false written statement, a class A misdemeanor.

Both subjects were issued appearance tickets returnable to the town of Red Hook Court October 26.

In their initial September 23 press release State Police reported that they began investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on State Route 9 near County Route 8 in Clermont.

An initial investigation found that at 4:50 a.m., a northbound 2007 Ford F550 struck a 14-year-old pedestrian who was walking in the roadway.

The 14-year-old was pronounced deceased on scene by responding Northern Dutchess Paramedics.


Hudson City Police arrested 52 year old, Randy A. Shook, 52, for third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previously convicted), a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon (intent to use), and second degree menacing (weapon), both class A misdemeanors, October 10.

At 5:01 p.m. that day, Hudson Police received a call from Columbia County 911 call reporting a stabbing that occurred at a residence on the 200 block of Columbia Street. It was alleged that the landlord was stabbed by one of his tenants at that location. The Greenport Rescue Squad staged in the area until the scene was safe.

Uniform patrols and detectives responded to the call immediately. The suspect was apprehended and arrested at the scene. The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening. The victim, a 66-year-old Hudson resident, sustained a small laceration to his left forearm and was treated by Greenport Rescue. A knife was also recovered at the scene.

“It appears that an argument over possession of a TV remote precipitated the event,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Mr. Shook was arraigned by Judge John Connor in Hudson City Court. Mr. Shook was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. He was to return to court at a later date.

*Brad R. Hapeman, 49, of Hudson was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, by Hudson Police, October 10.

At 10:03 a.m. that day, Hudson Police received a call from a subject reporting an unauthorized use of his company’s work vehicle. The man explained to patrols that an ex-employee stopped showing up for work and never returned a work vehicle. The vehicle was spotted in the area of Columbia and North Third streets and HPD was called. Upon the patrol’s arrival Mr. Hapeman was on the scene arguing with the owner of the vehicle.

Officers soon discovered that Mr. Hapeman had an active bench warrant out of the Town of Greenport Court for failure to appear on drug possession charges. Patrols placed Mr. Hapeman under arrest on the active bench warrant. Prior to transporting Mr. Hapeman he was searched and allegedly found to be in possession of 3.1 grams of crack cocaine. He was brought to the Hudson City Court and arraigned by Judge John Connor. Mr. Hapeman was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail predicated on his three previous felony convictions. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for October 14.

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