Chatham head-on collision leaves woman in critical condition

EAST CHATHAM—Four people were hurt in a two-car head-on collision near Donna’s Country Grill, 591 State Route 295, May 23 at 3:24 p.m.

Columbia County 911 called State Police to the crash scene to investigate.

Troopers say that Kiran A. Oakes, 17, of Chatham was traveling east on State Route 295 at the same time a vehicle, operated by Joan M. Borghi, 82, of Chatham was traveling west. Read more…

Firefighters get sharper tools

CHATHAM—Chatham firefighters recently held an extrication drill to hone their vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. In case of occupant entrapment due to forceful impact with other vehicles or structures, specialized tools may be necessary to cut or force open vehicle parts that can’t otherwise be readily opened.

While the department has had these tools for many years (carried on its rescue truck 58-9), newer model passenger vehicles are constructed with components that are much stronger than those found on earlier models, so the department acquired state-of-the-art equipment including a cutter (“Jaws of Life”), spreader and a hydraulic ram, all designed to reduce the time it takes to remove a trapped occupant. These new Hurst extrication tools were purchased from MESFire thanks to an AFG grant. Read more…

Police charge 3 men in alleged robbery at town park

CLAVERACK—Three Philmont men were charged May 17 by Livingston State Police in connection with a May 15 robbery.

Derek P. Peeters, 22; Erik M. Shook, 26, and David A. Zukowski, Jr., 27, all face charges of second degree robbery, a class C felony.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to the Claverack Town Park at 91 Church Street, Mellenville for a reported robbery, May 15 at about 1 a.m. Read more…

May is Motorcycle Safety month

GREENPORT—The beginning of May marks the start of the motorcycle riding season and kicks off the national Motorcycle Safety Awareness month.

As the weather becomes warmer, an increasing number of motorcycles take to the roads. Read more…