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…

Police say bat-wielding woman damaged cars, endangered children

GREENPORT-Shavanyce Q. Anthony-Lewis, 22, of Hudson was charged with three counts of third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor; and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s Office Investigator Reagan Anderson, Deputies Kris Bauhoff and David Stevens, May 8 at 6:45 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to a residence on Anthony Avenue for a woman causing damage to the residence and two vehicles at location with a baseball bat. Read more…

Pickup driver in Ghent accident charged with vehicular assault

GHENT—A pickup truck passenger, who was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash on Water Street, just east of Nelson Avenue, April 26 at 1:11 a.m. remains hospitalized at Albany Medical Center and the pickup truck driver has been charged in connection with the crash, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Deputies arrested Charles M. Stickles, 28, of Ghent April 29 on charges of second degree vehicular assault, a class E felony; leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, class A misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated, class U misdemeanor; speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions. Read more…