Police say driver of pickup caused fatal Chatham accident

CHATHAM–Livingston State Police have charged a Niverville teenager with misdemeanor reckless driving, speeding and failure to keep right in connection with the July 30 crash that killed an Albany man.

State Police Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano told The Columbia Paper Wednesday the accident investigation revealed that James Lensink, 18, of Niverville was travelling at 91 mph in a 45 mph zone when the GMC pickup truck he was driving crashed into a Lexus convertible driven by Ralph J. Glover III, 34, of Albany on Route 203 at the Chapel Drive intersection at 10:31 p.m.

Mr. Lensink and his passenger Edward S. Mieske, 17, of Kinderhook, had just made some mechanical modifications to the truck at Mr. Lensink’s house and were taking the truck for a test drive when the crash occurred.

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Hudson man lands in jail after knife incident

HUDSON–Gregory T. Meyers, 22, of Hudson was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana by Hudson Police Officer James Nero, August 11 at 2:50 p.m.

Mr. Meyers allegedly possessed a 12-inch chef’s knife during a fight on South Front Street. When police arrived to investigate a report about a man with a knife, they saw Mr. Meyers throw the knife.

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Sheriff sends kids to summer camp

GREENPORT-Ten Columbia County youngsters spent a week in July at the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2009 Summer Camp, according to a press release from Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr.

The kids traveled from the county Sheriff’s Office to Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of Yates County to attend the summer camp, which is designed to provide recreation and good citizenship programs.

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Three-year-old killed in ATV rollover

AUSTERLITZ–The youngest of three siblings aboard an all-terrain-vehicle died after it crashed at 100 Herrington Drive, August 8 at 6:44 p.m.

Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr. reported in a press release that the children–an 8-year-old boy and his 3-year-old and 10-year-old sisters–were house-sitting with their father at a residence on Herrington Drive.

The father and children, none of whom were identified by the sheriff, borrowed an ATV from the owner of the house, who was out-of-town, and went over to a neighbor’s place.

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Fire destroys most of Austerlitz home

AUSTERLITZ–Fire destroyed a garage, a pop-up camper and most of a 2-story house at 140 Macedonia Road, the afternoon of August 7.

Firefighters rescued the homeowners’ cat from the burning house and saved two rooms and their contents, according to Austerlitz Fire District Chief Jeff Prack.

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