Niverville man faces 18-year sentence for drug overdose deaths

ALBANY—A Columbia County man pleaded guilty in connection with two overdose deaths.

Jacob Ebel, 32, of Niverville pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges in United States District Court, Northern District of NY, September 11.

Mr. Ebel admitted that he distributed heroin and fentanyl to two people who took the drugs and then died in Columbia County in July 2016. Read more…

Farmer killed when tractor, dump truck collide

GREENPORT—A farmer was killed when his tractor was hit by a dump truck at the intersection of State Route 9 and Yates Road, the afternoon of September 19.

Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from the Livingston barracks to the two-vehicle crash at 2:04 p.m.

An investigation revealed than an International Harvester Farmall 1066 tractor operated by Stuart M. Meisner, 67, of Hudson was attempting to cross State Route 9 in a westerly direction from Yates Road. The tractor failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a southbound International Harvester dump truck on State Route 9. Read more…

Red Flag Law allows police to seize guns after shots fired

NEW LEBANON—A Rensselaer County man was arrested for shooting a parked pickup truck in New Lebanon and subsequently had all his guns seized under the state’s new Red Flag Law.

Robert K. King, 52, of Stephentown was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; second degree reckless endangerment and fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from the New Lebanon and Livingston barracks, September 3.

At 6:55 p.m. that day, troopers were dispatched to a residence on State Route 22 for a report of a bullet hole in the caller’s vehicle. Read more…

State Police charge New Leb man with mistreating dog

NEW LEBANON—A New Lebanon man was charged with animal neglect by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks.

Daniel L. Bivins, 30, was charged with a class A misdemeanor, under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law 353—overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance; and an Ag and Markets Law 353B violation—failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs.

State Police say a complaint was called in August 24 at 8:40 a.m. An investigation found a pitbull had allegedly been neglected. Read more…

Child dies from car crash injuries in Copake

COPAKE—A seven-year-old boy was killed in a car accident on County Route 7A (Center Hill Road), August 21 at about 6:40 p.m.

State Police were called to the scene on County Route 7A near Twin Bridges Road. A heavy rainstorm with thunder and lightning was moving through the area at the time of the crash.

A preliminary investigation reveals that Christina I. Gubler, 28, of Craryville was driving a 2005 Honda Civic southbound with a passenger, her son, Caleb P. Dier, 7, also of Craryville. Ms. Gubler lost control of her vehicle in wet conditions and crossed into the northbound lane, where it struck a northbound 2014 Toyota Avalon operated by Michael T. Super, 71, of Hudson with passenger Mary B. Super, 71, in the vehicle. Read more…