Man dies in one-car crash on Route 22 in Austerlitz

AUSTERLITZ—A Rensselaer County man was killed in a car crash on State Route 22 north of Osmer Road, September 6. State Police from the New Lebanon barracks investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash at 12:45 a.m. that date after a concerned motorist called Columbia County 911.

Troopers arrived, along with Austerlitz firefighters and the Chatham Rescue Squad at 11819 Route 22, where they found one vehicle off the road.

The operator, Kevin C. Jones, 30, of Troy had been driving south when for unknown reasons, his vehicle went off the west shoulder and crashed into a utility pole and multiple trees. Read more…

Niverville man faces multiple charges in domestic case

KINDERHOOK—A Niverville man faces numerous charges related to his alleged involvement in a domestic dispute.

Michael D. Ray, 25, of Niverville was charged with second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputy Patrick McMahon and Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, August 22 at noon. Mr. Ray was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute in the Town of Kinderhook at 11:13 a.m. that date.

Because a Kinderhook Town Justice was not available, he was arraigned in Chatham Town Court before Justice Michael Rosen. He was released on his own recognizance, and an order of protection for the victim was issued. Mr. Ray was due to return to Kinderhook Town Court at a later date. Read more…

State Police charge Chatham man with sexual abuse, endangering child

CHATHAM—State Police from the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Lawrence R. Thomas, 72, of Chatham for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, August 20.

Lawrence Thomas

After receiving a law enforcement tip of possible sexual abuse an investigation revealed Mr. Thomas allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 13-years-old.

Mr. Thomas was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Chatham Town Court at a later date. Read more…

Two Copake men charged in ATV theft

CLAVERACK—Two men face charges in connection with the thefts of a dirt bike and an ATV on two consecutive days.

Sheriff’s Deputy Philipp Gomm was called to check out a suspicious vehicle report on Palmer Road Extension, August 13.

The previous day, a dirt bike was stolen in the same area. Deputy Gomm came upon a pickup truck leaving a residence with an ATV in the back. Read more…

Police track down four from car in K’hook crash

KINDERHOOK—A speeding vehicle tried to outrun police, crashed and then its occupants fled on foot, according to a press release from the Sheriff’ Office.

Deputy Jason Garvey saw a vehicle on State Route 9H traveling at 77 mph, July 24 at 7:51 p.m.

As the deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle and stop it, the vehicle accelerated and failed to comply. The vehicle then crashed in the Kinderhook roundabout and became disabled. Read more…