Sheriff charges Stuyvesant man with Stockport arson

STOCKPORT—The Sheriff’s Office charged a Stuyvesant man with third degree arson, a class C felony, in connection with an October 2017 house fire in Stockport.

The arrest was made after a two-and-a-half-month-long investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The investigation began October 1, 2017 after the fire was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by Columbia County 911. Information gathered during the course of the investigation led to the arrest of William P. Travis, III, 31, of Woods Lane in the Stuyvesant. It was determined that Mr. Travis allegedly went to the residence at 290 County Route 25 in Stockport and started a fire that completely destroyed the structure. The Stockport Fire Department responded along with other local fire companies. Read more…

Driver dies after vehicle strikes cars in parking lot

CLAVERACK—Columbia County 911 dispatched sheriff’s patrols to an accident involving multiple vehicles in the parking lot of Coyote Flaco on State Route 9H/23, just north of Van Wyck Lane, December 5 at 6:49 p.m.

Deputies found that a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban operated by Ronald E. Moore, 73, of Stuyvesant was traveling north on State Route 9H/23 when for unknown reasons it went off the east side of the roadway about 250 feet south of the Coyote Flaco parking lot. The suburban continued on,  traveling in a northerly direction and into the parking lot where it struck an occupied 2015 Jeep operated by Steven A. Hart, 54, of Hudson. The impact pushed the Jeep into two unoccupied vehicles, a 2015 Toyota Highlander and a 2011 Toyota Sienna, and the 2011 Toyota then struck an unoccupied 2010 Kia station wagon, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Moore, who was the sole occupant in the suburban, to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Read more…

Two-car crash on Route 9 claims one life, others injured

KINDERHOOK—State Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle collision at 3093 State Route 9 near Golden Harvest Farms, November 16 at 10:32 a.m.

The initial investigation revealed that Preston H. Schrader, 86, of Claverack made a left-hand turn onto State Route 9 from a parking lot exit and struck a northbound vehicle.

Valatie Rescue Squad took Mr. Schrader and another person to Albany Medical Center. Mr. Schrader was later pronounced dead there, according to State Police. CCEMS Greenport Rescue took one patient to Albany Memorial Hospital and one patient refused transport by the Chatham Rescue, according to County 911. Firefighters were back in service at 12:31 p.m. Read more…

Man dies in inaccessible site on Mass border

MT. WASHINGTON, MA—A Ghent man was killed when he slipped off a rock near Bash Bish Falls Friday night, July 28,

His body was located two days later, but cannot be recovered, according to authorities.

Aiden Campion-Pratt, 21, of Ghent was swimming with another person at a place north of the main falls. Other waterfalls cascade through the area, which was described as a gorge with 100-foot sheer rock drop-offs on either side and pools of water along the way. Read more…

Police have not determined driver in fatal crash

BLUE STORES—A Hudson woman was killed in a three-car collision at the intersection of State Route 9 and county routes 31 and 8, July 19 at 6:50 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from the Livingston barracks to the scene. Their preliminary investigation indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling east on County Route 31 when it failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of State Route 9.

The Cavalier, occupied by Daniel Rowe, 64, and Tammy L. Parker, 40, both of Hudson, subsequently collided with a 2017 Hyundai which was headed north on State Route 9. The Cavalier overturned and struck a vehicle parked in the Xtra Mart convenience store/gas station parking lot at 2224 U.S. 9, Livingston. Read more…