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Teen awaiting sentencing for fatal crash now faces burglary charges


LEBANON SPRINGS–A teenager, who will be sentenced later this month on charges related to a crash that left one man dead, now faces felony burglary charges.

Lars Haas, 18, of Lebanon Springs, who was out on $50,000 bail at the time of the alleged crime, was among three teens charged with burglarizing the New Lebanon Little League concession stand in Shatford Memorial Park in March.


Trooper Matthew Konkle charged Mr. Haas with third degree burglary, June 24. Also charged with the same crime were Jonathan Rounds, 17, and Jaymes Taylor, 18, both of West Lebanon.

Police say the front door of the building was kicked in, snacks were stolen and a cash register and refrigerator were damaged.

The three were arraigned in New Lebanon Court. Mr. Rounds and Mr. Taylor were released on their own recognizance.

Mr. Haas, who was on bail for unrelated charges at the time of his arrest, was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. All three will return to the New Lebanon Court July 1.

Because Mr. Haas was at liberty on $50,000 bail in connection with a previous, unrelated arrest, the Columbia County Court issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Haas.

Trooper Joshua Bond executed the warrant the night of June 26. When he took Mr. Haas into custody, he found that he allegedly possessed a marijuana cigarette. He was issued a ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana. Mr. Haas was jailed on the warrant and will make an appearance in Columbia County Court at a later date.

On May 25, Mr. Haas pleaded guilty to second degree vehicular manslaughter, second degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated in connection with a September 25, 2009 fatal accident at the intersection of Routes 22 an 295 in Canaan. He is due to be sentenced on those charges July 20.

*State Police ask for help from the public to solve a break-in at the New Lebanon Congregational Church at the corner of Routes 20 and 22.

At some point after dark Sunday night June 27, someone entered the church though a door on the west side of the building.

All of the rooms in the church were rummaged through and the door to the church office was kicked in.

Church officials told police they want to leave the church open so worshipers can have access, but due to circumstances like this, it is not possible.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact New Lebanon State Police at (518) 794-9231.


Michael Kresser, 42, of Hillsdale was charged with menacing a police officer, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, criminal contempt and second degree harassment by Livingston State Police, June 6.

Police were called to dispute and upon their arrival, Mr. Kresser allegedly threatened them with a knife. Troopers disarmed him and took him into custody. He was arraigned in Hillsdale Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.


John Persing, 48, of Austerlitz was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, second degree assault, unlawful possession of marijuana, third degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of cannabis by Troopers Jenelle Wait and Ian Jackson, June 27.

When State Police arrived at the Fog Hill Road address, they found a woman covered in blood. Police say that over the course of several hours, Mr. Persing had slapped the woman in the head and had shoved her, caused her to fall on and break a coffee table. He then allegedly struck the woman on the back with a metal fireplace poker.

While trying to escape, the woman struck Mr. Persing in the head with a piece of ceramic floor tile.

When troopers arrested Mr. Persing he allegedly had a glass marijuana pipe and a small bag of the drug. They further found that Mr. Persing had been growing marijuana in five-gallon buckets and seized two-thirds of a pound of seedling plants.

While conducting their investigation, the troopers learned that Mr. Persing was on felony probation in Columbia County for a third degree criminal possession of marijuana conviction.

He was arraigned in Ghent Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He will appear in Austerlitz Court at a later date.


Corey Hoag, 27, of Chatham was charged with third degree assault and fourth degree criminal mischief by Kinderhook State Police, June 24.

Mr. Hoag was involved in a dispute at his residence during which he allegedly punched a woman in the face and damaged her cell phone. He was arraigned in Chatham Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


Kyle Cohen, 17, of Craryville was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, petit larceny, fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment by Trooper Matthew Konkle, June 29.

Kyle allegedly stole prescription pain medication from a family member and gave it to a 15-year-old, who overdosed on the pills, went into convulsions and had to be hospitalized overnight.

He also allegedly damaged property by kicking a door and punching a wall, and threatened to harm a family member.

Arraigned in Copake Court, Kyle was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. He will be back in court July 5.


A pedestrian was hurt during an accident on County Route 21C, June 26.

Josephine Proul of Ghent was driving on County Route 21C when her vehicle struck a board that appeared in the road from behind a bush on the shoulder of the road.

Anthony Swenson, of Great Barrington, was carrying that board and had walked into traffic without looking, according to Livingston State Police.

As a result of the board being struck Mr. Swenson claimed neck and shoulder pain. The Philmont Rescue Squad took Mr. Swenson to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Philmont firefighters assisted at the scene.


Raymond Chadwick, 19, of Philmont, Christopher Beebe, 21, of Hillsdale, and Cody Costa, 20, of Elizaville were charged with attempted petit larceny, conspiracy and trespass by Livingston State Police June 21.

The men were caught allegedly attempting to break into vehicles on Joslen Boulevard. They were released with appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

*Stephen Pabon, 18, of Hudson, and a juvenile whom police did not identify were charged with making graffiti and trespass by Livingston State Police, June 23.

Both subjects were caught spray painting the back of a business on Fairview Avenue. The juvenile was additionally charged with possession of a graffiti instrument and fourth degree criminal mischief.

Mr. Pabon released on appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court. The juvenile was released on Family Court appearance tickets returnable to Columbia County Probation.


Trooper Nicholas Lombardi charged a 16-year-old from Yonkers, a resident of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services For Youth, with fourth degree criminal mischief, June 23

The teen allegedly caused damage to a cottage on the campus by tearing the screens out of two windows and breaking the glass in one. He is slated to appear in Canaan Court.


The following face alcohol-related charges:

Christopher Nooney, 21, of North Chatham was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated by Trooper Ian Jackson. June 4.

The trooper received a call about a vehicle off the road along County Route 32 in North Chatham. He found that Mr. Nooney had driven his Nissan Sentra into a ditch and gotten stuck. A sobriety test revealed that Mr. Nooney’s blood alcohol content was .29% or nearly four times the legal limit of intoxication. Mr. Nooney and was ticketed to appear in the Chatham Town Court.

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