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Ancram man dies in motorcycle crash


ANCRAMDALE–Michael Mallozzi, 29, of Poole Hill Road, Ancram was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 82 north of Chase and Schoolhouse roads, July 1 at 4:40 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to the accident scene, where they found that a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle operated by Mr. Mallozzi was northbound when he lost control, slid on the highway and struck a guard rail.

The Community Rescue Squad attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mallozzi, but was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Roberta Davis, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Deputies Brendan Filli and Wendy Guntert with the Sheriff’s Office Accident and Incident Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Also on the scene were Lieutenant James Andrews, Sr. Investigator Kevin Skype, Sergeant Michael Merante, Deputies Bernard Roberts and Brian Molinski and Ancram firefighters.

Sheriff Harrison said that the investigation is continuing. An autopsy was scheduled at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

New Lebanon

State Police at New Lebanon investigated a car/bicycle accident on State Route 20, June 30.

A vehicle driven by Andrew Cavally, 31, of Stephentown was westbound on State 20 when he sideswiped a bicycle which was also headed west.

The Chatham Rescue Squad took the bicyclist, a 13-year-old New Lebanon resident, to the Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of minor arm, leg and back injuries. No tickets were issued. The Lebanon Valley Fire Department was also on the scene.


Livingston State Police and Kinderhook troopers charged a Philmont man in connection with a Chatham burglary June 30.

At about 8:30 p.m. June 27, troopers responded to a report of a burglary at the Golden Acres Trailer Park. A residence that was recently vacated by an elderly woman who moved into a nursing home was broken into.

Trooper Timothy Milone interviewed David P. Knott, 18, of Philmont, who subsequently confessed to the burglary. State Police charged Mr. Knott with one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony and one count of fourth degree criminal mischief, a class E felony.

Mr. Knott was arraigned in Chatham Town Court by Justice Michael Hart and was sent to the Columbia County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

*Jonathan Doty, 25, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal and disorderly conduct by Chatham Police, June 14 at 6:38 p.m.

Police were called to a fight in the area of the railroad tracks. Their investigation determined that Mr. Doty allegedly damaged personal property at a village residence and yelled loud, foul language in a public place. He was arraigned in village court and sent to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail pending a later village court date.


State Police at Livingston were called to Twin Lakes for a report of a car submerged in about 10 feet of water, June 29. Troopers called in members of the State Police Troop K dive team, who hooked up the empty car, which was then winched out.

The car was reported stolen to Hudson Police the day before. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Livingston Fire Department. Anyone with information about the car is asked to call State Police at Livingston at 518-851-2001 or the Hudson Police at 518-828-3388.


David M. Cowles, 25, of Philmont was charged with petit larceny and resisting arrest by State Police at Livingston, June 30.

Troopers on patrol in the village were flagged down by a cashier at the Cumberland Farms who pointed out a man, later identified as Mr. Cowles, fleeing the store with stolen items. Troopers chased the man on foot and apprehended him. Mr. Cowles allegedly resisted troopers’ attempts to take him into custody.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

*Krista L. Wilkins, 18, of Philmont was charged with second degree falsely reporting an incident, a felony; second degree falsifying business records, misdemeanor; and second degree criminal impersonation, misdemeanor, by State Police at Livingston, June 30.

Ms. Wilkins allegedly made a prank call to Columbia 911, June 11 at 1:14 a.m., reporting a fire on Maple Avenue in the village. Philmont firefighters responded and determined it to be a malicious false alarm. A short time later Trooper Carmen Martino was sent to the same address for a different complaint and his investigation led to the arrest.

Ms. Wilkins was additionally charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident in Livingston after she allegedly made another false report while at the State Police barracks during the investigation. Police say, Ms. Wilkins made the false calls to 911 in an effort to get the attention of boy living there. She was arraigned in Philmont Court. State Police worked on the case with Columbia County 911 dispatchers.

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