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Livingston man charged with rape and endangering minor


LIVINGSTON–As a result of an investigation into a Child Abuse Hotline call received October 6, State Police investigators at Livingston charged David Plain, 23, of Livingston with one count of first degree criminal sex act, three counts of second degree rape and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Monday, October 24.

He allegedly engaged in sex acts with an acquaintance — a 14-year-old girl. Mr. Plain was arraigned in Livingston Court before Town Justice Robert Moore and was sent to jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bail or $80,000 bail bond pending further court action.

An investigation is continuing and anyone with further information should contact Investigator William Mulrein at 518 851-2001.


West Ghent firefighters and Greenport Rescue were called to a house fire at 930 Route 9H, Ghent, October 25 at 8:36 p.m. Mutual aid was subsequently summoned from Stottville, Stockport and Claverack with Stuyvesant standing by. New York State Electric & Gas was called to disconnect power to the home. Live wires were down near the residence. The wood-framed home was to be the new home of Brian and Susan Mathew. The couple had just returned from their wedding and honeymoon. They were married Saturday, October 22. Their household belongings, clothes and wedding gifts were all destroyed inside. They planned on moving into the house this week. No one was hurt. The Columbia County Cause & Origin team was called in to investigate and the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was on the scene. Units cleared the scene at 12:32 a.m.


A woman, who allegedly intentionally drove her sport utility vehicle into the rear of another vehicle, faces numerous charges, according to Greenport Police.

Kacie L. Hoyt, 30, of Stockport was charged with two counts of second degree criminal mischief, class D felonies; two counts of second degree reckless endangerment, class A misdemeanors; two counts of acting in manner to injure a child less than 17, class A misdemeanors; and leaving the scene of an accident, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Hoyt allegedly approached her estranged husband and his girlfriend in the parking lot of Walmart and engaged in an argument with them both. The couple then got in their car and locked the doors as Ms. Hoyt allegedly kicked vehicle. Ms. Hoyt then allegedly ripped the door handle off the driver’s side door as the vehicle pulled away.

The couple drove out of the parking lot with Ms. Hoyt following. As they approached a red light Ms. Hoyt allegedly rammed her 2002 Ford Explorer into the back of the couple’s 2010 Hyundai Elantra.

Both parties proceeded south onto Fairview Avenue, where Ms. Hoyt continued to follow until they drove into Fairview Plaza. Ms. Hoyt then allegedly left the scene.

Police say damage to the Hyundai exceeded $4,500. Ms. Hoyt also allegedly had her two children in the vehicle, ages 6 years and 4 months, when she rammed the back of the Hyundai.

Ms. Hoyt was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Francis Abitabile. She was released on her own recognizance pending an October 17 court appearance. The county Department of Social Services was notified of the incident and is assisting with the case, according to a press release from Greenport Police Chief Kevin Marchetto.

*Tremain Jackson, Sr., 23, of Craryville was charged with second degree criminal contempt by Deputy Chad Shufelt and Sheriff’s Sergeant John DeRocha, September 22 at 8:10 p.m.

At a Greenport business, Mr. Jackson was allegedly found to be in the company of a person he was ordered to stay away from by a Columbia County Family Court Order of Protection issued by Judge Jonathan Nichols. Arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Francis Abitabile, Mr. Jackson was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bail bond. He will return to town court at a later date.


State Police at Livingston responded a personal injury accident on County Route 7, October 8.

A vehicle driven by Marion Clement, 90, of New York City failed to yield the right of way to two motorcyclists, Angel Colon, 55, of Staten Island and Krzysztof Gancarz, 38, of Bartonsville, PA, turning into and striking them at the intersection of County Route 27A.

Mr. Colon was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with serious leg injuries and Mr. Gancarz was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital with leg injuries.  Ms. Clement was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way. State Police were assisted by Copake Police and Ancram firefighters.

*Saul Santiago-Lopez, 24, of Millerton was charged with driving across roadway hazard markers, failure to stop at stop sign, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident by Sheriff’s Sergeant John DeRocha.

Mr. Santiago-Lopez was involved in a property damage automobile crash on Woods Drive at the Route 82 intersection, September 18 at 1 a.m.

An investigation revealed that Mr. Santiago-Lopez was operating a 1996 Dodge Van northbound on Route 82, when he failed to stop for a stop sign, continued off the roadway and struck a tree. The operator and his two passengers, Leonard Santiago-Cruz, 25, and Evan Garcia-Santiago, 18, reported they were not injured. The driver will answer the charges in Ancram Court at a later date.

West Lebanon

Jaymes Taylor, 20, of West Lebanon was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by Trooper Bryan Cloutier, Saturday afternoon, October 22.

While checking to see if some target the shooting was the minimum 500 feet from a dwelling, Trooper Cloutier found Mr. Taylor to have a .22 caliber rifle. A convicted felon, Mr. Taylor is prohibited from possessing firearms. He was ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Court at a later date.


Michael Halachik, 41 of Kinderhook was charged with third degree assault by State Police at Kinderhook, September 26.

Mr. Halachik allegedly punched a woman during a dispute. He was arraigned in Kinderhook Court and released.

*Chun Zheg, 58, of Valatie was charged with forcible touching by State Police at Kinderhook, September 26.

While walking down a street, he met a woman, pulled her close to him after shaking hands with her then allegedly touched her inappropriately. He was released with a ticket to appear in court.

*Andrew Witherell, 30, of Ghent was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by State Police at Kinderhook, October 11.

Police pulled Mr. Witherell over on State 9H, Kinderhook. He was found to allegedly possess a switchblade. He was released with a ticket to appear in court.

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