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Suspects charged in Chatham home invasion


CHATHAM–Five people face charges in connection with a home invasion on County Route 17 the morning of Thursday, January 12 at 12:39.

The homeowners, a husband and his wife, were awakened by noises. Thinking someone was in their house, they checked further. The husband reported that at least two people had entered the residence. When confronted by both homeowners, one male suspect allegedly displayed a handgun before leaving the residence. The couple immediately called 911 to report the home invasion. No one was injured during the incident, according to a press release from Sheriff David Harrison, Jr., who said deputies were summoned to the home by County 911.

While on their way to the call, Sergeant Donald Krapf and Deputy Kris Bauhoff stopped a vehicle with several individuals in it on County Route 28 in Niverville. With assistance from State Police and Chatham Police patrols, two illegal handguns were found: one a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and the second a small caliber revolver that was empty.

An investigation revealed that the vehicle and its occupants had been involved in the County Route 17 home invasion, the sheriff said in the release.

All five were charged with first degree conspiracy to commit burglary, a class E felony. They are: Jeremy Bost, 22, of Old Post Road, Ghent; Joshua Spencer, 28, of State Street, Hudson; Christopher Anderson, 24, of Old Post Road, Ghent; Katrina Lewis, 19, of Columbia Street, Hudson and Shavanyce Q. Anthony-Lewis, 18, of Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson.

They were arraigned before Livingston Justice Robert Q. Moore and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

The case was to be presented to the Grand Jury, Tuesday, January 17. Additional charges are probable.

Also, a parole arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Anderson by the state Division of Parole in Albany.

Mr. Anderson was a defendant in the November 1, 2004 home invasion and murder of Livingston fruit farmer Henry Gropp on Mill Road. Mr. Anderson was convicted of second degree burglary in that case and is currently on parole.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Branch, deputies, crime scene technicians, District Attorney Paul Czajka and Assistant District Attorney David Costanzo are continuing the investigation. Sheriff’s investigators are also working with State Police investigators to determine if any of the suspects were involved in other home invasions.

Sheriff Harrison said that the crime appears random as there is no connection between the homeowners and the perpetrators. The investigation revealed that the group had scoped out one other residence before entering the home on County Route 17. The sheriff said this is a serious incident which could have ended tragically. County residents should consider installing home alarms and are reminded to lock all doors and windows when they are at home sleeping or not at home.

“These are the times we live in and it’s unfortunate, but taking time to ensure that homes are secure and calling 911 whenever something suspicious is happening can make a big difference,” the sheriff said.

Red Hook

Three young men, including two from Hudson, died in a grisly Route 9G wreck police believe was caused by a combination of speed and alcohol, Saturday, January 14 at 1:13 a.m.

Troopers from the Rhinebeck barracks investigated the one-car accident and discovered Favio Avila Debernard, 24, of Hudson was driving a white Pontiac Grand Am GT north on State 9G just south of the Columbia County line, when he lost control of the car, went off the east shoulder of the highway and struck a tree. Mr. Debernard, along with Ethan Keil, 22, of Hudson and Micah Evans, 21, of Tivoli were all pronounced dead at the scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner.

Troopers were assisted by State Police investigators and the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. A preliminary investigation shows that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. State Police were also assisted by Tivoli Fire Department who had the arduous task of extricating the victims from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, a process which took several hours.


State troopers at Kinderhook and Livingston along with investigators at Livingston charged Jozef J. Ortiz, 18, of Valatie and a 15-year-old boy of Kinderhook with arson, January 16.

The teens were charged in connection with a series of fires in the Town of Kinderhook between January 12 and 14.

On January 14 at about 1:30 a.m. the Niverville Fire Department was called to a fire at the NAPA Store on State Route 9. When the fire chief arrived he found a utility vehicle fully involved.

A subsequent investigation by the fire department and State Police revealed the fire was arson. The investigation into other related crimes in the town is ongoing and numerous other charges are pending.

The suspects were charged with one count each of third arson degree, a class C felony. Mr. Ortiz was arraigned in Greenport Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond. He must return to Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

The 15-year-old was issued a ticket to appear at the Columbia County Probation Department.


Christopher R. Young, age not provided, of Greenport faces a felony weapon charge, according to Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the Joslen Motor Lodge on Joslen Boulevard, Friday, January 13 at about 10:57 p.m. for a 911 call about suspicious activity possibly involving a person with a handgun.

When they arrived a 23-year-old woman told them that Mr. Young had threatened her and pointed a handgun at her. Deputies found Mr. Young in a room at the hotel he shares with the woman victim. The Taurus .38 special revolver allegedly used by Mr. Young earlier was also found in the room, along with ammunition.

Mr. Young is currently on felony probation with the Columbia County Probation Department for a conviction in Dutchess County of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

Mr. Young was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony and second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Greenport Town Court before Justice Francis Abitabile. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and recommended no bail. Mr. Young was sent to jail without bail to return to town court at a later date.

The investigation is continuing.

Deputies Brendan Filli and Kris Bauhoff were assisted with the investigation by Sergeant William Zincio, Deputy Marcus Hickey and Investigator Patrick Logue. Greenport Police Officer Andrew Tanzillo responded to the scene as well.


MaryAnne Traver, 50, of Stockport was charged with disorderly conduct by Sheriff’s Sergeant William Zincio, November 16 at 11:15 p.m.

Ms. Traver was allegedly “jumping in traffic” on Route 9 while in an intoxicated condition–obstructing vehicular traffic. She was released with an appearance ticket to answer the charge in Stockport Court.


Jordan Tipple, 30, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child by Deputy David Rose, November 13 at 10:58 a.m.

Mr. Tipple allegedly pulled a woman’s hair, slapped and punched her while she was holding a five-month-old baby.

Arraigned in Stuyvesant Court before Town Justice Carrie O’Hare, Mr. Tipple was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to town court at a later date.


Edward H. Casivant, 47, of Claverack was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor by Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, November 15 at 1:10 p.m.

Mr. Casivant was allegedly in possession of a stolen generator. He was released with an appearance ticket directing him to Claverack Court to answer the charge.


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