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Police charge four with joyride in New Leb that damaged school field


W. LEBANON–Three brothers and their friend face a variety of offenses after police say, they trespassed on the grounds of the Walter B. Howard Elementary School, Saturday night, June 2.

State Police saw the four men in a 1997 Honda Civic driving across the school playground. Troopers found damage to the soccer field, where the driver, Evan Pope, had allegedly spun circles in the grass.

While being taken into custody, passenger Ethan Pope allegedly screamed obscenities near passing motorists and local homes and kicked equipment in a State Police patrol vehicle.

Ryan Pope, 26, of East Chatham and James Avallon, III, 21, of New Lebanon were both charged with trespassing; Evan Pope, 24, of East Chatham was charged with trespassing and fourth degree criminal mischief; Ethan Pope, 22, of East Chatham was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and second degree obstruction of governmental administration.

Mr. Avallon and Ryan Pope were ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Court June 7. Evan and Ethan Pope were arraigned in Canaan Court and were sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. They are slated to reappear in New Lebanon Court, June 21, 2012.

The investigation and arrests were made by New Lebanon Troopers John La Plante and Bryan Cloutier.


Barn burned

Fire leveled an historic barn near 498 Snydertown Road, between Manor Rock and Sweeney roads in Claverack, May 31 at 8:05 a.m. Churchtown firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad were summoned to the scene along with mutual aid from Claverack, Mellenville and Taghkanic. Philmont firefighters stood by in their own quarters. State Police assisted on the scene. A neighbor spotted heavy smoke coming from the barn and called 911. The structure housed at least two pieces of heavy equipment. No one was injured. Fire companies were back in service at 11:39 a.m. Churchtown firefighters were called to douse a rekindle of the stubborn blaze, June 3 at 7:03 p.m. They returned from the scene at 7:26 p.m.



A Massachusetts man was hurt in a collision with a tractor trailer on State Route 22, south of the intersection with State Route 102, May 15 at 11:31 a.m.

A 2007 International Tractor with a 2006 Ranco semi-trailer operated by Thomas Medeiros, 53, of Wappingers Falls was southbound on Route 22 when a northbound 2007 Suzuki Sedan driven by Malcolm Cameron, 61, of West Stockbridge, MA, crossed into the southbound lane.

Mr. Medeiros told deputies he swerved off the west shoulder of the highway to avoid a head-on collision. The Cameron vehicle crashed into the left front driver’s side of the tractor, which pushed the car back into the center of the roadway.

The driver of the tractor trailer and his passenger, Frederick Rossi, 60, of Patterson were not injured. Mr. Cameron was not trapped in his vehicle as initially reported, but was taken to the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by the Chatham Rescue Squad for leg, hip and head injuries. The accident caused Route 22 to be closed for about two hours.

Deputy Todd Hyson is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Captain David Bartlett, Lieutenant James Andrews, Deputies Scott Leggett, Toby VanAlstyne and Reagan Anderson.

Also assisting at the scene were members of the Canaan and Austerlitz fire companies and their fire police.


New Lebanon

Jacob Maynard, 22, of New Lebanon was charged with two felony counts of fourth degree grand larceny and resisting arrest by Troopers John La Plante and Christopher Esposito, March 24.

Mr. Maynard allegedly stole two riding lawn mowers: the first on March 14 from a State Route 22 residence and the other on March16 from a Mill Road residence. Troopers located Mr. Maynard at his mother’s residence, where he allegedly tried to lock himself in a bathroom to avoid arrest, then struggled while being taken into custody. He was arraigned in New Lebanon Court and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail to return to court at a later date.

*Jared Bennett, 30, of Pownal, VT was charged with being a fugitive from justice by Trooper Bryan Cloutier, March 24.

The trooper pulled Mr. Bennett over on Route 20 during a traffic stop and subsequently found that he was wanted in his home state for a violation of probation. He was arraigned in New Lebanon Court, was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail to await extradition to Vermont.

*Brandon Swartz, 26, of Stephentown was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Trooper Bryan Cloutier, March 28. Police say Mr. Swartz was “angry over loaned money” and went to a woman’s New Lebanon home late the night of March 28 and allegedly cut a tire on her car with a pocket knife. He was ticketed to appear in New Lebanon Court.



Zachariah D. Dysard, 24, of Stottville was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Brahm, April 2 at 2:02 p.m.

Mr. Dysard contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a laptop computer that belonged to a family member. It was later determined that Mr. Dysard had allegedly hidden the computer. He was issued a ticket directing him to appear in Stockport Court at a later date.



Frederick Sackett, 36, of Hudson was charged with third degree grand larceny and first degree offering a false instrument for filing by State Police Investigator K. Taylor and Trooper M. Radewitz, April 2. The state Department of Labor reported to police that Sackett had taken more than $9,000 in unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and released to reappear at a later date.



Sara Snyder, 26, of Hudson was charged with third degree grand larceny and first degree offering a false instrument for filing by State Police at Livingston, April 5. The state Department of Labor reported that she had received more than $4,500 in unemployment funds to which she was not entitled. She released on appearance tickets returnable in Greenport Court.



Cameron Jamieson, 35, of Copake was charged with second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by State

Police at Livingston, April 6.

Mr. Jamieson was involved in a dispute during which he allegedly threatened someone with a pickaxe. He was arraigned in Copake Court and released to reappear at a later date.


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