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Police charge man for slashing local woman


PHILMONT–A Greene County man is behind bars after he allegedly broke into a woman’s residence and cut her July 16 at 4:06 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Deputies Chris Link and Andrew Broockmann to a Main Street home for an unknown emergency. When they got there, deputies found a woman with lacerations to her hands and head requiring medical treatment, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

The suspect, David Hinkein, 30, of Catskill, who knew the woman, allegedly assaulted her with a kitchen knife in the presence of children after he allegedly forced his way into her apartment. He fled the scene before deputies arrived.

The Greenport Rescue Squad was called to the scene to provide medical treatment to the victim.

Charged with first degree burglary, a class B felony, second degree assault and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class D felonies, third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, Mr. Hinkein turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office later that afternoon with his attorney.

Arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel, Mr. Hinkein was sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond. He is to return to town court, July 20.

Also assisting with the case were Sergeant Donald Krapf, Deputies Thomas Bagnall, Heath Benansky and his K9 partner Apollo and Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Brahm.


A one-car accident on Route 9 about a mile north of the Buckley’s corners intersection, left two people hurt, July 16 at 12:20 p.m.

Patryk Kuczynski, 20, of Greenport, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer northbound, when he attempted to pass another vehicle.

Mr. Kuczynski told deputies he saw a southbound car headed toward him and sped up to pull ahead of the car he was passing.

The Kuczynski vehicle went off the roadway after, Mr. Kuczynski said, his vehicle hit the front end of the vehicle he was passing. Kuczynski’s SUV then struck an earth embankment, hit a utility pole and rolled over about three times. Deputies found no other vehicle at the scene and received no other reports that another vehicle was struck.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Kuczynski, who was wearing his safety belt, to the Albany Medical Center for a complaint of chest pains. The rescue squad took his passenger, Amanda Race, 25, of Greenport, to a landing zone, where she was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center with serious injuries. She too was wearing a seatbelt.

Deputies Marcus Hickey and Scott Kline charged Mr. Kuczynski with unsafe passing, reckless driving and speed not reasonable and prudent. He will answer the charges in Greenport Court at a later date.

Also on the scene were Captain David Bartlett, Sergeant Brian Molinski and Senior Investigator William Foster. The Greenport Fire Department and Greenport Police Department also assisted.

*Bruce Pigford, 21, of Greenport was charged with third degree menacing, fourth degree criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest by Livingston Trooper G. Mazzacano, May 3.

Mr. Pigford allegedly became involved in a dispute with a woman at his residence. It continued later while he drove with the woman on Fairview Avenue and while behind the wheel, he allegedly broke the woman’s glasses. The dispute lingered in a parking lot on Fairview Avenue. When troopers tried to take Mr. Pigford into custody he allegedly ran, and after being stopped, allegedly resisted arrest. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Dump truck and car collide

One driver was hurt in two-vehicle crash on Route 66, Claverack, near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park, July 18 at 8:35 a.m. Carina M. Kaufman, 22, of Dalton, MA, was operating a 1999 Saab four-door sedan westbound on Route 66. She told deputies she saw a truck headed east on Route 66. The 2005 International dump truck, operated by Thomas Delaney, 44, of Philmont, and owned by the Town of Claverack, started to move off the road when traffic in its lane came to a sudden stop. The truck driver locked up his brakes and lost control of the vehicle, which spun and slid sideways into the Kaufman vehicle. Mr. Delaney was not hurt, but the Greenport Rescue Squad took Ms. Kaufman to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of chest and lower back pain. Deputies Marcus Hickey and Scott Kline investigated the crash which closed Route 66 for about an hour.


Paul Welch, 65, of Ghent was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree criminal contempt, both class A misdemeanors by Deputy Andrew Broockmann, July 16 at 8:15 p.m.

The Ghent Town Court ordered Mr. Welch to surrender all of his firearms because he is a convicted felon and is prohibited from having them. After telling the court he had no weapons, deputies found that he allegedly did have some.

Arraigned in Ghent Court on an arrest warrant, Mr. Welch was sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond. He was ordered to return to town court July 19.


Yvette Pabon, 23, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged with speeding, reckless driving, unlawful dealing with fireworks and unlawful possession of marijuana by Livingston Trooper J. Reppucci, May 5.

Ms. Pabon was stopped on the Taconic State Parkway for travelling at 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. After the stop, she was found to be driving with a suspended license, and to have fireworks and marijuana. She was arraigned in Taghkanic Court and released on $100 bail.


The following face drug and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Brandon Beckingham, 24, of Elizaville was charged with driving while intoxicated by Kinderhook Trooper E. Harris, May 2. Troopers saw Mr. Beckingham traveling at 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Route 9H Kinderhook. When they tried to stop him, he refused to pull over for several miles. When he did stop, troopers found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with speeding, failure to keep right and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. While being processed, Mr. Beckingham allegedly intentionally damaged a restraint ring and was additionally charged with fourth degree criminal mischief. He was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Kasey Kay, 26, of Lee, MA, and her passenger, Heidi Jefferson, 17, of Becket, MA, were both charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by New Lebanon troopers, May 4 at 8:50 p.m. Troopers stopped Ms. Kay’s 2005 Ford on State Route 22 in New Lebanon for having an inoperable headlamp. Troopers found both women to have a controlled substance and marijuana. They were issued appearance tickets were returnable in New Lebanon Court.

*Eric Kenneally, 27, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by Livingston Trooper A. Pelizza, May 4.

Mr. Kenneally was stopped on State Route 23, Greenport and found to be intoxicated. He was released with tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

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