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Teen, seriously injured in car mishap, flown to Albany Med


GREENPORT—A 14-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center after colliding with a car on Fairview Avenue, August 14 at 3:56 p.m.

State Police at Livingston say that Jeffrey Rindler, 51, of Hollowville was driving northbound when the teenager attempted to cross the road and ran into the side of the Rindler vehicle. The Greenport Rescue Squad took the girl, who was not identified by police, to Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was then transferred to Albany Medical Center and admitted in critical condition with head trauma. Mr. Rindler was not hurt. No charges are expected at present.


Anderson gets maximum

Christopher L. Anderson, 24, of Ghent will spend the next 80 years behind bars for his role in three home invasions in North Chatham, Valatie and Kinderhook. Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols delivered the sentence in County Court, August 15. Mr. Anderson received consecutive maximum sentences for first and second degree burglary, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Mr. Anderson was found guilty by a jury in June. He was previously convicted of second degree burglary in the November 2004 home invasion and murder of Livingston fruit farmer Henry Gropp. He was on parole at the time of the commission of the more recent home invasions. Neither Mr. Anderson nor crime victims spoke at the sentencing, according to District Attorney Paul Czajka.


Authorities in the State of Vermont arrested Nathan E. Dunavin, 61, of East Chatham, August 9.

Mr. Dunavin, a Level 3 sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry, was taken into custody and is being held without bail in Vermont after violating the terms of his probation. The arrest is a result of an investigation conducted by the State Police at Livingston, State Police investigators at Catskill, Columbia County Probation and the Hartford, Vermont Department of Probation and Parole and comes in connection with incidents involving Mr. Dunavin and a seven-year-old boy. His Level 3 status on the Sex Offender Registry is a result of an arrest made by the Vermont State Police and his subsequent conviction of sexual assault on a nine-year-old boy in Vermont in August 2001. Mr. Dunavin remains in jail awaiting his next court date in the Hartford District Court, which is yet to be determined.

New Lebanon

On July 23, State Police in New Lebanon announced the arrest of two New Lebanon teens for stealing from and vandalizing the shrine at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception.  The interviews conducted for that case yielded information about stolen beer and the vandalism of a vacant house.

Police learned that the same two 14-year-old boys that were charged for crimes at the shrine had allegedly stolen beer from the Thruway Beverage in New Lebanon in May. With three other teens, the boys then allegedly entered a vacant house on Mill Road in New Lebanon by breaking a window out of the back of the building. Once inside, the youths allegedly had a party and caused damage by throwing beer bottles through windows, punching holes in drywall with sticks, breaking light fixtures and pouring lamp oil on the floors.

The teens were charged as follows:

*a 14-year-old boy of New Lebanon, for third degree burglary, fourth degree criminal mischief and petit larceny

*a 14-year-old boy of New Lebanon, for third burglary, fourth degree criminal mischief and petit larceny

*a 13-year-old girl from Pittsfield, MA, for third burglary, fourth degree criminal mischief

*a 13-year-old girl from Pittsfield, MA, for third burglary, fourth degree criminal mischief

*a 15-year-old boy from Stephentown for third degree burglary.

Because of their ages, the teens were all ticketed for appearances in Columbia County Family Court. Trooper Nicholas Lombardi conducted the investigation and made the arrests.


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

*Christopher Lagrange, 26, of Waterbury, CT, was charged with driving while intoxicated, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and moving from lane unsafely by New Lebanon State Police, May 13 at 2 a.m. Troopers went to investigate a one-car auto accident on Wadsworth Road, New Lebanon. They say Mr. Lagrange drove off the road due to unsafe speed. He was unable to complete field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath test which resulted in a .17% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court.

*Matthew Marchant of Kingston was charged with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by New Lebanon State Police, May 15. Troopers stopped Mr. Marchant for vehicle and traffic violations and subsequently found him to be in possession of hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. He was issued tickets returnable in the New Lebanon Court.

*Harry W. Quinion III, 29, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana by Livingston State Police, May 15 at 1:25 p.m. Troopers stopped Mr. Quinion for vehicle and traffic violations and detected the odor of marijuana when they interviewed him. They subsequently found more than 58 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Mr. Quinion was arraigned in Livingston Court and was released to reappear in Claverack Court at a later date.

*James Hopkins, 19, of New Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation, unregistered vehicle and various vehicle and traffic violations by New Lebanon State Police, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Troopers went to Pool Hill Road, New Lebanon to investigate a property damage auto accident. They say Mr. Hopkins was travelling north when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a tree and overturned. Mr. Hopkins failed field sobriety tests. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court.

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