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Speeding stop leads to arrest of two for car theft


KINDERHOOK—A traffic stop for vehicle and traffic violations lead to the arrest of two men for possession of a stolen vehicle.

State Police from Kinderhook stopped a vehicle traveling on State Route 9H for speeding and other vehicle and traffic law offenses, April 8.

Police identified the driver as Stephen Pabon, 22, of Hudson, who they discovered was impaired by drugs.

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen from a Catskill residence the previous day.

Both Mr. Pabon and his passenger, Aquintis Dempsey, were each charged with one count of fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony. Mr. Pabon was additionally charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, speeding, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was issued numerous traffic tickets.

They were both arraigned in Greenport Court. Mr. Dempsey was released on his own recognizance to reappear at a later date and Mr. Pabon was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.


Iesha Watson, 23, of Albany was charged with first degree promoting prison contraband, a class D felony by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston, April 12.

An investigation was conducted in conjunction with the state Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office.

Ms. Watson allegedly brought narcotics into the Hudson Correctional Facility.

She was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Moore and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or secured bond. She is to reappear in court May 8.


Tanner J. Rivenburgh, 19, of Greenport was charged with second degree criminal contempt and third degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from Livingston, March 31 at 5:45 p.m.

Troopers investigated an unauthorized-use-of-a-vehicle report, March 19. Their investigation revealed that Mr. Rivenburgh accessed the victim’s home in violation of a court order of protection and obtained car keys for the vehicle. He then allegedly took the vehicle despite knowing that he did not have the owner’s permission to do so.

A warrant was issued by Greenport Court ordering Mr. Rivenburgh’s arrest while he was incarcerated at the Columbia County Jail on unrelated charges.

He was arrested upon his release from jail and arraigned in Greenport Court.


Riley A. Houle, 17, of Niverville was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by State Police from Kinderhook, April 7.

Troopers were called to a Niverville residence for a dispute between two parties. Riley allegedly intentionally damaged property belonging to another person. She was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.


Carlos R. Vega-Murcia was charged with prohibited burning, a misdemeanor, by state Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Peter Brinkerhoff in connection with a brush fire at 471 Ridge Road, April 9. Stuyvesant firefighters and the Valatie Rescue squad were called out at 12:51 p.m. that day.

Automatic mutual aid was summoned from Stuyvesant Falls and Schodack Landing and fire command on scene asked for mutual aid from Stockport, Valatie, Niverville and Kinderhook. County Fire Coordinator John Howe was on the scene along with State Police and EnCon Police.

Fire command reported that the fire was out at 1:42 p.m. About two acres burned and Mr. Vega-Murcia was ticketed by EnCon. All units were back in service at 2:52 p.m.


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

*Christopher R. Brown, 47, of Germantown was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated by State Police from Livingston, March 27 at 10:43 p.m.

Troopers stopped the vehicle Mr. Brown was driving in Hudson for speeding.

He provided a breath sample which yielded a .13% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets ordering him to appear in Hudson City Court.

*Jay C. Jablanski, Jr., 28, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police, April 12. Troopers stopped Mr. Jablanski they saw him backing his vehicle on the wrong side of the road in Kinderhook. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of .12%. He was issued tickets ordering him to appear in Kinderhook Town Court, April 22.

*Jeffrey D. Andras, 52, of Schenectady was charged with felony driving while intoxicated by State Police from New Lebanon, April 12 at 9:02 p.m.

Troopers stopped Mr. Andras for speeding on Route 20, New Lebanon and while interviewing him determined that he was intoxicated. Mr. Andras provided a breath sample of .14% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in New Lebanon Court April 17.

Fuel oil truck overturns in Gallatin

GALLATIN—Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to an accident near 287 Snyderville Road, just north of Bogdanffy Road, Friday, April 11 at 9:45 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release.

Deputies found that a 2003 Peterbilt tanker truck, operated by Scott Brandt, 44, of Germantown, was traveling north on Snyderville Road when, for an unknown reason, it went off the east shoulder, struck a tree and overturned on its side. Northern Dutchess Paramedics took the operator the Albany Medical Center for head, neck and back pain. There were no passengers in the truck.

The truck is owned by the ASAP fuel company of Rhinebeck and at the time of the accident the tanker truck was carrying about 2,000 gallons of home heating fuel. The spill was contained to the roadway around the truck. Officials closed the road and called for assistance from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Columbia County Hazmat Team.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit will do a detailed inspection of the truck to determine if any safety violations were contributing factors to the accident.

The Livingston Fire Company, Northern Dutchess Paramedics, Columbia County Fire Coordinator John Howe, Columbia County Emergency Management Director William Black, Sheriff Bartlett, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Sergeant Brian Molinski, Deputy Bernard Roberts, and K9 Deputy Heath Benansky were all on the scene. —Diane Valden

Family flees fiery home

A Stuyvesant Falls family had to run for their lives after fire broke out at their two-story home at 920 County Route 25, Saturday, April 12 at 12:25 a.m. Seven people and two dogs ran from the home to neighboring homes for safety. Mutual aid companies from the surrounding towns helped put out the fire. One person was treated for burns. It’s believed that a faulty electric blanket may be the cause. In addition to Stuyvesant Falls firefighters and the Valatie Rescue, also called in were: Stuyvesant, Stockport, Niverville, West Ghent, Valatie, Chatham, Ghent, Stottville and Kinderhook.

The rescue squad took one child from the scene to Columbia Memorial Hospital and one firefighter was taken to Albany Medical Center. National Grid was requested to the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 6:56 a.m. A rekindle of the blaze occurred at 7:40 p.m. and created a “light smoke condition.” Firefighters returned to quarters at 8:59 p.m.


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