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By DIANE VALDEN

KINDERHOOK—A Stockport woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 9H and County Route 25, December 4.

Sheriff’s Office Investigator Thomas Merante discovered the serious automobile crash at about 7:52 a.m. that day, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald J. Krapf. Sheriff’s deputies along with additional investigators responded to the scene. One of the vehicles was a 2004 Honda Odyssey, operated by Sophia Perez-Martinez, 48, of Stockport. The second vehicle was a 2015 Ford utility van operated by Joshua Bradt, 28, of Colonie. The investigation revealed that the Honda was attempting to make a left turn onto State Route 9H from County Route 25 and pulled into the path of the Ford van which was traveling southbound on State Route 9H. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors to the crash, the release said.

The Valatie Rescue Squad took Ms. Perez-Martinez to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The squad also took an 8-year-old passenger in her vehicle to Albany Medical Center for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries. Mr. Bradt was evaluated at the scene and said he was not injured.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office on the scene were the Stuyvesant Falls, Stuyvesant and Kinderhook Fire Departments, Valatie Rescue Squad and State Police.

State Route 9H was closed down during the investigation from 8:02 to 10:46 a.m. Firefighters were back in service at 10:50 a.m.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com

EMT recovering after horse and wagon accident

By DIANE VALDEN

Ayere McAlice aboard her horse-drawn wagon. Photo contributed

HILLSDALE—A local paramedic/emergency medical technician was seriously hurt when she was involved in an accident involving horses and a wagon on Harlemville Road near the TenBroeck Road intersection, November 21 at 4:39 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Philmont firefighters, the Greenport Rescue Squad and State Police to the scene.

State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Aaron Hicks told The Columbia Paper, Ayere McAlice, 28, of Ghent was hitching her draft horses to a wagon, when they became spooked and took off. Ms. McAlice was hit and knocked down by the wagon in the commotion, he said.

Initial reports from the scene to 911 indicated she was struck by the horses and had a “serious head injury.” The Greenport Squad took Ms. McAlice to the Albany Medical Center for treatment.

According to a November 22 Columbia County Fire-Rescue Incidents Facebook post, “Yesterday Philmont Fire and Greenport Rescue handled an accident that hit close to home. As responders converged to the scene they came to the realization that it was one of our own! Ayere McAlice is a paramedic for Greenport Rescue and NDP EMS serving Columbia County and surrounding areas for the past 10 years. Ayere received extensive injuries after being run over by her horse. Ayere is currently in Albany Medical Center awaiting surgery for her injuries.”

The post describes Ms. McAlice as “one of the nicest and most genuine human-being[s].”

Because Ms. McAlice will be out of work for some time, a GoFundMe was established to help her with expenses resulting from this accident.

The GoFundMe.com entry says. “Ayere ended up being stepped on by one of her horses, leaving her unconscious. Luckily she was found by her neighbors who called 911.” She was brought to Albany Medical Center for emergency surgery for a back injury. “She has dedicated her life to helping her friends and neighbors in their time of need. Ayere will most likely be out of work for some time, and as we all know medical bills are far from affordable. We are asking the community that Ayere has helped for all these years to show her a little help in her time of need.”

Ms. McAlice wrote an update November 30 saying, “There are not enough words to voice how very grateful and touched I am by all of your kind thoughts and generous donations. I am truly blown away.”

She reported that her back was broken and dislocated and she was advised by doctors that “surgery was the best option for a full recovery.

“The surgery went well and I was able to go home a few days ago. Amazingly enough I am able to walk and feel every part of me, and with a few more months of rehab and strengthening, I will be back to causing trouble.”

She went on to thank all her rescuers and the medical personnel at Albany Med.

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/f/ayere-mcalice

Robbers will spend years in state prison

HUDSON—Two men were sentenced in Columbia County Court, November 30 upon their conviction by plea to a violent robbery in Hudson, according to a press release from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Cain Carothers, 23, and Eugene Cobbins, 43, both of Hudson, were convicted October 17 of first degree robbery, a class B violent felony; second degree robbery, a class C violent felony; two counts of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony; third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Carothers also pleaded guilty to third degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction, a class D violent felony. Columbia County Court had convicted Mr. Carothers of second degree burglary and fourth degree grand larceny, October 22, 2018.

Visiting Judge Danielle Jose-Decker sentenced Mr. Carothers to 12 years in state prison and 5 years post-release supervision on the top charge. Mr. Cobbins received 10 years in state prison and 5 years post-release supervision on his top charge.

Hudson Police Department officers arrested Mr. Carothers September 8, 2022 and Mr. Cobbins September 10, 2022. Through their investigation, police determined that the men forced their victim to hand over his wallet, including his credit cards and telephone on North Seventh Street September 8, 2022. Mr. Carothers brandished a knife at the victim until he complied with the defendants’ demands.

Executive ADA Krista Kline prosecuted the case.

“I want to thank the Hudson Police Department and the victim for their cooperation in this case. The sentence reflects the significance of the defendants’ actions and the victim’s terrifying ordeal,” ADA Kline said in a press release.

William Galvin represents Mr. Cobbins and Dennis McEvoy represents Mr. Carothers.

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