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One dead as two vehicles crash, erupt in flames



GREENPORT—State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on State Route 23 west of Ponderosa Drive, November 13 at 5:42 p.m. The two vehicles involved were fully engulfed in flames.

Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police, Greenport Rescue Squad and the Greenport Fire Department, which extricated Michelle J. Burnham, 59, of Delanson from her burning 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The rescue squad took her to the Albany Medical Center for treatment. She was in critical condition.

The operator of the other vehicle involved, David Warfield, 57, of Hudson, who was operating a 2011 Toyota Tacoma, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An initial investigation determined that Mr. Warfield was traveling east on State Route 23 in the westbound lane passing multiple vehicles. The Warfield vehicle then struck the Burnham vehicle in the eastbound lane while attempting to avoid an uninvolved westbound vehicle.

This investigation remains ongoing.

Columbia County fire coordinators assisted on scene, Livingston and Hudson firefighters stood by.

Coroner Marchetto was called to the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 10:04 p.m.


State Police arrested two for gun possession following a Schodack traffic stop. October 28, State Police of Schodack arrested Joseph W. Shook, 36, of Hudson for second degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Jeremy Shook, 46, of Copake was arrested for second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Troopers received a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) call for a vehicle on State Route 9J in Schodack which was being operated by a possibly intoxicated driver, October 28 at 2:20 p.m. Troopers stopped a vehicle matching the description on Columbia Turnpike in Schodack. The driver was identified as Joseph Shook, and the passenger as Jeremy W. Shook. A glass smoking device containing drug residue was in plain view in the area of the driver. Joseph Shook was taken into custody, and further investigation discovered an allegedly illegally possessed handgun and a loaded magazine in the vehicle, which led to the arrest of Jeremy W. Shook.

Both suspects were taken to SP Schodack for processing. Both were arraigned in Schodack Court and sent to the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.


Monday, November 13 at 7:19 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies arrested Salvatore Daniele, 41, and Audra Daniele, 37, both of Poughkeepsie, for burglary of the former Roe Jan School, 9065 Route 22, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf.

At about 7:06 a.m. November 13, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Heath Benansky discovered the crime in progress, while on patrol in Copake. Lt. Benansky observed a suspicious vehicle parked along the side of the school building, unoccupied, and backed up to a broken window. He then saw both subjects inside the building allegedly in possession of stolen copper piping and wiring. Both of the Danieles were detained by Lt. Benansky until additional deputies arrived.

Both were arrested for NYS Penal Law charges of third degree burglary, a class D felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, and attempted petit larceny, a class B misdemeanor.

The subjects were both arraigned in Claverack Court in front of Justice Michael Brandon and released on their own recognizance and were slated to return to court November 27.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Branch assisted with the arrest and investigation of this crime.

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Crosswalk signs alert drivers
New crosswalk signs have been placed on streets in the Village of Chatham. Chatham Police Department announced that the long-awaited crosswalk signs are here. These signs are brightly-colored and highly reflective. They will be placed at key crosswalk locations throughout the Village of Chatham to draw drivers’ attention and make crosswalks highly visible for pedestrian safety. Three signs have been put out: one on Hudson Avenue at the School Street intersection; another on Hudson Avenue at the Hoffman Street intersection and a third on Church Street at the Woodbridge Avenue intersection. Other signs will be put on Main Street. Photo by RE Lindmark

Hudson launches parking ticket amnesty program

HUDSON—The City of Hudson and Mayor Kamal Johnson announce a temporary amnesty program for significantly delinquent parking tickets. Effective until December 31, individuals may apply for amnesty on unpaid parking tickets issued prior to January 1, 2020 to pay only the original ticket amount, with late fees and other penalties waived.

“We established this program to give folks with old parking tickets the chance to start 2024 off with a clean slate. Temporarily waiving late fees—which in many cases now far exceeds the original cost of the ticket—is one tool we have to help make that happen,” Mayor Johnson said in a press release.

Those who want to participate in the amnesty program must submit an application to the City of Hudson Parking Bureau via email, postal mail, or by dropping off at the office’s temporary location.

Email: (include “Parking Ticket Amnesty Program Application” in subject line)

Mail: City Hall, attn: Parking Bureau, 520 Warren Street, Hudson 12534

Drop-off: Central Fire Station, 77 N. 7th Street, Hudson 12534

Registered owners who have multiple vehicles must provide all license plates for their vehicles in their amnesty application. Once the application is received, the Parking Bureau will research all applicable outstanding tickets eligible for amnesty and contact the applicant with further instructions for payment.

Questions regarding the amnesty program may be directed to the Parking Bureau at 518-828-0218 or

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