- On April 26, 43-year-old Michael Cartwright of Chatham was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment. He had sent an annoying and harassing email to an individual in Ghent. Taken into custody without incident by Deputy Sheriff’s Jeffrey Hofstetter and Ryen Boehme, Cartwright was released with an appearance ticket directing him to appear in Ghent Town Court May 20.
New York State Police
- Early Saturday morning, April 27, Joshua J. White, 31, of New Lebanon was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop. Troopers observed his vehicle crossing the centerline divider multiple times while driving eastbound on Route 20 in New Lebanon. White provided a positive breath sample of .09 percent and was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable in New Lebanon Town Court May 9.
- On April 27, Collien Atchinson, 44, of Rensselaer, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. At approximately 8:50 p.m., state police from the New Lebanon barracks responded to a dispute between numerous people in a parking lot off of Route 20 in New Lebanon. While troopers were interviewing Atchinson, she began to kick a vehicle and scream profanities. When troopers went to handcuff her, she physically resisted arrest. Atchinson was then transported to the New Lebanon barracks, where she remained aggressive and obstructed the administrative functions of the troopers. Atchinson was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to return to New Lebanon Town Court on May 2.
- On April 28, state police from the New Lebanon barracks charged Patrick Clark, 20, of Mineola, Long Island, for unlawful possession of marijuana. At approximately 6:55 p.m., troopers were called to the Speedway Gas Station on Route 20 to investigate a motor vehicle accident. While they were interviewing the involved operators, they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from Clark’s vehicle and a vehicle search resulted in the discovery of marijuana. Clark was issued an appearance ticket, returnable to New Lebanon Town Court on May 9.
- On May 1, state police initiated a traffic stop after William Barscz, 48, of Stephentown, failed to keep right on Route 20 in New Lebanon. He was found to be intoxicated and in possession of marijuana. Barscz was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and failing to keep right on a two-lane roadway. He will appear in New Lebanon Town Court on May 9.
- On April 24 at 4:15 p.m., Canaan Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a brush fire near a telephone pole at Routes 22 and 295 in Canaan. Mutual aid was requested from East Chatham, Lebanon Valley and Red Rock fire departments. NYSEG was also requested to the scene. Fire units were back in service at 4:39 p.m.
- On April 25 at 12:01 p.m., Chatham Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a two-car accident at 105 Hudson Ave. in the village of Chatham. Chatham Police investigated and Fire Coordinator John Howe also responded. CRS did not need to provide transport. All units were back in service at 12:08 p.m.
- On April 26 at 11:10 a.m., Lebanon Valley Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a two-car accident at Route 20 and Shaker Road in New Lebanon. CRS transported to Berkshire Medical Center. NYSP investigated. Fire units were back in service at 11:40 a.m.
- On April 27 at 2:04 p.m., Lebanon Valley Fire responded to 12 Bicknell Hollow Road in New Lebanon for a request to assist Chatham Rescue with lifting. Fire units were back in service at 2:19 p.m.
- On April 28 at 3:57 p.m., Canaan Fire responded to a fire alarm activation at Berkshire Farm Center, 13640 Route 22 in Canaan. Chatham Rescue stood by in quarters. Command confirmed the alarm was set off by an outdoor grill. All units were back in service at 4:06 p.m.
- On April 28 at 4:34 p.m., Canaan Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a brush fire at 202 Shaker Ridge Drive in Canaan. Canaan Task Force (East Chatham, Red Rock and Lebanon Valley fire departments) was dispatched for mutual aid, but was canceled prior to arriving on scene. Comman reported a tree on a power line had started the fire. NYSEG responded to the scene. All units were back in service at 5:48 p.m.
- On April 29 at 4:04 p.m., Ghent Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to an alarm activation at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent. Command reported it was set off by workers who drilled into the sprinkler system. All units were back in service at 4:38 p.m.
- On May 4 at 9:21 p.m., Lebanon Valley Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a car versus deer accident at Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 Route 20, New Lebanon. NYSP investigated. Fire units were back in service at 9:34 p.m.
- On May 5 at 4:16 p.m., Austerlitz Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to a rollover accident at 318 Route 203 in Austerlitz. Chatham Rescue transported to Berkshire Medical Center. LifeNet helicopter was placed on standby. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Fire units were back in service at 5:29 p.m.