On May 17, 2018 at around 8:20 pm the Town of Schodack Police Department responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a train at the Scott Avenue Amtrak crossing in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson. This crossing is near the intersection of Scott Avenue and South Main Street. A preliminary investigation indicates that Thomas J. Brust, 27, of Mechanicville, NY was crossing the Amtrak railroad tracks at this location and was struck by a northbound Amtrak passenger train. Tragically, Mr. Brust was killed in the collision. No passengers or crew on-board the Amtrak train were injured. Many people use the Scott Avenue crossing to access the Hudson River via a small park owned by the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson. This park is on the river-side of the Amtrak rails. We received clarification of the trespassing issue with regards to this crossing. Originally it was reported that it is not trespassing to cross here. According to the Federal Railroad Administration this crossing is a “closed” crossing which means that people are not allowed to cross here and that those who do cross here are trespassing. Over the years many people have used this crossing to access the river. It should be noted however that crossing in this location is considered trespassing. The Schodack Police Department is working closely with Amtrak Police to conclude this investigation. New York State Police, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, Castleton Volunteer Fire Department, Schodack Valley Fire Department, and Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Squad assisted Schodack and Amtrak Police at the scene. More information will be released as the investigation unfolds.
On May 14, 2018 Schodack Police were conducting a follow up investigation of the serious personal injury automobile accident that occurred on May 11, 2018 on Columbia Turnpike at state route 150. Detective Sergeant Thomas discovered a loaded unregistered handgun in the possession of one of the operators involved in the accident. Fernando Paz Abad, 36 of Austin, TX was charged with a felony charge of criminal possession of a firearm (NYS Penal Law 265.01-b Abad was the operator of the tractor trailer involved in the accident. Abad was arraigned before Town Justice Wagner and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 cash or surety bond. Abad is scheduled to reappear in town court on May 17, 2018 at 5:00pm for a preliminary hearing.
Officer Jordan Harrington speaks about the May 10th traffic stop where he was attacked by a passenger in the vehicle.
On May 11, 2018 at around 5:00 pm the Town of Schodack Police Department responded to the report of a serious auto accident at the intersection of Columbia Turnpike (State Route 9&20) and State Route 150. A preliminary investigation indicates that a tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Columbia Turnpike while a Chevrolet Cavalier was in the eastbound turning lane to head northbound on State Route 150. The investigation of the scene indicates that the car turned into the path of the tractor trailer and the two vehicles collided. One person was transported by medical airlift to Albany Medical Center. Two people were transported to Albany Medical Center by Castleton Ambulance Corps. New York State Police and New York State Police SRU worked with Schodack Police on the investigation. Nassau Police Department and Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation. The identities of the individuals involved in the accident are being withheld pending gathering additional information. New York State DEC was on scene to address a diesel fuel spill from the tractor trailer. New York State DOT was on scene to address the damaged traffic control device. Schodack Highway Department was on scene to address any impact to the water and sewer lines in the area. Additional information will be released as it become available.
On May 10, 2018 at around Schodack Police Department arrested Michael Dauphin, 24 of Athens New York. Dauphin was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations around Columbia Turnpike and Miller Road. Dauphin was in possession of heroin and hypodermic needles. Officer Jordan Harrington observed the contraband and, in an effort to hide the contraband, and prevent Officer Harrington from seizing the contraband, Dauphin attacked Officer Harrington. A fight ensued, and Officer Harrington deployed his taser. Dauphin attempted to take the taser away from Officer Harrington during the struggle. Police from other agencies including East Greenbush, Rensselaer, North Greenbush, Nassau, and New York State Police responded to assist officer Harrington. Dauphin was placed into custody. Officer Harrington and Dauphin were both transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Dauphin faces a host of charges including possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, robbery 3rd degree, and assault 2nd degree. Other charges may be filed against Dauphin as well. Dauphin was arraigned in Town of Schodack Justice Court and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled to return to town court for a preliminary hearing on May 15 at 1:00 pm. The driver of the vehicle was issued traffic tickets and released.
On April 13, 2018 at around 3:30 pm officers on patrol observed the operator of a vehicle travelling westbound on Columbia Turnpike using a mobile phone in violation of the NY State Vehicle and Traffic law. Officers stopped the vehicle and following an investigation discovered that the vehicle registration was suspended. The operator Carrie A. Corrigan, 44 of Rensselaer, NY was issued traffic tickets to return to Town of Schodack Justice Court on May 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
On April 6, 2018 at around 10:00 am officers on patrol noticed a vehicle fail to make a complete stop at the intersection of Columbia Turnpike and Miller Road. Officers stopped vehicle and investigation revealed that the vehicle registration was suspended for lack of insurance. The operator, Julia P. Marino, 19, of Springhurst Drive, East Greenbush was issued three traffic tickets for Town of Schodack Court. The vehicle was towed from the stop.
On April 2, 2018 at around 5:00 pm officers observed a vehicle with a loud exhaust system traveling westbound on Columbia Turnpike. An investigation determined that the driver Kristina M. Sarnowski, 29, of East Greenbush, NY had a suspended driver’s license and an active bench warrant in the City of Albany. Sarnowski was issued traffic tickets to appear in Town of Schodack Court on May 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
On April 1, 2018 at around 2:50 pm officers responded to the Four Seasons Motel on Columbia Turnpike to investigate a harassment and disorderly conduct complaint. The victim reported that he owns the motel and that one of the residents Thomas C. Rockwell, 55 had been harassing him and threatening to burn down the motel. Investigation revealed that Columbia County Department of Social Services had been paying for the room on behalf of Rockwell, but those services were no longer being offered. Him. Further, Rockwell was no longer welcome at the motel. During the interview with the victim, suspect Rockwell, highly intoxicated and agitated at this point, was observed harassing and threatening another resident at the motel. Rockwell was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, harassment 2nd degree, and criminal trespass 2nd degree. Rockwell was arraigned before Town Justice Wagner in Town of Schodack Justice Court and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 cash or bail bond. A full stay-away order of protection was issued in favor of the owner and residents of the motel as well. Rockwell was scheduled to reappear in town court on April 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
On March 31, 2018 at around 4:23 pm on River Road north of the Village of Castleton, police observed Zachery Davis-Todd, 23 of South Main Street, Castleton, NY operating a vehicle with faulty stop lamps. Davis-Todd was stopped for this violation. An investigation revealed that Davis-Todd had a quantity of marijuana and a glass pipe in his possession. Davis-Todd was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and a traffic ticket for inadequate stop lamps. Davis-Todd was scheduled to re-appear in Schodack Town Court on May 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm.