Dutchess County

Contact
William Johnson
Address

626 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
United States

Phone
845-486-3648
Fax
845-486-3612

Victim Impact Panel contact - Kathy Knauss

Prevention Educator/Teen Driving Coordinator

Council on Addiction Prevention & Education, Inc
807 Route 52, Room 028
Fishkill, New York 12524
(845) 765-8301 x104

 

Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc.

2019 DUTCHESS COUNTY VICTIM IMPACT PANEL SCHEDULE

Held in the Court Room at Fishkill Town Hall – 807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY 12524

 JANUARY

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 3rd

NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 FEBRUARY

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 7th

 SPANISH

Registration: 4:45 – 5:00 pm

Spanish Program: 5:00 – 6:15 pm

 

 

 

 MARCH

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 7th

NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 APRIL

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 4th

 SPANISH

Registration: 4:45 – 5:00 pm

Spanish VIP Program: 5:00 – 6:15 pm

 

 

 

 MAY

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 2nd

NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 JUNE

ENGLISH

 Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 6th

SPANISH

Registration: 4:45 – 5:00 pm

Spanish VIP Program: 5:00 – 6:15 pm

 

 

 

 JULY

 NO VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 AUGUST

ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 1st

 NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 SEPTEMBER

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 5th

 SPANISH

Registration: 4:45 – 5:00pm

Spanish VIP Program: 5:00 – 6:15pm

 

 

 

 OCTOBER

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 3rd

NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD

 

 

 

 NOVEMBER

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 7th

 SPANISH

Registration: 4:45 – 5:00 pm

Spanish VIP Program: 5:00 – 6:15pm

 

 

 

 DECEMBER

 ENGLISH

Registration: 6:30 – 7:00pm

 VIP Program: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 5th

NO SPANISH VICTIM IMPACT PANEL HELD


Fourth of July Crackdown Leads to 25 Arrests for Dutchess County Agencies

During the Fourth of July Crackdown period of July 3, 2019 thru July 7, 2019 members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of East Fishkill Police Department, Village Millerton Police Department & Village of Red Hook Police Department conducted Impaired Driving details consisting of Saturation Patrols throughout the county in addition to their regular patrols as well as Joint Agency Sobriety Checkpoints.  A total of 25 arrests were made including 23 impaired driving arrests during the period.

These coordinated details were funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation which once again awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program a “Crackdown Enforcement Grant” for the 2018-2019 Crackdown periods. The objective of this continued enforcement grant is to revitalize and enhance the visibility of the STOP-DWI Program through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement details targeting identified statewide crackdown periods. They also include the assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson stated “Participation in the Crackdown Grant project continues to support coordinated law enforcement efforts during high risk Holiday periods that have historically proven to be the most dangerous and deadly on our roadways.  The single focus and intent of these efforts is to send a clear message that if you choose to drive impaired in Dutchess County there is an unwavering commitment to identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who do.  Impaired driving offences are 100% preventable if you simply plan to get home safety.”  

Below is a listing of arrestees and charges from the details as well as arrests by agency patrols. 

Damon Simmons (20 yoa) of Germantown, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th a misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation in the Village of Red Hook.

Kari Lawson (26 yoa) of Lake Katrine, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd a misdemeanor in the Village of Red Hook.

Timothy Hempel (20 yoa) of Tivoli, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Red Hook.

Darren Villiani (25 yoa) of Beacon, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Thomas Norbet (45 yoa) of Sharon, CT was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Village of Millerton after being involved in a personal injury auto crash.    

William Ball lll (28, yoa) of Amenia, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st both felonies as well as Operating without Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Device a misdemeanor after being involved in a personal injury auto crash in the Town of Dover.

Alejandro Tardella (21 yoa) of East Fishkill, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI (BAC .18% or more) after being involved in a property damage auto crash in the Town of Beekman.

Samuel Slinskey (58 yoa) of Pleasant Valley, NY was charged with DWI & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Alphonse Gargano (42 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Jessica Jean (31 yoa) of Middletown, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Colin Sunday (24 yoa) of Beekman NY was charged with DWAI Drugs a misdemeanor in the Town of LaGrange on July 5th.  

Colin Sunday (24 yoa) of Beekman, NY was charged with DWIA Drugs & Alcohol Combined a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie on July 7th.

Cristano Agosto-Perez (40 yoa) of Millerton, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st both felonies as well as Operating without Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Device a misdemeanor in the Town of North East.

Arthur Hardy (56 yoa) of Brooklyn, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd & Operating without Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Device in the Town of Pleasant Valley. 

Ronald Nicholson ll (42 yoa) of Beacon, NY was charged with DWI, BAC .08% or more & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th all misdemeanors as well as Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Julio Ramirez (38 yoa) of Bronx, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Dover.

Martine Mitchell (32 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor & Aggravated DWI (Leandra’s Law- Child in Car) a felony in the Town of Wappinger.

William Barry (55 yoa) of Rhinebeck, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor after being involved in a motor vehicle crash in the Village of Rhinebeck.

Rachel Ursitti (29 yoa) of Danbury, CT was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Dover.

Geddes Paulsen (30 yoa) of Pleasant Valley, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both felonies in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

Colin Remick (27 yoa) of Fishkill, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI (BAC .018% or more) both misdemeanors in the Town of Fishkill.

Ricardo Lopez (39 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Wappinger.

Dalton Desimone (27 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of LaGrange.

Tyler Crute (19 yoa) of Hyde Park, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Hyde Park.

An 18 yoa male was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Pawling.

*All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in local courts at a later date.


Dutchess County Remembers Drunk Driving Crash Victims

Impaired Driving Crackdown in effect May 24th through May 28th

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro joined the Dutchess County Chapter of Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) today for the 36th annual “DWI Victims Memorial Ceremony” to honor the memories of Dutchess County victims of DWI crashes. Friends and family gathered as 52 victims’ names were read. The goal of the event is to heighten public awareness of alcohol-related fatalities and the impact of impaired driving on the community. A short video from today’s event is available online.

RID ceremonyCounty Executive Molinaro said, “Dutchess County will never forget those we have lost to intoxicated driving. If you choose to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you risk not only your own life, but the lives of those with whom you share the road. Lives throughout Dutchess County have been irrevocably harmed because of the reckless decisions of those who chose to drive while impaired. Future tragedies can be avoided by making the clear choice: Don’t drive while impaired.”

The annual ceremony includes a reading of Dutchess County victims of DWI. Fifty-two (52) victims are memorialized on a plaque that hangs in the Dutchess County Office Building outside of the Motor Vehicles Office.

County Executive Molinaro and local officials also announced law-enforcement agencies throughout Dutchess County will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday. The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown efforts start on Friday, May 24th and will end on Tuesday, May 28th.

Memorial Day week is often considered the unofficial start of summer, historically a deadly period for impaired driving. With more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired, there is approximately 13 percent more fatalities than on a non-holiday weekend. The American Automobile Association (AAA) projected last year 36.1 million drivers would drive at least 50 miles from home during Memorial Day weekend. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 400 people a year die nationwide during a typical Memorial Day weekend. Forty-four (44) percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over the Memorial Day weekend are alcohol-related, therefore it is critical for all drivers and passengers to be mindful and responsible throughout these high-risk holiday periods.

The New York State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and municipal law-enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force during this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths during this period.

Dutchess County District Attorney William V. Grady said, “For every victim, there are friends and relatives, so literally thousands of people have experienced the emotional trauma and the heartache that goes with experiencing a death as a result of a driving while intoxicated case – especially when the irresponsible conduct by the offenders who caused these terrible tragedies could have easily been avoided.”

County Executive Molinaro said, “We’re proud of the many recreational opportunities Dutchess County has to offer year-round, and we look to ensure our roadways are safe for all who use them. Driving while intoxicated puts lives at risk, and Dutchess County will not tolerate it on our roads. We thank the brave men and women who keep our streets safe from unsafe drivers, and we applaud their dedication to their duty to safeguard our residents. Memorial Day is an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, but if you do, please celebrate safely, designate a driver and don’t risk your lives and the lives of others.”

The Memorial Day Weekend crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association, with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets July 4th and Labor Day weekend, Halloween and the holiday season in December.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson said, “Law enforcement will utilize a variety of coordinated approaches including saturation patrols and roving sobriety checkpoints in the ongoing effort to identify and arrest impaired drivers.”

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.


2018%20TOP%20COPS%20websize.jpg 24th Annual STOP-DWI Law Enforcement Awards Honor Local “TOP COPS” 

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board honored eight law enforcement officers as “TOP COPS” at the 24th Annual Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program’s Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon held today at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in the City of Poughkeepsie. The event honors police officers from throughout Dutchess County for their enforcement efforts in the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers in support of the STOP-DWI Program’s mission to deter drunk/drugged driving.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “The annual STOP-DWI Program Law Enforcement Awards ceremony helps spread awareness of our concerted education and enforcement efforts to eliminate impaired driving within Dutchess County. These awards serve as a reminder of the level of commitment of the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who serve our residents tirelessly and keep our roads as safe as possible. We are proud to recognize these individuals and thank them for their service to our community.”

2018 “TOP COP” Award Winners

Investigator Steven M. Schmoke, New York State Police Troop K (Poughkeepsie)

Trooper Cody J. Vetter, New York State Police Troop K (Lagrange)

Deputy Sheriff Justin Bogdanffy, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Sansoni, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

Police Officer Travis Sterritt, Village of Red Hook Police

Police Officer Tyler Hoag, City of Poughkeepsie Police

Police Officer Michael Veeder, Village of Millerton Police

Probation Officer Ashley Pilla, Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections

This was the first year the STOP-DWI Planning Board included a Probation Officer in its awards program to recognize those who go above and beyond their typical duties to further the STOP-DWI mission. Probation Officer Ashley Pilla from the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections was honored for her contributions to impaired driving enforcement efforts. Ms. Pilla is part of the DWI Unit and is assigned to the STOP-DWI caseload. In addition to her typical duties, she has proactively supervised numerous probationers deemed high-risk to re-offend both among her cases and in others and has established a close working relationship with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. This year, her diligent work has facilitated the ticketing and/or arrest of 10 repeat offenders for various Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) offenses, including Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO) and Ignition Interlock Device (IID) violations. Ms. Pilla strives to hold offenders accountable for their behavior while effectively guiding them to make positive life changes as an Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP) Instructor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

The event also highlighted the start of the annual “Thanksgiving Crackdown” campaign, which runs from Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th, with law enforcement agencies participating in a county-wide program to catch impaired drivers this holiday season. The “Thanksgiving Crackdown” campaign includes coordinated, multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints and targeted saturation patrols throughout Dutchess County and includes the assignment of Drug Recognition Experts to assist in the identification and apprehension of those impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Motorists who encounter what they suspect is an impaired driver should call 9-1-1 with a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel. The enforcement effort is administered by the Dutchess County STOP-DWI program through grant funding awarded from the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson said, “Today’s event celebrates the law enforcement officers who continue to keep our roadways safe and ensure we all get home safely to our friends and family. The ‘Thanksgiving Crackdown’ is a reminder of the role we all play in these efforts and encourage everyone to make smart decisions, especially during the festivities of the holiday season. Motorists who drive while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted. No warnings and no excuses.”


St Patrick’s Day Crackdown results in 31 Arrests for Dutchess County Agencies 

During the St Patrick’s Day Crackdown period of March 15, 2019 thru March 18, 2019 members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town and City of Poughkeepsie Police Departments, Town of Hyde Park Police Department, Town of East Fishkill Police Department, Village Millerton Police Department & Village of Red Hook Police Department conducted Impaired Driving details consisting of Saturation Patrols throughout the county in addition to their regular patrols. A total of 31 arrests were made including 23 impaired driving arrests during the period.

These coordinated details were funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation which once again awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program a “Crackdown Enforcement Grant” for the 2018-2019 Crackdown periods. The objective of this continued enforcement grant is to revitalize and enhance the visibility of the STOP-DWI Program through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement details targeting identified statewide crackdown periods. They also include the assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson stated “Once again these coordinated patrols reinforce the message to separate two behaviors, and that impaired driving enforcement and prosecution is a priority in Dutchess County. St Patrick’s Day should be fun and festive for everybody, but for many it has become synonymous with drinking. We acknowledge Law Enforcement’s efforts to identify and apprehend those drivers who choose to drive impaired.”

Below is a listing of arrestees and charges from the details as well as arrests by agency patrols. 

Michael George (44 yoa) of Germantown, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th a felony as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th a misdemeanor in the Town of Red Hook.

Tristan Geary (21 yoa) of Brookline, MA was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Red Hook.

Josephine Bloodgood (52 yoa) of New Paltz, NY was charged with DWAI a violation in the Village of Red Hook.

Michael Taber (22 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd a misdemeanor in the Town of East Fishkill.

Luis Santamariasanchz (34 yao) of Brooklyn, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd & False personation misdemeanors in the Town of East Fishkill.

Daniel Usher (29 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd & Resisting Arrest all misdemeanors in the Town of East Fishkill.

 Michelle Saposnick (32 yoa) of Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd a misdemeanor in the Town of East Fishkill.

Larry Tuttle Jr (30 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd & Resisting Arrest all misdemeanors as well as Failed to Obey a Police Officer a traffic infraction in the Town of East Fishkill.

Christopher Barreca (44 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Daneil McLaughlin (28 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Zachary VanKleeck (19 yoa) of Hyde Park, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI (BAC.18% or more) both misdemeanors in the Town of Hyde Park.

Jason Reilly (44 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Thomas Comizio (57 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of LaGrange.

Jaimeek Fuller (23 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

William James Jr (57 yoa) of Fishkill, NY was charged with DWAI combined Drugs & Alcohol as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th both misdemeanors in the Town of Hyde Park.

Marnie Wood (43 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Thomas Conger (60 yoa) of Union Vale, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of LaGrange.

Adrian Decarlo (50 yoa) of East Fishkill, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of LaGrange.

Matthew Randolph (30 yoa) of Poughkeepsie was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI (BAC.18% or more) both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Joshua Davis (48 yoa) of Wappingers falls, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor.

Charles Premuto (34 yoa) of Mahopac, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor. 

Mark Russe (58 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI (BAC .18 % or more) both misdemeanors.

Albert Lara (28 yoa) of East Elmhurst, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Michael Casino (32 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Jodi Bernstein (48 yoa) of Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Alyssa Cenname (25 yoa) of Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Justin Long (31 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI (BAC .18% or more) both misdemeanors.

Jose Garcia-Moreno (45 yoa) of Norwalk, CT was Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Frank Nicodemus (31 yoa) Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Jonathan Almonte (28 yoa) New York, NY Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

A 26 yoa female from Germantown, NY and a 20 yoa male from Hyde Park, NY were charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation.

*All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in local courts at a later date.