Press Release – Burglary Investigation

Release Time: 9/4/2018 @ 7:50 AM

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police responded to 4491 State Route 43 for a report of an active burglary in the upstairs apartment.

Upon arrival at the residence, it was unknown if the suspects were still on scene. Units were assisted by members of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police in establishing a perimeter while further investigation continued. It was determined that there was a possibility of the suspects being armed and it could not be confirmed that they had left the apartment.

The Shared Services SWAT team, consisting of North Greenbush PD, Rensselaer PD, East Greenbush PD and Schodack PD, were called in to enter the apartment and ensure the suspects were not there. That portion of State Route 43 was closed to all traffic for about an hour during that operation.

The residents of the apartment have been cooperative with the investigation, which is still ongoing. Nobody was injured during the incident. More information will be distributed as it becomes known.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern

Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Arrest made in Burglary case
Release Time: 08/22/18 4:25 PM

On Tuesday, August 21st, the North Greenbush Police Department made an arrest after a months-long investigation into two burglaries. A Sand Lake man, William Hoffay, 43, was charged with the crimes.

On Monday, April 9th, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the Healthy Pet Center located at 237 North Greenbush Road for a report of a burglary.

Upon arriving, officers determined that an unknown person had broken through the glass front door to gain access and had stolen money from inside the business. Shortly after, it was determined that the Garlic Lover’s Corner, in that same complex, had also been burglarized. Video surveillance was available and a description of the suspect was obtained from it.

Detective Stehr led the investigation from the outset. Using a network of resources, he determined that there were several other burglaries in other local counties that matched the same suspect description. Within a week, Hoffay had become a suspect and became the subject of surveillance. While under that surveillance, Hoffay was observed committing another burglary in the City of Troy but was able to escape arrest at that time. Detective Stehr and members of the New York State Police were able to locate him at his residence later that day and took him into custody on a NYS Parole warrant without incident. He was held on that warrant while the investigation into the April 9th incident and other burglaries continued.

Last night, after being formally charged in this Town, Hoffay was brought before by the Honorable Judge Burke. He was arraigned on these charges and other outstanding burglary charges from other incidents in Rensselaer County. He was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail pending further court proceedings.

In all, Hoffay is facing charges for approximately 13 commercial burglaries throughout the Capital Region over the last several months. His spree extended into Massachusetts with two additional incidents being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police. Hoffay has been cooperative with law enforcement following his arrest on the Parole warrant.

“This was an outstanding effort by Detective Stehr and the other involved agencies. Everyone worked together to bring these cases to successful resolutions” said Chief David M. Keevern. “I would like to thank each agency involved for their hard work and cooperation”.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Follow up to Missing Person Investigation
Release Time: 07/18/2018 01:00 PM

Original Press Release Date 6/01/2018 at 6:00pm

On May 21, 2018 the North Greenbush Police Department began an investigation into the report of a white male Robert B. Christian age 50 who had not been seen by family in several weeks.

A lengthy investigation by the North Greenbush Police Department and the assistance of the Poughkeepsie Police Department resulted in Mr. Christian being located safely in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Christian has since been in contact with his family.

Authority: Lt. Gregory J. Croll
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Press Release – Possible Attempted Abduction

Release Time: 07/12/2018 @ 9:30 PM

On July 11, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the Snyder’s Lake area of town for a report of a suspicious male in a vehicle.

The report came from a 12 year old girl that reported she was walking in the Lake Meadows neighborhood at around 8:45 PM when she was approached by a gray vehicle being operated by a male. The male attempted to lure her into the car but she ran away. The vehicle left the area and is believed to have been last seen on Geiser Rd.

Initial reports indicate the vehicle was a dark gray sedan, possibly a Honda with what was described by witnesses as having a “bad” paint job. The girl was unable to provide any further description of the vehicle or the male.

The public are asked to be aware of this and ensure children know how to react in such a situation. “This girl did exactly what she was supposed to. She recognized the danger and ran away to tell an adult” said Chief Keevern.

The investigation is ongoing in an attempt to identify the male operator. Further information will be shared with the public as it becomes available.

Anyone having information on the vehicle or the male are urged to contact the North Greenbush Police Department at (518)283-5323.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Happy 4th of July! We wish you and your families a safe and fun Independence Day. A reminder that fireworks are dangerous and illegal in New York. Tonight, our officers will be actively patrolling for not only fireworks violations but also intoxicated motorists. Please enjoy the day and festivities responsibly.

Chief Keevern
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Press Release – Residential Structure Fire

Release Time: 06/24/2018 @ 7:15 PM

At about 3:30 PM on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded with the Defreestville Fire Department and Wynantskill Fire Department to 4407 State Route 43 for a report of a residential structure fire. Officers Michael Walsh and Shane Robichaud were the first on scene and arrived at the residence within minutes. They were able to see from outside that there was a large fire in the kitchen and thick smoke billowing out the windows and doors of the one family residence. Both officers entered the residence with fire extinguishers despite the presence of thick smoke limiting their visibility and ability to breathe. Both officers deployed their extinguishers and were able to douse the flames, stopping it from spreading further into the walls.

The investigation into the cause is ongoing but it is currently known that the homeowner had been frying on the stovetop when the grease in the pan had caught fire. It is believed the homeowner had then thrown the pan into the sink in an attempt to extinguish the fire but putting water on a grease fire only makes it worse. The fire had grown very large at that point and began working its way into the ceiling and walls.

“This highlights the importance of having fire extinguishers on hand in the kitchen”, said Chief Keevern. “The quick actions of these officers led to a successful stop of the fire. This saved the family from suffering a greater tragedy from loss of more property, injury or worse”.

Both officers were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital and were released shortly afterward. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Assault Arrest

Release Time: 619/2018 @ 5:30 PM

On Friday, June 15th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to the intersection of State Route 4 and Bloomingrove Drive for a report of a traffic accident. Upon arrival at the scene, Officers determined that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle and that the vehicle had fled the scene. The victim of the collision was taken to Albany Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nastassja M Clark, 30, of Poestenkill. It was learned that the victim had seen Clark’s vehicle strike a guardrail on Exit 8 off of I-90 but Clark continued driving. When both vehicles reached a traffic light, the victim approached Clark’s window and attempted to ascertain whether she was alright or not. Getting no response, the victim went to the front of the vehicle where he made eye contact with Clarke before she suddenly stepped on the gas pedal and struck the victim. Clark then fled the area.

Through the following two hours, the investigation by Officer Walsh continued in an effort to locate the suspect vehicle. This concluded upon the vehicle and operator being located a short distance away where Clark was taken into custody without incident by Officer Gervais and Sergeant Kuhn.

Clark was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, a class D Felony and the misdemeanor of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. She was arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court and remanded to the custody of Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $7,500 bond. She is set to return to that court in late July. At press time, the victim remains hospitalized but is listed in stable condition.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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ATTENTION:

06/04/2018

The North Greenbush Police Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our seven digit phone lines receiving mobile phone calls. Vendors are currently in the process of identifying and remedying the issue. As you know, in the event of an emergency DIAL 911.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 29th

Release Time: 5/25/2018 @ 3:00 PM

Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 28th @ 1:15 PM

The North Greenbush Police Department would like to advise motorists of traffic modifications that will be in place for the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at North Greenbush Town Hall Complex (Main Avenue), proceed east on Main Avenue, west on State Route 150 to Marion Avenue, Marion Ave. to Brookside Ave, to Main Ave and finishing at North Greenbush Town Complex.

Be advised that portions of State Route 66 (Main Avenue), State Route 150 to the Car Wash, Marion Avenue and Brookside Avenue will be detoured. Portions of Douglas St, Dodge St, Ashcroft St, Bellemead St, Orchard Terrace and Lenox St will be closed at the beginning of the parade.

The road closures and detours will start at 1:15 PM and last until approximately 2:30 PM. Several town side streets will also be affected during the parade procession.

Motorists are asked to be alert and follow the detour routes that will be in place.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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ATTENTION:

05/24/2018

The North Greenbush Police Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our seven digit phone lines receiving mobile phone calls. Vendors are currently in the process of identifying and remedying the issue. As you know, in the event of an emergency DIAL 911.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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4 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Press Release – Classie Lassies
Release Time: 05/15/2018 @3:00 PM

On Friday March 11, 2018 the North Greenbush Police Department was visited by the WILIDFIRE Classie Lassies Softball Team. The team hosted a pizza party at the Police Station for the on duty officers. The team also provided a Survival Kit for every officer and dispatcher in the agency which included all kinds of goodies that will help officers get through a difficult shift. Lt. Croll, Sgt. Deeb, Officer Larrabee, Officer Walsh and Officer Merola enjoyed the pizza and time to meet with the team and their parents.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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5 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Chief Keevern was honored and excited to attend the grand opening of Michael's Arts and Crafts store in the Van Rensselaer Square of North Greenbush this morning! The team there was so friendly and nice to work with. Thank you all for the invitation and the basket. Welcome to the neighborhood! ...

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Lateral Transfer Opportunity – Police Officer
April 2018

The Town of North Greenbush Police Department is actively seeking a lateral transfer applicant for the position of Full Time Police Officer. Candidates must have current BMP Police Officer certification, have been appointed to a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff position from a competitive civil service exam list, and have satisfactorily completed a probationary period. One position is currently available due to a recent retirement.

The North Greenbush Police Department is an accredited, proactive and progressive agency focused on providing professional law enforcement services through community service. NGPD currently utilizes Tracs, SJS reporting software & the BEAST evidence management software, all patrol cars are equipped with in-car computers. The department deploys LPR units, TASERs and patrol rifles. The Benefits and starting salary for lateral transfers is competitive to other Capital District law enforcement agencies.

Interested applicants should contact Chief David M. Keevern at (518) 283-6006 for more information. Resumes can be sent via e-mail to dkeevern@northgreenbushpolice.org or mailed to:

North Greenbush Police Department
Attn: Chief David Keevern
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
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7 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

To the Residents & Community of North Greenbush:

The retirement of Chief Robert Durivage occurred on February 9, 2018 after nearly 29 years of service with the North Greenbush Police Department. I would like to thank Chief Durivage for his dedicated years of faithful service to the residents of the Town of North Greenbush.

Authority:
Chief David M. Keevern
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Press Release – Arrest made in Robbery cases

At 7:36 PM on February 16th 2018, Charlie P. Hardt was taken into custody with the assistance of Rensselaer Police Department and the United States Marshals Service after a two week search. Hardt is the suspect in two armed robberies in North Greenbush that occurred on February 3rd, 2018.

The first incident was an armed robbery at Don Cook Jewelry, 1 Agway Drive, where a weapon was displayed. During flight from that scene, Hardt committed a home invasion a short distance away, forcibly stealing a vehicle. A weapon was displayed in that incident, also. Hardt was identified as a suspect within hours but could not be immediately located. The 13 day search was a joint effort between the North Greenbush Police Department and New York State Parole.

Hardt was charged with:

2 counts of Robbery 1st Degree, class B Felonies
1 count of Burglary 1st Degree, a class B Felony
2 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, class D Felonies
2 counts of Menacing 2nd Degree, class A Misdemeanors
1 count of Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor

Hardt was arraigned and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 8 90 (FOIL)
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7 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Press Release

Wanted Armed Robbery & Home Invasion Suspect

The North Greenbush Police Department is investigating an Armed Robbery & Home Invasion that took place on Saturday, February 3rd at approximately 2:30 PM. The suspect known to police as Charlie P. Hardt, entered Don Cook Jewelry at 1 Agway Drive in North Greenbush and stole merchandise from the store. A weapon was displayed and no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot to then commit a Home Invasion on a nearby street, stealing a motor vehicle from the resident’s driveway as a getaway vehicle. The stolen vehicle was located in the city of Albany minutes later.

Charlie P. Hardt Description: White male, age 26, 5’11” tall, 170lbs, Hazel eyes, Blond/Brown Hair.

Hardt is wanted in connection with this armed robbery and home invasion and should be considered armed and dangerous. The New York State Police, Albany Police Department and New York State Parole are assisting North Greenbush Police in this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Hardt or that may have additional information are asked to contact the North Greenbush Police Department at (518) 283-5323.

Authority: Chief Robert J. Durivage

Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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January 12, 2018

Dear Business Owner,

I am pleased to announce that the North Greenbush Police Department is now participating in the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Counterterrorism’s Operation Safeguard program. The North Greenbush Police Department joins hundreds of local and county agencies contributing to this effort which will make New York State and our communities safer places to live and work.

We unfortunately live in a world where there are individuals who seek to disrupt our freedom and overall way of life through violence and terror. The tools these individuals use can be found in any community in America, even ours. Operation Safeguard was implemented in order to promote cooperation between law enforcement and private businesses to defend against this terror. Operation Safeguard seeks to accomplish two things:
1) Provide law enforcement with information regarding sensitive merchandise and equipment in a specific jurisdiction which could be used to facilitate or commit acts of terror; and 2) Educate business owners on what they can do to protect themselves, their businesses and their communities.

Over the next several months, North Greenbush Police officers will be visiting businesses throughout town that are known to either have dangerous materials for sale or to possess dangerous materials that they use in the normal course of business. The officers will be gathering information from the business owner or store manager which will be used to identify locations in town that possess these sensitive materials as well as the security features being used to protect those materials. This information will be confidentially stored and updated annually, at a minimum, by the police department.

The officers will also be providing information to the business owner or store manager on indicators they should be watching for in customers purchasing certain items which could help identify if someone plans to use the item for criminal purposes. Officers will also offer an assessment of the security features in use at the business which could be used to identify areas where security could be enhanced.

The purpose of this letter is to give you a brief overview of the program so you are aware of it when the officers visit you. There is nothing you need to do until then. If you have any questions regarding this program or what you can do to help, visit
www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/safeguardny or please feel free to reach out to my office. Together, with your vigilance and cooperation with this program we will ensure the success of the overall program and make our community a safer place.

Thank you,
Chief Robert J. Durivage
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North Greenbush Town Residents:

January 8, 2018

During the period between November 1st and May 1st of the following year, certain parking restriction are in place with regard to motor vehicles being left on Town roads. This is in Chapter 183 and Sections 175-18 of the North Greenbush Town Code.

1. Between 10:00pm and 7:00am every day, all town roadways must be kept clear of any motorized vehicles so that the highway department can safely and effectively clean the roadways when needed.

2. When weather conditions require the Superintendent of Highways to plow, sand or salt town roads, no person shall leave unattended parked vehicles on any Town highway in the Town of North Greenbush.

Section 1201.a of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law prohibits a motor vehicle that is left upon the paved or main-traveled part of the roadway anytime of the year.

During these instances, it is a priority of our department along with the Highway Department to ensure the safety of all vehicle operators, emergency services (police, fire & EMS), and pedestrians on Town roads.

Removal of any vehicles by the police department shall be done at the expense of the owner. Owners of vehicles that are in violation are also subject to being issued a parking ticket in accordance to the North Greenbush Town Code or a Uniform Traffic Ticket in accordance to the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.

Please make the effort to help us keep our roadways safe for everyone. Questions can be directed to the North Greenbush Police at 283-5323.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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