Snow Emergency in Effect for the Town of North Greenbush

Be advised that Supervisor Louis Desso has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the Town of North Greenbush, effective 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in anticipation of Winter Storm Harper. The Snow Emergency Declaration will remain in effect until 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

No vehicles should be parked on any town roads. Any vehicles not moved or interfering with snow plowing operations on Town roads may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Residents are encouraged to remain off the streets unless necessary for their own safety.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Release Time: 12/18/2018 @ 4:00 PM

Shortly after 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, the North Greenbush Police Department responded with the Defreestville Fire Department and Wynantskill Fire Department to Mohamed Farm Way for a report of a barn fire endangering a residence.

Upon arrival, officers found the fire to be severely progressed through the building. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the other buildings.

“The low temperature and winds made a difficult task even harder for the firefighters but they did an excellent job dealing with the fire quickly and preventing further damage or injury” said Chief Keevern.

Several surrounding fire companies assisted on scene. Due to the large response from the responding fire companies, that portion of Snyders Lake Road was shut down for several hours. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is still ongoing.
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We have received numerous requests for a status update on the investigations into two distraction burglaries that occurred on October 23rd, 2018.

Over the last 4 weeks since the distraction burglaries occurred, our investigative team has continued diligently with all potential leads. There have been several similar burglaries matching the description of our incidents which has required extensive coordination with all involved agencies. As we had previously disclosed, we firmly believe the suspects in our cases are part of a larger organized criminal enterprise. We have had a dedicated investigator working almost exclusively on these cases since the date they occurred as the investigation has taken us far beyond our town.

There have been no arrests in these incidents, yet, but we are working closely with all involved agencies and feel we are on the right investigative track to, hopefully, bring a resolution in all of these cases. Given the sensitive nature of open investigations, we can’t specify what is being done but assure everyone that we are doing everything we can.
The fact that so many of you are asking about these cases is outstanding. That means you are all keeping your safety in mind and continuing to be vigilant for any suspicious activity. We have continued to receive calls from residents who have had concerns about someone at their door and we urge everyone to continue doing that. Whether we are able to make an arrest in these cases or not, the threat still exists and everyone should remain alert for any potential scams. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in these cases and their continued support.
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UPDATE:

Updated Press Release – Police Investigate Two Distraction Burglaries

Release Time: 10/29/2018 @ 11:00 AM

Since October 23rd, the North Greenbush Police Department have been investigating two reports of distraction burglaries in town that day.

Given the sensitive nature of active investigations, few details can be disseminated about these cases at this time. However, the following information is an update on what can be said.

Following the initial press release, there has been an outstanding showing of cooperation from our residents who had been witnesses or had video to share of the suspects and their vehicle. Investigators have learned of several other incidents throughout the northeastern U.S. matching the M.O. of these burglaries. Commonalities between those incidents and ours were used to piece together more information about the suspects in an attempt to identify them. At this time, the vehicle we believe to be involved in the incidents has been located. Investigators from the North Greenbush Police are working with various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and locate the suspects involved. It is believed that the suspects are a criminal ring moving throughout the northeast committing these crimes and had committed these burglaries while passing through our community.

“We believe we are on the right track with these suspects but continue to work on all possible leads” said Chief David Keevern. Residents should still remain vigilant and use caution when confronted by anyone looking to get into a home under any circumstances. “There are many tricks these criminals use to get into your home but keeping all doors and windows locked in your home, even if you’re home, can prevent anyone from getting in while you’re distracted.”

The North Greenbush Police have responded to several reports of suspicious persons following these incidents and urge residents to continue their situational awareness and challenge anyone they believe may not be who they claim to be. If anyone has any further information on these incidents, they are asked to contact Detective Stehr at the North Greenbush Police station, 518-283-5323.
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Press Release – Police Investigate Two Distraction Burglaries

Release Time: 10/24/2018 @ 9:30 AM

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the North Greenbush Police Department responded to two separate distraction burglaries in the town.

A distraction burglary is when suspects pose as employees of a utility company or public works department to gain access to a residence. Once inside, the suspects will split up with one keeping the homeowner occupied while the other or others go through the house unaccompanied to look for valuables to steal.

The first incident occurred around 5 PM on Douglas Street. Three white males had posed as being from the water department and said there was a broken pipe in the area that could be affecting that house. Once inside, two of the males distracted the homeowner while the third male began going through closets and dressers. The homeowner became suspicious of the situation and demanded that the males leave, which they did.

The second incident occurred shortly after on Winter Street Extension. Three males matching the same description went to that residence claiming again that they were with the water department. While one male distracted the homeowner, the other male made his way through the residence. As with the first incident, the homeowner became suspicious and began asking questions. The males left at that time and the homeowner discovered that parts of the house had been ransacked.

“Distraction burglaries are not uncommon, unfortunately”, said Chief David Keevern. “Both of these homeowners were vigilant enough to be suspicious and challenge the burglars which resulted in them leaving immediately.”

Chief Keevern offered the following advice to residents. “If someone is legitimately at your house for a utility emergency or problem, they will have no problem providing credentials which can be verified through the company they claim to be from”. “If you have any doubt, don’t let them in and call 911”.

The North Greenbush Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this contact the police station at 518-283-5323 to speak to an officer. It is likely that these were not the only two incidents yesterday and there may have been other attempts by these suspects where that information could be used to identify them.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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Press Release – Police Department Uses Grant To Upgrade In-Car Computers

Release Time: 10/12/2018 @ 1:15 PM

The Town of North Greenbush had received a Public Safety Grant from New York State Senator Kathy Marchione this year, allowing them to upgrade the laptop computers in all of the police department patrol units.

The police department has nine marked patrol units, all outfitted with laptop computers. The computers are used for a variety of functions from report writing, issuing tickets, operation of the in-car camera system, inter-agency communication and more.

“In-car computers have become vital for police officers these days. Our industry is becoming more technologically sophisticated and we need to have the proper equipment to perform our jobs the best we can” said Chief David Keevern. “Due to their age, our computers have slowed down and a couple have died completely which takes a car out of service. That places more of a burden on the remaining units.”

The existing computers had all been purchased about the same time and had passed life expectancy so when one died, it signaled the end for all of them being near which would be a major burden on the officers and the patrol cars.

In August, North Greenbush Town Supervisor, Lou Desso, had coordinated with Senator Marchione to get funding for the police department to put towards updating their ability to perform their duties.

“The police serve an essential role in society and they have to be properly equipped to do their jobs” said Supervisor Desso. “We knew we had to replace the aging computers and were working on figuring out how to fund that project when I found out about the Public Safety Grant.” Supervisor Desso worked with the town Comptroller, Anthony Germano, to apply for the grant of $7,500 which had been approved in September. “Senator Marchione has always worked to improve public safety in our communities and this will be a great way to do that here in North Greenbush”.

Chief Keevern said “The Town of North Greenbush is very careful with the budget and the funding of this project wasn’t built in for the year. We can’t thank Senator Marchione enough. We were at a critical point with the existing computers and couldn’t have done this at this time without her help.”

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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Can anyone help us locate the owner of this pup? She was found earlier today near Oak Hill Apartments in North Greenbush. Any questions can be directed to our station at 518-283-5323. ...

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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.

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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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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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