Saturday November 10, 2012

Cops: Man wielded knife

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- A 45-year-old man was arrested on assault charges Thursday after Rensselaer County Sheriff's deputies found him at the scene of a reported stabbing, holding a knife and a 4-year-old child.

Authorities said the domestic incident took place early Thursday afternoon in the town of Hoosick. The victim and child were not identified.

Sean Muller, 45, was charged with first-degree assault, a felony, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. According to a written release from the sheriff's office, deputies arrived on the scene to find a woman bleeding from her stomach and a man later identified as Muller in the basement.

Authorities said Muller was holding the 4-year-old and a knife but there was no statement in the police report indicating he threatened to harm the child. Deputies were able to safely secure the child, and Muller was taken into custody with no injuries to himself or police.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was brought to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., for observation.

Muller was remanded without bail to reappear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 13 at noon in Hoosick Village Court.

-- Zeke Wright

Police cruiser destroyed

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Village trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss a replacement police vehicle after an accident last week took a cruiser out of service.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Village trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss a replacement police vehicle after an accident last week took a cruiser out of service.

Police Chief George Bell said Friday the accident took place Thursday, Nov. 1, at approximately 11:25 p.m., when two officers on patrol observed a vehicle speeding through the village of Cambridge.

The officers were driving east along East Main Street when a car approached south from Route 313 and turned left onto Ashgrove Road. Bell said police clocked the vehicle traveling 59 mph in a 30 mph zone. The vehicle did not stop when police turned on their siren, police said, and after a short pursuit in wet conditions, the pursuing officer lost control around a corner and spun the patrol car, which traveled off the road into a field and struck a house.

The accident took place approximately a mile outside the village and totaled the patrol car. Bell said the man police were chasing saw the accident happen and stopped a short distance up the road, where the officers issued him tickets for failure to comply and speeding.

-- Zeke Wright