Area Police News: June 26, 2013
At about noon last week Tuesday, several area fire, emergency services and law enforcement agencies responded to the area of Sherwood Bridge in Delhi as a result of a 911 call reporting a possible drowning in the West Branch of the Delaware River.
A witness, who was kayaking with the victim, reported that Donald C. Shamus, 21, of Delhi had fallen from the top of his capsized kayak and was swept away by the current. Shamus was not wearing a personal floatation device at the time of the incident. The witness was unable to rescue Shamus and summoned help.
A search of the river was immediately commenced by members of the Delaware County Department of Emergency Management, Delhi Fire and EMS, Walton, Margaretville and Downsville fire departments along with members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Aviation Division, SUNY Delhi University Police and Delhi Village Police departments.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., New York State Environmental Conservation Officers located the victim approximately one half mile south of the confluence of the West Branch of the Delaware River and the Little Delaware rivers. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was immediately commenced and continued while the victim was transported to O’Connor Hospital in Delhi where Shamus was later declared deceased due to apparent drowning.
Two area teenagers were injured Saturday afternoon in an ATV accident in Grand Gorge. Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson, who investigated the accident, reports that an ATV operated by Joshua Paes, 16, of Grand Gorge was southbound on the old railroad bed near where it crosses Route 30 when he lost control and the machine rolled over.
Both he and a passenger, Emma Wright, 15, of Gilboa were ejected from the vehicle.
Wright was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where she was treated for a broken arm and other injuries.
Paes was transported to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown where he was treated for a head injury. He has since been released from the hospital.
Constable Williamson reports that the accident investigation continues. He cited unsafe speed as a cause of the crash. Both of the injured were reported to have been wearing helmets.
Fire, rescue, and EMT personnel from Roxbury and Grand Gorge responded to the scene.
Michael T. Johnson, 19, of Margaretville was arrested by state police on June 22 and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after he continued to send letters to a local girl after having been warned not to do so.
He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on June 27.
Julie Hall, 33, of Margaretville was arrested by state police on June 23 and charged with aggravated unlicensed aggravated operation, unregistered motor vehicle, operating without insurance and no inspection after she was stopped on River Street in Stamford for a traffic violation.
She was issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Harpersfield Justice Court on July 8 at 7 p.m.