Monthly Archive: January 2014

Man killed by truck in Saugerties village center 0

Man killed by truck in Saugerties village center

Last year, Saugerties Police Chief Joe Sinagra called the intersection an accident waiting to happen. He was right. Robert Carlson, 57, of Main St.

was killed this morning after being struck by a utility truck at the intersection of Main and Partition streets. Police said a surveillance video captured the tragedy, showing Carlson stepping off the curb and into the path of the truck without looking. The truck was making a right turn from Main St.

onto Partition St. Carlson was treated at the scene by paramedics from DIAZ ambulance and freed from beneath the truck by the Saugerties Fire Department. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where he eventually succumbed to his injuries at 1:56 p.m., according to police.

The driver of the vehicle, which police described as a 2005 Chevy dual-wheel utility truck, was Elwood Hewitt, 60, also of Saugerties. The investigation is continuing but police don t expect to charge Hewitt with anything. This is an unfortunate accident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Carlson Family, said Police Chief Joseph Sinagra in a statement.

This is another reminder of the importance of why people need to remember to only cross the intersections in the village where designated to do so and to always check for vehicle traffic before stepping into the roadway. A portion of Main and Partition streets were closed for about two hours this morning while detectives conducted their investigation. A trooper from the NYSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted police detectives, conducting a DOT inspection of the truck before it was moved from the scene.

The safety at this intersection has been questioned in the past. Last year, after several close-calls, Sinagra warned that the intersection was dangerous because of low visibility for drivers and pedestrians and a lack of a designated time to cross. Unlike the intersection at Main and Market streets, there are no WALK and DO NOT WALK signs, so vehicles may pass through the intersection from one direction or another at all times.

I never know what it s my turn, is a common reaction among pedestrians. The intersection previously had timed pedestrian crossings, but they were removed in the 1980s at the request of the Village Board because they were causing traffic backups. Last year, when Sinagra and village officials asked the state Department of Transportation about the possibility of bringing them back, they were refused.

Instead, as a compromise the village decided earlier this month to set the lights to show red in all directions for 30-second intervals to give pedestrians a chance to cross, though there would be no signage.

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Trained canine assists deaf trucker 0

Trained canine assists deaf trucker

Pete Kleckner s 14-year-old German Shepherd/Akita service dog is more than just his good friend and constant companion: He s a pair of ears. Kleckner who is deaf depends on to keep him safe. Snickers has been with him since 2002 and was one of two service dogs entered into Overdrive s Most Loved Pet contest.

The independent contractor from Crookston, Minn., never leaves home without his good buddy. The dog has been trained to respond to five sounds: an alarm clock, intruders, fire alarms (and strobes) door knocks, door bells and back in the day, a land line phone. When they arrive at the truck stop and she hears anything outside she doesn t like, she will bark or put a paw on him.

If someone is outside the truck trying to talk to him, Snickers will alert him. In fact, for this interview, Snickers pawed him awake as soon as the alarm went off. The politically correct term for hearing impaired is deaf or hard of hearing, and Kleckner has a severe sloping hearing loss that has required hearing aids since he was 11 years old.

He s not had to have a Department of Transportation medical waiver because, so far, he s been able to pass the whisper test part of the exam, though his CDL states he has to be wearing both of his hearing aids and have fresh batteries on his person. He gets a kick out of asking the DOT inspectors if they believe they have finished their inspection after they ask to see his hearing aids. Their job is not done until they check my batteries, which I always have, Kleckner says.

A recent ruling allowed 40 deaf and hard of hearing truckers get a waiver even though they couldn t pass the whisper test. When you have an engine roaring in your ears all day, I fail to see how it s important to be able to hear a whisper, he says with a laugh. Because of Snickers advancing age, Kleckner has begun training a new addition to the family, a 19-month-old yellow lab puppy.

The two dogs get along well, but Snickers is very obviously the professional and goes almost everywhere with Kleckner. Even though the law, (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) allows a hearing service dog to accompany him into restaurants and truck stops, he says he seldom takes him on the shipping dock. It s too cold for him out there, he says.

His devotion to Snickers goes beyond the daily struggles of a deaf trucker. She calms me down and keeps my anxiety at bay too, he says. Some disabilities are not as obvious as the ones requiring hearing aids.

While Snickers will soon enjoy retirement, his owner is excited to say that a book about his best friend, Justice for Snickers, will be available this summer. The book chronicles the life and times of a trucking service dog who has been all over the country and experienced all kinds of adventures, Kleckner says. Tips when you see a service dog 1.

The dog and the handler are a team. Talk to the handler first 2. Don t pet the service dog without permission.

Don t be insulted if permission is denied.

3. Don t feed the dog or give him a treat.

4. If you have a dog with you, don t approach the service dog.


It is impolite to ask the handler about his disability or question his service animal s right to be there. (Service dogs are not required by law to wear an identifying badge.) 6.

If you need to provide help to the service team, ask first. (Source:

Fort Scott Tribune: Obituaries: Gary Alvin Schubert (01/31/14) 0

Fort Scott Tribune: Obituaries: Gary Alvin Schubert (01/31/14)

Gary Alvin Schubert, age 62, resident of Uniontown, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan.

29, 2014, at his home. He was born June 2, 1951, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Ira and Doris Likely Schubert. After high school he worked as a truck driver for over 40 years.

A longtime resident of Uniontown, he greatly enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He loved his family dearly. Survivors include Kimmie McKinley and their children, Cheri Gonzalez and husband Roman, Midland, Texas, Amy Herring and husband Steve, Devon, Kan., McKinley Schubert and wife Carrie, Uniontown, and Jacob Clark Schubert, Uniontown; five brothers, Roger Schubert and wife Lorene, Enid, Okla., Don Schubert and wife Janice, Mound City, Kan., John Schubert, Uniontown, Dick Schubert, Walnut Grove, Mo., Charlie Schubert and wife Lora, Americas, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Levi, Lauren, and Lindsey Gonzalez, Danika, Daryan, and Dreytan Herring, and Gavin, Mason, and Taryn O’Brien; three great grandchildren, Jordan Angel Gonzalez, Aiden Kayne Gonzalez, and Brayden Michael Herring; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Russell Allen Schubert; a brother James Schubert; a sister Ruth Keith; as well as his parents. Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb.

1, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m.

until 7 p.m.

Friday evening at the Chapel.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at