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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:07 AM

Rider injured in fall from truck

Amsterdam police said a man who was hitching a ride on an 18-wheeler Wednesday may be facing charges after he fell off the truck and hit his head.

The man, who was not identified today because the investigation is pending, was transported to St. Mary's Hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, said Detective Lt. Kurt Conroy.

GAVAC and the Amsterdam Fire and Police departments responded to a call around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday.

"The call came in as a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident, which was not the case," Conroy said. "He was hitching a ride."

Witnesses who were riding behind the truck took pictures of the man riding on the truck, Conroy said.

"When he got to the intersection of East Main and Vrooman, he jumped," he said. "When he jumped off the truck, he didn't land safely."

The man suffered a head injury. Conroy said he hadn't heard a status report of the man's condition this morning.

Conroy said the man may face a charge of clinging to a vehicle, which prohibits people from riding on or attaching to the outside of a vehicle being operated on a roadway, according to penal code.

-- Heather Nellis

Diesel thefts lead to arrests

ROOT -- Two young adults and a 15-year-old juvenile were arrested and charged with stealing diesel fuel from the town highway department on multiple occasions this month.

Anthony Steven Foote, 18, of 106 Hilltop Road, Sprakers, and Brooke Lynn Bobar, 109 Canyon Road, Canajoharie, and the unnamed juvenile face petty larceny charges. They were arrested Wednesday by Montgomery County sheriff's deputy Michael Spaulding.

The department had been investigating a string of diesel larcenies after highway department employees noticed the tanks appeared to be tampered with earlier this month.

Cameras reportedly captured photographs of the subjects during multiple incidents, and on Wednesday night, a town employee using binoculars saw two male suspects being dropped off by a car on Mapletown Road, according to the report.

One of them is alleged to be Foote; the other the juvenile. They walked to the fuel tanks, and minutes later, the car, driven by Bobar, returned and picked them up, police said.

The employee called 911, and Spaulding was dispatched to the scene. He found them and stopped them on Rappa Road. Spaulding said he found them with 15 gallons of the stolen diesel fuel.

Bobar was charged with one count of petty larceny, while Foote and the juvenile were charged with five counts of petty larceny. All were issued appearance tickets for town court and released.

Foote and Bobar are scheduled to appear June 2 at 4 p.m. to answer the charges, while the juvenile male is scheduled to appear at the county probation department at a later date to answer his charges.

-- Heather Nellis


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