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Investigation continues into assault at Valatie gym owner's home

Jill Konopka & WNYT Staff
Updated: July 09, 2020 08:56 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 06:07 PM

The wife of a Valatie gym owner is on administrative leave from her job as a sheriff's deputy.

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As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, an assault at their home has been at the center of controversy.

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Rosenstrach was put on leave after the weekend beating of local mechanic Harold Handy.

Handy was at the eye doctor Thursday and may need eye socket surgery. The swelling to his head has gone down tremendously.

Bartlett won't say whether Deputy Rosenstrach's leave is paid or who specifically was involved in the attack on her Kinderhook property.

She shares the home with her husband Alex Rosenstrach, who up until earlier this week when a search warrant was executed on their house refused to shut down his Valatie gym, Club Life Health and Fitness.

The sheriff isn't saying if the couple was involved in what relatives of the victim are calling a group assault.
Handy's relatives say he's lucky to be alive and was placed on a vent before being released from Albany Medical Center's Trauma ICU on Monday after that beating early Sunday morning following a 4th of July celebration.

There is now an intense investigation involving NYSP and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff says he made that call out of the spirit of transparency.

Many online are outraged the agency is investigating one of its own, even calling for the attorney general to take over, but the sheriff wants people to know they're treating this case like they would any other case.

Hear the sheriff and town supervisor discuss how the case is being handled by watching the video of Jill Konopka's story.

Anyone with information can call:

Investigator Ian Boehme: (518) 697-0191

Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Branch: (518) 828-4316

New York State Police: (518) 786-2455

NewsChannel 13 asked the sheriff about the thousands in campaign donations the Rosenstrach family has made to the sheriff:

"I don't control who gives money to my campaign if somebody wants to give money to my campaign they donate and that's that. That does not make a difference if someone gives money to a campaign whether or not there's criminal charges filed against them. That's the most corrupt thing I could ever hear and that's not me."


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