Two-to-four year sentence ordered for dumping woman’s body

HUDSON—Rasheem Cotman, 33, of Queens received the maximum sentence for dumping the body of a Copake woman in the woods last September.

Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols sentenced Mr. Cotman to two to four years in prison for concealment of a human corpse, a class E felony, in Columbia County Court March 10, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka told The Columbia Paper this week. Read more…

Police arrest eight in raid on Hudson ‘drug den’

HUDSON—City Police nabbed eight suspects, all on felony charges; seized a loaded .380 cal. pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, two fake weapons, more than three pounds of marijuana, over 500 individual packages of heroin, packaging and scales and more than $15,000 during a drug raid, February 22 at 6:38 p.m.

A search warrant was executed in the entire building at 525, 527 and 527½ State Street. Police detained three subjects during the raid and later released then without charges. Read more…

Philmont teen faces child pornography charge

PHILMONT—State Police from Livingston charged Adam J. Layton, 16, of Philmont with possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony, February 22.

The teen was arrested following an investigation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He allegedly possessed pornographic images depicting children.

Adam was arraigned before Town Justice Michael Brandon in Claverack Court and was released on his own recognizance. Read more…

State Police say one man wielded hammer in roadside dispute

TAGHKANIC—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested James G. Corradina, 30, of Briarcliff Manor for second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class A misdemeanors, February 20.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to an altercation on the Taconic State Parkway at 4:13 p.m.

A subsequent investigation revealed that during the dispute, Mr. Corradina allegedly struck the victim with a hammer causing a minor laceration. Read more…

Rape charge leads police to loaded handgun, drugs

HUDSON—City Police charged Corey L. Hinds, 30, of Hudson with first degree rape (forcible compulsion), a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property (stolen firearm), a class E felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, February 4.

Police say Mr. Hinds already has a prior felony drug conviction.

Columbia County 911 dispatched police after receiving a call at 4:34 p.m. from an 18-year-old female, who reported that she had been sexually assaulted. Hudson Police located the victim and called for the Greenport Rescue Squad, which took her by ambulance to the Albany Medical Center for treatment. Read more…