Horticultural program reaps rewards

GREENPORT—The Inmate Horticulture Program has been a successful and beneficial venture at the Columbia County Jail, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett. This program, which began in 2009, provides inmates with instruction in gardening, composting and general horticultural lessons.

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Sheriff David P. Bartlett (crouching) is pictured with Corrections Officer Anthony Cozza and inmates working in the jail vegetable garden. Photo contributed

Inmates who volunteer to participate in this program are selected based on their security classification and institutional record. Once in the program, the inmates that are chosen work on a daily basis in the horticulture area, which is in the secure compound of the Public Safety Facility. Read more…

G’town woman charged in theft of phone and debit card

LIVINGSTON—Darryl S. Lasko, 29, of Germantown was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, by State Police from Livingston, July 9 at 6:05 p.m. Troopers were contacted by a Livingston woman who reported that while shopping at the Hannaford store in Livingston, she lost her wallet and cell phone.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Ms. Lasko allegedly possessed the lost property and attempted to use the victim’s debit card at two different Columbia County locations. Read more…

Two-car crash on Rip Van Winkle Bridge injures three; one driver charged


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Three people were hurt in a crash on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, July 7. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Three people were taken to area hospitals following a two-vehicle head-on crash on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (State Route 23), July 7 at 7:59 p.m.

A preliminary investigation by State Police from the Livingston Barracks revealed that a red 2013 Chevrolet sedan driven by Edward Murphy, 59, of Albany was operating erratically as he traveled eastbound across the bridge. Mr. Murphy drove his vehicle across the double yellow lines and into the westbound lane where he struck a 2003 Ford Focus head-on.

A medevac helicopter took the driver of the Ford Focus, Irene Pough, 57, of Catskill to Albany Medical Center, while the passenger in the Ford Focus, Virginia Pough, 29, of Catskill, her daughter, was taken by ambulance, also to Albany Medical Center. Both sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Read more…

Hudson car goes missing, police locate vehicle and a suspect

HUDSON—City Police arrested Joseph P. Drabick, 35, of Ghent for fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, June 22.

On Saturday, June 18, a resident of Green Street awoke to discover his vehicle was no longer parked in front of his home.

The victim called Hudson Police to report his vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, had been stolen.

Police say the car owner had left the keys in the vehicle. Read more…