Missing Chatham man found dead in pond

CHATHAM—State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office closed a nearly three-week-long investigation into the disappearance of Benjamin Kaufmann, 33, of Chatham, who apparently shot himself to death.

On August 6, family members reported that Mr. Kaufmann was late returning home from a hike, which sparked a search for the missing man. Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, August 25, Sheriff’s Office personnel and State Police were called to investigate a report of a body found in a remote pond on private property in the Town of Chatham. Read more…

Mishaps in Claverack, Hillsdale leave two injured

CLAVERACK—Two Columbia County residents were seriously injured in separate, unrelated incidents the morning of Thursday, August 7.

A woman, who suffered burns to 90% of her body, was airlifted to the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit in Valhalla following a shed fire, Thursday, August 7 at 6:15 a.m. Read more…

Dutchess County woman dies in parkway crash

CLAVERACK—A Dutchess County woman was killed in a one-car crash on the Taconic State Parkway south of Palmer Road, August 4 at 2:12 p.m.

State Police Sergeant Robin Reed said, Lynette Juul, 51, of Pleasant Valley was driving north when for an unknown reason; her vehicle went off the east shoulder and over an embankment. The vehicle became airborne and traveled into a wooded area, where it came to rest between two trees. Read more…

Police search for missing man

CHATHAM—State Police are looking for a missing Chatham man.

33 14news benjamin kaufmannOfficials say they were told by his parents that Benjamin Kaufmann, 33, of Chatham left his residence for a walk around 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 6 and did not return.

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