Good Samaritans rescue young women in submerged car

CLAVERACK—Passersby rescued two young women from their overturned car that was submerged in a swampy pond along State Route 23 in Martindale, June 15.

Craryville and Hillsdale firefighters, the Community Rescue Squad, State Police and Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of the accident at 1202 Route 23 at 9:39 a.m.

According to State Police, Ciera Vanackooy, 19, of Elizaville was driving southeast when due to a distraction inside the car, her vehicle exited the road and rolled into a pond. Ms. Vanackooy and her 16-year-old passenger were trapped inside. Read more…

Valatie man, 19, drowns while with friends in Stony Kill

CHATHAM—A 19-year-old Valatie man died as a result of an apparent drowning in the Stony Kill, June 11. Temperatures soared above 90 degrees that day.

Columbia County 911 dispatched sheriff’s deputies and multiple emergency service agencies Sunday at 4:46 p.m. for a reported drowning in a section of the creek located behind River Road, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Witnesses notified Columbia County 911 when they saw a male swimmer go underwater and not resurface. This specific area of the creek is posted for no swimming. Read more…

Shots near bar, weapon and drugs inside prompt HPD probe

HUDSON– Police received a call that gunshots had been fired in the vicinity of the Half Moon Bar, 48 South Front Street, Tuesday, May 30 at 11:43 p.m.

When patrols arrived, they discovered several people outside the bar and two vehicles with bullet hole damage. No one was hurt.

Numerous interviews were conducted that indicate an argument occurred between two or more subjects, with handguns brandished. Witnesses said several shots were fired. Read more…

Police locate missing 14-year-old girl in Connecticut

KINDERHOOK–A missing 14-year-old girl was found safe and sound.

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a May 25 press release that his office was investigating a report of a missing person/runaway and asked for the public’s assistance in finding her.

On May 21, the Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Kinderhof group home on State Route 203 that Gabriella Rose Oudekerk, 14, had run away from the home. Gabriella had last been seen at 2 p.m. that day getting into a dark-colored hatchback-style vehicle on State Route 203. The vehicle was possibly a Chevy Malibu. A white middle-aged man, tall, with graying hair, and a large build, was the operator of the vehicle in question. Read more…

Hudson man faces arson charges following investigation

HUDSON—Hudson Police and State Police charged Matthew Sackett, 19, of Hudson with third degree arson, a class C felony, and fourth degree arson, a class E felony, May 18.

At 9:35 a.m. that day, police found Mr. Sackett at his Bliss Towers residence and charged him on two outstanding felony arrest warrants for crimes in Hudson and Livingston.

For the past several months, City Police have been investigating more than a dozen separate burglaries and the arson/burglary of the Kite’s Nest building at 57 North Front Street. A fire, which occurred there January 18, destroyed the entire building. More than 100 firefighters from 5 departments fought the blaze. The building, appraised at $425,000, ultimately had to be demolished. Read more…