Charge reduced in death of Livingston newborn

LIVINGSTON—The second degree murder charge against Tara J. Tomlin, 21, of Livingston has been dropped and a new charge of first degree manslaughter has been filed.

State Police at the request of and after consultation with Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka filed a complaint in Livingston Town Court to charge Ms. Tomlin with manslaughter, August 18. Read more…

Claverack party turns violent; man charged in stabbing

CLAVERACK–State Police from the Livingston barracks charged Jacob O’Leary, 19, of Greenport with first degree assault, a class B felony, August 20 at 2:15 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to Columbia Memorial Hospital for a reported stabbing.

The 18-year-old victim said that he and group of friends were at a party on Humane Society Road when a verbal altercation turned physical. During the fight, the victim reported that he was stabbed in the abdomen by an unknown male subject. Read more…

Police: Warn children about drug paraphernalia

MILLBROOK—State Police urge parents or caregivers to teach children about the dangers of drug paraphernalia.

Parents or caregivers educate children about the dangers of drug use, alcohol consumption and how they should never touch a hot stove top.

When curious children are scavenging for outdoor treasures parents talk to them about staying away from poison ivy and tell them not to touch garbage. With the heroin epidemic at an all-time high, parents should also educate their children to recognize drug paraphernalia and what to do if they come in contact with needles, according to a press release from State Police. Read more…

With public’s help, police charge 3 in gas station robbery

CLAVERACK—Three Columbia County men were swiftly arrested following an armed robbery at the Sunoco Gas Station at the intersection of Route 9H and Route 66, August 9 at around 11 p.m.

State Police investigators from the Livingston barracks concluded a multi-agency probe conducted with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Hudson Police Department August 12.

Jonathan Garcia, 22, of Hudson was charged with first degree robbery, August 11; Charles H. Corey, 19, and Roberto Guerrero, 22, both of Hudson were charged with first degree robbery, a class B felony, August 12. Read more…

Campers have fun, become good citizens

GREENPORT—Eleven youngsters from Columbia County attended the 2016 New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Summer Camp recently, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a recreational program combined with the development of good citizenship. This year marked the 39th year of the camp’s operation.

The camp, near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp accommodated over 900 girls and boys from across the state. Read more…