Head-on Route 22 collision leads to fatality

NORTH HILLSDALE—State Police from the Livingston barracks are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 22, that claimed the life of a Hillsdale woman, April 7.

At 1:10 p.m., troopers were dispatched to State Route 22 near Sawyer Road, Austerlitz, for a two car head-on collision with personal injury and entrapment.

An initial investigation indicates a vehicle operated by Gus Segschneider, 69, of Hillsdale was northbound on State Route 22. Read more…

One-car crash on Rte. 22 claims life of Ulster woman

HILLSDALE—An Ulster County woman died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash on State Route 22, just north of Hunt Road, April 2 at 12:34 p.m.

Sheriff’s patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911. They arrived at the accident scene and determined that a 2014 Toyota Corolla, operated by Albert R. Ahlstrom, 82, of Kingston was traveling southbound on State Route 22 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, crossed over to the east shoulder of the roadway, struck an embankment and came to rest off the road after hitting several trees.

Joan E. Ahlstrom, 81, of Kingston was a passenger in the vehicle, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. Read more…

Hudson Police arrest man who threatened others with knife

HUDSON—City Police received a call from Hudson Housing Authority Manager Tim Mattice Friday, March 16 at 3:20 p.m., reporting that a resident came to his office to say two men were fighting in an apartment on the ninth floor. The resident also said one man was brandishing a knife and there were children present in the apartment.

A police sergeant, several patrol officers and detectives arrived four minutes later, located the man with the knife and took him into custody.

They arrested John M. Morrison, 45, of Hudson on charges of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Read more…

Two charged in separate cases alleging crimes against children

NEW LEBANON—A New Lebanon man faces charges for predatory sexual assault against a child, according to State Police from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston.

Keith D. Benson, 47, of New Lebanon was arrested for predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony; first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony; three counts of first degree sexual abuse, all class D felonies; and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors, by State Police investigators, March 13.

State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pittsfield Police Department conducted an eight-month investigation which resulted in Mr. Benson’s arrest. Read more…

Trooper, EMT work together to save crash victim

AUSTERLITZ—William A. Dunkin, II, 59, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, February 24.

Troopers patrolling Route 203 in Austerlitz at 10:15 p.m., came upon a two-car motor vehicle crash and immediately rendered aid.

While assessing a victim, who was trapped, a fire ignited in the engine compartment. Fortunately, an off-duty emergency medical technician arrived on scene and supported the neck of the victim so the trooper could use his patrol vehicle’s extinguisher to neutralize the fire. Read more…