Rape charge leads police to loaded handgun, drugs

HUDSON—City Police charged Corey L. Hinds, 30, of Hudson with first degree rape (forcible compulsion), a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property (stolen firearm), a class E felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, February 4.

Police say Mr. Hinds already has a prior felony drug conviction.

Columbia County 911 dispatched police after receiving a call at 4:34 p.m. from an 18-year-old female, who reported that she had been sexually assaulted. Hudson Police located the victim and called for the Greenport Rescue Squad, which took her by ambulance to the Albany Medical Center for treatment. Read more…

Sheriff suspects alcohol and speed contributed to fatal crash

COPAKE—Speed and alcohol may be factors in a crash that killed a Schoharie County man, February 3 at 9:37 p.m., according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to a one-vehicle accident on County Route 7A, just south of Empire Road. Their initial investigation revealed that a 2003 GMC pick-up truck, operated by Robert W. Lowden, 46, of Jefferson, Schoharie County, was traveling south on County Route 7A, when it went off the west side of the road, where it struck and snapped a utility pole. Read more…

I-90 traffic stop leads to credit card, pot charges

CHATHAM—A traffic stop for speeding on the Thruway landed two men in jail, according to State Police.

Troopers stopped a vehicle on I-90 for a speeding violation, January 20 at 9:58 p.m. The passengers, Kareem Padgett, 22, of Schenectady and Maliek J. Brown-Barrow, 20, of Brooklyn were allegedly found to be in possession of forged credit cards and marijuana. Read more…

Registered sex offender on parole faces new charges

HUDSON—El-Jalon Thornton, 23, of Hudson was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second degree criminal contempt, both class A misdemeanors, by Hudson Police, January 3.

Mr. Thornton is a New York State Level III (highest level) registered sex offender and is currently on New York State parole. Consequently, a state parole warrant was also issued and executed.

Hudson Police detectives learned that in November 2016, Mr. Thornton again had contact with a juvenile victim on Front Street in the area of the Promenade Hill Park. Read more…

New truck gets ‘Flashy’ nickname

Members of the Chatham Fire Department pose with new engine 58-22, nicknamed Flash, after Past Chief John Howe. Photo by Scott Langley

A closeup of the inscription that appears on the new fire engine. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

CHATHAM—Chatham Fire Department members, federal, state and local elected officials, friends, family and guests gathered at the firehouse to celebrate the arrival of the department’s new 2016 Rosenbauer firetruck engine 58-22 and to dedicate it to Past Fire Chief John Howe, January 14.

The new truck has a 1,500 gallon/minute pump, carries 1,000 gallons of water and 20 gallons of class A foam.

Mr. Howe, a/k/a, “Flash Lightning,” is a 40-plus year member of the department and is a past Columbia County fire coordinator. He has responded to an estimated 2,200 emergency calls over the years; served several terms as department chief and on numerous truck committees.

He is historically the quickest responder, usually being the first to the station and is a respected department and community member.