Mentally ill man hospitalized after threatening police

HUDSON—Law enforcement officials apprehended a man during a “psychotic episode” August 17.

Hudson Police received a call that an upstairs apartment at 830 Columbia Street was being broken into, Monday at 2:17 a.m.

Witnesses said they saw a highly-agitated man smashing windows and throwing objects out into the yard. Arriving patrols noticed that the door had been kicked in and there was much damage to the apartment. As patrols approached, the man took refuge in a back bedroom, with no rear exit. Read more…

Austerlitz man charged in house fire

AUSTERLITZ—A probe by Sheriff’s Office investigators has determined that a house fire at 72 Cool Timber Road, Friday, August 7 was not an accident and have made an arrest in the case.

Columbia County 911 dispatched seven volunteer fire companies, the Greenport Rescue Squad and sheriff’s deputies to an active structure fire at the John and Nona Lange home. Read more…

New charges against 4 allege multiple children abused

HUDSON—Four people who were initially indicted in Columbia County Court last December on a litany of charges related to sexually molesting children, were back in court July 15 before Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek, this time facing a new combined indictment of 58 counts.

The charges are the result of a three-year investigation by State Police investigators from Livingston, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and Columbia County Child Protective Services which found evidence that numerous children suffered at the hands of the defendants, according to a December State Police press release. Read more…

Child safety seat event deemed success

Pictured (l-r), Mike Potter Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, Kristy Frederick Columbia County Health Department certified technician, Columbia County Sheriff certified technicians Deputy Cindy Madison and Deputy Peter Grzeskow with Zachary Potter being fitted for a new seat, Alex and Arica Rosenstrach Club Life event staff, Mike Breen Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, and Patricia Abitabile Columbia County Health Department certified technician. Photo contributed

Pictured (l-r), Mike Potter Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, Kristy Frederick Columbia County Health Department certified technician, Columbia County Sheriff certified technicians Deputy Cindy Madison and Deputy Peter Grzeskow with Zachary Potter being fitted for a new seat, Alex and Arica Rosenstrach Club Life event staff, Mike Breen Valatie Rescue Squad certified technician, and Patricia Abitabile Columbia County Health Department certified technician. Photo contributed

KINDERHOOK—Certified child passenger safety technicians from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Department of Health held a Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection at the Club Life Day Community event in Kinderhook, Saturday July 18 and it was a big success, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.

Technicians assigned to the Child Passenger Safety Seat Program provide new child seats to families who have shown a need, and complete a safety inspection at these events. In addition to a safety seat inspection, parents and caregivers receive free one-to-one installation guidance and safety education from Sheriff’s Office and Health Department nationally certified technicians. The program’s success is attributed to a grant program, as well as the collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and Health Department. A total of 134 safety seats have been inspected and a total of 108 safety seats have been replaced by the grant program. Read more…

Former deputy pleads guilty to spying on woman

Former Sheriff's deputy Thomas Bagnall pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance, July 8.

Former Sheriff’s deputy Thomas Bagnall pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance, July 8. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—Thomas G. Bagnall, 27, of Hudson pleaded guilty to second degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony, in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan Nichols, July 8. The former sheriff’s deputy, who was suspended without pay following his arrest, immediately forfeited his job as soon as he entered the plea, according to District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Mr. Bagnall took photos of a woman dressing and undressing in November 2010 from outside the woman’s Livingston residence without her consent. The images were subsequently posted on the Internet. Read more…