Elizaville woman dies in construction accident

RED HOOK—State Police from Rhinebeck are investigating a fatal construction accident that claimed the life of an Elizaville woman, April 13.

At 1:13 p.m. Dutchess County 911 dispatched troopers to 7775 Albany Post Road for a reported incident involving a bulldozer and a pedestrian.

Their investigation indicated that Susan M. Coons, 44, of Elizaville was struck by an 18-ton field tread bulldozer. Read more…

Copake man faces burglary charge after owner confronts him

COPAKE—Jason O’Connell, Jr., 22, of Robin Road, Copake was charged with one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony, and one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reported in a press release.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Deputy Samantha Plass to a burglary in progress at 33 Spring Street, Tuesday, April 4 at 12:22 p.m.

The building was a vacant residence that was being used by the owner to store property. Prior to the deputy’s arrival, it was reported that the suspect had fled in a vehicle. Read more…

Stolen bank card probe leads to arrest of Hudson man

HUDSON—Treyvon M. Whittaker, 20, of Hudson was charged with three counts of fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony and three counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, by Hudson Police, March 29.

Police received a walk-in complaint from a woman who said somebody had stolen her bank debit card. March 17.

Police conducted a felony criminal investigation and found that the stolen debit card was used several different times within the city to purchase items without the victim’s consent. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit assisted in this case because the card was also used outside the city. Read more…

State Police arrest Hudson man after tracking victim’s calls for help

KINDERHOOK—State Police from the Kinderhook barracks arrested Jeffrey L. VanAlstyne, 58, of Kinderhook for second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, March 21.

At 1:52 a.m., Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to investigate a 911 hang-up call in which a woman was heard screaming for help in the background. With no location given to 911 dispatchers by the caller, troopers repeatedly attempted to re-contact the caller to render police assistance. Read more…

Woman charged as accomplice in store robbery

VALATIE—The man charged with robbing a convenience store at knifepoint allegedly had some help, according to State Police.

Last week The Columbia Paper reported the arrest of Phillip R. Schmidt, 23, of Stockport for first degree robbery, a class B felony, and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, March 14.

Troopers were dispatched to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at Stewarts, 2931 State Route 9, March 13. An investigation revealed that at 11:15 p.m., Mr. Schmidt allegedly entered the store through the rear door, brandished a knife at the clerk and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle with an undetermined amount of cash. Read more…