Columbia 911 celebrates 20 years

HUDSON–The Columbia County 911 department celebrates a milestone this year. It was 20 years ago—May 26, 1995—that the county’s 911 system officially came online. It took more than four years of planning and hard work, but the end result was a state-of-the-art communications center providing enhanced 911 service including automatic location of callers, computerized dispatching systems, digital mapping software and certified emergency medical dispatchers who, using a standardized protocol, provide life-saving medical instructions over the phone before responders arrive on scene.

Less than 72 hours after going online, the new 911 system faced its first major test when, on Memorial Day (May 29, 1995) at 6:40 p.m., an F2 tornado tracked across southeast Columbia County damaging homes, trees and infrastructure. As the tornado touched down, phone lines at the new 911 center began ringing non-stop. Dispatchers hunkered down and got busy as staff and equipment were pushed to their limits, processing over 100 emergency calls in the first 90 minutes of the event. In the end, the system and new dispatch department met the challenge. Read more…

Gunshots lead to arrest following incidents in Hudson

HUDSON—City police received multiple calls about a fight in progress with multiple gunshots fired in the area of the Savoia Bar, 216 Warren Street, Sunday, May 17 at about 2:05 a.m.

During their investigation and interviews with witnesses, police learned that shots were fired and found a spent 9 mm shell casing in the area. Read more…

Motor scooter accident claims life of Livingston woman

GERMANTOWN—Four vehicles were involved in a collision that left a Livingston woman dead on State Route 9G, south of Hover Avenue, May 11 at 3:06 p.m.

Investigating Sheriff’s deputies found that a 2007 Honda Silver Wing scooter operated by Caitlin M. Briggs, 24, of Livingston was traveling south on Route 9G, when for unknown reasons, it crossed into the northbound lane. Read more…

Police track down wanted man

HUDSON—Hudson Police received information from a citizen as well as a tip from Channel 10 news that El Jalon Thornton, 22, of South Front Street, Hudson, a wanted man, was seen in the area of the Hudson Terrace Apartments (HTA) near the bus stop the morning of April 30.

Detectives with the assistance of uniformed patrols set up surveillance in the area of the sightings. Detectives spotted the suspect walking along HTA building 3. When he saw the detectives, the suspect took off on foot and a pursuit ensued. Read more…

Austerlitz resident, 71, charged in child pornography case

AUSTERLITZ—Nathan Malkenson, 71, of Austerlitz was charged with two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, a class D felony, by Sheriff’s Office investigators, April 23.

Sheriff’s Office criminal investigators and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit executed a search warrant signed by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols at 11 Raup Road, April 21, 2015. Read more…