Homeless man charged after alleged thefts, indecent exposure

HUDSON–Gary James Merritt, 57, who police say is homeless, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and petit larceny by City Police Officers William Wrigley and David C. Miller, Jr., May 28 at 6:52 a.m.

Police were called to investigate a report about a man “going through cars.” Police say they saw Mr. Merritt stealing items from a vehicle on the 300 block of Long Alley. They recovered stolen electronics and cash.

In the course of arresting Mr. Merritt for petit larceny at the city police station, police found him to allegedly have a narcotic and marijuana.

He was arraigned before Judge Richard Koweek and was sent to jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

On June 15 at 7:55 p.m., Mr. Merritt was charged with violations of Hudson City Codes for indecent exposure and open container by Hudson Police Officer David C. Miller, Jr.

At 12 Park Place/ Seventh Street Park, Mr. Merritt was seen allegedly lying on a park bench with his penis exposed and a half-consumed cold beer next to his arms. He was issued tickets.

*Daniel Thomas Purdy, 36, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, petit larceny and second degree harassment by Officer Daniel T. Scali at the police station, May 27 at 2:08 p.m.

Mr. Purdy allegedly shoved a 38-year-old woman, broke her telephone and then stole some of her property.

Mr. Purdy was arraigned before City Judge Richard Koweek and was released.

*Whitney M. Glover, 22, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal contempt and second degree harassment by Officer Shane Bower at the police station June 6 at 11 p.m.

Ms. Glover allegedly slapped a 28-year-old man in the face while there was a valid Columbia County Family Court order of protection in effect. She was arraigned before Judge Koweek and released.

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