Police charge Hudson man with abuse of 11-year-old

HUDSON–Austin Daniel Pollard, 21, of Hudson was charged with first degree sexual abuse (sexual contact with an individual less than 11 years old) and endangering the welfare of a child by Hudson Police Officer John E. Funk, Jr., at 729 Warren Street, June 13 at 3:46 p.m.

On June 8 at an address on State Street, Mr. Pollard allegedly subjected a child to sexual contact and endangered her physical, moral and mental welfare. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond to return to court at a later date.

*Jessica Lynn McEwan, 35, of Hudson was charged with making a false written statement, two counts of second degree criminal contempt (disobeying court) and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child at 233 Robinson Street by Hudson Police Officer Dean A. Rowe, June 10 at 8:09 a.m.

Ms. McEwan was charged on an active Hudson City Court arrest warrant after an investigation into a dispute. She allegedly violated an active Columbia County Family Court order of protection. She also provided a written statement which was allegedly untrue. She was arraigned in Greenport Court and released on her own recognizance to appear in Hudson City Court at a later date.

*Michelle Lee Moskaluk, 24, of Hollowville was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property) and disorderly conduct (fighting/violent behavior) at the police station by Hudson Police Officer Patrick N. Meister, June 6 at 10 a.m.

Ms. Moskaluk was walking up State Street while allegedly yelling and threatening random pedestrians and allegedly attempted to fight with one.

In addition, she was in the back of Hudson Police Car #4 and she allegedly intentionally kicked the window at least five times causing it to dislodge from the frame and need to be repaired. She was held for arraignment.

*Alexander R. Butterfield, 23, of Hudson was charged with first degree unlawfully dealing with a child and a violation of Hudson City Code for keeping a disorderly house by Hudson Police Officer Brent Rowe at 546 Columbia Street, June 11 at 3:06 a.m.

Police responded to Mr. Butterfield’s residence where a large party occurred and alcoholic beverages were allegedly served to a person under 21 years of age. He was released with appearance tickets returnable in City Court at a later date.

*Roy L. Talley, 33, of Hudson was charged with second degree obstruction of governmental administration and first degree unlawfully dealing with a child in connection with the party at the Butterfield residence, 546 Columbia Street, by Hudson Police Officer Randy Clarke, June 11 at 3 a.m.

Mr. Talley allegedly provided or caused to be provided alcohol to a person under the age of 21, and then refused to provide his pedigree information to police. Mr. Talley was arraigned in Hudson City Court and released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

New Lebanon

Brian Kormos, 22, of Cherry Plain was charged with petit larceny by State Police at New Lebanon, June 18.

He allegedly stole prescription medication from his ex-girlfriend’s New Lebanon residence, June 17.

Mr. Kormos was issued an appearance ticket returnable in New Lebanon Court June 27.

Kinderhook

Scot A. Doering, 32, of Valatie was charged with second degree aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child by Deputies Peter Grzeskow and Kris Bauhoff, June 3 at 10:57 p.m.

Mr. Doering allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to a 12-year-old girl in Kinderhook. He turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office and was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued by Kinderhook Town Justice David Dellehunt.

Arraigned before Stuyvesant Justice Dr. Carrie O’Hare, Mr. Doering was released after posting $500 cash bail. He was ordered to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Copake

Thomas Flaherty, 43, of Copake was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony and petit larceny, an A misdemeanor by Deputy David Proper, June 10 at 3:24 p.m.

Mr. Flaherty allegedly possessed a stolen credit card and used it to make a purchase at a business in Copake. He turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office sub-station in Hillsdale after he was advised an arrest warrant had been issued. Arraigned before Copake Justice John Spencer, Mr. Flaherty was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond and ordered to return to court at a later date.

Valatie

Gina Ford, 33, of Valatie was charged with possession of stolen property by State Police from New Lebanon in the early morning hours of June 16.

Troopers received a complaint from a cashier at the Valatie Cumberland Farms indicating that a woman stole alcoholic beverages. An investigation revealed that Ms. Ford possessed the stolen items at another location in Valatie. Ms. Ford was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Ghent

Gerald Jennings, Jr., 39, of Columbiaville was charged with second degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor and second degree harassment by Deputies Kris Bauhoff and Thomas Merante, June 8 at 11:48 p.m. During a dispute, Mr. Jennings allegedly pushed a 38-year-old woman to the ground and restrained her from leaving a Ghent residence. Arraigned before Justice Michael Bruno in Ghent Court, Mr. Jennings was released on his own recognizance and directed to return to court at a later date.

Radiation emitting device scheme uncovered

ALBANY–Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson and Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, June 18, according to a press release from United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division.

The arrests followed a lengthy investigation by the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force that began in April 2012 when authorities received information that Mr. Crawford had approached local Jewish organizations seeking out individuals who might offer assistance in helping him with a type of technology that could be used against people he perceived as enemies of Israel, according to the Department of Justice release.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release up to five years following any period of incarceration.

The men initially appeared before Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel in U.S. District Court in Albany, June 19, to hear the charges against them. They reappeared the following day for a bail hearing, where they were ordered held without bail according to Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. Duncan.

As charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albany, the essence of the defendants’ scheme was the creation of a mobile, remotely operated, radiation emitting device capable of killing targeted individuals silently with lethal doses of x-ray radiation.

The defendants plotted to use this device against unwitting victims who would not immediately be aware that they had absorbed lethal doses of radiation, the harmful effects of which would only appear days after the exposure.

This was an undercover investigation and, unbeknownst to the defendants, the device that the defendants designed and intended to use was rendered inoperable at all times

and posed no danger to the public.

“This case demonstrates how we must remain vigilant to detect and stop potential terrorists, who so often harbor hatred toward people they deem undesirable. We give special thanks to those who quickly alerted law enforcement authorities to this devious plan. I also commend the members of the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for their unwavering commitment over the past 14 months to uncover the details of this plot before anyone could be harmed,” U.S. Attorney Hartunian said in the release.

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