Police say two suspects admit to Claverack burglary

CLAVERACK—Two Claverack residents were charged with burglarizing a state Route 23 home March 7.

Joseph C. Moore, 29, of state Route 217, Claverack was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, March 7 at 7:45 p.m.

Kristen K. Bishop, 33, of state Route 9H, Claverack was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, March 10 at 12:40 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Deputy Patrick Mayo was dispatched to a the burglary complaint March 7.

Sheriff’s Office Investigators Patrick Logue and Reagan Anderson continued the investigation in the area that afternoon when Hudson Police Detectives David Miller and Jeff Keyser along with Hudson Police Officers Chris Duntz and Kevin Sweet assisted and developed information which ultimately lead to the arrests. Police say both suspects were cooperative with the investigators and made admissions of their involvement in the crime.

They were both were arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon after their respective arrests and were sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond. They will return to court at a later date.

“Residential burglaries are violent crimes and this is just another great example of how local law enforcement agencies working together solve these types of crimes efficiently and quickly,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the release.

Along with the Hudson Police, Sheriff’s investigators were also assisted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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A motorcyclist was thrown off his Harley, seen here in the middle of the highway, after it ran into the driver’s side door of the Toyota at left, March 11. Photo contributed

• Two people were hurt in a car versus motorcycle crash on state Route 23 at the intersection of Hover Road, March 11 at 7:41 a.m.

Investigating deputies found that a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Matthew Spurge, 67, of Hudson was traveling east on state Route 23 behind an uninvolved vehicle, which was turning right onto Hover Road.

The motorcycle passed the uninvolved vehicle and struck a 2010 Toyota sedan, operated by a 19-year-old Claverack resident, who pulled out of Hover Road and turned west on State Route 23. The 19-year-old was not identified by the Sheriff’s Office.

The motorcyclist ran head-on in the driver’s side door of the Toyota and was thrown off the bike.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took Mr. Spurge to Albany Medical Center for leg and shoulder injuries. The squad took the 19-year-old to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of a hand injury.

Mr. Spurge was issued a ticket for improper passing and the 19-year-old operator of the Toyota was issued a ticket for failing to yield right of way at an intersection.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Deputy Michael Meier and Deputy Scott Kline.

Claverack firefighters assisted at the scene and were back in service at 8:47 a.m.


Mark A. Simon, 30, of Hudson was charged with second degree offering a false instrument for filling and third degree falsely reporting an incident, both class A misdemeanors by Hudson City Police March 4.

Sunday, January 24, Columbia County 911 received a call from Mr. Simon reporting that somebody had stolen his 2010 GMC Suburban truck while it was parked in front of 29 Columbia Street.

Columbia County 911 also reported to the Hudson Police that just prior to the reported “stolen vehicle” call, they received a report that the same vehicle had just crashed into a tree off Hiscox Road in Greenport.

The case was turned over to the Hudson Detectives Unit. After a month-long investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Simon’s vehicle was not stolen and that he allegedly intentionally crashed it into a tree and fled the scene. Mr. Simon also made a claim to his insurance company that his vehicle had been stolen.

He was arraigned before City Court Judge John Connor on an active arrest warrant and was released on own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to Hudson City Court at a later date.

• Laurence C. Marshall, 63, of Hudson was charged with third degree menacing and second degree harassment (physical/repeated) at 550 Warren Street, by Hudson Police Officer Jonathan Merante, March 1 at 12:23 p.m.

Mr. Marshall allegedly threatened someone with a hammer and scratched the victim in the arms and face causing injury. He was arraigned before City Court Judge John Connor and released to return at a later date.

• Vincent J. Carozza, 21, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault (with intent to cause physical injury) at 71 Prospect Avenue by Hudson Police Officer Jonathan Merante, March 5 at 7:47 p.m.

Mr. Carozza allegedly choked someone, causing injury. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance to return to Hudson City Court at a later date.


State Police report that they have located a missing 16-year-old Kinderhook boy who was last seen February 24 at 5:45 a.m.

Brandon Schaefer, who police said ran away from home, was found at a family member’s home in Cairo, Greene County, with the assistance of State Police, Catskill, March 10.

State Police from New Lebanon had sought the public’s help in finding the youth.

Police had received unconfirmed reports from the boy’s family members that he called them to say he is okay. But State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Melissa McMorris told The Columbia Paper that “Until the teen is returned to his guardian, we will continue to look for him.”

Brandon was in good health and returned to his family in Kinderhook, police said.


Michelle Y. Ermo, 39, and Ralph Dimeo, Jr., 38, both of Hillsdale, were charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and fifth degree conspiracy, a class A misdemeanor by Deputies Kris Bauhoff and Ryen Boehme, March 1 at 3:16 p.m. They are accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart department store in Greenport.

Ms. Ermo and Mr. Dimeo, Jr., were arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. They are slated to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

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Emory guilty in forged credit card case

HUDSON—A jury found Nolan Emory guilty of 47 counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, Wednesday, March 2, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

The jury found that the defendant possessed 47 forged debit cards, August 20, 2015.

The forged cards were associated with bank accounts not linked to the defendant and the jury found that the defendant intended to use the cards to steal money.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan M. Carty prosecuted the case before County Judge Jonathan D. Nichols. The Kindlon Law firm represented the defendant.

The district attorney commended Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Logue, who investigated the matter and spent hours preparing the case for trial. In addition, Mr. Czajka praised the work of Assistant District Attorney Carty, predicting this is the first of many guilty verdicts the ADA will earn. DA Czajka thanked the U.S. Secret Service and its investigator for assisting in this investigation. The district attorney noted that this is an example of innumerable thefts by credit card and debit card fraud that is plaguing the county and the nation. Mr. Emory is scheduled to be sentenced May 4 at 1 p.m.

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