Surveillance cam images capture elevator assault

HUDSON—Hudson Police are currently investigating an assault and possible shooting that occurred in the area of Bliss Towers within the City last week.

Thursday, July 13 at about 9 p.m. officers responded to the area of North Second and State streets for a report of shots fired. Officers arrived and learned that an assault occurred in one of the elevators, where it appears three men punched and kicked the victim, an unknown heavy-set black man, who is about 30 years old. Blood was observed in the elevator and hallway. Following the assault there were numerous shots fired outside the apartment complex. HPD officers found and retrieved evidence of shell casings.

It is suspected that the two events were linked, with the gunplay possibly in retaliation for the assault.

Surveillance footage taken from an elevator camera at Bliss Towers apartment building shows three men engaging in the beating of a fourth man, according to Hudson Police. Photo contributed

Currently, HPD has not positively identified the victim or suspects, and have not learned of a person who had suffered a bullet wound stemming from this incident.

The incident remains under investigation.

Based on the photo taken from the video footage of the elevator assault, police hope the public can assist in the identification of combatants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hudson Police detectives at 518 828-3388.

Ghent

Sheriff’s Office investigators charged a Schenectady man in connection with a criminal sex act, July 8 at 11:30 a.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

May 31, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a reported sexual offense that occurred in the Ghent between 2011 and 2014.

At the time, the victim of the incidents was between 7 and 9 years old. Authorities became aware of the abuse after a family member reported it to Deputy Zachary Sohotra.

The Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit investigation resulted in the arrest of Logan Burnett, 20, of Schenectady. He was charged with one count of first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony.

Mr. Burnett was arraigned in Ghent Court before Justice Joseph Bruno and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.

This arrest was made in cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center, and the Schenectady County Probation Department.

The investigation is continuing and other potential victims should contact Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at 518 828-3344.

Greenport

Christi Diane Slade, 44, of no permanent address was charged as a fugitive from justice in connection with a bank robbery that occurred in Maryland, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland, contacted Columbia County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigators early in the day June 22 requesting assistance with a bank robbery in their jurisdiction June 20.

During the course of the Maryland investigation they were able to name Ms. Slade as a suspect in the robbery and issued a warrant for her arrest on robbery and theft charges. Maryland detectives had reason to believe that Ms. Slade may have either visited or planned to visit an inmate in the Columbia County Jail and asked for help locating and arresting her.

On June 22 at 2:05 p.m., Ms. Slade was apprehended without incident by Columbia County investigators while she was at the Columbia County Public Safety Facility. Investigators also found a vehicle believed to have been used in the commission of the robbery and impounded it on behalf of Maryland authorities.

On June 26, Maryland detectives traveled to Columbia County. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the suspect vehicle with the robbery proceeds being recovered. The search warrant was signed by the Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. Ms. Slade was interviewed by investigators and made admissions not only as to her involvement in the Maryland robbery, but also to a recent bank robbery that occurred in Georgia. Both agencies have been in contact with Georgia officials and an arrest warrant has been issued for Ms. Slade by the Banks County Sheriff’s Office there.

Ms. Slade was charged with being a fugitive from justice and was arraigned before Claverack Justice Michael Brandon. She was sent to the Columbia County jail without bail. She was to return to court at a later date for extradition proceedings.

Stuyvesant

Troop K State Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in Stuyvesant, June 30. Upon arrival, troopers found April D. Law, 50, of Stuyvesant, who appeared to have a minor injury to the head and claimed to have been attacked by an assailant that broke into her home.

This 911 call summoned an immediate response of numerous State Police resources including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, uniformed troopers, State Police K9 and crime scene technicians.

It was reported that shortly before 4:30 p.m. June 30, Ms. Law returned to her home in Stuyvesant and when she entered her home she was attacked by an intruder who was inside. The investigation that pursued, lead by Investigator Dustin Gardinier, following this report not only did not reveal any evidence of an intruder, but in fact revealed evidence that Ms. Law had made up the report.

She was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor, July 2. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Stuyvesant Court at a later date.

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Two face charges in Agan case

By DIANE VALDEN

HUDSON—Two relatives of accused murderer and rapist David T. Agan, Jr., 43, of Valatie face charges of witness tampering in connection with Mr. Agan’s indictment on first degree murder and 139 counts of sex crimes.

Mr. Agan was initially arrested December 10, 2015 in connection with the stabbing death of his estranged wife, Christina M. Agan, 37, of Kinderhook.

He was indicted by a grand jury December 14, 2015 for second degree murder, a class A-1 felony, and has been locked up in the Columbia County Jail without bail since his arrest.

Mr. Agan was subsequently indicted on a raft of new charges including rape and incest along with an upgraded murder charge presented in a 140-count superseding indictment, October 18, 2016.

Now the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office reports that Mr. Agan’s sister and mother have been charged.

Sarah Reynolds-Krusic, 24, of Williamsburg, VA, was charged with computer trespass, a class E felony. She is Mr. Agan’s sister.

Kathy Agan-Reynolds, 60, of Williamsburg, VA, was charged with fourth degree tampering with a witness, a class A misdemeanor. She is David Agan’s mother.

Both crimes allegedly occurred in Columbia County and were investigated over several months by State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes and Investigator John Reppucci.

Ms. Reynolds-Krusic allegedly trespassed on the social media site of a witness in her brother’s murder and sex crimes case.

Ms. Agan-Reynolds allegedly tampered with a witness in her son’s murder and sex crimes cases.

The James City County Police Department arrested both women in Virginia. They both consented to their extradition to Columbia County. Both women were arraigned before Justice David Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court, June 19 and were released on their own recognizance.

Mr. Agan’s trial is scheduled to begin January 8, 2018.

The following were sentenced in Columbia County Court recently, according to press releases from District Attorney Paul Czajka:

*Zarak Ali, 44, of Albany was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in the state Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $4,462 in restitution upon his conviction by plea of first degree possession of a forged instrument; second degree forgery and first degree perjury by Judge Koweek, June 12.

The crimes were committed in the City of Hudson. State Police investigated this matter and made the arrest. He was represented by Justin deArmas, Esq.

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