Suspect arrested in Hudson stabbing

HUDSON—A resident of Bliss Towers has been charged in connection with a stabbing in an elevator there in the early morning hours of October 25.

The stabbing victim required numerous stitches, but was subsequently released from the hospital.

Hudson Police say they received a report of “blood on the floor” of the elevator at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street, Wednesday, October 25 at 2:47 a.m. and they discovered a large amount of blood in the elevator and on the second floor of the high rise apartment building.

HPD immediately contacted local hospitals telling them to be on the lookout for stabbing/shooting victims.

At 3:51 a.m. HPD was contacted by Albany Police reporting that one of their officers was in the emergency room at the Albany Medical Center with a 38-year-old male, a Coeymans resident, who was the apparent victim of stab wounds. The man had injuries to his head and arm.

A thorough search was conducted at the scene by HPD officers, detectives and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies. Leads were developed, and detectives arrested Elron Williams, 44, a resident of Bliss Towers.

The investigation indicates that several men and women were gathered in an apartment on the second floor of Bliss Towers when a fight broke out between Mr. Williams and the victim. HPD officers and the Forensic Investigation Unit from the New York State Police processed the scene.

Mr. Williams was charged with felony assault and possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court. Further charges are pending.

Elron Williams is a person with an impressive 32 prior misdemeanor convictions, and 6 felony convictions to include robbery, drugs, and weapons possession; most out of New York City. This investigation is continuing and we want to check out all the circumstances surrounding this stabbing. Once again it was great cooperative work involving HPD, CCSO, NYSP and the DA’s Office that wrapped this up quickly,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

*Shanon M. Adams, 37, of Hudson was charged with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, September 1.

Hudson City Police received information from a concerned citizen that a woman in her late 30s was possibly having sexual relationships with juvenile teenage boys in the community, August 25.

A police investigation was started and leads were developed. During this long-term sex crime investigation, a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence and evidence was collected. The suspect allegedly made oral admissions to police during the investigation.

Ms. Adams was arraigned before Judge John Connors in Hudson City Court October 3 and is due to return to court at a later date.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding other children who may have had contact with Ms. Adams should contact the Hudson City Police Detective Division at 518-828-3388.


Steven T. Beers, 27, of Pine Plains was charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks October 20.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to the burglary on Elm Street October 19 at 7:10 p.m.

Troopers arrived shortly after the suspect left and were informed that the suspect and the victim knew each other. Continued investigation then led to the arrest of Mr. Beers, who was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. Mr. Beers is next scheduled to appear in Livingston Court November 16.


Joshua Charron, 20, of Philmont was charged on a warrant for third degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Patrick McMahon October 9 at 9:52 p.m.

Mr. Charron is accused of striking a female in the face and attempting to choke her at a private residence in Philmont. He

was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was ordered to return to court at a later date.


Zachary Harpis, 25, of Stuyvesant was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Daniel Keyser October 2 at 9:24 p.m.

Mr. Harpis is accused of violating an order of protection. He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and released on his own recognizance with a later return court date.


Daniel Anderson, 32, of Valatie was charged with first degree criminal contempt—previous conviction, a class E felony, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputy Kelly Briscoe, October 20 at 9:43 p.m.

Mr. Anderson is accused of violating an order of protection by kicking and punching a female victim at a private residence in the Village of Valatie.

He was arraigned in Chatham Village Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.


Christopher Mikelinich, 52, of Wingdale was charged on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Samantha Plass, October 17 at 11:33 a.m.

Mr. Mikelinich is accused of violating an order of protection against a protected person from Gallatin. He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He will appear in Gallatin Court at a later date.


The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*David Donenfeld, 57, of Ghent was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Steven Rose and Patrick McMahon, September 29 at 11:52 a.m. Mr. Donenfeld is accused of growing marijuana plants in Ghent. He was issued a ticket to appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

*John Stickles, Jr., 58, of Millerton was charged with driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, by Deputy Ryen Boehme, September 29 at 8:07 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched the deputy to State Route 82 in Ancram for a suspected intoxicated male subject in a gray pick-up truck who attempted to steal pumpkins from a farm stand. The owner of the stand was able to detain Mr. Stickles until the deputy arrived. A breathalyzer test was administered to Mr. Stickles which resulted in a .14% blood alcohol content. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Ancram Court.

*Stacy Hurn, 51, of Millerton was charged with felony DWI, previous conviction within 10 years and aggravated DWI, both class E felonies, and failure to keep right, an infraction, by Deputy Ryen Boehme October 1 at 3:30 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Sheriff’s Office to the Copake Sunoco Station on County Route 7A for a female driver who almost struck the gas pumps. Ms. Hurn, who was operating the vehicle, was administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. A breathalyzer test resulted in a .18% BAC. She was arraigned in Copake Court and was released after paying a $1,000 bail. She is slated to reappear at a later date.

*Kelli Pearson, 47, of Westborough, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and having a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, all class U misdemeanors, and failure to keep right, infraction) by Deputy Joseph Kilmer, October 7 at 6:31 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched the deputy for an erratic driver complaint on the Taconic State Parkway. The vehicle was located traveling southbound in Taghkanic and stopped for failing to keep right. Field sobriety tests were administered at the scene, which Ms. Pearson failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .25% blood alcohol content result. She was issued appearance tickets returnable to Taghkanic Court at a later date.

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Little old church ravaged by fire. Built in 1829, the Canaan Congregational Church, 1670 County Route 5, Canaan, known as “the little red brick church at the corner of State Route 295 and County Route 5” was extensively damaged in a fire that broke out November 6 at 5:38 a.m. The cause is under investigation. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Canaan Task Force and Chatham Rescue. The initial response brought firefighters from Canaan, East Chatham, Lebanon Valley and Red Rock to the scene. Fire command requested additional mutual aid from Richmond, MA, and then requested a Battalion Five tanker response. This brought additional firefighters from Niverville, Austerlitz Fire District, North Chatham and Tri-Village to the scene. Command later requested Chatham to the scene. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office, State Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and New York State Electric & Gas, and the Town of Canaan Building Inspector were on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 1:16 p.m. Photo by Lance Wheeler


Civilians taught to respond to shooters

GREENPORT—A Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course will be held at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Tuesday, November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.

CRASE is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004. CRASE provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.

Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.

This course is designed for civilians. The sheriff offers it in light of recent tragic shootings occurring throughout the country. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office instructors have been sent to Texas, Maryland and Massachusetts and are trained to instruct civilians, law enforcement and first responders in the appropriate response to active shooter events.

This presentation is an effective way for people to learn to prepare for a critical event like an Active Shooter situation. The reality of today’s world is these events can occur at any time and any place. It is my hope that people take advantage of this program and learn ways to prepare for and survive an active shooter event,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the release.

In addition to the scheduled event, a course at a workplace or organization may be arranged by contacting Investigator Anthony Brahm at 518-697-0113.

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