Greenport man charged with rape and sex abuse

KINDERHOOK—A State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigator attached to the Columbia Greene Child Advocacy Center in cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Bryan A. Graham, 20, of Greenport for second degree rape, a class D felony, second degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, January 22.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Graham had started an online relationship with a 13-year-old victim in late 2016. This later led to an alleged sexual encounter between the victim and Mr. Graham early last year.

Mr. Graham was arraigned in Greenport Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

Great Barrington, MA

Great Barrington Police, with the assistance of the State Police in Livingston, arrested a Columbia County man believed to be responsible for an assault and attempted sexual assault last month, according to a press release from Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh.

As a result of what police describe as an an aggressive investigation, Andrew Gombar, 34, of Chatham was arrested in Chatham, January 18. He is charged with assault with intent to rape, threatening to commit a crime and assault and battery.

He was arraigned in Ghent Court and is being held without bail at the Columbia County Jail pending his return to Massachusetts.

Great Barrington Police responded to the Lipton Mart on Stockbridge Road for a reported assault, January 7.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a man who had been loitering outside the store, allegedly approached a woman and attempted to sexually assault her. The woman escaped and police began an investigation.

The investigation was led by Great Barrington Police Officer Jonathan Finnerty. Over the course of the probe, Officer Finnerty received information from State Police detectives in Livingston that led to the identification of Mr. Gombar as the suspect.

“The resolution of this case would not have been possible without the help of our partners with the New York State Police in Livingston. Their assistance was invaluable and helped Officer Finnerty by providing exceptional cooperation in identifying and apprehending this dangerous suspect,” Chief Walsh said in the release.

Hudson

Hudson Police received a call from CVS security reporting a burglary at the 617 Warren Street, Hudson store, January 21 at about 1:30 a.m.

Patrols responded to the scene and found the front door to the store smashed out and a male subject inside the store. Patrols entered the store and found the subject hiding in the rear of the store.

As patrols approached the subject he grabbed a large fire extinguisher and began spraying the contents at the officers. Officers Tracy Roberts, Kevin Keyser and Matthew Montross were quickly able to take the alleged burglar into custody.

Arrested was Brandon Kipp, 22, of Hudson. Police said he appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Mr. Kipp has been charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge Brian Herman who released him from custody with a future return court date.

*City Police responded to a report of three or four shots fired on North Third Street between State and Columbia streets, Monday, January 22 at 9:34 p.m. HPD, backed up by the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and a State Police K9 unit, immediately checked the area and began interviewing neighbors. No one was injured.

Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to contact Hudson Police detectives at 518-828-3388.

Drugs/alcohol

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

*Jessica L. Syska, 26, of Wappingers Falls was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated by State Police from SP Livingston, January 6. She was traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack, when she was involved in a property damage motor vehicle collision. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol and she was subsequently arrested.

*Robert L. Mitchell, 53, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from SP Livingston, January 6. He was traveling on State Route 9 in Greenport, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently arrested.

*Kaspar A. Meier, 48, of Hillsdale was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police from SP Livingston, January 6. He was traveling on State Route 217 in Claverack, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol and he was subsequently arrested.

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Livingston barn burns to the ground. A barn at 121 Estok Road, Livingston was destroyed by a fire reported January 12 at 9:09 p.m. Livingston firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics were summoned to the scene by Columbia County 911. Churchtown, Greenport, Clermont, Taghkanic, Ancram and Germantown firefighters responded to provide mutual aid. The barn was owned by Stephen Estok and contained no livestock. Paramedics treated one firefighter on the scene. The Columbia County Cause and Origin Team was requested to investigate the cause of the fire along with Livingston firefighters. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. Columbia County Fire Coordinators, CCSO and NYSP assisted on scene. Firefighters were back in service at 4:28 a.m. A rekindle of the fire was reported January 19 at 9:01 p.m. Livingston firefighters returned to the scene until 10:25 p.m. Photo by Lance Wheeler

 

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