Hudson Police apprehend last of ‘Blue Hammer’ suspects

HUDSON—The last suspect has been nailed in connection with Operation Blue Hammer. Hudson Police report the arrest of wanted fugitive, Lavone McClendon, a/k/a, “Buttons,” who has been on the run for seven months.

HPD detectives learned that Mr. McClendon was hiding out at 527 State Street. Detectives and uniformed officers positioned themselves around the building and took Mr. McClendon into custody February 20 after a brief foot chase when he ran out the back door.

Mr. McClendon, 30, of Hudson was charged on a sealed indictment filed in Columbia County Court, June 29, 2017, charging him with two counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both class B felonies. The indictment was signed by Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols.

Operation “Blue Hammer” was a joint drug investigation/operation involving the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies including: City of Hudson Police, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, State Police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force.

After processing, Hudson Police took Mr. McClendon to the Columbia County Jail to await arraignment in County Court.

Mr. McClendon was on probation for a prior felony drug sales conviction. These are new charges for felony drug dealing. We saw last summer what disorder drug peddlers can cause in our city,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

*Hudson Police have revived another overdose victim with Narcan.

Police were called to an apartment on the 200 block of Columbia Street, Saturday February 24 at 6:45 p.m. for an unconscious 43-year-old woman, the apparent victim of a heroin overdose. Sergeant Shane Bower arrived at the apartment and located the woman on the bathroom

floor. She was not breathing and was unresponsive. Sgt. Bower administered a single dose of Narcan, and the woman started to gasp for air.

The Greenport Rescue Squad quickly rendered more aid and a second dose of Narcan. The woman became more responsive and was brought to Columbia Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

It is my understanding that the woman has been discharged from the hospital. Great work by our sergeant and the Greenport Rescue Squad,” Chief Moore said in a press release.

*A Hudson Police Department vehicle was involved in a two-car accident, March 2 at 2:43 p.m. Police received a report of a crash at the intersection of Third and Union streets. They report that a vehicle with Massachusetts license plates ran the red light as it traveled north on Third Street coming into the city. The vehicle struck a Hudson City Police marked vehicle operated by Officer Jonathan Merante as he traveled east through the intersection. Officer Merante was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Officers arrived at the scene and interviewed several witnesses.

Officer Merante seems to be OK, although both vehicles appear to be totaled,” Chief Moore said in a press release.

A Hudson Police officer was taken to the hospital after the patrol car he was driving was struck at an intersection, March 2. Photo contributed

Claverack

Andrew Nelson, 22, of Columbia County was charged with first degree rape, a class B felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, February 23.

Police are not releasing Mr. Nelson’s address nor where the crime took place due to the age of the victim, according to State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes.

Investigation by the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center determined Mr. Nelson has sexual contact with a victim less than 13 years of age.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance.

Dover

Jairon Gregorio Mendez, 19, of Hillsdale was charged with first degree engaging in a course of sexual conduct with a child, a class B felony, by State Police in conjunction with investigators from the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center, February 26.

An investigation, initiated as a result of a law enforcement referral to the New York State Central Registry for Child Abuse, determined Mr. Gregorio Mendez allegedly engaged in a course of sexual conduct with a child.

He was arraigned in Amenia Court and sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. Mr. Gregorio Mendez is scheduled to appear in Dover Court at a later date.

Germantown

Brian M. Palmer, 24, of Germantown was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, February 20.

Troopers responded to Hover Avenue for a domestic dispute, February 20. Investigators determined that Mr. Palmer allegedly damaged property and choked the victim.

He was arraigned in Germantown Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond. An order of protection was requested and granted on behalf of the victim.

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Sentences announced in drug, weapon, larceny cases

HUDSON—The following were sentenced in Columbia County Court according to information provided by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office:

*Andre Moma, 21, of Brooklyn was sentenced to one to one-and-a-half years incarceration with the state Department of Corrections and two years post-release supervision for his conviction on second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, by Judge Richard M. Koweek, January 25. Mr. Moma committed the crimes Hudson. Hudson Police Detectives Nicholas Pierro and Jeff Keyser investigated this case with assistance from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, and arrested Mr. Moma, who is represented by Attorney Greg Lubow.

*Michael Johnson, 32, of Hudson was sentenced to one- to three-years incarceration with the state Department of Corrections for his conviction of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, January 25. Mr. Johnson committed the crimes in Hudson. Hudson Police Detective Sergeant Chris Filli, Detective Jeffrey Keyser and Sergeant Jason Finn investigated this case and arrested Mr. Johnson, who is represented by the Public Defender.

*Jonathan Kimball, 31, of Loudon, NH, was sentenced to one- to three-years incarceration with the state Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $24,576.81 in restitution for his conviction of second degree criminal possession of stolen property and third degree grand larceny by Judge Koweek, February 7. Mr. Kimball committed the crimes in Canaan. State Police Investigator Abdul Weed and Trooper Megin Ciaccia investigated this case and arrested Mr. Kimball, who is represented by Attorney John Leonardson.

*Sean McLaughlin, 51, of Preston Hollow was sentenced to one-and-a-half- to three-years incarceration with the state Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $7,930 in restitution for his conviction of third degree attempted robbery, by Judge Koweek, February 7. Mr. McLaughlin committed the crimes in Hudson. Hudson Police Detective Nicholas Pierro and Officer Mishanda Franklin-Cox investigated this case and arrested Mr. McLaughlin, who is represented by the Public Defender. —Diane Valden

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