Second man charged for Stockport house fire

STOCKPORT—A second man has been arrested in connection with an October 2017 house fire in Stockport. The arrest was made by way of a sealed indictment handed down by a Columbia County Grand Jury, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

October 1, 2017, Columbia County 911 dispatched the Sheriff’s Office to 290 County Route 25 for a fully-involved residential structure fire. The residence was destroyed and the cause of the fire was ruled suspicious.

The investigation led to the arrest of William P. Travis III, 31, of Woods Lane, Stuyvesant, December 20, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Sheriff’s investigators charged him with third degree arson, a class C felony. He is currently incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail awaiting trial.

The investigation continued after the Travis arrest and led investigators to discover that the homeowner, Barry Goldstein was also allegedly responsible for the fire. Investigators Reagan Anderson and Patrick Logue arrested Mr. Goldstein, 74, at his residence in Stockport without incident, November 14 at 10:48 a.m.

He was taken directly to Columbia County Court, where he was arraigned at 3:15 p.m. before County Judge Richard Koweek and the indictment was unsealed. Mr. Goldstein stands charged with first degree insurance fraud, a class B felony; third degree arson, a class C felony, and first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony. Mr. Goldstein was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He will make a return court appearance at a later date.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office along with the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

In the press release Sheriff Bartlett said, “This house fire created a dangerous situation for firefighters and residents. I would like to thank the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and all of the firefighters who responded and assisted at the fire scene. “I want to also thank the public for their help and remind everyone that if you see something, say something.”


A Schodack man was arrested for unlawful surveillance and dissemination.

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Joseph D. Shaw, 22, of Schodack for second degree unlawful surveillance and first degree disseminating unlawful surveillance, both class E felonies, November 14.

Investigators from SP Schodack in Troop G contacted their counterparts at SP Livingston with a lead on an unlawful surveillance case reported by a victim currently residing in North Carolina. An investigation found that Mr. Shaw allegedly recorded a now-estranged domestic partner unlawfully at his former residence in Kinderhook. He then allegedly disseminated that material unlawfully to acquaintances of the victim.

With further assistance from investigators and troopers at SP Schodack, Mr. Shaw was located in Schodack and taken to SP Livingston.

He was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail due to his fugitive from justice status. Mr. Shaw has an active warrant for his arrest issued by a magistrate in North Carolina for a similar incident. He was scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.


Jessie Vanderwalker, 24, of Claverack was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies Matthew Leonard and Ted Blank, November 4 at 4:30 a.m.

Mr. Vanderwalker is accused of having a verbal and physical altercation at a private residence in Claverack with a female victim while a child was present. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He was to appear back in court at a later date.


Zilla Kelly, 20, of New Lebanon was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor on a warrant, by Deputies David Stevens and Zachary Sohotra November 3 at 2:47 a.m.

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


Two local people were by the Sheriff’s Office Drug Education and Enforcement Unit as a result of a drug investigation in Greenport, which lasted for several months, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Thursday, October 25 at 10:15 p.m., members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia-Greene Shared Response Team, Hudson Police Department, and New York State Parole executed a search warrant, which was signed by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek.

The search warrant was for a residence at 156 Ten Broeck Lane, apartment 6, where officers arrested two people.

One hundred eighty-six bags of heroin, about 10 grams of cocaine, drug packaging material, scales and US currency were recovered. The heroin seized has a street value of about $2,800.

Arrested were Amar Keitt and Courtney Keitt, both age 43, of the Ten Broeck Lane address. They were both charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony.

Both defendants were arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and sent to the Columbia County Jail. Mr. Keitt is being held with no bail and Ms. Keitt is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail or $100,000 bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office with this case were Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force (DEA), State Police and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity should contact the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at 518-828-8477. All tips received remain anonymous.

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State Police at Livingston conducted an underage drinking initiative across the county, October 29.

The following retail establishments were checked to see if they would sell alcohol to an underage subject. None of the establishments sold to the underage buyer.

Establishments were: Mobil Xtra Mart, 1371 State Route 23, Craryville; Ameristop, 1817 State Route 23, Craryville; Gulf Gas Station, 2690 State 23, Hillsdale; Stewarts, 9248 State Route 22, Hillsdale; Sunoco, 1678 County Route 7A, Copake; Ameristore Citgo, 7373 State Route 22, Copake; Citgo, 27 Flint’s Crossing Road, Canaan; Love’s Truck Stop, 12848 State Route 22, Canaan.

Also, Citgo Xtra Mart, 601 State Route 295, Chatham; Citgo Xtra Mart, 123 Hudson Avenue, Chatham; Charron’s Mobil, 2 Church Street, Chatham; Stewarts, 30 Church Street, Chatham; Cumberland Farms, 1046 Kinderhook Street, Valatie and Stewarts, 61 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

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Hudson Police investigate auto vandalism

HUDSON—City Police responded to the parking lot of the First Reformed Church, 52 Green Street, Sunday, November 11 at 9:10 a.m. where they discovered that five vehicles had their tires slashed.

Of the five vehicles, three had all four tires slashed, and two had three of their tires punctured.

The incident appears to have happened between 7:30 and 9:10 a.m. while the vehicle owners were inside the church preparing for services. Officers conducted numerous neighborhood interviews.

The following day, November 12 at 10:18 a.m. officers responded to a report that a man was breaking into an apartment at 68 Green Street. Officers interviewed the caller, who said someone appeared to have broken into an unoccupied apartment there. Officers saw the suspect, who attempted to walk away, but was quickly apprehended. Arrested was Jesus Manuel Rosado, 34, also a resident of Green Street. Officers found Mr. Rosado to have a pair of handcuffs, a large knife and leg shackles. He was also wearing yellow rubber gloves and an athletic cup.

He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge John Connor on charges of second degree criminal trespass, third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief.

He was sent to the Columbia County Jail.

We are currently checking to see if the two Green Street events are connected,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Also, November 12 at 12:57 a.m. HPD responded to a report of a man damaging car mirrors in the area of Union and South Front streets. Responding patrols were checking the Fugary shacks at the time of the call and responded immediately to the area. Upon arrival they discovered numerous vehicles in that area had been damaged. In total officers documented 22 cars with their mirrors damaged and one vehicle that had a large chunk of marble thrown through the driver’s side window. Damaged vehicles were found on Front, First, Second, Union and Warren streets.

Witnesses stated they saw a male subject, weighing about 160 lbs. wearing a black hoodie in the area.

Residents who have any more information regarding this case are asked to call HPD detectives at 518-828-3388.

We had two citizens call in the complaint almost simultaneously. I think the heavy rain kept more people from seeing or hearing the vandal while he was in the act,” Chief Moore said in the release. –Diane Valden

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