Hudson Police, other agencies make drug arrests

HUDSON—As part of ongoing efforts to address open drug dealing in the community, Hudson Police conducted another investigation that led to three arrests.

On February 21 at about 8:35 p.m. Hudson Police executed a search warrant at 10 Frederick Street. A quantity of heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine (meth) was seized.

Renell “Pookie” Harrington, 65, of 10 Frederick Street was charged with three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (CPCS), a class B felony; third degree CPCS, intent to sell-meth, a class B felony; fifth degree CPCS 5, cocaine, class D felony; and seventh degree CPCS, class A misdemeanor.

Rebecca Lynn Cook, 50, of 10 Frederick Street was charged with three counts of third degree CPCS, a class B felony; third degree CPCS, intent to sell-meth, a class B felony; and fifth degree CPCS, cocaine, a class D felony.

Mitchell Brandow, 58, of 321 State Street was charged with seventh degree CPCS, a class A misdemeanor.

The month-long investigation was conducted by the Hudson Police Detective Unit. Deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene, and State Police provided support.

Assistant Columbia County District Attorney Joyce Crawford accompanied officers who executed the warrant.

Mr. Harrington and Ms. Cook were arraigned before City Court Judge Brian Herman. Mr. Harrington was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Ms. Cook was released on her own recognizance to return to court February 28.

Mr. Brandow was issued a ticket to appear in court February 28.

The investigation was thorough and well-planned. The execution of the warrant went smoothly. The discovery of meth here has our attention,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Ghent

Sheriff’s deputies investigated a head-on collision on Route 66, Ghent, February 19. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash on Route 66 at the intersection of Old Red Barn Road, February 19 at 4 p.m.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident and Ghent firefighters and the Chatham and Greenport rescue squads were called to the scene.

Michael Vincek, 36, of Ghent was driving a 2003 Chevrolet sedan northbound on State Route 66 when he lost control of vehicle, traveled off road and struck a NYSEG utility pole. The vehicle then went back into the roadway and struck a southbound 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old female of Chatham, head-on. Deputies did not identify the teenager.

Mr. Vincek had face and nose injuries but declined ambulance transport to hospital.

The teenage driver had neck and knee pain and was taken by the Greenport squad to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Deputy Steven Rose investigated and ticketed Mr. Vincek for failure to keep right.

A Life Net helicopter was placed on standby, but was not needed. West Ghent firefighters responded to provide mutual aid with traffic control. Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene. Firefighters were back in service at 4:56 p.m.

*Emil Meltz, III, 56, of Ghent was charged with third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies Ryen Boehme and Thomas Merante, February 20 at 7:45 p.m.

Mr. Meltz is accused of hitting a female victim in the back of the head and also damaging her cell phone. He was arraigned in Ghent Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

Copake

Daniel Martin, 29, of Hillsdale was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors; and second degree harassment, a violation, by Deputies Timothy Gladwin and Ryen Boehme February 18 at 6 p.m.

Mr. Martin is accused of preventing a 911 call during a domestic incident at a private residence in Copake during which he allegedly grabbed a victim in the presence of a child. He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond. He was to return to court at a later date.

Greenport

Ashley Finch, 29, of Kingston was charged with second degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, by Deputies Brian McSween and David Stevens, February 8 at 1:25 p.m.

Ms. Finch was stopped on Fairview Avenue in Greenport. She allegedly provided deputies with a false name in an attempt to avoid being arrested for having a suspended license. Tickets were issued returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.

Livingston

Torrey Dell, 22, of Hudson was charged on a warrant for second degree aggravated harassment, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Steven Rose, February 19 at 6:49 p.m.

Ms. Dell allegedly threatened a victim by phone. She was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on her own recognizance with a later return court date.

Drugs / alcohol

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

*Karen A. Cedar, 61, of Nassau was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from New Lebanon, February 16. She was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol. She was subsequently arrested.

*Logan J. Burntitus, 33, of Hillsdale was charged with DWI by State Police from Livingston, February 18. He was traveling on State Route 23 in Hillsdale, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation. An investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.

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C-GCC staff recognized by Sheriff’s Office

GREENPORT—In recognition of “extraordinary actions that led to a life being saved,” six members of the Columbia-Greene Community College staff and administration were lauded by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts.

Sheriff David P. Bartlett presented certificates of recognition to a group of employees who, along with Columbia County Deputy Sheriff Patrick Mayo, assisted during a life-threatening emergency the occurred in the fall semester. Those acknowledged are identified and appear in the accompanying photo. Deputy Mayo, who is currently assigned to the college, was previously honored by his department with a law-enforcement Life Saving Award and commendation bar.

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett presented certificates of recognition to six members of the Columbia-Greene Community College staff and administration earlier this month. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheriff Bartlett, Deputy Patrick Mayo, Vice President and Dean of Administration Dianne Topple, Development Associate Michelle Pielli, Director of Health Services Joni Groll RN, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Carol Doerfer, Director of Financial Aid and Title IX Coordinator Joel Phelps, VP and Dean of Students and Enrollment Management Joseph Watson PhD and C-GCC President James Campion. Photo contributed

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