HUDSON—City police have arrested a local man on charges that he allegedly forcibly raped a young girl.
Jamel D. Brandow, 36, of Hudson was charged with first degree rape—forcible compulsion, child less than 11 years old, a class B felony; first degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; second degree menacing—with a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, by Hudson Police, May 5.
Columbia County 911 advised Hudson Police that they had just received a 911 hang up call from a business within the City of Hudson, May 5 at 10:12 a.m.
Officers immediately went to the address and discovered the caller, a young girl, who was visibly upset and crying. She told police that she escaped a State Street residence and ran, without shoes, several blocks to her mother’s workplace.
She said she had just been violently and forcibly sexually assaulted, that she was bound, and that her attacker displayed a knife.
The child was taken to Albany Medical Center for medical attention and was later released.
Hudson detectives took the lead on this felony investigation. They applied for several search warrants, to include the crime scene and the suspect’s residence. Evidence was collected.
Columbia County Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty took an active role in the investigation throughout the day. The Columbia County Child Protective Division, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), and the State Police all assisted, according to a press release.
Mr. Brandow was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connors who sent him to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was scheduled to return to court at a later date.
“This is a startling and extremely disturbing case. Supervisors, officers, detectives, the District Attorney’s office, social workers and medical professionals all made significant contributions in this matter. This was a heinous crime and I am confident that we have done our best to collect the evidence that will make for a successful prosecution,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in the release.
A child sustained injuries from third story fall, May 6.
State Police from the Livingston barracks investigated the call involving a three-year-old child in the Village of Philmont. An initial investigation by the State Police, Columbia County Child Protective Services and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office found the toddler fell from a third-story window, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
State Police said the investigation remains ongoing at this time and updates will be provided when available.
The driver of a milk tanker truck sustained minor injuries when he jumped from the cab, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to an overturned milk tanker on Rock City Road, just east of Phelps Road, May 4 at 5:49 p.m.
Deputies found that a 2012 Peterbuilt tractor and milk tanker trailer, operated by Ronnie Hare, 37, of Hyde Park was traveling east on Rock City Road. When the truck went up an incline in the road, it started to roll backwards. The driver jumped from the truck and the tanker trailer went off the roadway and down an embankment causing the trailer to break free from the tractor and overturn. The operator complained of a knee injury but declined transport to the hospital.
The tractor trailer is registered to Staats Transportation, Inc., in Red Hook and was completely filled with milk from several local area farms, the release said. The milk has been leaking out since the time of the accident and Rock City Road was still closed as of 10 p.m. that night. The accident is still under investigation. An update was not immediately available at press time Wednesday.
Chatham Rescue Squad, Tri-Village Fire Department, Columbia County HazMat Team, State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Unit, the Chatham Highway Department and State Police assisted at the scene.
Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Deputies Eric Ordway, Jordan Brahm and Brandon Rice.
State Police conducted plain-clothes checks of retail locations in Columbia County that sell alcohol to ensure their compliance with New York State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law, Friday, April 26. The enforcement initiative resulted in the arrest of one person for a violation of the ABC Law.
Brenda A. Bell, 41, of Stuyvesant, an employee of the Germantown Gulf Station, HAS Market Incorporated, 4297 State Route 9G, was charged with first degree unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor. Ms. Bell was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Germantown Court May 22.
According to the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, underage drinking is associated with the three most common causes of death among youth, including accidental deaths in car crashes, homicides and suicides. State Police will continue to conduct underage drinking enforcement details statewide to protect citizens, according to a press release.
The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:
*An 18-year-old was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-drugs) by State Police from SP Livingston, April 27. State Police did not identify the 18-year-old or give his or her address. The teenager was traveling on Columbia Street in Hudson when stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed that the teenager was impaired by drugs. He or she was subsequently arrested.
*Michael Anuska, 49, of Livingston was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) by State Police from SP Livingston, April 27. Mr. Anuska was traveling on Allen Street in Hudson, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.
*Jacob A. Berry, 26, of Philmont was charged with DWI by State Police from SP Livingston, April 27. Mr. Berry was the subject of a trespass complaint at the Yorkshire Motel on State Route 23 in Claverack when he was interviewed by troopers. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.
*Ronald M. King, 59, of Ballston, Saratoga County, was charged with aggravated DWI by State Police from SP New Lebanon, April 27. He was traveling on State Route 20 in New Lebanon, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested.
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Be a safe boater, take course
COPAKE—A boater safety class will be sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, Saturday, June 1, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Copake Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road. Deadline to sign up is no later than May 20.
This course is offered free of charge by the Sheriff’s Office; but a $10 fee is required by New York State to obtain a copy of one’s certification.
According to state boating laws and regulations regarding age and operator restrictions, a person at least 10 years old and born on or after May 1, 1996, may operate a recreational boat other than a personal water craft (PWC) only if he or she:
*Has passed a boating safety course approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and carries the New York State Boating Safety Certificate on board or
*Is accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older who either has a State Boating Safety Certificate on board or is not required to have a certificate.
A person at least 14 years old may operate a PWC only if he or she:
*Has passed a boating safety course approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and
*Carries the State Boating Safety Certificate on board the PWC or is accompanied on board by a person 18 years or older who holds a State Boating Safety Certificate.
No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC.
To register contact Sgt. Heath Benansky at or 518-
828-3344 X 1428. There are only 35 spots available.
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