State Police seek man who broke into two Xtra Marts

State Police ask the public to help them identify the person in this photo. They believe this individual was involved in burglarizing two Xtra Mart stores. Photo contributed

CLAVERACK—State Police from the Livingston barracks seek the public’s assistance to identify a suspect involved in the burglary of two Xtra Marts on Route 9, one in Claverack and one in Clermont, according to a State Police press release.

The burglaries of both stores occurred between 2 and 3:15 a.m., and the suspect may have traveled in a dark-colored sedan.

The suspect used a sledge hammer with a blue handle to break into the stores, which were closed at the time.

He stole Newport cigarettes, skipping over all other brands, one pack of flavored cigars and one pack of condoms, according to State Police Public Information Officer Trooper A.J. Hicks.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the pictured individual from security footage is asked to contact State Police at 845-677-7300. Reference case #8929447. All calls can be kept confidential. See the State Police post at


Ex-volleyball coach Christopher MacArthur, 23, of Claverack was arrested for a second time.

He was charged with second degree criminal contempt and fourth degree tampering with a witness, both class A misdemeanors under State Penal Law, by Sheriff’s Office investigators, May 22 at 7 p.m.

During this investigation, it was determined that Mr. MacArthur allegedly contacted the victim from his prior arrest and attempted to meet with that individual at an undisclosed location. His actions were a direct violation of an order of protection issued to him during his original arraignment April 8, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Mr. MacArthur was previously charged with third degree criminal sexual act, April 8 by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a person less than 17 years old.

Mr. MacArthur was employed by the Taconic Hills School District as a substitute teacher and as a varsity volleyball coach at the time of his April arrest.

Following his May 22 arrest, Mr. MacArthur was arraigned in Copake Court before Justice John Spencer and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to appear back in court June 24 at 3 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office will not release any information that could possibly be used to identify the victim in either case, the release said.


Columbia County 911 contacted Hudson Police to report that three women were chasing a man in the area of Front Street near the Basilica, Sunday, May 26 at 9:03 p.m.

Patrols arrived and identified the three women as “bail agents” or bounty hunters, duly-licensed by the State of Tennessee.

Their target, Randolph W. Baker, 51, of Allen Street, Hudson had allegedly brandished a knife and stated he would kill everybody, or do “suicide by cop” before he would let them bring him back to jail in Tennessee, according to a press release from Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.

Hudson Police Officers Randy Strattman and Tracey Roberts chased after the man and caught up with him in front of 3 Allen Street, where they took him into custody without incident.

At first, officers thought Mr. Baker was bleeding, but discovered that he was covered in pepper spray. They were informed that one of the bail agents had pepper-sprayed him after he allegedly threatened her with a knife.

Mr. Baker had four knives in his possession when officers searched him.

Mr. Baker was charged with second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, and third degree criminal possession of a weapon—previous conviction, a D felony. While in HPD custody, Mr. Baker complained of irritation due to the pepper spray. The Greenport Rescue Squad took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released back to HPD custody. He was arraigned before City Court Judge John Connor and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

An HPD sergeant confirmed that Mr. Baker had an active warrant issued in Tennessee for weapons charges. The warrant did not authorize extradition from outside Tennessee.

The best I can tell, the three female bounty hunters were acting pursuant to the bail agreement Mr. Baker signed. However, we are not too familiar with bounty hunters in our area. Especially when they show up here with a police SWAT-type vehicle, pepper spray, and a big dog. Our concern is simply public safety… to include our residents, the bail agents, and even Mr. Baker. I can easily see this situation getting out of hand, and I commend the quick response of Officers Strattman and Roberts, as well as Sergeant [Nicholas] Hodges’ patience to secure the scene and deliberately sort this thing out,” Chief Moore said in the release.

Sheriff provides ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits to schools

GREENPORT—Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett announces that he will provide “Stop the Bleed” kits to local schools in Columbia County.

Money seized from drug dealers is being allocated to fund these kits and there will be no cost to the taxpayers.

Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide effort to educate bystanders on life-saving techniques and empower them to act quickly by applying a pressure or a tourniquet during an active bleeding situation.

It’s very, very important to get these kits to a traumatic injury right away to stop the bleeding until EMS or other first responders get there,” Sheriff Bartlett said in a press release.

Each box purchased contains eight kits, which includes gloves, infused gauze, and a tourniquet. The cost for each box is about $700.

The Sheriff’s goal is to have every school resource deputy trained as a trainer, so the school will have this trainer at their disposal to train whoever they see fit. Currently, deputies are completing their certification training.

This is a life-saving skill that is important for our teachers and staff to learn. A few minutes can make a huge difference in the case of an emergency and we want to be well prepared to give our students every chance possible. This is another example of our great partnership with the Columbia County

Sheriff’s Office,” Ichabod Crane Acting Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow said in the release.

In addition to the school districts, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Columbia County Health Department, Questar, and Albany Medical Center.

Sheriff David Bartlett delivered and handed out “Stop the Bleed” kits to the Ichabod Crane Central School District, May 21. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheriff Bartlett, Acting Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow and School Resource Deputy Toby VanAlstyne. Photo contributed


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