Police, FBI investigation in Stockport leads to daycare warning

STOCKPORT—State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at 6581 State Route 9, Stockport, as a result of an ongoing investigation, June 26.

The search revealed that residents of that address were operating an unlicensed child daycare, which is unrelated to the current investigation. According to State Police Senior Investigator Eric J. Barnes the operation of an unlicensed daycare by itself is not grounds for arrest under criminal law, so since no arrest has been made thus far on any charges, the names of the residents in question have not been released.

But because of the nature of the situation and ongoing investigation, Sr. Inv. Barnes told The Columbia Paper this week, a press release was issued now as a precautionary measure to alert parents to stop taking their children there and to contact State Police Investigator Matthew Reilly of SP Livingston at 845-677-7300. Reference SJS# 8894310.


Three people were arrested for their involvement in illegal drug activity after a search warrant was recently executed in the Town of Kinderhook.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit, Criminal Investigative Branch, and uniformed deputies went to the Blue Spruce Inn and Suites, 3093 State Route 9 to execute a search warrant for room #18, June 24 at 11:11 a.m.

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release that the warrant was issued by Judge Jonathan Nichols for the purpose of seizing items related to the possession and sale of narcotics. This warrant came as a result of a three-month-long criminal investigation.

Upon arrival, Senior Investigator William Foster encountered a male suspect outside the room, “who attempted to flee through the parking lot and resist arrest while he was trying to discard the drugs that he was carrying,” according to the release.

The search warrant covered a search of both the suspect’s person and his room at the Blue Spruce, where illegal drugs were found.

While executing the warrant, nine grams of powdered heroin were recovered, equivalent to more than 100 individual doses. The powdered heroin was field-tested and was found to be laced with fentanyl. Additionally, two prepackaged bundles (20 doses) were also recovered. There was also 45 grams of crack cocaine seized, along with scales and material used in the processing and packaging of heroin and crack cocaine.

Also, about $6,000 was located and seized.

Charged as a result of the investigation were:

*Devon C. Sisnett, 31, of 3093 State Route 9, Kinderhook, charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—intent to sell, both class B felonies; fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony; resisting arrest and second degree obstructing governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors.

Mr. Sisnett was arraigned before Kinderhook Town Court Justice Lisa Mills and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu $25,000 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.

*Kelsey D. Burgett, 24, of Germantown and Tiffany J. Lanphear, 26, of Hudson were both charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. Both women were issued appearance tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force (DEA), and the Watervliet Police Department.

Due to recent drug overdoses, this investigation is continuing. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit are looking into the stamps, markings and the packaging material to see if they can be linked to overdoses in this area.

Anyone with any information about illegal activity can contact the Sheriff’s Office tips line at 518-822-8477 and remain anonymous.


Patrick N. Hampton, 32, of Philmont was charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony; three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—with intent to sell, a class B felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, June 24.

At 1:15 a.m., troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 2019 Toyota Camry for a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law on State Route 217, Claverack.

Troopers found that Mr. Hampton allegedly possessed about 42.1 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), 11.5 grams of crack-cocaine, 3.3 grams of cocaine, 3.3 grams of oxycodone, and 21.6 grams of concentrated cannabis.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear before the court again July 16.

*Oriana Jackson, 26, and Kayleara Miller, 24, both of Troy were each charged with second degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Philipp Gomm, June 29 at 4:30 p.m. Both women were in a vehicle stopped by the deputy on State Routes 9H and 23 in Claverack.

Ms. Jackson is accused of providing a false name because she did not have a driver’s license and Ms. Miller allegedly gave a false name because she is on probation.

Both were issued appearance tickets returnable in Claverack Court, July 16.

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HPD achieves state accreditation

Pictured, Chief L. Edward Moore (l) and Lieutenant David Miller receive a certificate from DCJS Accreditation council members. Photo contributed

HUDSON—The Hudson City Police Department has been awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by New York State.

Department members attended a ceremony in Albany at the offices of Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), where the presentation took place, June 6.

According to a passage from the DCJS website, “Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”

Goals of state’s accreditation program are to: increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies; promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies; ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel and promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.

This is the fourth time Hudson Police has been up for reaccreditation. HPD was first certified by DCJS in 1999.

I am extremely proud of this achievement. This is not a simple routine inspection by the state. It is an ongoing and evolving program meant to ensure that we maintain correct policies, effective procedures, and useful training. The commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) reports that small departments like ours account for the majority of law enforcement departments in our nation. Of them, less than 2% have achieved accreditation status.

Sustaining these critical standards is hard and perpetual work. The goal is to further demonstrate to our citizens that we take the job seriously and genuinely desire to deliver professional police services. We could check out of the program and lighten our workload, but we want to be the best,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

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