Police ask public to help locate stabbing suspect

HUDSON—City police seek the public’s help in finding a “dangerous suspect” who allegedly stabbed a man in the stomach on a city street, Thursday, August 15.

El-Shamar T. Thornton, 26, is sought in connection with a reported stabbing that occurred on South Front Street in the area of the Schuyler Court Apartments, August 15 at about 9:14 p.m.

Hudson Patrol Units immediately went to the area and located the injured victim, a 19-year-old male, who was lying on the sidewalk bleeding, with a stab wound to his abdomen. The victim was reportedly stabbed with an unknown type of knife.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the victim to the Columbia County Airport where he was flown by medevac helicopter to the Albany Medical Center for emergency treatment. The victim is reportedly in stable condition and still receiving treatment at the hospital.

The suspect ran away on foot just prior to the arrival of police. Police searched the area with negative results. They are currently investigating this assault and have released information about the suspect to the public to assist in his apprehension.

Police interviewed several witnesses in the area at the time of the stabbing incident. They told police that the argument started over a “girlfriend.”

Mr. Thornton is additionally wanted on warrants for criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, failure to appear, resisting arrest and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to contact the Hudson City Police Department, Detective Division at 518-828-3388.

State Police/BCI Livingston, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Greenport Police assisted HPD with this investigation.


Kimberly Carver, 53, of Ghent was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Brian Molinski and Deputy Philipp Gomm, August 5 at 11:47 a.m.

Deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a domestic incident at a residence in Ghent. Ms. Carver is accused of causing physical injury to a male victim. She was arraigned in Claverack Court and was released on her own recognizance. She will appear in Ghent Court at a later date.


Crystal Bell, 25, of Greenport was charged on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Sheriff’s deputies Joseph Bruno and Jerald Rowell August 3 at 1:07 a.m.

Ms. Bell is accused of violating an order of protection. She was arraigned in Philmont Village Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. She is scheduled to make a return court appearance August 22.


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

*Martin Araoz, 30, of Valatie was charged with first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor; speeding, failure to keep right, moved from lane unsafely, and operating without a license, all traffic infractions, by Sheriff’s deputies Matthew Leonard and Daniel Keyser, July 28 at 3:21 a.m. Deputies were called to a one vehicle roll-over accident on County Route 22 in Ghent. The operator, Mr. Araoz, was administered a field sobriety test, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a .09% blood alcohol content (BAC.) In addition he was allegedly operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in Ghent Court at a later date.

Co-defendants sentenced

HUDSON—In Columbia County Court action recently announced by the District Attorney’s Office:

*Thomas Puff, 42, of Philmont was sentenced by Judge Jonathan Nichols July 11, to 45 days in the Columbia County Jail and five years of probation upon his conviction of third degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property. Mr. Puff committed the crime in Copake.

A co-defendant in the case, Jeremiah Simpson, 40, of Hudson was sentenced by July 11 by Judge Nichols to two to four years with the State Department of Corrections upon his conviction by plea of third degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property. State Police Investigator Mathew Reilly handled the case and arrested Mr. Puff and Mr. Simpson. John Leonardson, Esq. represents Mr. Puff and Dennis McEvoy, Esq. represents Mr. Simpson.

*In a separate case, Mr. Simpson was also sentenced by Judge Nichols July 11, to two to four years with the State Department of Corrections upon his conviction by plea of third degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of fourth degree grand larceny. State Police

Investigator Mathew Reilly and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Patrick Logue, Ian Boehme and William Dunspaugh investigated these separate matters and arrested Mr. Simpson. —Diane Valden

Columbia County youngsters head to summer camp

Youngsters on their way to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Summer Camp. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Ten children from Columbia County attended the 2019 New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Summer Camp last week, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp provides a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This year marked the 41st year of the camp’s operation.

Located near Penn Yan in Yates County, the summer camp is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp accommodated more than 900 girls and boys from across New York State.

“This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally want to thank Columbia County residents for donating and making this possible,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the release.

This year’s attendees were: Jacqueline Hunter, Mia Mulch, Mollie Mulch, Olivia Jahoda, Blake Stickles, Ella Byrd, Gracie Villarreal, Kaleb Hoyt, Wyatt Brixius and Lucas Jostlin.

Sheriff’s deputies and camp counselors work to create a positive experience for the young people who go to the camp. Throughout the week-long stay, camp attendees participate in and observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the state, including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, archery competitions multiple sporting events and a talent show. Upon completion of their stay, all children are awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”

“We have found from past experiences that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws, the deputies become their friends,” the sheriff said in the release.

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