HUDSON—Christian Simmons, a/k/a, Nahkye Tyler, a/k/a, Dondre Tyler, 24, of the Bronx and Di-Quann Powell, 24, of Hudson were arraigned before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols in Columbia County Court October 30, under a sealed indictment charging them both with second degree murder, and Mr. Powell additionally with two counts of first degree assault and first degree attempted robbery. District Attorney Paul Czajka and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore made the announcement in a press release.
The crime was committed in the City of Hudson at Third Street and Rope Alley, August 22, 2017.
The victim, Kevin Whitening, 31, of Hudson died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Hudson Police investigated this matter in conjunction with the State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
DA Czajka commended all, and, specifically, Detective Sergeant Jason Finn, Detective Nicolas Pierro, State Police Senior Investigators Eric Barnes, Kelly Taylor and Michael Castle for their tireless efforts in this extremely complex investigation. The NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Mr. Simmons in New York City. Mr. Powell currently is incarcerated on unrelated charges, and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision produced him.
In the release, the DA said that Sergeant Finn had not stopped working on this case since they met at the scene of the crime shortly after the shooting.
ADA Ryan Carty prosecuted. Attorney Mark Portin appeared on behalf of Mr. Simmons and Attorney John Leonardson appeared on behalf of Mr. Powell.
In other Columbia County Court action:
*Renell Harrington, 66, of Hudson was sentenced October 24 by Judge Andrew Ceresia, to two years with the State Department of Corrections, two years post-release supervision and ordered to pay $170 in restitution, upon his conviction by plea as indicted, on three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Harrington committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Hudson Police Detective Sergeant Jason Finn investigated this case and arrested Mr. Harrington, who is represented by Dennis McEvoy, Esq.
*Rebecca Cook, 50, of Hudson was sentenced October 24 by Judge Ceresia to five years probation and ordered to pay $170 in restitution upon her conviction by plea as indicted, on three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ms. Cook committed the crime in the City of Hudson. Hudson Police Detective Patrick Meister investigated the case and arrested Ms. Cook, who is represented by the Public Defender.
Appellate court upholds child porno conviction
HUDSON—The Appellate Division, Third Department affirmed October 31 the guilty verdict and sentence of Christopher Urtz reached in November 2016, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.
Mr. Urtz was convicted of possessing four items of child pornography in 2014.
During the trial, the DA presented critical evidence, including defendant’s screen name, “I like ‘em younger,” the release said.
The Appellate Court rejected all of the defendant’s contentions on appeal, determining each of them to be without merit.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney James Carlucci before Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan D. Nichols.
Mr. Urtz remains in custody of the State Department of Corrections, serving a sentence of 4 to 12 years.
State Police Investigator Chad Drozd, Investigator Timothy Milone and Trooper Ryan Hogan investigated the case and arrested Mr. Urtz, who was represented by Greg Lubow, Esq. at the trial and by the Columbia County Public Defender’s Office on appeal.
Bring a toy, visit with Santa
LIVINGSTON—State Police at the Livingston barracks, 3353 State Route 9, host an Open House and Toy Drive, December 7 between 2 and 4 p.m.
New unwrapped toys and donations are welcome. All gifts will benefit local families in need. Refreshments served.
Come meet Santa and his troopers. For more information call 518-851-2001.
All of Troop K will again joining forces with the United States Marine Corps for the annual Toys-for-Tots drive to make the holiday season enjoyable for children in local communities who are less fortunate. Each Troop K barracks will have a Toys-for-Tots collection box until December 18. For a list and contact information to find the most convenient Troop K barracks go to: