Two men arraigned on sealed murder indictment

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

When he’s not busy driving a sleigh pulled by reindeer, Santa likes to ride his horse to the State Police barracks in Livingston. Here his is at last year’s open house/toy drive. Photo contributed

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:

http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Contact_Us/Troop_Information/Troop_K/

Three vehicles crash on snowy highway. No one was taken to a hospital following a tractor trailer, bus and car collision on the Berkshire Spur section of the New York State Thruway in Canaan December 2 at 6:59 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and Chatham Rescue to the accident scene at milepost 21.8 in the eastbound lane. Despite initial reports and snowy conditions, the tractor trailer did not overturn and no one was trapped in any of the vehicles. Mutual aid agencies included East Chatham Fire Company, Richmond and Lee ambulance squads. The bus was carrying 28 people. People from all three vehicles refused medical attention. Fire and EMS personnel transported all involved off the Thruway to the nearby Love’s Truck Stop. The road was shut down during the incident. State Police from Troop T investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 8:47 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Cab consumed by fire. One person was evaluated by the Chatham Rescue Squad after the cab of a tractor trailer became engulfed in flames at 12816 Route 22, Canaan, November 25 at 6:05 p.m. Canaan firefighters and Chatham Rescue were called to the scene. Red Rock firefighters responded to provide mutual aid. The cab of the tractor trailer was totaled. The modular home it was transporting suffered minor damage. State Police and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 7:11 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

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