Mr. ‘Splat’ faces weapons and drug possession charges in Hudson

Guns, drugs and cash were seized in month-long Hudson investigation. Photo contributed

HUDSON—A month-long joint police operation involving Hudson and State police, joined by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County District Attorney’s Office led to the arrest of a Hudson man on weapons and drug possession charges.

Zachary A. Lewis, a/k/a “Splat,” 27, of 541 State Street was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a C felony; four counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a B felony; and two counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a C felony. Other charges are pending.

November 21, 2019, State Police, assisted by HPD, executed a search warrant at 541 State Street, Mr. Lewis’ residence. They seized in the apartment: 2 handguns, 6 grams cocaine, 13 grams MDA (ecstasy), a large quantity of ammunition, along with $9,523 in cash. Police searched Mr. Lewis’ car, a blue 2003 Mercedes, parked near North Seventh Street and seized 6 additional handguns.

Arrested in the apartment were Gloria A. Lewis, 62, and Lorenzo L. Charlton, 35, Mr. Lewis’ mother and brother.

Ms. Lewis was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman and released. Mr. Charlton was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and issued an appearance ticket. Both reside at 541 State Street.

Mr. Lewis was not located on the day his apartment was searched and remained at large until December 11, 2019.

All seized property has been sent to the State Police Laboratory. The origin of the handguns remains under investigation.

The morning of December 11 a team made up of State troopers, Hudson Police and Federal Marshals from the Violent Fugitive Task Force found Mr. Lewis leaving 335 Allen Street in Hudson and stopped him in the driveway of a residence off Mt. Merino Road in Greenport. He was taken into custody, and with the assistance of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the team executed a search warrant at 335 Allen Street. Seized at that location was 51 grams of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, 17 grams of powdered cocaine, 13 grams of crack cocaine, and $1,773 dollars in cash.

Mr. Lewis was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge Herman and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.

“This was great coordination between police agencies once again, working together to remove a dangerous person from our community. The potential harm that could have been caused by numerous handguns and deadly drugs can never be fully calculated. I especially credit the work of the NYSP Troop K “VGNET” unit and the persistence of the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Task Force,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

*Treyvon M. Whittaker, 23, of Hudson was charged with second degree burglary, a C felony, and third degree criminal mischief, an E felony, by Hudson Police after being discovered in a State Street Home unlawfully.

Friday December 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. police received a call from a private security monitoring service that a burglar alarm had been activated at 220 State Street. Officer Jon Merante and Sergeant Dean Rowe responded there and located Mr. Whittaker inside the building and took him into custody. Officers inspected the residence and found that the resident’s burglar alarm system had apparently been tampered with.

He was arraigned before City Court Judge Brian Herman and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bail bond. He was due back in court at a later date and has a prior felony conviction for possession of stolen property, police said.

Livingston

State Police from Troop K–Zone 1 in Columbia County arrested Calvin Lipscomb, 24, of Camillus for third degree criminal possession of stolen property, second degree criminal impersonation, reckless driving and on numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law charges, December 11, 2019.

Trooper Justin Bell and his K9 bloodhound Tilly tracked and arrested a suspect in a stolen car caper. Photo contributed

Shortly after 11 p.m., Mr. Lipscomb was stopped by Trooper Jayson Sullivan from the Livingston barracks for speeding on State Route 82 in Livingston. After Mr. Lipscomb allegedly provided Trooper Sullivan with a false ID card, he sped away and led troopers on a chase that ended on Spring Road in Livingston. Mr. Lipscomb exited the vehicle, which was allegedly stolen in Westchester County, and fled on foot. Trooper Justin Bell and his K9 bloodhound Tilly responded to the scene, and with the assistance of Investigator Brendan Filli and Zone 1 patrols, tracked the suspect for three miles. They found him hiding in the rafters of a barn on Blue Valley Road in Livingston.

Mr. Lipscomb was taken into custody without further incident. Troopers were also assisted at the scene by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office patrols.

Captain David Kolb, Zone Commander in Columbia County, commended the patrols on the scene for their tenacity in locating Mr. Lipscomb. “The suspect was not from the local area, had no idea where he was, and the temperatures were in the teens. Trooper Bell and his partner Tilly are excellent at tracking, and through a team effort this incident was successfully resolved with no one being hurt,” Capt. Kolb said.

Mr. Lipscomb was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail on bail.

Claverack

State Police in Livingston seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen Kubota Excavator KX057-4R3AP with 24-foot trenching bucket, thumb kit and coupler.

Have you seen this stolen Kubota Excavator KX057-4R3AP with 24-foot trenching bucket, thumb kit and coupler? Photo contributed

The excavator was stolen between December 7 and 10, 2019 from Salem Farm Supply Inc. at 841 Route 9H in Claverack. The excavator has the last five digits of 31014 in the vehicle identification number.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the SP Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-677-7300.

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