Police arrest suspect in child sexual assault case

HUDSON—Hudson Police detectives arrested a local man in connection with the sexual assault of nine-year-old that allegedly occurred in the city last summer.

Detectives interviewed the parents of a Hudson child, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. The parents gave their child’s account of the incident. With the assistance of Columbia County Assistant District Attorneys Joyce Crawford and Krista Kline, and the staff of the Child Advocacy Center, information was obtained from the child that afternoon.

Criminal charges were immediately prepared.

At 8:07 p.m. Officer Jessica Mausolf located Mohammed Ali, 67, on State Street and took him into custody. Mr. Ali was charged with seven counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. He is due back in court March 12.

Mr. Ali was previously charged with two counts of first degree rape, a class B felony, and three counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, November 14, 2019. He was released on his own recognizance that same day after arraignment. On November 22, 2019 after a hearing, Mr. Ali was sent to jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, which he posted later that day and was released.

Detectives encourage anyone who has information about this case or any potential sexual abuse case to call them at 518-828-3388.

*Construction workers found a World War II-era hand grenade while working on a garage behind the 500 block of Clinton Street on Lake Alley, March 4 at 12:30 p.m.

When workers removed sections of ceiling, a small object fell from the rafters onto the ground. The crew recognized it as a hand grenade and immediately called Columbia County 911. Hudson Police officers were dispatched to the scene and identified the object as a World War II Japanese type 97 hand grenade with the safety pin still attached. The area was secured.

This hand grenade, dating back to World War II, recently fell out a garage ceiling in Hudson. Photo contributed

Trooper Brennan Keeler of the State Police Bomb Disposal Unit soon arrived on the scene and examined the device. Troopers x-rayed the grenade and determined that the explosive charge had been removed and the detonator had been previously ignited. They took the grenade and will destroy it at their facility.

The fact that the grenade had been hidden between the rafters of an old building, heightened our concerns that it might still be live. In September we removed a 10-pound mortar round from an antique store on Warren Street. You can never assume these things are harmless souvenirs,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

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

*Carol Knight, 52, of Claverack was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a class U misdemeanor, and failure to keep right, a traffic infraction, by Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Heath Benansky and Deputy David Stevens, February 12 at 1:34 p.m. Deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on County Route 11 in Claverack. Ms. Knight was administered field sobriety tests, which she failed. A Breathalyzer test resulted in a 0.10% blood alcohol content result. She was issued tickets returnable to Claverack Court March 10.

*Lakeisha Moore, 31, of Philmont was charged with DWI; operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08% (chemical test results 0.16%); three counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child in a car; three counts of endangering a child under the age of 17; two counts of second degree criminal contempt, stemming from a violation of an order of protection; speeding (56 mph in a 30 mph zone), by Greenport Police, February 27 at 10:30 p.m. Greenport Police Officer Ben Doty conducted a traffic stop on Healy Boulevard after he saw the vehicle traveling at a speed above the posted limit. Smelling the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, Officer Doty conducted a variety of field sobriety tests which Ms. Moore failed. She was placed into custody.
Ms. Moore had three children in the vehicle, ages 2 months, 10 and 11 years of age. They were turned over to the passenger who was also in the vehicle. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Greenport Court at a later date.
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Firefighters get two new rides. The Village of Kinderhook recently purchased a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for the Fire Department chief and officers and a John Deere 860 UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) for emergency calls. Both vehicles are the first of their type for the department and are now in service. Pictured (l-r) with the new vehicles are: Kinderhook Village Mayor Jim Dunham, Village Trustee/Fire Commissioner Rich Phillips, Fire Chief Matt Cohn, Second Assistant Chief Gordon Pratt and Captain Larry Eisen. Photo contributed

Time to stop burning. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the annual statewide brush burning ban is effective Monday, March 16 through May 14. The DEC reminds residents that with spring approaching, conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited across the state. Pictured, Hillsdale firefighters recently extinguished a brush fire on Underhill Road, where a controlled burn got out of control. Photo by Michael McCagg




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