Man charged with assault on his mother

HUDSON—Mohammad H. Morshed, the man acquitted of murdering Inderly Instinfil, 19, after a trial last year, was charged for allegedly assaulting his mother April 12.

April 13 at 8:01 p.m., Hudson Police arrested Mr. Morshed, 29, and his younger brother, Shimran Alam, 19, both of Hudson.

Earlier that day, police received an emergency call from Columbia County 911 reporting a physical domestic dispute had just occurred at a Fairview Avenue residence. When police arrived on scene, they were told that the two brothers had a verbal argument that turned into a physical fight, according to a press release from Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.

Mr. Alam was reportedly angry at his brother for allegedly assaulting their mother a day earlier, and was threatening Mr. Morshed with a broom handle. HPD learned that their mother had sustained injuries to her face and left eye after Mr. Morshed allegedly struck her with a coffee mug.

Mohammad Morshed

In connection with the alleged attack, Mr. Morshed was charged with two class D felonies, second degree assault (intent to cause physical injury with a weapon) and third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previous conviction).

Mr. Alam was charged with two class A misdemeanors, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree menacing.

Mr. Morshed was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge John Connor and bail was set at $2,000 cash or $5,000 bond. He is to appear in Columbia County Court at a later date.

Mr. Alam was also arraigned before Judge Connor and was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in Hudson City Court May 19. A temporary order of protection was issued.


Willie Simon, 32, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Daniel Keyser and Andrew Horst, April 6 at 9:20 p.m.

Deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a domestic incident at a private residence on State Route 9G in the Town of Greenport. Mr. Simon is accused of causing physical injury to a female at that location. He was arraigned by in Greenport Court and was released on his own recognizance with a return court date of May 29.


Gerald Dymond, Jr., 51, of Claverack was charged with third degree criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor, by Deputy David Stevens and K9 Deputy Jason Garvey, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Dymond is accused of entering a barn in the Town of Chatham without the owner’s permission. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Chatham Town Court May 6.


Shawn Szepessy, 35, of Stockport was charged on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt and fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Andrew Horst, April 7 at 5 p.m.

Mr. Szepessy is accused of violating a Columbia County Family Court order of protection and causing damage to property at a Stockport residence. He was arraigned in Greenport Court and will appear in Stockport Town Court May 29.

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With spring comes scammers

LIVINGSTON—With warmer weather approaching, State Police are warning the public about the start of driveway scams. Troopers have received recent reports in the area about contractors or individuals promising driveway paving and/or sealing work.

Typically, this scam involves collecting money and never performing the work, or workers showing up unexpectedly and starting work on a driveway without the consent of the homeowner, and then demanding payment, according to a press release from State Police.

One specific tactic involves the individuals showing up at the homeowner’s door with “excess” asphalt from another job. The individuals will attempt to collect payment upfront, and never return or perform substandard/incomplete work before leaving.

In Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, March 25, residents on Rossway Road reported three men in an old tan-colored pickup truck of an unknown make with a traffic cone in the truck bed going door to door claiming to have excess asphalt material.

Authorities warn that these scams specifically target the elderly in many cases, relying on confusion of whether the job was ordered or not. Typically in these scams, unsavory contractors go door-to-door and use shady tactics to charge exorbitant prices for substandard or small jobs. The individuals usually have had several prior police interactions for these sorts of scams. Generally, these individuals have out of state phone numbers and addresses. Both of which could be invalid.

The public should verify references, and not pay any money before they are sure they are dealing with a reputable contractor. Reputable contractors rarely, if ever, sell their product door to door. Additionally, professional asphalt contractors will know with great accuracy how much paving material is needed to complete a project.

When seeking a contractor for paving or sealing work, State Police recommend:

·Get written estimates and references when possible

·Do not pay cash, obtain a signed contract

·Talk to neighbors and relatives who have had similar work done

·Use local contractors whenever possible and always ask for identification

·Check out potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau website before agreeing to work.

Anyone who believes they may have been victimized recently, or believes there may be suspicious individuals in their neighborhood, should call a local, county or state police agency to report the incident.

Sign of the times. The Canaan Protective Fire Company’s sign bears a familiar safety message. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

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