HUDSON—Mohammed Ali, 68, of Hudson has been indicted for a second time in as many months on sex abuse charges.
In Columbia County Court September 25, Judge Richard Koweek opened a sealed grand jury indictment charging Mr. Ali with first degree sex abuse, a class D felony. The indictment alleges that Mr. Ali subjected a child, less than 11 years old, to sexual contact on or about the summer of 2014.
Mr. Ali was previously charged on nine counts in an August 12 indictment in connection with alleged sexual contact with three children.
Back then he was charged with four counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony, because he allegedly committed the first degree rape, a class B felony, of a child less than 13-years-old by engaging in sexual intercourse with that person between October and December 2008.
He was also charged with two counts of first degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class B felony, for allegedly engaging in two or more acts of sexual conduct (sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex or aggravated sexual contact) between October 2008 and May 2010 with a child less than 13-years-old and with another child between July 2008 and August 2009.
He was also charged with three counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, for allegedly subjecting a child under 11-years-old to sexual contact on or about the summer of 2019.
Mr. Ali was represented by Attorney Michael Howard. He was initially sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bail or $80,000 bond. He posted bail and was later released.
Monica S. Haywood, 40, of Philmont was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston, September 8.
At 3:45 p.m., troopers conducted a traffic stop of a 2018 Honda Civic on Eagle Street in the village for violations of Vehicle and Traffic law. An investigation determined the operator, Ms. Haywood was allegedly in possession of one “deck” of heroin and about 4.9 grams of crack-cocaine.
She was arraigned in Philmont Court and released on her own recognizance. She is next scheduled to appear before the court at a later date.
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Police reinvention begins in village
CHATHAM—The Village of Chatham’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has begun a comprehensive review of its local police department.
The review is mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo in an executive order that requires all local governments with a police department to develop and enact a policing reform plan.
The plan is to include any modifications and innovations to current police deployments, policies and procedures based on the specific public safety needs of the community. The governor’s order calls for the plan to also include policies and procedures that promote trust, fairness, accountability and transparency, and to reduce any racial disparities in policing.
Chatham Mayor John Howe has appointed six residents of the village along with two village trustees and two local police officers, who will consult with diverse “focus groups” in the community to develop the plan over the next four months.
Members of the Collaborative are: Iris Waddell and Gary Gelfenbien (co-chairs); Adrienne Morrell; Michael Richardson; Lisa Light Rugen; Katherine Stoessel; Village Trustee Jaime Boehme; Village Trustee Pete Minahan; Chatham Police officers Joseph Alessi and John Myers.
Several focus groups have been identified to engage the community in meaningful conversations about policing within the village and also reimagine ways to provide public safety. Each of these focus groups are to report on their particular needs as they pertain to public safety and also their respective experiences with the local Police Department.
The focus groups are: youth; seniors; African-American; Latinx; LGBTQ+; mental health; substance addiction and misuse; local businesses. Anyone who resides in the village or regularly shops, worships, or plays there, who is interested in participating in a focus group should contact Mr. Richardson at 845-489-5959.
A draft of the policing reform plan will be offered for public comment to all village residents in February. After consideration of public comments, the plan will be presented to the Village Board of Trustees, which is to ratify the plan and submit it to the governor’s office no later than April 1, 2021.
The next meeting of the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Chatham Fire Station, 10 Hoffman Street.
All meetings are open to the public with face-coverings and six-feet distancing required.
(Notes supplied by Michael Richardson, a member of the Village of Chatham Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative)
Deer tags available for Doodletown WMA
ANCRAM—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the Regional Wildlife Office in Schenectady will have Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) tags available for this hunting season on Doodletown Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Columbia County. These DMAP tags can only be used by hunters to harvest antlerless deer on Doodletown WMA.
“The goal of the Deer Management Assistance Program within Doodletown WMA is to create a healthier, more biologically diverse forest ecosystem. By controlling the deer population on this WMA, the young forest habitat that the New England cottontail requires will have the opportunity to regenerate. This is a great opportunity for hunters to take an additional deer while helping with forest management,”DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz said in a press release.
Doodletown WMA is 1,078 acres of primarily forested land located in the towns of Ancram, Taghkanic, and Gallatin. The primary purposes of Doodletown WMA are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. An important species to be managed at Doodletown WMA is the New England cottontail, a species of special concern in the state. DEC Forestry and Wildlife staff have determined that the deer population on the Doodletown WMA will inhibit the desired regrowth of the forest after management cuts designed to improve New England cottontail habitat are made in the coming years.
A limited number of DMAP tags will be available to individuals with a valid state hunting license on a first-come, first-served basis at the DEC Region Four headquarters, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, October 7 and 14, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information or to inquire about remaining tags call the Region 4 Wildlife Office at (518) 357-2355.