Hudson Police charge city man in store robbery

HUDSON—Hudson City Police arrested Jaleel A. Martin, 23, of Hudson on a charge of third degree robbery, a class D felony, December 14.

Police received a transferred Columbia County 911 call from the Quick-Mart store on Green Street, November 16 at 7:13 p.m.

The store clerk told police that a man entered the store and stole $375 from the cash register, along with three new packs of $1 New York State Lottery cards. The suspect allegedly threatened the store clerk during the theft of property.

Jaleel Martin

Police immediately went to the crime scene, but the suspect had fled prior to their arrival. No injuries were reported during the robbery. HPD detectives processed the scene and investigated further.

After nearly a month-long felony criminal investigation, detectives arrested Mr. Martin, who was arraigned in City Court before Judge John Connor. Mr. Martin was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled to return to court at a later date.

The State Police BCI unit and the District Attorney’s Office assisted HPD in this case.

In an unrelated matter, December 10 at 9:45 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies Stephen Naegeli and Jordan Brahm charged Mr. Martin with two counts of second degree assault, class D felonies; second degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, both A misdemeanors, in connection with an incident that took place earlier this year.

Back on February 5, Mr. Martin was being taken into custody on an outstanding parole warrant when he allegedly fled from police, which led to a brief struggle in which two officers sustained injuries.

Mr. Martin was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond pending an appearance in Greenport Court December 14.

New Lebanon

Brent VanDeusen, 50, of New Lebanon was charged with third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Timothy Gladwin, December 13 following a domestic dispute.

Mr. VanDeusen was arraigned in New Lebanon Court before Justice Jack Nevers and was released on his own recognizance pending a return court date of April 8, 2021.

Philmont

Pictured is heroin, crack, fentanyl and MDMA plus more than $7,000 seized by State Police during an investigation into a Columbia County drug ring. Photo contributed

The State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET) arrested six suspects allegedly involved in a drug trafficking ring in Columbia County, December 16. Following the investigation the following individuals were charged:

* Duhamel Johnson, 29, of Philmont for second degree conspiracy, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony; tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony; second degree criminal facilitation, a class C felony.

* Jamar Johnson, 42, of Greenport for fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; fourth degree conspiracy, a class E felony.

* Rebecca Machado, 24, of Hudson for third degree criminal sale of controlled substance, class B felony; fourth degree conspiracy, a class E felony.

* Gregory Kelsey, 31, of Greenport for third degree criminal sale of controlled substance, class B felony; fourth degree conspiracy, a class E felony.

* Marcy Trow, 41, of Hudson for third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony.

* Davon Simon, 30, of Rensselaer for operating as a major trafficker, a class A-I felony; first degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-I felony; two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony; second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony.

Duhamel Johnson, Jamar Johnson, Rebecca Machado, Gregory Kelsey, Marcy Trow were arraigned in Claverack Court and released on their own recognizance to reappear January 21, 2021.

Davon Simon also arraigned in Claverack Court was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court December 18. This investigation remains ongoing.

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Two hurt in trooper car crash

A State Police parole car and another vehicle collided at the intersection of County Route 21 and Cool Timber Road, Harlemville, December 18 at 6:09 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched Philmont firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the crash scene where someone was reportedly trapped in a vehicle. Troop K State Police Public Information Officer A.J. Hicks said, both the trooper and the other operator suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the “crash is still under investigation.” The squad took both drivers to the Albany Medical Center. Firefighters were back in service at 8:58 p.m. Photos by Judd Maltin

For whom the wrecking ball tolls

The building at the Thruway B-3 interchange in Canaan was recently demolished along with the tollbooths. The building housed the Toll Plaza Manager’s Office, break area for collectors, electronics and climate control for the booths. The building was separate from the booths but had a common roof. The demolition is part of the State Thruway’s November 14 conversion to a cashless tolling system. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

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