Fire at her home claims life of Hudson resident

Firefighters from six companies responded to structure fire in a Columbia Street apartment, Valentine’s Day. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A 46-year-old woman perished in a fire in her apartment at 33 Columbia Street, the evening of Sunday, February 14.

Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore told The Columbia Paper this week that Raba Akter was the victim of the fire on the first floor of her two-story apartment.

Columbia County 911 dispatched firefighters from Hudson, Greenport, Stuyvesant, Claverack, Germantown and Catskill, along with the Greenport Rescue Squad to the scene of the structure fire at 7:48 p.m.

The rescue squad performed CPR at the fire scene and took the woman to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The chief said Ms. Akter was the only person in the apartment at the time of the fire, though she does not live there alone.

Both Ms. Akter’s cause of death and the cause of the blaze remain under investigation, Chief Moore said Tuesday.

There were no signs of foul play, he said, and Ms. Akter will undergo “a medical examination” to determine how she died.

Preliminary results are expected in the next couple of days, he said.

Police along with the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team were on the scene investigating through the evening of Monday, February 15. Police are coordinating the investigation with fire investigators, the County Coroners Office, and the District Attorney’s Office.

The Hudson Department of Public Works, National Grid and Hudson Code Enforcement assisted on the scene,

Firefighters were back in service at 9:15 p.m.

* Hudson City Police detectives together with investigators from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation began a joint investigation into information regarding a subject with a handgun in the vicinity of a business on the 300 block of Hudson, February 10..At about 3:40 p.m. that afternoon, law enforcement personnel staked out a popular local restaurant where the suspect was dining. As the suspect was leaving the establishment he spotted an officer and fled.

Pictured is the 9mm pistol and large quantity of cash taken from a 17-year-old by Hudson Police. The pistol is improvised with a flashlight system rigged to the barrel and slide. Photo contributed

After a short foot pursuit HPD Detective Rodney Waithe apprehended the suspect and took him into custody with no injuries to the defendant, officer or bystanders.

The suspect, a 17-year-old male from Hudson, was allegedly armed with a loaded 9mm pistol and allegedly possessed a large quantity of cash. The pistol had an improvised flashlight system rigged to the barrel and slide. Detectives are tracing the origins and history of the pistol.

The juvenile suspect was awaiting an appearance later that day before the appointed magistrate in the Youth Part of Criminal Court, pursuant to recent “Raise the Age” legislation. He will have to answer charges of second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony. The investigation is still ongoing.

“I appreciate the teamwork with the troopers to help keep our streets safe. This is the second handgun taken off the street this week, within a couple miles of each other,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

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Troopers take impaired drivers off the road

LIVINGSTON—Troop K removed 24 impaired drivers from public roadways over the 2021 Super Bowl weekend.

State Police issued 1,009 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets from 5 p.m. Friday, February 5 through 3 a.m. Monday, February 8, including two special STOP-DWI details in Westchester and Columbia counties.

Issued were: 466 tickets for speeding violations, 7 distracted driving violations, 9 child restraint violations, 8 move over violations, in addition to the 24 impaired motorists from the roadway.

* Troop K removed 20 impaired drivers from public roadways and issued 580 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets from 5 p.m. Friday, January 29 through 3 a.m. Monday, February 1. Issued were 257 tickets for speeding violations, 12 distracted driving violations, 3 child restraint violations, 5 move over violations. Troop K includes Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia counties.

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