Shooting in Livingston leads to arrest of single suspect

LIVINGSTON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated a shooting, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Sheriff’s deputies were assigned a 911 call for a subject who was shot on County Route 8, January 22 at 12:40 a.m.

Upon arrival, patrols located an individual who had what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound. Northern Dutchess Paramedics took the victim to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Scene of shooting County Route 8 in Livingston. Photo contributed

Investigators on the scene learned that an altercation had occurred between two men who knew each other which led to the shooting of the victim. The Sheriff’s Office did not release details about exactly where the victim was shot or what type of gun was used.

Richard Coons, 28, of Livingston was taken into custody and later charged with first degree assault-use of a weapon, a class B felony; second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony.

Mr. Coons was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Sheriff Bartlett wants the public to know this appears to be an isolated incident. There is no need for public alarm or concern at this time. The weapon used in the crime was secured and collected by police, according to the release. The Sheriff’s Office is working with members of the State Police Forensic Investigative Unit (FIU) and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

“I am glad our patrol was in the area when this occurred. There is no doubt in my mind that their quick response helped lead to rapid first aid to the victim and a quick apprehension of the defendant. I am also grateful for the response of the State Police in assisting our deputies with taking this dangerous person into custody safely,” the sheriff said.


Four subjects were arrested in connection with a robbery and assault case that occurred in February of last year.

The case was initially reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office February 23, 2020, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

It was reported that an assault had taken place at an unknown location based on a video that had surfaced. The investigation led Sheriff’s Office personnel to a residence on Taconic Creek Road in Hillsdale. Investigators along with uniformed deputies executed a search warrant at the residence to collect evidence connected to the assault and subsequent robbery investigation. The victim in this case was not initially identified, as he did not initially come forward to report the crime. Investigators were also not aware of his condition until they were able to identify him.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the victim since the discovery of his identity, which led to the arrests of four individuals who were allegedly involved in the robbery and assault.

The victim was lured to the residence to meet one of the suspects, and was assaulted and robbed upon his arrival. The victim sustained numerous injuries as a result of the assault and had money and other property stolen from him during the incident.

All four defendants were charged with first degree robbery, a class B felony; second degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth degree conspiracy, a class E felony.

Shane Bradway, 20, of Copake was arrested when he turned himself in with his attorney Michael Howard January 8. He was arraigned before Justice Michael Brandon in Claverack

Court and bail was set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 secured bond. Mr. Bradway posted bail at the arraignment and was released, no return court date was set by the court at arraignment.

A Copake teenager, who was 17 at the time of crime, was also arrested January 8 when he turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office. This defendant was issued appearance ticket to the Columbia County Youth Court returnable at a later date.

A Palenville teenager, who was 17 at the time of crime, was arrested January 14. She turned herself in with her attorney, Jonathan Cohn, at the Sheriff’s Office. She was issued an appearance ticket to Columbia County Youth Court returnable at a later date.

Zachary Willis, 23, of Craryville was arrested upon turning himself in with his attorney, Justin Dearmas, at the Sheriff’s Office January 15. Mr. Willis was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Brandon. Bail was set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 secured bond which Mr. Willis posted at arraignment. He was released with a return court date to be determined at a later time.

“A great deal of time and energy went into this case. Members of the Sheriff’s office worked hard to bring this case to court. I’m proud of the great job they did to apprehend this group, this was a disturbing crime to watch,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the release. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call 518-828-4316 and ask for Investigator Patrick Logue.

New Lebanon

State Police in Columbia County arrested Donna J. Ryan, 54, of Troy; Dustin M. Mossey, 37, of New Lebanon and Brittany F. Simon, 32, of New Lebanon on charges of second degree burglary, a class C felony, January 15.

Troopers responded to a residence on State Route 20 in New Lebanon for a report of a burglary, January 3. An investigation determined all three subjects allegedly participated in burglarizing the home, stealing furniture and electronic devices.

All three subjects were arraigned in New Lebanon Court and released on their own recognizance to reappear April 8.

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Abandoned dog’s owner sought

Nathan was malnourished and abandoned. Photo contributed

CLAVERACK—The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (CGHS/SPCA) and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s help in locating the owner of a dog that was abandoned on Warren Stein Road in the Town of Cairo, Greene County.

The Cairo Dog Control Officer was called late the night of January 17 by a homeowner who had found an undernourished Labrador/Staffordshire Terrier mix—now named Nathan—sleeping in their shed trying to keep warm.

Nathan was brought to CGHS/SPCA where he was examined by a veterinarian. As it turned out, Nathan is one to two years old and about 20 pounds underweight. Based on his condition, he had suffered from malnutrition and dehydration for many months. His examination placed him at a 2 on the Nestle Purina Body Condition System for canines, which is seriously emaciated. It appeared Nathan was abandoned on Warren Stein Road and was fortunate enough to be found before succumbing to starvation.

Currently Nathan is doing great, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a press release from the humane society. He will be available for adoption once he is cleared by CGHS/SPCA’s veterinary/medical team.

“It’s heartbreaking to see a dog as sweet as Nathan plagued by malnutrition and being so neglected when our shelter provides free food to anyone that needs it, no questions asked. It’s my hope that the owner will be found and brought to justice,” CGHS/SPCA President/CEO Ron Perez said in the release.

CGHS/SPCA offers free cat and dog food to the public seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. Anyone with information about Nathan is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 518-943-3300.

Sheriff’s Office launches referral service

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Columbia County Mental Health Department, and Greener Pathways (an outreach program of Twin County Recovery Services) have created a new referral program to help Columbia County residents access mental health and addiction services and support.

Sheriff David Bartlett worked with Captain Louis Bray of the CCSO, Dan Almasi, acting director of community services of the Columbia County Mental Health Department, Carl Quinn, program director of Greener Pathways and New Lebanon Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling, who is also minority leader of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, to develop a referral program in which deputy sheriffs can make a referral to Mental Health and Greener Pathways when they interact with someone who appears to be in need of these services. Through an online form, the deputies can submit a referral request to the agencies. Caseworkers and peer advocates from the agencies will then reach out to the person and offer services.

“We are excited to launch this program to bring help and support to those in need in our community. The possibilities are endless with this simple referral program and we are already thinking of ways we can share it with other law enforcement agencies in Columbia County as well as refer to more county departments and organizations such as DSS. Our goal is to get assistance to as many people as possible,” Sheriff Bartlett said in the release.

Captain Louis Bray worked with Columbia County Management Information Service on developing the online form which sends a referral to either or both departments. “This is a great tool to assist the Sheriff’s Office in ensuring that there is follow up care and support for those we encounter who we believe could benefit from mental health and/or addiction services. We are excited to roll it out to help the people in our community!” Capt. Bray said in the release.

Dan Almasi, from the County Department of Mental Health, said, “This is a great first step in ensuring all of our residents have access to mental health care. Right now people need support more than ever with the social isolation and other struggles that have come along with the coronavirus pandemic. My office is excited to collaborate with Sheriff Bartlett and the CCSO to ensure that people who are struggling and in need of support receive the care they need in a timely fashion.”

The group started meeting as an offshoot of the Police Reform Panel created by Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell in response to Governor Cuomo’s executive order for a police reform collaborative to reinvent and modernize policing.

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