Woman charged in Stuyvesant stabbing

STUYVESANT—State Police from Livingston arrested Diana L. Huyck, 52, of Stuyvesant for second degree murder, a class A-I felony, April 17.

Troopers responded to a reported stabbing on Dolly Drive in Stuyvesant, April 16 at 6:14 p.m.

When they arrived they found the victim, John K. Ford, 50, of Austerlitz unresponsive and attempted life-saving-measures. Mr. Ford succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead by responding emergency medical personnel, according to State Police.

A preliminary investigation indicates Ms. Huyck allegedly stabbed Mr. Ford during a domestic dispute, police said.

DA Paul Czajka described the relationship between Ms. Huyck and Mr. Ford as “longtime acquaintances” who lived together “on and off.”

Mr. Czajka said the weapon was a steak knife.

County Judge Jonathan Nichols signed a search warrant executed by law enforcement as part of the investigation.

Ms. Huyck was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail pending a future court appearance. Her April 21 court appearance was adjourned. She is represented by Conflict Public Defender John Leonardson.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the Columbia County Coroner’s Office, Troop K Forensic Investigation Unit and Troop K Major Crimes Unit all investigated on the scene.


Hudson Police received a call through Columbia County 911 that several citizens reported numerous shots fired in the vicinity of the 200 block of Robinson Street, Saturday, April 17 at 12:34 p.m.

Police arrived at the scene within one minute and found evidence of a shooting—shell casings, several vehicles and one residence struck by bullets. Responding units from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and the Stockport Police assisted Hudson Police.

Hudson Police investigate shots fired on Robinson Street, April 17. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Initial indications reveal that one vehicle may have been damaged by bullets and left the scene, and that no one was injured in the shooting.

Police believe “this was a targeted shooting, and not a random act,” according to a press release.

“Officers have secured the neighborhood and numerous interviews are underway. Robinson Street has been reopened to vehicle traffic and patrols are in the area throughout this evening. Our detectives have secured evidence to include more than a dozen shell casings.

“We have developed leads, and we have the full support from the Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. We will work aggressively, continually, and bring all resources to bear in order to identify those responsible for this dangerous and reckless behavior,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in the release.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 518-828-3388.


The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

•Victor D. Parker, Jr., 24, of Greenport was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, following an accident April 3 at 11:18 a.m. Deputy Andrew Horst was dispatched to a one-car property damage accident on State Route 217 in Claverack. Mr. Parker was found to be the sole occupant and driver of a vehicle that drove off the roadway and struck a sign post. He was visibly impaired, according to deputies, and found to be in possession of a quantity of fentanyl. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance to return to court at a later date.

•Joanie Nabozny, 37, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated, unclassified misdemeanor; drinking alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while using a cellphone, and moving from lane unsafely, all traffic infractions, following a motor vehicle accident on State Route 9 in Stockport, April 4 at 2:28 a.m. Deputies Timothy Gladwin and Michael Meier were dispatched to a call about an erratic driver who was involved in an accident while the caller was on the line with dispatch. Ms. Nabozny was allegedly in an intoxicated state and taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation. She was issued appearance tickets to return to Stockport Court at a later date.

*Kevon T. Jones, 27, of Albany was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, both class B felonies, and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, by State Police April 8. At 2:50 p.m. troopers initiated the traffic stop of a 2016 Nissan Altima for violations of the vehicle and traffic law on the Taconic State Parkway in Taghkanic. An investigation revealed the driver, Mr. Jones, allegedly possessed about 49 grams of crack-cocaine and 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance. Mr. Jones is next scheduled to appear in Taghkanic Court at a future date.

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