Police agencies respond to shooting of man in Hudson

Police investigate on the scene of a daylight shooting on the 200 block of State Street, Hudson. A man was wounded by a gunshot. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A man was injured during a shooting in broad daylight, Thursday, April 29 at 11:32 a.m.

Hudson Police received a call from a citizen reporting several gunshots in the 200 block area of State Street. Hudson Police patrols and those from the State Police and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office quickly arrived in the area.

They found a 20-year-old Hudson man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, his condition is unknown, according to a press release.

Police stopped a suspect vehicle. Several young men were detained and interviewed.

Hudson Police were assisted at the scene by the State Police Forensic Investigation Unit and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Sheriff David Bartlett assigned some of his deputies to help with call coverage within the city.

“The situation is stabilized. At this time this event does not seem related to the ‘shots fired’ call from April 17,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in an April 29 press release.

The April 17 shots fired call on the 200 block of Robinson Street at 12:34 p.m. was described by police as a “targeted shooting and not a random act.” Shots struck several vehicles and one residence during the incident.

*A Greenport man was hurt in a motorcycle crash at 120 Green Street, May 2 at 1:47 a.m.

A Hudson Police officer was observing traffic at intersection of Green and State streets when he saw a motorcycle travel through a red light at high rate of speed, according to Police Chief Moore.

The officer did not pursue the motorcycle, but almost immediately heard County 911 dispatch fire and rescue units to a motorcycle accident on Green Street.

The officer went to the scene and discovered a 2006 black Kawasaki motorcycle resting against 120 Green Street.

The operator, Shawn R. Mazelie, 40, of Lincoln Boulevard, Greenport was lying injured in backyard.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took him to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of arm and back injuries.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated-refusal and is due in court June 1.

Sheriff’s deputies assisted on the scene.

Hudson firefighters were back in service at 2:06 a.m.

Craryville

Two people were hurt in a two-car head-on collision at the intersection of State Route 23 and County Route 7, April 29 at 3:02 p.m.

Daniel Dietter, 55, of Craryville was driving east on State Route 23, when a vehicle operated by Martine Tangredi, 71, of Copake pulled out from County Route 7, making a left turn to head west on State Route 23 and struck the Dietter vehicle.

The Community Rescue Squad took Mr. Dietter to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of chest pain.

Ms. Tangredi had leg pain, was taken by the squad to the Albany Medical Center.

The accident was handled by Deputy Zachary Torchia and no tickets were issued.

Craryville firefighters were clear from the scene at 3:49 p.m.

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$215K grant helps offset discovery reform costs

HUDSON—In an April 29 press release, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka announced that New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) awarded the county $215,963 in grant funding to partially offset the costs of complying with recently-enacted changes to the state’s criminal discovery laws.

Under the changes to the criminal discovery laws, effective January 1, 2020, prosecutors must turn over evidence, known as discovery, to defendants within 15 to 30 days of arraignment.

DA Czajka, who also served the county as public defender and county judge, called the reforms the most significant change to the criminal justice system in his 40-year career.

DCJS created the “2020-21 Criminal Justice Discovery Reform Funding Plan” to provide financial support to prosecutors to better enable them to meet the deadlines of the new discovery reforms. The amount funded to each county is based on the number of criminal court arraignments collected from across the state.

The DA will use his portion of the funds awarded to Columbia County, in consultation with the Board of Supervisors, to hire two additional administrative staff members and an assistant district attorney, DA Czajka said in the press release.

The DA credited Investigator William Hogencamp, a former executive with DCJS, and DA Office Administrator Lisa Bleau, former county clerk, with preparing and submitting the application for the grant. Mr. Czajka also thanked county Probation Department Director Vincent Doto and his staff for supporting the grant application.

“This funding will provide some of the necessary support for us to comply with the changes to the law. Criminal justice reform and the commendable use of body-worn cameras by the majority of the law enforcement agencies in the county have significantly increased our workload. Thankfully, Chairman [Matt] Murell and the Board of Supervisors have strongly supported my office throughout,” DA Czajka said.

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