HPD probes 2 shooting incidents, one causing serious wound

Hudson Police on the scene of a shooting at North Fifth Street between Columbia Street and Long Alley. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A man was seriously hurt when he was shot in the thigh during one of two shootings that took place within 12 hours of each other. Hudson City Police are investigating.

Police received many calls reporting shots fired in the area of North Fifth Street between Columbia Street and Long Alley, June 9 at 2:39 p.m.

Witnesses told officers they heard numerous shots fired, and saw a suspect carrying a pistol fleeing the area on foot. The suspect was described as a thin Black male, wearing dark-colored jeans, red boxers and no shirt.

He was observed running west from the scene toward Columbia Street.

Hudson Police officers and detectives, backed up by State Police and sheriff’s deputies went to the scene. Detectives discovered numerous shell casings. An unoccupied parked car was struck in the windshield, and another bullet broke the second floor window in a house on North Fifth Street and lodged in a bedroom wall.

Also, at the time of the incident, a 57-year-old Chatham man, who was driving a Ford pickup on North Fifth Street, was narrowly missed by a bullet that shattered the rear passenger side window of his vehicle. He was alone in the vehicle and was not injured.

Several men in the vicinity of the D&D Deli on North Fifth Street were interviewed. Some claimed they saw nothing or refused to cooperate when questioned, police reported.

The following day, Thursday, June 10 at 12:01 a.m., Columbia County 911 received a call about a man in front of Building 13 at Hudson Terrace Apartments, who was having “difficulty breathing.”

Hudson Police Sergeant Larry Edelman soon reported that he was there with a man lying on the ground next to a vehicle with a wound to his upper right leg. Information gathered at the scene indicated the victim had been shot.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the man to Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was then taken by medevac helicopter to the Albany Medical Center, where he was admitted with life-threatening injuries.

Numerous people were gathered in the Hudson Terrace Apartments parking lot at the time of the incident, but no information has been provided as to who could have fired a weapon. No weapon was located at the scene, and the possibility that the wound was self-inflicted/accidental has not been ruled out.

HPD again received a great deal of assistance from State troopers, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

“There is not enough evidence collected at this time to positively link the two events. The apparent back-and-forth nature of the shootings is a pattern we have seen in the past. Lacking any information shared by people actually present, it will take time and a great deal of effort to put together a good case and remove dangerous people from our neighborhoods,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Anyone who has any information regarding these two events is asked to call detectives at 518-828-3388. All calls will be kept confidential.

*Four people were arrested in connection with the seizure by Hudson Police of a large cache of weapons.

Hudson Police saw a group of people congregated in the parking lot of the Hudson Terrace Apartments, 15 North Front Street, Building 6, June 10 at about 1:30 p.m.

Officers entered the parking lot and observed an AR-15 (ArmaLite) semi-automatic rifle and a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun inside a vehicle.

HPD obtained a search warrant from County Court Judge Richard Koweek for two vehicles located at the scene.

Officers seized the following cache of weapons:

*A defaced Ruger .380 handgun with six rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Detectives are still tracing the origins of this weapon

*A defaced Ruger 9mm handgun with seven rounds of ammunition in the magazine. The handgun was reported stolen in North Carolina

*AR-15 (ArmaLite) semi-automatic rifle with ammunition

*AK-47 semi-automatic rifle with ammunition

*12-gauge shotgun with ammunition.

Three subjects—a juvenile, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were detained at the scene and were later taken to the Hudson Police station.

One of the teens was in possession of more than $1,400 in cash.

In a follow-up press release June 11, Hudson Police reported the following arrests in connection with the seized weapons:

*16-year-old juvenile charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon (defaced), a class D felony; second degree criminal possession, a class C felony

*17-year-old juvenile charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (defaced), a class D felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (assault weapon, fragmentation bullet), a class D felony

*Dominic J. Rivenburg, 19, of Catskill charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a stolen firearm, a class E felony

*Donavon Law, 18, of Catskill charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (defaced), a class D felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (assault weapon, fragmentation bullet), a class D felony.

The defendants were arraigned in front of Hudson City Court before Judge Brian Herman. Both juveniles, whose identities were withheld by police because of their ages, were released on their own recognizance to their mothers. They are due back in Columbia County Court at a later date.

Mr. Rivenburg and Mr. Law are to return to Hudson City Court June 24. They were ordered to turn over all their remaining guns to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, State Police, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this felony weapons investigation.

“HPD has been working diligently to quell the violent acts that have alarmed our city over the past several weeks. I am thankful for the experience of our supervisors and skill of our patrols that moved in and safely made these arrests. These young people felt so bold as to handle and possess a small arsenal of weapons in broad daylight, in a neighborhood where families live. I am convinced that we averted another violent act and in all likelihood saved a life today.

“We will discover if any of these weapons have been used in any other crimes. While the District Attorney recommended bail, it is more than worrisome that they were immediately released back into our neighborhood. This investigation is continuing as we here at HPD are prioritizing the safety of our citizens,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Anyone with further information concerning the above incident is asked to contact Hudson Police at 518-828-3388.

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Alleged child abusers charged, arraigned

HUDSON—A Copake couple was arraigned on multiple child abuse charges June 13, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Duane McCaul and his wife Nellie McCaul are pictured at their arraignment. Photos by Lance Wheeler

State Police from the Livingston barracks in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Protective Services arrested Nellie McCaul, 40, and Duane McCaul, 38, June 12 on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor; and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor.

The couple is accused of forcing a child to wear soiled underwear on their head; handcuffing the child to a futon so they could not leave the room or eat on their own; forcing the child to lie in a kiddie pool full of water for 30 minutes, with only their face above water; and making the child perform push-ups and jumping jacks after they got out of the water.

In the release, DA Czajka thanked the public for their assistance in this case and commended State Police Investigator Mathew Reilly and Assistant District Attorney Joyce Crawford, who are handling the case.

Claverack Justice Michael Brandon arraigned the defendants, who were released on their own recognizance after their appearance in Copake Town Court June 12.

The couple pleaded not guilty.

Bail was not an option in this case as all of the charges are deemed non-qualifying offenses under the bail reform laws enacted in 2020, according to the release.

Anyone who has further information in reference to these crimes is asked to contact the State Police at 845-677-7300.

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