Efforts were unable to save man from drowning

CLAVERACK—A Claverack man drowned in a pond on his property, July 9.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 90 Overshot Mills Road, along with fire and rescue personnel for a report of a possible drowning, July 9 at 7:39 p.m.

The original report indicated that a man was seen in a pond, went underwater and did not resurface.

Responding police, fire and rescue units spoke to several witnesses at the scene who said that the victim, Claudio A. Teopante, 28, of Queens was using an inflatable air mattress as a makeshift float on a small pond on this property.

Witnesses said Mr. Teopante fell off of the float and began to struggle before he went underwater.

Witnesses tried to help Mr. Teopante, but were unsuccessful, and Columbia County 911 was contacted, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the Churchtown Fire Department, Livingston Fire Department with their boat, Greenport Rescue Squad Water Rescue Team, Hudson Fire Department Dive Team, Athens Fire Department Dive Team, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. At about 8:58 p.m., divers recovered the body of Mr. Teopante.

Investigating were Sheriff Bartlett, Captain Louis Bray, Senior Investigator William Foster, Investigator Joshua Oakes, Sergeant Peter Grzeskow, Deputies Matthew Leonard, Brian McSween and the members of the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Firefighters were clear from the scene at 9:14 p.m.


Four children were found safe following a domestic dispute.

Marcus E. Mitchell, 38, of Columbia Street was charged with one count of third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor and two counts of second degree unlawful imprisonment, also a class A misdemeanor, July 7 at 10:44 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff Bartlett.

Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call July 7 at 3:01 p.m. about a physical domestic dispute at the Greenport Garden Apartments on Green Acres Road.

Upon arrival deputies found a woman victim who reported that an altercation had just occurred between her and her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Mitchell. The victim also reported that Mr. Mitchell fled the area in his vehicle—taking four children with him—two of the children belonged to the victim.

Sheriff’s Office investigators determined that during the domestic altercation Mr. Mitchell allegedly destroyed the victim’s phone. The victim was evaluated at the scene by Greenport Rescue Squad but was not taken to the hospital.

As the investigation continued, information was obtained that Mr. Mitchell may be in the Kingston area and was on his way back to the Hudson area.

At 10:38 p.m., Mr. Mitchell was located driving his vehicle on County Route 31 near the intersection of state routes 9 and 23 (Buckley’s Corners).

A traffic stop was initiated and Mr. Mitchell was taken into custody without incident. At the time of the stop, the children were not in the vehicle. After being interviewed by investigators, Mr. Mitchell allegedly disclosed that he had a third party drop the children off at their respective homes. Investigators confirmed the well-being of all the children—none of the children were harmed.

Mr. Mitchell was arraigned in Greenport Court by Justice Barry Sack and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted throughout the investigation by State Police, Hudson Police, and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

“The great work of our deputies and investigators, along with the cooperation and assistance from the New York State Police and the Hudson Police led to these children being reunited with their families unharmed. The inter-agency cooperation, and the use of technology allowed us to quickly apprehend this individual and charge him for his role in this domestic dispute,” the sheriff said in the release.


A woman was charged following a domestic violence incident involving a weapon.

Hudson City Police charged Darlene Scott, 59, of Hudson with second degree assault—intentionally causing injury with a weapon, a class D felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, July 14.

Hudson Police received a call reporting a domestic dispute involving a knife that day. The caller reported to police that a person had been stabbed.

Officers responded to the 300 block of State Street and found a 36-year-old man with a laceration to his left thumb.

The victim refused medical treatment for his injuries. Ms. Scott was arrested on scene. Detectives assisted with the investigation.

Ms. Scott was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor. She was released on her own recognizance and scheduled to return to court at a later date. The judge issued an order of protection for the parties involved.

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Peaches on the road to recovery

CLAVERACK—Peaches, a dog from Cairo, that had been a victim of attempted decapitation, multiple stabbings and left bleeding for hours, is making a full recovery, according to a July 14 press release from the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA.

Paula Waldron of Cairo, who owns Peaches, is accused of the above crimes and is facing felony New York State Animal Cruelty charges. She was arrested by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly using a sword to stab and attempt to decapitate the dog. If convicted, this crime carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.

This badly abused dog is on the mend, with a full recovery predicted. Photo contributed

The attack on Peaches, an Australian Cattle Dog, happened June 29. After bleeding for hours, the dog was brought to Catskill Animal Hospital for emergency medical procedures. Peaches underwent hours of intense surgery to save her life. Miraculously, the dog survived and was released to a confidential foster home.

“Peaches’ recovery is remarkable. Her sutures should come out by the end of this week, and her next step will be her new forever home,” Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA President Ron Perez said in the release, adding, “We couldn’t be more thankful to our foster home and caregiver.”

The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA received Peaches and five other dogs from the Waldron home under a warrant obtained by the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone interested in contributing to Peaches’s recovery effort should mail donations to CGHS/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 ATTN: Peaches or donate on the shelter’s website at cghs.org.

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