HUDSON—The Men of Business are on their way out of business.
Eleven people were arrested following long-term investigation into organized crime in Columbia County.
State Police and the Hudson Police, with the assistance of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, executed search warrants August 6, according to a press release.
The complex investigation centered on members of the “Men of Business” gang. Gang members have allegedly been involved in violent crime in the city of Hudson including attempted murder, illegal sales and possession of controlled substances, possession of stolen property, illegal firearms possession and other organized criminal gang activity.
During the execution of the search warrants, police arrested 11 individuals on a number of charges.
Five of the defendants were charged with second degree attempted murder after gun violence in the city of Hudson, April 29 and July 30.
State Police, Hudson Police and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office were also assisted by the Albany Police Department in the investigation.
The following individuals were charged:
*Larell Roberts, 29, Hudson; Bruce Pigford, 30, Greenport; *Joshua Wallace, 20, Hudson and Javone Coleman, 23, Hudson, second degree attempted murder, class B felony and second degree conspiracy, class A felony
*Kevron Lee, 28, Columbiaville, second degree attempted murder; second degree conspiracy; third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony
*Maurice Smith, 38, Hudson, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property
*Anthony Price-Baynes, 27, Hudson, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
*Kyjuan Hotaling, 18, Hudson, third degree criminal possession of controlled substance (intent to sell), third degree criminal possession of controlled substance
*Khalid Lord, 38, Claverack, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
*Kimberly Longe, 28, Hudson, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of controlled substance
*Alexander Hall, 28, Hudson, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration, class a misdemeanor; criminal tampering, class D felony.
“As violence in Hudson began to ramp up this year, the New York State Police responded with incredible resources and professionalism. We at the Hudson Police Department were fortunate and privileged to join in as a trusted and integral part of this successful joint operation. I am very proud of the teamwork displayed throughout this investigation. Our members, especially the detectives, worked extra hours often foregoing vacation and family commitments. The coordination with the State Police, Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies was at the highest professional standard,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.
“We are grateful to the men and women of the New York State Police and the Hudson Police Department for their utmost professionalism in bringing this case to justice and curbing the violence in our county,” DA Paul Czajka said in the release.
This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests are anticipated.
State Police from the Livingston barracks began investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in the Town of Greenport, August 9.
At 2:15 p.m., troopers were dispatched to State Route 23 near Fingar Road for a report of one vehicle off the roadway. At the scene, Barbara Coon, 82, of Glenmont, Albany County, was found with severe injuries after her 2013 Volvo S60 left the roadway and struck a tree.
Responding troopers immediately began life-saving measures until Greenport Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene. But Ms. Coon succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. This investigation remains ongoing.Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
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