Jury convicts sex offender, to be sentenced in November

Shawn Mazelie

HUDSON—A Columbia County Court Jury found defendant Shawn Mazelie guilty of third degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, September 29.

The 12-person jury convicted Mr. Mazelie, 41, of Hudson of engaging in sexual conduct with a person less than 17 years old, December 7, 2019, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka. The trial before Columbia County Judge Jonathan D. Nichols began Tuesday, September 21 with jury selection. The jury deliberated for about one hour.

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty prosecuted and Hudson Police Detective Patrick Meister investigated the case.

The District Attorney referred to ADA Carty’s summation in praising the courage of the victim in testifying in this difficult case. Mr. Carty had commended the victim’s bravery in testifying under extremely stressful circumstances. The DA also thanked the Child Advocacy Center, whose counselors had been instrumental in obtaining the conviction, and, most importantly, assisting the victim from the day the crime was reported.

Columbia County Conflict Defender John Leonardson represents Mr. Mazelie.

Judge Nichols will sentence the defendant November 18.

As a result of his conviction, Mr. Mazelie will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 20 years and faces up to four years in prison.

You have a friend in trees. Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger Steve Jackson participated in the Wee Wonders event “You Have a Friend in Trees,” at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, October 2. The event was hosted by the National Park Service in partnership with DEC and was focused on educating children about trees and wildfire prevention. Participants got the chance to meet and interact with Smokey Bear, learn about fire safety, and take home white spruce saplings from DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery. Pictured are Ranger Jackson and Smokey Bear. Photo contributed

Red Rock Company opened doors to celebrate. At an open house Saturday, October 2, the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company celebrated 80 years (1941-2021) of community service by sharing its collection of meeting minutes, photos, news clippings and memorabilia as gallery exhibits throughout the firehouse. The company’s 1947 American LaFrance pumper was center stage. About 80 people stopped by to browse the exhibits and talk to the members. Photos by R. E. Lindmark

Learn the sounds of fire safety

ALBANY—Do you know what a continuous set of three loud beeps from your fire alarm means? How about four? Knowing the difference between these sounds can save you, your home and your family, according to a press release from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) . Instead of taking immediate action in an emergency situation, many people waste time trying to figure out what the sounds mean instead of calling for help. Time is a valuable asset during a crisis and can mean the difference between life and death.

In support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme (“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”), FASNY wants to educate New Yorkers on the different sounds their home alarms make and how they should respond.

Many residents remove the batteries from their alarms when they begin to chirp and end up forgetting to replace them. Others may think the sounds are a result of a defect. Unfortunately, by not investigating the situation further, it could present serious risks in the case of a fire or emergency situation. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), three out of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms or in homes lacking smoke detectors. A quarter of all smoke alarm failures are caused by dead batteries.

Working smoke alarms save lives by cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every dwelling.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips from NFPA:

*Know the difference between the sounds of your alarms Smoke alarms: three beeps, Carbon monoxide alarms: four beeps

*When a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounds, respond immediately by first exiting your home, calling 911, and staying out of your home

*Test your smoke alarms monthly by holding down the test button

*If your smoke alarm begins to chirp, typically a single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds, it means that the batteries are low and should be replaced

*If your smoke alarm continues chirping after batteries are replaced, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. Regularly replace your alarm’s batteries once a year.

*If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it is time to replace the alarm.

Since 2019, NY State law requires all new or replacement smoke alarms in New York State to be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery, or hardwired to the home.

Ten year fire alarms still need to be tested monthly, and replaced every ten years. Ten year fire alarms will chirp when their battery is low.

Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

If there is someone in your household who is deaf or hard of hearing, install a bed shaker and strobe light alarms that will alert that person to fire.

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home for the best protection. When one sounds, they all sound. Make sure you can hear the sound of the smoke alarm.

For more information on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org.

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