Police agencies mobilize following man-with-gun call in Hudson

HUDSON—Hudson Police arrested Tavaris A. Grant, 25, of Hudson on one count of second degree criminal contempt—disobeying court order, a class A misdemeanor.

HPD received a call via Columbia County 911 from someone reporting a man outside the Hudson Terrace Apartments, 15 North Front Street, with a gun, October 25 at 11:19 a.m. Numerous police units responded.

A suspect was identified as he walked into an apartment upon a detective’s arrival. Police secured the public area outside the apartment and subsequently located three witnesses who claimed to have seen a man with a gun.

Hudson Police take Tavaris Grant into custody. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Video surveillance footage was reviewed that showed two individuals in that location at the time of the 911 call. Detectives identified one of the suspects as a person with an extensive criminal history who was free on bail for a felony assault with a weapon.

HPD was also investigating a felony assault that occurred that morning involving this subject. A second person identified in the video was also detained. A search warrant was obtained from Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. The warrant was executed in a Hudson Terrace apartment by the State Police Special Operations Response Team around 2:45 p.m.

Police subsequently arrested Mr. Grant, who was discovered hiding inside the apartment. He was arrested for violating a valid temporary order of protection issued by the County Court Judge Jonathan D. Nichols. The temporary order of protection, pursuant to a complaint of domestic violence, was issued and served to Mr. Grant in Columbia County Court during a Family Court proceeding earlier this year and is valid through December 31, 2022.

Mr. Grant was arraigned on the above charge by Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman October 25 and was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. He is to return to Columbia County Court November 4.

“We want to work proactively when there is potential for violence. It was only 18 months ago that a homicide occurred near that location, June of this year when a man was shot in the torso there, and only July when we had a stabbing nearby. This weekend’s report of gang violence heightened our concern,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Stockport

State Police in Columbia County conducted an extensive search for a subject in the Suthers Road area of Stockport after several suspicious incidents were reported October 22.

Kenneth L. Sutherland, 51, of Kinderhook was located by State Police patrols and subsequently arrested for fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, for possessing a stolen John Deere utility task vehicle (UTV.)

Anyone with possible information regarding any suspicious activity in the Kinderhook and Stockport areas October 22 is asked to contact Investigator James Sokolowski of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston at 845-677-7300.

Greenport

Three people were hurt in a head-on crash with entrapment on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, October 19 at 6:45 a.m.

Greenport firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad were called to the scene along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated.

Lucas Konsul, 17, of Athens was westbound on the bridge when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and struck an eastbound vehicle operated by Joseph Komarmi, 40, of Catskill.

Lucas and his passenger, Elliot Winn, 48, of Catskill were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital by the rescue squad.

Mr. Komarmi was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center by Life Net helicopter.

Lucas was cited for failure to keep right. The bridge was closed for an extended period of time.

Catskill firefighters and Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on the scene.

Firefighters were back in service 8:24 a.m.

Albany

The Thruway was shut down for about five hours for all westbound traffic while State Police investigated a deadly crash that occurred on I-90, near mile marker 149.8, October 21 at 10 a.m.

Troopers determined that a 2021 Freightliner tractor trailer, registered to Werner Enterprises, was traveling eastbound when the driver, Jesula Estivente, 28, of Uniondale attempted to change lanes. As the truck moved from the center lane to the left lane, it crossed the rumble strips. Ms. Estivente overcorrected, causing the vehicle to lose control, according to State Police.

The tractor trailer drove through the median and center guiderail, entered the westbound travel lanes, and struck a 2019 Toyota Rav4 head on. The tractor trailer came to rest after it jackknifed and struck an embankment on the north shoulder.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota, Bernice A. Rostocki, 58, of Latham suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Albany County Coroner and removed to Ellis Hospital pending an autopsy.

Ms. Estivente was transported to Albany Medical Center where she was evaluated by a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) and later released.

A passenger of the tractor trailer, Albert P. Kastner, 50, of Chatham, was also taken to AMC for non-life-threatening injuries.

State Police were assisted on scene by Troop G CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), Troop T BCI and CVEU (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit), Troop G BCI and Victim Advocate, Albany Fire Department and Rescue, as well as Thruway Traffic Safety and Maintenance.

All westbound traffic was diverted off at exit 24 (Albany) and the eastbound left lane was closed until accident reconstruction was completed. All lanes were reopened by 3:30 p.m.

The accident investigation is still pending at this time.

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Police warn of dangers of leaving vehicles unlocked

KINDERHOOK—State Police in Kinderhook remind members of the community to secure their vehicles properly.

Troopers are investigating numerous complaints of stolen property from unlocked vehicles in Valatie and Kinderhook, according to an October 15 press release.

Residential neighborhoods with high concentrations of vehicles continue to be targeted during overnight hours.

Always lock your vehicle, even in your own driveway. Close all windows including sunroofs. Park in well-lit areas. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running. Never leave keys, valuables, or personal identification in a vehicle even for short periods of time.

Community members can further assist in preventing these crimes by remaining vigilant and reporting any signs of suspicious activity, whether it is a person, vehicle, or noise, immediately to local law enforcement. Questions or concerns may be directed to any trooper at the State Police outpost in Kinderhook by calling 518-758-7010.

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