Kinderhook man charged with arson in Stockport

STOCKPORT—Kenneth L. Sutherland, 51, of Kinderhook, was arrested by State Police for fourth degree arson, a class E felony, January 14.

He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Stockport Court February 7.

The case dates back to October 22, 2021 when State Police conducted an extensive search for him in the Southers Road area of Stockport after several suspicious incidents were reported that day.

Mr. Sutherland 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.)

The new charge alleges that Mr. Sutherland set fire to a trailer on Souther’s Road, Stockport.

Mr. Sutherland was also a missing man last seen in Kinderhook May 25, 2021, who turned up three days later in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, in good health.
According to several press releases from the Sheriff’s Office at the time, Mr. Sutherland was last seen the afternoon of May 25 in the area of the Luykas Van Alen House, State Route 9H in the Town of Kinderhook.
The sheriff sought the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Sutherland, who was last seen wearing a blue button-up shirt, shorts of an unknown color and black sneakers.
A three-day methodical search, that encompassed a five-mile radius was conducted with assistance from State Forest Rangers, State Police, Valatie Rescue Squad and the United States Marshals. The search included the use of helicopters, canines, ATVs, drones and numerous personnel.
More than 40 volunteers were called in, ready to assist in an extensive ground search that was planned for May 29. Fortunately those volunteers were not needed because the morning of May 28, State Police in Pleasant Valley received report of suspicious activity. When they responded to the call, they found Mr. Sutherland “in good physical health,” according to a Sheriff’s Office release. No further details were given.

Copake Falls

Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided emergency aid to three people following a structure fire in their home at 127 Mountain View Street, January 18 at 4:52 p.m.

The Copake Fire Company and the Community Rescue Squad were initially summoned to the call.

Ancram, Hillsdale, Craryville and Claverack firefighters responded with mutual aid. Egremont and Millerton firefighters provided standby coverage. State Police and Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene.

NYSEG was called in to cut the power.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to two adults and an 11-year-old. Volunteers also offered emotional support. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Firefighters were back in service at 7:44 p.m.

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Przyklek takes over as law enforcement director

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos installs Captain Karen Przyklek who was named the first woman director of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement. Photo courtesy of NYSDEC

ALBANY—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos began the New Year on a high note by naming Captain Karen Przyklek as the director of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement (DLE). Ms. Przyklek’s promotion follows a successful 26-year career with DLE during which she played a vital role investigating environmental crimes, assisting the public, and effectively enhancing the division’s work. She also makes history as the division’s first woman director.

“Throughout her 26 years at DEC, Director Przyklek demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting communities from polluters and safeguarding natural resources. I’m honored to promote to her new role as director as she breaks the glass ceiling and I am confident that she will lead DEC’s outstanding Law Enforcement Officers with dignity and dedication,” Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.

Director Przyklek began as an Environmental Conservation police officer patrolling New York City in 1996, and later became an investigator with the Division’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation. In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, followed by captain in 2019. Most recently, she served as captain of the Division’s Special Operations Group, which includes the statewide K9 Unit, Homeland Security/Radiation Unit, Wildlife Response Team and HazMat Training Unit. She worked diligently to create DLE’s Environmental Forensic Unit (EFU), one of the first such units in the nation, to collect forensic evidence at contaminated environmental and wildlife crime scenes. The unit was deployed to multiple significant events throughout the state and brought the EFU to the forefront of environmental sampling and evidence collection. She is a 9/11 first responder and assisted DEC’s response following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Prior to joining DEC, she served as a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Rochester.

In the release Director Przyklek said, “I am honored to work alongside men and women dedicated to protecting New York’s fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. Our officers will also be actively engaging in environmental quality enforcement initiatives across the State to better enhance the health, safety, and well-being of all New Yorkers. Additionally, I’m committed to working to diversify our workforce and aim to increase the frequency of our police academies to better reflect the citizens of the state of New York.”

Apply now for fire prevention & safety program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the application period for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program is open now until Friday, February 18.

The Fire Prevention and Safety Program, a part of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, awards grants directly to fire departments as well as academic, public health, and occupational health non-profit organizations to fund fire prevention programs and support firefighter health and safety research. In the 2020 fiscal year, FP&S awarded $2,094,825 in funding to municipalities and non-profits across New York State.

More information about the Fiscal Year 2021 FP&S Program and application process can be found here. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 18 at 5 p.m.

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