ICC has students ‘shelter in place’ after social media post

VALATIE—Columbia County Sheriff’s Office handled an incident at the Ichabod Crane Central School District involving a social media post about a weapon, April 6 at about 11:30 a.m.

A group of students reported the social media post that was a cause for concern and the school resource deputy was immediately notified by administrative staff. Once the post was viewed by the school resource deputy, protocols were put in place for a “Lock Out” in the primary and middle schools and “Shelter in Place” for the high school, according to a press release from Sheriff Donald Krapf.

According to an email that day from the school district to parents on the subject of Important Safety Information, “While there has been no specific threat made to Ichabod Crane CSD, we are erring on the side of caution until an investigation can be fully completed.”

A separate April 6 press release from the school district said, “This morning a concerning social media post which referenced a weapon was brought to the attention of administration by an Ichabod Crane high school student.”

Law enforcement was able to quickly identify the source of the media post and conduct a thorough investigation which allowed the school to be reopened shortly after the regular daily dismissal.

A 16-year-old was charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.

“Over the course of the afternoon, the source of the post was identified and all individuals involved were interviewed and searched. In addition, all areas of concern on the campus were also searched by law enforcement.

“No credible threats or weapons were discovered. Out of an abundance of caution, after school activities were canceled to allow for a secondary search of the high school by K-9 units,” according to the district’s release.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the State Police, and the Albany Police Department. Several canines were brought in from each agency to sweep the school in an abundance of caution to ensure there was no threat.

“I credit the quick and successful resolution of this incident to the dedication and hard work of the men and woman of the Sheriff’s Office and the multiple agencies that responded. I would also like to thank the school district staff and students for their patience, and cooperation which assisted greatly in allowing law enforcement to ensure the safety of the campus,” Sheriff Krapf said in the release.

ICC Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Guntlow noted in the school district release, “We are so proud of our students who quickly alerted their principal with the information and to our staff who followed all safety protocols and remained calm as we worked through the situation. The district is also grateful for the quick response and assistance of our local law enforcement partners and is appreciative of the patience and cooperation of our school community. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”


Two people were charged with burglary in connection with an incident that occurred April 5 in the Town of Kinderhook, Sheriff Krapf reported in a press release.

James Smith, 51, of Hudson was charged with third degree burglary, a D felony, and fourth degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

Helena Hartfield, 54, of Hudson was charged with third degree burglary, a D felony.

The subjects allegedly worked together to break into a Kinderhook business with the intent to steal. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the road patrol and members of the State Police were able to allegedly connect these two individuals to the burglary.

Both subject were arraigned before Kinderhook Town Justice Lisa Mills and sent to the Columbia County jail without bail.

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Car seat instruction event set

MELLENVILLE—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announces an upcoming child’s car seat instruction event at the Mellenville Firehouse, 33 County Route 9, Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Parents and caregivers can receive one-on-one installation guidance and safety education from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge.

Delgado, Sheriffs’ Ass’n push for more funding

Congressman Antonio Delgado was joined by Sheriff Craig Apple, Sheriff Robert Maciol, Sheriff Juan Figueroa, Undersheriff Jacqueline Salvatore and Sheriff Jeff Smith. Photo contributed

ALBANY—U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D-19) held a press conference at the New York State Sheriffs’ Association recently to highlight a bipartisan bill that would provide law enforcement in small towns and rural areas with the resources, recruiting tools, and training they need to keep themselves and their communities safe. The bipartisan Invest in Law Enforcement Act creates a new federal grant program for local law enforcement in New York and across the country. At the press conference, Congressman Delgado called for swift passage of this bipartisan legislation.

“I am proud to support law enforcement across our state and country as they work to build bridges within our communities and keep us safe. It was great to join Sheriff Smith, Sheriff Figueroa, Sheriff Apple, Sheriff Maciol, and Undersheriff Salvatore at the New York State Sheriffs’ Association to push for my bipartisan legislation to fund local law enforcement. Keeping our communities safe requires us to overcome the partisan divide and join together in support of our local police departments. I will keep working with Democrats and Republicans to move this bill forward and get upstate law enforcement the resources they need,” Rep. Delgado said in a press release.

Rep. Delgado’s bill has been endorsed by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Sheriffs Association, State Troopers Fraternal Association, and the National Association of Police Organizations.

Rep. Delgado is a strong supporter of law enforcement and has consistently worked to ensure departments in his district are funded. He recently secured $25,000 for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in a bipartisan government funding bill. He is also a cosponsor of the VICTIM Act, which creates a new grant program to help local law enforcement to hire, train, and retain detectives and victim services personnel to investigate shootings and support victims. He also cosponsors the COPS on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act, which reauthorizes the Community Oriented Policing Services program and updates the program to be more accessible for departments serving rural and low-income areas.

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