Kinderhook man arrested for alleged sexual assault of minor

STUYVESANT—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Misael Chun Pastor, 36, of Kinderhook for first degree predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony; five counts of first degree rape; first degree sexual conduct against a child, all B felonies, and first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, May 5.

After receiving a tip May 4, an investigation determined Mr. Chun Pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13-years-old on multiple occasions.

State Police personnel began searching for him the night of May 4 in the Kinderhook and Chatham areas. He was subsequently located and arrested early May 5.

Mr. Chun Pastor was arraigned in Stuyvesant Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He scheduled to appear before the court at a future date.


Two brush fires burned more than 16 acres in Gallatin, April 29. Photo contributed

Forest Rangers Griggsby Cowart, John Gullen, Joseph Pries and Cameron Sweeney responded to a brush fire in the Town of Gallatin, April 29 at 3 p.m.

When the rangers arrived, they realized there were two separate fires about a mile apart, and split up to tackle both. The larger of the two fires burned nearly 14 acres and was likely started by someone burning cardboard. The smaller of the two fires burned more than two acres. By 7:15 p.m., both fires were under control and declared out the next day.

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Final call goes out to Patrolman Bell. During the funeral of 40-year-member of the Chatham Police Department Patrolman John J. Bell, May 9, Chatham Village officials and Chatham Police officers stood on the steps of Tracy Memorial Hall. In the photo, the hearse carrying Patrolman Bell’s body is parked as those assembled listen to Columbia County 911 issue the final call for the longtime public servant. Photo by RE Lindmark

Training facility open house announced

GHENT—An open house and dedication ceremony will be conducted at the Columbia County Emergency Services Response and Training Facility, 50 Grandinetti Drive, Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The dedication ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

The event includes demonstrations by fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies of the facility capabilities; agency informational booths; training facility equipment vendor informational booths and light refreshments.

RSVP to or at 518-851-9362.

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