NEW LEBANON—State Police in New Lebanon in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Patrick Williams-Batchelder, 22, of Rensselaer for first degree sexual abuse, class D felony, April 15.
Following a tip, a law enforcement investigation determined Mr. Williams-Batchelder allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 11-years-old.
He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to four people after fire extensively damaged a two-story multi-family residential building at 144 Main Street, Sunday, April 17 at 4:42 p.m.
Columbia County 911 called Philmont firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the structure fire scene.
Mutual aid was summoned from the Mellenville, Claverack , Greenport, Hudson, Churchtown, West Ghent and Stuyvesant fire companies.
County Fire Coordinators, State Police and Sheriff’s deputies assisted on scene. NYSEG and Philmont DPW personnel also responded to scene.
The fire is believed to have started in a basement level apartment kitchen, according to a published report.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to four adults. Volunteers also offered health services and 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.
Fire companies were back in service at 7:45 p.m.
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