CLERMONT—State Police have charged a Ghent man for trying to kill a person in Clermont, June 10.
Tremaine A. Harris, 21, of Ghent was charged with second degree attempted murder, a class B felony; second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and three counts of first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, June 11.
An investigation determined Mr. Harris allegedly specifically targeted and attempted to murder the owner of a private estate on Woods Road.
He allegedly fired multiple times with a PW Arms 12-gauge tactical shotgun striking the victim in a leg. Several additional estate employees were in the vicinity of the victim when Mr. Harris opened fire.
The victim was taken to a local hospital. Injuries sustained by the victim are believed to be non-life-threatening, according to police.
Local area schools were placed in lockout during the incident and were later released.
Mr. Harris then fled the scene and was apprehended in the City of Hudson by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and State Police.
Further investigation allowed police to obtain a search warrant for the Tremaine Harris residence granted by a Columbia County Court magistrate. At the residence, investigators found a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver, a Smith & Wesson .380 Body guard semiautomatic handgun, both stolen, and a Smith & Wesson model 36 revolver. All the guns were allegedly illegally possessed by Terrence S. Harris, 42, at the Tremaine Harris residence. Terrence Harris was subsequently arrested for three counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and two counts of fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.
Tremaine and Terrence Harris were arraigned in Clermont Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for a later date.
This investigation remains ongoing.
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Powell convicted of second degree murder
HUDSON—Defendant DiQuann Powell, a/k/a, “DaDa,” was convicted of second degree murder, a class A-1 felony; two counts of first degree assault, class B felonies, and first degree attempted robbery, a class C felony, in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, June 10.
According to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, 12 jurors convicted Mr. Powell, 26, of Hudson, for shooting and killing bystander Kevin Whitening, 31, of New York City, at the corner of Third Street and Rope Alley, August 22, 2017. Christian Simmons of the Bronx, was also was charged with second degree murder, a class A-1 felony. His trial is set to begin in August.
The death was the culmination of a nine-month, back-and-forth gun battle between two warring groups within the City of Hudson that predominantly took place in the summer of 2017.
The dispute between the two groups began November 24, 2016, when Mr. Powell assaulted and attempted to rob a man with a gun. Months later, Mr. Powell and Mr. Simmons allegedly attempted to shoot the same man, but the bullet fired by Mr. Simmons hit Mr. Whitening in the chest instead.
Mr. Powell was arraigned November 24, 2019 after a more than two-year investigation into the shootings. Mr. Powell, also known by his street name, “DaDa,” is serving time in prison at Barehill Correctional Facility in Malone on a separate first-degree assault charge originating in Albany.
“I am so very proud of the detectives and all the officers involved in this case—the entire department from the top on down. Thousands of hours, perseverance, and work ethic removed a dangerous subject from our streets,” Hudson Police Commissioner Shane Bower said in the press release.
“The violence of 2017 seems so long ago, but building a competent, thorough case takes time and a professional approach. This is the kind of performance we expect and our community deserves,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in the release.
Jurors reached their verdict after about five hours of deliberation.
Judge Nichols will sentence Mr. Powell at a later date. He faces up to 50 years in state prison.
Hudson Police Lt. David Miller and the Hudson Police detective division, including Detectives Jeffrey Keyser, Christopher Filli and Nicolas Pierro, worked alongside the State Police to investigate the shootings.
Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty prosecuted the case.
“I credit Chief Moore’s willingness to seek assistance from other agencies such as the New York State Police, his fellow officers and Deputy Chief Ryan Carty, who was present in every stage of the investigation, to ensure a successful prosecution in this case,” DA Czajka said in the release.
Albany-based attorney, Justin deArmas, represents Mr. Powell.
Services partner to bring virtual care to 9-1-1 patients
HUDSON—UCM Digital Health (UCM), a leading digital health and telehealth provider, including a 24/7 emergency medicine triage, treatment, and navigation service, announces a joint program with the Columbia County EMS Coordinator’s Office—in conjunction with Columbia County 911—to bring its innovative digital health platform solution to emergency calls.
The program provides patients with access to virtual care by a UCM provider who serves as a real-time extension of EMS or 911 treatment. It will be offered to 911 callers when the county’s EMS resources are depleted and when area hospitals are experiencing extended wait times in their Emergency Departments. It gives patients immediate access to care, avoiding unnecessary and often-costly trips to the emergency room.
This shared operation allows UCM to seamlessly integrate Columbia County emergency services with readily available physicians who can determine if a patient requires in-hospital emergency care or if treatment can be administered in-home. The program reduces excessive workload burdens shouldered by EMS providers and emergency rooms. With increased efficiencies, medical providers gain the capacity to focus on higher-level medical emergencies. This provides patients with the right care, in the right setting, at the most cost-effective level.
“We remain committed to providing the best and most efficient prehospital care possible. This partnership enhances care delivery and allows patients with low acuity ailments to avoid costly and often lengthy ER visits while simultaneously receiving an assessment by an emergency physician in the comfort of their own home,” Columbia County EMS Coordinator PJ Keeler said in a press release.
Through this partnership, when diagnosing a patient, 911 dispatchers can determine the severity level and if emergency care or a hospital visit is necessary. After the assessment, if the patient can benefit from care outside a hospital, with the caller’s consent, dispatchers can initiate a virtual consultation with a UCM trained, experienced, and licensed physician who will then proceed to treat and triage, ensuring proper care is administered.
In addition to treating a patient’s immediate concerns, the UCM Digital Health team can provide medical advice and reassurance, prescribe medications, and issue referrals for supplemental treatment, including laboratory testing, radiological imaging, and specialist appointments, should they be needed. Additionally, a follow-up virtual consultation can even be scheduled for the patient.
UCM Digital Health also has this 911 integration in place with Rensselaer County and plans to continue its expansion to additional counties, municipalities, and networks.