Teen stabbed during argument in Hudson

HUDSON—City Police are investigating an incident during which a teenager was stabbed in the chest.

Hudson City Police Department received a transferred call from the Columbia County 911 Center reporting that a stabbing had just occurred in the area of the Hudson Terrace Apartments on Front Street, August 17 at 7:48 p.m.

Patrols responded immediately to the area and found the injured victim, a 14-year-old male with a stab wound to his chest.

Information indicates that the victim was engaged in a verbal argument with another juvenile male just prior to the stabbing.

Greenport Rescue Squad responded to the scene and took the victim to a helipad where he was transported by helicopter to Albany Medical Hospital for emergency treatment. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.

The suspect was not immediately identified when police arrived on the scene. Police checked the area for the suspect with negative results. HPD detectives are currently investigating this felony assault.

Police said in a press release, this was an isolated incident involving an ongoing issue between the two subjects who are familiar with one another.

Police are currently investigating the incident, if anyone has any further information about it they are asked to contact the Hudson City Police Department, Detective Division at 518-828 3388.

State Police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Greenport Police Department assisted HPD with this investigation.

Chatham

Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies Steven Rose and Connor Graziano were dispatched to School Street in the Village of Chatham for a reported vehicle theft, Saturday, August 20 at about 7:03 p.m.

According to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf, the vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Spark, was stolen about half an hour earlier. An OnStar Safety and Security System was installed in the vehicle.

With the assistance of the car’s owner, deputies were able to contact OnStar and request help with finding it. Within minutes the vehicle was located traveling southbound on Route 66 in the area of Highbridge Road in the Town of Chatham.

Deputies on patrol located the stolen vehicle, activated their emergency lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Highbridge Road. The stolen vehicle did not stop and began to accelerate. When deputies determined that it was safe to do so, they requested that the OnStar operator turn off the vehicle’s engine. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop on Brookside Avenue in the Village of Chatham. The operator exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area. After a short foot chase, deputies were able to take Ryan Mongiori into custody. There were no other occupants of the vehicle.

Mr. Mongiori, 29, of Chatham was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while intoxicated and issued a traffic ticket for being an unlicensed driver.

He was released with an appearance ticket to return to the Village of Chatham Court, September 7.

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Rapist sentenced to 20 years including 15 years post-release supervision

HUDSON—Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek sentenced Misael Chun-Pastor to 20 years with the New York State Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to first degree rape in Columbia County Court, August 10.

According to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka, State Police arrested Mr. Chun-Pastor, 36, of Kinderhook, May 5 in Stuyvesant after an investigation into the abuse of a child. Mr. Chun-Pastor’s sentence includes 15 years of post-release supervision and surcharges totaling $1,425.

ADA Krista Kline prosecuted the case. The Public Defender represents the defendant.

In other court news:

*Defendants Edgard Duche and Junior Ferreira were convicted in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols, August 19.

Twelve jurors convicted Mr. Ferreira, 37, of East Elmhurst, and Mr. Duche, 35, of Middle Village, after about two hours of deliberations.

Mr. Ferreira was convicted of two counts of first degree falsifying business records and second degree criminal impersonation. Mr. Duche was convicted of one count of second degree criminal impersonation. State Police Investigators William Hogancamp and Tory Antal arrested the defendants on after the two were stopped in a vehicle in the Town of Ghent, February 14, 2019. Police found Mr. Ferreira with counterfeit $100 bills and, when questioned by police, both men gave false names.

Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty prosecuted the case. Attorney John McFadden represents Mr. Duche and Attorney Justin deArmas represents Mr. Ferreira. Judge Nichols will sentence both defendants October 31.

Travel impacted during county fair starting August 31

CHATHAM—The end of the summer is traditionally marked by the Columbia County Fair, 142 Hudson Avenue (Route 66). This year the fair runs from Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5.

There will be multiple times throughout the week when area vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be heavier than normal. The Chatham Police Department, together with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and State Police, will work diligently to streamline traffic flow and alleviate potential delays due to increased volume while traveling through the Village.

The annual Columbia County Firefighter’s Parade will take place Saturday, September 3. Once the parade begins, travel through and around the Village will be impacted. Expect multiple street closures around the Village from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in addition to parking restrictions on Kinderhook Street and Woodbridge Avenue. Historically, the Village also experiences an increase in traffic around the fairgrounds on Sunday during the fair.

An altered traffic pattern will be in place on Hudson Avenue/State Route 66 near the fairgrounds. The lanes will be designated by cones and signs will be posted. Drivers should slow down and read all signs to make sure they are in the correct lane. It is recommended that residents and businesses plan accordingly. The full fair schedule can be found at www.columbiafair.com.

According to a press release from Chatham Police Acting Acting Chief Joe Alessi, public safety is the police department’s top priority. “The Chatham Police Department will manage traffic and will have officers working outside the fairgrounds throughout the entire week of the fair. We look forward to working together with our community for another safe and successful annual Columbia County Fair in Chatham. If you need police services call 518-392-3451 and a member of the NY State Police Dispatch center will send an officer,” he said.

Entire state classified as a high fire risk

GHENT—State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos urges New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when building campfires, and consider going without a campfire unless absolutely necessary.

“If you’re enjoying the backcountry these last few weeks of summer, please think about whether you really need that campfire. It’s been a hot and dry summer, leading to a drought watch and high fire danger. If you build a campfire, keep an eye on it to make sure the wind doesn’t spread it unexpectedly and when you’re finished, make sure the fire is completely out and cold to the touch,” Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.

The entire state is now at a high risk for fires, and the Hudson Valley is at very high risk, meaning that any outdoor fire can spread quickly, especially if the wind picks up. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. There are currently six active fires across the state, burning 47.1 acres of land. The majority of those were started by unattended campfires. Campfires are among the top five causes of wildfires. Forest rangers are some of the most highly-trained wildland firefighters in the country. But even rangers can have a difficult time fighting a wildfire, depending on its size and location.

DEC continues to encourage New Yorkers and visitors to follow the recommendations below to reduce the risk of wildfires.

While camping in the backcountry, New Yorkers are advised to:

*Use existing campfire rings where possible

*Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, and leaves. Pile extra wood away from the fire

*Clear the area around the ring of leaves, twigs, and other flammable materials

*Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread quickly.

For information on open burning and campfire safety in New York, go to DEC’s Open Burning in New York and Fire Safety When Camping webpages, www.dec.ny.gov

For further questions about wildfires, call 1-833-NYS-RANGERS and call 911 to report a wildfire.

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