Couple charged after Livingston traffic stop

LIVINGSTON—A traffic stop resulted in an arrest for heroin and a heap of other charges, September 26.

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Paul C. Kozlowski, 33, of Livingston for third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; third degree bail jumping, and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

They also charged Shannon Caston, 34, of Kingston for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

At 11:20 a.m. that day, troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu on State Route 9 in Livingston for violations of the vehicle and traffic law. An investigation determined Mr. Kozlowski was in possession of about six grams of heroin and fentanyl, and Ms. Caston was in possession of about 0.5 grams of alprazolam.

Both subjects were arraigned in the Livingston Court. Mr. Kozlowski was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and Ms. Caston was released on her own recognizance.

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Low-hanging wires snagged. Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters October 3 at 12:04 p.m. for a report about wires pulled down by a propane truck at 1751 County Route 5 just south of Pine Ridge Road in Canaan. The cable and phone wires were reportedly hanging low across a driveway where the H.L. Propane Company Inc. truck was making a delivery. New York State Electric and Gas and Consolidated Communications responded to the scene. Route 5 was closed during the incident. No one was injured. State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 3:17 p.m. Photo by RE Lindmark

Ryan votes to increase funding for local police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Congressman Pat Ryan (D-19) voted to pass the bipartisan “Invest to Protect Act of 2022.” The legislation invests in rural police departments for the recruitment, retention, support, and training they need to protect themselves and local families.

“As Ulster County Executive, I worked hand in hand with county and local law enforcement. I witnessed our officers’ tremendous service and sacrifice on a daily basis,” said Representative Ryan in a press release. “Our police departments protect our communities but often lack the resources necessary to carry out the enormous responsibilities entrusted to them. This bill addresses that problem directly, providing funding to small and midsize police departments across New York’s 19th Congressional district. This includes increased funding for recruitment, retention and training of our local law enforcement officials. I’m proud to have voted to pass this bipartisan legislation and look forward to working with local law enforcement to ensure they get the resources they need.”

“Our local law enforcement plays a critical role in keeping our upstate families and towns safe,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffery Smith, also in the release. “The funding from this legislation is an investment in our officers and will help them better protect our communities. I am happy to support Congressman Ryan in this bipartisan effort and look forward to working together to ensure local law enforcement agencies have the training and resources they need.”

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