Hudson Police arrest inmate who absconded from temporary release

HUDSON—October 18, City Police arrested Arley L. Dahlberg, 37, an inmate at the Hudson Correctional Facility, who allegedly absconded from temporary release several weeks ago.

At around 1:26 a.m. that day, an HPD patrol observed a white SUV headed east on Union Street traveling at a high rate of speed. The operator drove through a red light at Union and Fifth streets.

The vehicle was stopped by patrols at North Sixth and Warren streets. It was determined that the vehicle, a white 2017 Audi Q5, had just been stolen from the 400 block of Union Street. Patrols learned that the driver, Mr. Dahlberg had an active arrest warrant from the Hudson Correctional Facility for absconding from their temporary release program. Absconding is a class E felony under NYS penal law. Mr. Dahlberg was arrested by HPD and taken to the Hudson Police Department for processing and arraignment. At the time of the arrest, Mr. Dahlberg was found to allegedly possess crack cocaine.

He was charged with third degree grand larceny (stolen vehicle), a class D felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned before City Court Judge John Connor. He is to return to Hudson City Court, October 24.

The New York State Correctional Division picked up Mr. Dahlberg from the Hudson Police Department and took him to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility.

“This was a good example of proactive policing by our night shift uniform patrol,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release

HPD is also investigating whether Mr. Dahlberg was involved in the attempted burglary of a North Fifth Street residence that occurred just before he was pulled over for speeding. Anyone with any information about that incident is asked to call Hudson detectives at 518-828-3388.

Chief Moore told The Columbia Paper Wednesday that Mr. Dahlberg has been on the loose for “several weeks” and he supplied the newspaper with a police blotter report from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, which says Mr. Dahlberg of 834 Ford Street, Ogdensburg was charged by St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies Friday, October 14 for driving while ability impaired, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and multiple vehicle and traffic violations following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 11 in the Town of Canton. His blood alcohol content was 0.07%, deputies said. He allegedly possessed a small quantity of suboxone, according to the report.

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Drought watch lifted Columbia County

GHENT—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued an update on drought conditions across the state. The state’s Drought Management Task Force updated the drought status to “Normal” from “Drought Watch” for multiple regions including most of upstate New York because of recent rainfall and higher levels of ground and surface water. Despite the encouraging hydrological conditions, all New Yorkers are urged to continue reducing unnecessary water waste, fixing leaks and choosing efficient water fixtures.

The following counties will return to Normal designations: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Onondaga, Oneida, Ontario, Orleans, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Seneca, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wyoming, and Yates.

The following counties will remain in Drought Watch designations due to ongoing precipitation deficits, unseasonably low streamflows, and groundwater declines: Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Ulster. A watch is the first of four levels of State drought advisories, which are watch, warning, emergency, and disaster. No mandatory restrictions are in place under a state Drought Watch. A map of the counties under Drought Watch are available at

For water saving tips, visit DEC’s webpage at For more information about drought in New York, go to:

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