Two children referred to probation after man attacked

HUDSON—Two youths under the age of 18 have been identified in connection with an attack on a man over 60.

According to a press release from Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore, Hudson City Police responded to a report of a large fight at the intersection of Second and Warren streets, Friday, October 14 at 8:40 p.m.

Arriving officers spoke with the complainant, a 64-year-old man, who said he had been attacked by a group of youths. He stated that some juveniles were blocking the sidewalk as he attempted to walk past. Allegedly, a verbal exchange escalated and several of the juveniles began punching and kicking the man. Despite claiming injuries to his head, the complainant refused medical treatment at the scene.

The City Police patrol division and detective bureau jointly investigated the incident. During the investigation it was discovered that the youths allegedly involved in this matter were less than 18 years old, below the age wherein children can be held criminally responsible for their conduct.

On December 19, two of the children that were identified by police received referrals to the Columbia County Probation Department for a Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) petition. The parents of the children have been notified.

They were identified after patrol was given a general description. Parents were interviewed and verified their children’s’ involvement. Lastly, some of the children posted on social media about the incident, the chief told The Columbia Paper this week.

Hudson Police conducted the investigation together with the Columbia County Probation Department and the Columbia County Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call the Hudson City Police Detective Division at 518-828-3388.

Greenport

A family of five was driven from their home at 3609 Route 9 by fire, December 17 at 8:15 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Columbia 911 summoned Greenport firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the structure fire.

A video on the Greenport Fire Department Facebook page shows smoke and fire spewing from windows on the front of the house as firefighters enter with a hose line.

Hudson, Livingston, West Ghent, Claverack, Germantown and Taghkanic responded to provide mutual aid.

Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to five people after the fire.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to five adults. Volunteers also offered emotional support and health services. 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.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Greenport Police and Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on the scene. National Grid was called in to shut off the power.

Firefighters were back in service at 11 a.m.

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Sheriff’s Office donates to cancer fund

The Healthcare Consortium’s Executive Director Claire Parde joins Gary Flaherty, of the Columbia County Veterans’ Service Agency, to receive donations from Sheriff Donald Krapf and his colleagues at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Photo contributed

HUDSON—Claire Parde, executive director of the Healthcare Consortium, announced the receipt of a donation of more than $2,000 from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that will bolster the agency’s Columbia County Community Cancer Fund.

The Columbia County Community Cancer Fund is managed by the Healthcare Consortium, which dedicates 100% of every dollar raised directly to Columbia County residents with cancer. Monies from the fund are used to pay for health-related expenses like health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, as well as living expenses like rent, utilities, and fuel oil, which may become hardships when the costs of fighting the disease absorb all of a person’s resources. No matter how it is used, the help is always critically important and very gratefully received.

The funds from the Sheriff’s Office were raised through the “No-Shave November” Initiative, during which participants stop shaving in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose through the course of treatment. Staff who chose to participate each made a donation, symbolic of the money typically spent on shaving and grooming.

Sheriff’s Office command staff, law enforcement and corrections personnel, and part-time deputies all took part. In total, $2,150 was raised and donated to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund. “I’m proud of our staff for embracing the initiative and raising funds for this important cause,” Sheriff Donald Krapf said in a press release.

“We were really pleasantly surprised and delighted by the donation from the Sheriff’s Office this year, and are so grateful for their efforts!” Ms. Parde said in the release.

For more information about the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund call the Healthcare Consortium at 518-822-8820 or visit its website at www.columbiahealthnet.org/programs/financial, where an application for financial assistance from the Cancer Fund may be found. Donations to the Cancer Fund can also be made online at this address.

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