Sheriff: Woman stole DSS employee club funds

HUDSON—A month-long investigation into money missing from an employee-based club account at the Columbia County Department of Social Services has concluded with the arrest of a Hudson woman, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Officials from the Columbia County Department of Social Services contacted the Sheriff’s Office at the beginning of June to report they discovered funds were missing from the Sunshine Club account. The Sunshine Club is an entirely employee-run and funded club that uses its funds for various employee events. No Columbia County money is part of the club account. The investigation, which included an audit of the club account, revealed that more than $1,000 was stolen from the club.

Sheriff’s Office investigators charged Pamela A. Hallenbeck, age not given, of Hudson with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, July 6 at 1 p.m. Read more…

Domestic dispute call leads to strangulation charge

ELIZAVILLE—An Elizaville man was arrested following domestic dispute.

Mark A. Pellegrino, 48, of Elizaville was charged with second degree strangulation, a class D felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, June 26.

At 12:50 a.m. that day, troopers responded to Pine Tree Lane in the Elizaville area of Livingston for a domestic dispute. An investigation determined that during the dispute, Mr. Pellegrino allegedly strangled the victim causing the loss of consciousness. Read more…

Police believe they have pistol used to murder Inderly In’Stinfil

HUDSON—Police say a handgun they found hidden in a basement is the gun used to kill Inderly In’Stinfil, 19, of Philmont, Sunday, June 17.

Hudson Police and State Police investigators from SP Livingston, Troop K Major Crimes Unit and Troop K Identification Team returned to the scene of the crime three days later. Working with prosecutors from the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the task force obtained a search warrant for the basement at 20 Fairview Avenue, an apartment house containing two units—one downstairs, one upstairs.

Hudson Police found this handgun, which they believe is the weapon used in a June 17 murder. Photo contributed

The parents and brother of accused murderer Mohammed Morshed, 27, of Hudson lived there, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore told The Columbia Paper this week. “We are still trying to determine where Mohammed was staying,” he said by email. Read more…

Suspect charged in Hudson shooting death of Philmont teen

HUDSON—A Philmont teenager was shot to death in the city and a 27-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

Hudson Police report that June 17 at 8:18 p.m. Columbia County 911 received a call from a witness who said there was a man with a gun in the vicinity of 20 Fairview Avenue and that a person had been shot.

A 19-year-old man, later identified as Inderly InStinfil of Philmont, suffered a single gunshot wound to his neck. He was able to get into a taxi near the Stewart’s Shop at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Green Street and left the scene. Read more…

After Parkway chase troopers level gun possession charge

GALLATIN—State Police arrested an Albany man for gun possession after a vehicle pursuit on the Taconic State Parkway.

Hector G. Rodriguez, 30, of Albany was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, June 3.

Troopers observed a 2005 Nissan Murano traveling north on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Stanford, Dutchess County, and initiated a vehicle stop for several infractions of the vehicle and traffic law, June 3 at 12:20 a.m. Read more…