Attorney general asked to investigate K’hook assault case

KINDERHOOK—Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka has asked the State Attorney General’s Office to take over the case of an assault on a man at the County Route 21 home of a Sheriff’s deputy, July 5.

The Columbia Paper has learned from a source close to the assault investigation, that the DA made the request earlier this week after new information about the case came to light July 27.

Asked to confirm the information Wednesday, Mr. Czajka said he had no official comment. Read more…

Boy reports beating and robbery by three on Hudson street

HUDSON—City Police Department received a transferred 911 call from a victim reporting that he had just been assaulted. Tuesday, July 14 at 6:52 pm.

Patrols responded to the area of Warren Street and First Street and located the victim, a juvenile resident of Hudson. He advised police that he was riding his bicycle on Warren Street just above Front Street when a group came up to him and began attacking him. He said the suspects punched him in the jaw and face several times causing him to fall off of his bicycle. After assaulting him, they allegedly stole the victim’s bicycle and his backpack.

The backpack contained cash and a debit card among other items. Read more…

Attempted murder charge results from drowning incident

TAGHKANIC—Joseph Macri, 75, of Taghkanic was charged with second degree attempted murder, a class B felony, by State Police from Livingston, July 3.

At about 3:45 p.m. that day, troopers responded to Sopak Road in Taghkanic for a report of a possible domestic incident. Upon arrival troopers found Mr. Macri allegedly attempting to drown the victim in a pond on the property.

Mr. Macri complied with commands from troopers and was taken into custody without incident. The victim was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition. Read more…

Police charge Stockport man in rape case

Jeremy Cramer

RHINEBECK—Jeremy J. Cramer, 20, of Stockport was charged with third degree rape, a class E felony, by State Police from Rhinebeck, June 26.

Mr. Cramer is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a victim without consent. He was arraigned before Justice John Kane in Rhinebeck Town Court, and was released on his own recognizance.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who has additional information or may be a victim is asked to contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Rhinebeck at 845-677-7300. Refer to case# 9666181. Read more…

Police charge BB gun brandished in road rage incident

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Paul A. Artis, 31, of Tivoli for second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, June 16.

At 8:30 p.m. that date, troopers responded to State Route 9G for a report of a road rage incident involving a handgun near the roundabout intersection east of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Mr. Artis engaged in a road rage incident by allegedly menacing the occupants of another vehicle with a BB gun.

Mr. Artis was arraigned virtually in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance. He is next scheduled to appear in Greenport Court, September 21 at 3:30 p.m. Read more…