Fishing derby donation reeled in

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Rachael Ruggles of Philmont reeled in a $250 donation from the Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association during a visit and tour of the Sheriff’s Office April 14. Deputy K.C. Bauhof is pictured with Ms. Ruggles on the Sheriff’s Hudson River patrol boat Marine 2. The donation supports the Philmont Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby scheduled for May 21 at the rod and gun club, 65 Railroad Avenue. Register from 7 to 8 a.m. Throw a line in and catch some fish from 8 to 10 a.m. The derby is free to all Columbia County youth, ages 15 and under, with prizes for all age groups. Deputy Sheriffs’ Union President David Proper said in a press release that his organization was pleased to support the event so kids get the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Photo contributed


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Sheriff’s Office, Sean’s Run joined for car seat event. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Columbia County Health Department, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and Sean’s Run hosted a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check at the Chatham Price Chopper parking lot, April 9. Parents and caregivers received installation guidance and safety education from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge. Child seats were provided to low-income families who needed them and met guidelines. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheriff David Bartlett, Sean’s Run Weekend organizers Mark French and Jeff French. Photo contributed

Police arrest woman for arson in Hudson blaze

HUDSON—City Police charged Cassandra L. Palmatier, 27, of Hudson with second degree arson, a class B felony, Thursday, April 22.

Hudson firefighters were dispatched to a working structure fire at 18 Worth Avenue, Monday, April 11 at 11:38 p.m.
The suspect, who was also the 911 caller, reported that building residents might still be inside and unable to escape the burning building due to heavy smoke and fire.
Two victims were indeed trapped inside their second floor apartment. Their main exit was blocked by the smoke and fire. Hudson firefighters rescued the victims through a second story window. They were not hurt, according to a press release from Hudson Police.
Sergeant Jason Finn and Officer Kevin Sweet, members of the Hudson Police Department’s Fire Investigation team, a group of officers with specialized training, investigated. They along with detectives pieced together clues from the scene, and conducted numerous interviews.

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Police say caregiver stole from five clients

CHATHAM—State Police investigators from Livingston charged Allison Arnold Delong, 38, of Chatham with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, April 11.

A lengthy investigation beginning in July 2015 revealed that Ms. Delong, the owner of Serenity Care, a private home healthcare agency, allegedly stole personal identifying information from five of her home health care clients, resulting in a total financial loss of more than $5,000. Read more…

Sheriff’s Office investigation leads to burglary charge

TAGHKANIC—A 26-year-old Stockport man faces felony charges of second degree burglary and fourth degree grand larceny.

A Taghkanic homeowner reported a break-in and theft which occurred sometime during the day March 30. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators began an investigation March 31, which lead to the arrest of William H. Russell, III, 26, of West Ghent Road, April 4 at 2 p.m. Read more…

Ceremony conducted for firefighter grads

GREENPORT—A public graduation ceremony for the 41 firefighters who completed the 31-session Firefighter I training schools in Canaan and Germantown offered by the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was held at Columbia-Greene Community College, March 26.

The keynote speaker was FDNY Battalion Chief Keith Cartica.

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Pictured at right receiving his Firefighter I diploma is Greenport Firefighter Michael Carpentino; in row at left are (l-r): Fire Instructor Wayne Gearing, Fire Coordinator William Hunt, Fire Instructor Joseph Laviano, Fire Instructor Michael Stelling, Deputy Fire Coordinator George Keeler, Deputy Fire Coordinator Joseph Loeffler and Deputy Fire Coordinator Peter Harvey. Photo by R. E. Lindmark

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Pictured receiving a $500 college scholarship award from the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association ($250) and Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association ($250) is Germantown Firefighter Mitchell Black (center). Pictured (l-r) are: President Columbia County Fire Chief’s Association Thomas Rector, 2nd Vice President Columbia County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Laura Foster, Mr. Black, President Columbia County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Henry Swartz and Columbia County Fire Coordinator William Hunt. Photo by R.E. Lindmark