Rhonda and reptile reunited, but gator probe goes on

NEW LEBANON—Kobe, the traveling alligator, has returned home.

The six-foot-long, 10-year-old reptile was stolen or escaped his enclosure once again, this time in the early evening hours of May 25.

Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release that members of his office were investigating a reported burglary at Rhonda’s Reptiles on Cemetery Road. Read more…

State Police seek man who broke into two Xtra Marts

State Police ask the public to help them identify the person in this photo. They believe this individual was involved in burglarizing two Xtra Mart stores. Photo contributed

CLAVERACK—State Police from the Livingston barracks seek the public’s assistance to identify a suspect involved in the burglary of two Xtra Marts on Route 9, one in Claverack and one in Clermont, according to a State Police press release.

The burglaries of both stores occurred between 2 and 3:15 a.m., and the suspect may have traveled in a dark-colored sedan.

The suspect used a sledge hammer with a blue handle to break into the stores, which were closed at the time. Read more…

New charges of child rape brought against man in custody

HUDSON—Jamel D. Brandow, 36, of Hudson faces four new charges of first degree rape of a child less than 11 years old, a class B felony. Hudson Police arrested him again May 10.

These new charges are independent, unrelated and in addition to the earlier charges of first degree rape—forcible compulsion, child less than 11 years old, a class B felony; first degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; second degree menacing—with a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, for which he was arrested by Hudson Police, May 5.

In the initial incident, a young girl, who was visibly upset and crying, told police that she escaped a State Street residence and ran, without shoes, several blocks to her mother’s workplace. Read more…

One driver dies after two-car collision on Route 23

CRARYVILLE—A Connecticut man was killed as a result of a two-vehicle crash at 1843 State Route 23 just east of County Route 7 in the area of the Dutch Treat, May 11 at 11:51 p.m.

Deputies found that a 2008 Toyota Highlander, operated by Jamie Wing, 42, of Norwalk, CT, was traveling west on State Route 23 when for unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and struck a 2007 Saab, which was traveling east.

The Wing vehicle went over a guard rail and struck a utility pole where it came to rest, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. Read more…

Hudson man charged with rape of child, threatening her with knife

HUDSON—City police have arrested a local man on charges that he allegedly forcibly raped a young girl.

Jamel D. Brandow, 36, of Hudson was charged with first degree rape—forcible compulsion, child less than 11 years old, a class B felony; first degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; second degree menacing—with a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, by Hudson Police, May 5.

Columbia County 911 advised Hudson Police that they had just received a 911 hang up call from a business within the City of Hudson, May 5 at 10:12 a.m. Read more…