Police arrest suspects in daytime robbery in Hudson

HUDSON—City of Hudson Police are investigating a random daytime robbery at knifepoint.

Police arrested Cain G. Carothers, 22, for first degree robbery (with a dangerous instrument), a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previously convicted), class D felony; fourth degree grand larceny, class E felony; third degree assault and petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors, September 8.

That day at around 4:43 p.m., Hudson Police received a report that a man entered a restaurant on North Seventh Street, claiming he had just been attacked on the street and that his personal property was forcibly stolen from him. Uniformed patrols responded immediately and were told by the victim that two men had approached him while he was walking on the 700 block of Long Alley. One of the men allegedly displayed a knife and stated “I’m gonna kill you,” police said. The two suspects then reportedly began kicking and punching the victim. During the attack the two suspects stole the victim’s glasses, wallet, credit/debit cards and cell phone. Greenport Rescue Squad responded to the area and treated the victim for injuries he sustained during the robbery. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for further medical treatment. His injuries were non-life-threatening and he was released from the hospital later that day. Read more…

Driver ticketed for bus crash in Claverack

CLAVERACK—Thirteen people were taken to area hospitals following what was reported as a bus rollover at 184 Schroeder Road, September 3 at 6:48 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched the Greenport Rescue Squad and Mellenville firefighters to the scene.

State Police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks told The Columbia Paper by email that Richard Wedderburn, 47, of Claverack was driving a 1998 Ford Econoline 350 cargo van owned by Yonder Fruit Farms in Valatie, when for unknown reasons the van went off the roadway and struck a tree.

The van contained 12 passengers plus the driver.

Twelve people including the operator were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital for minor injuries/evaluation. One passenger was transferred to AMC for serious injuries.

State Police investigated on scene and ticketed the driver for traffic violations. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

A LifeNet helicopter was placed on standby, but was not needed. The County EMS Coordinator assisted on scene.

Firefighters were back in service at 7:47 a.m.

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Get your child’s car seat checked free

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is having a car seat event in connection with National Car Seat Check Day at the Walmart parking lot, 460 Fairview Avenue, Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents and caregivers can receive one-on-one installation guidance and safety education from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office won the second place award for the Best Appearing Non Firematic Color Guard at the Columbia County Fair’s 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 in and around the fairgrounds. Photo by RE Lindmark

Parade trophy winners announced

CHATHAM—Firefighters, police officers, veterans and many other groups marched with enough pizzazz to earn trophies in the Columbia County Fair 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 through and around the fairgrounds.

The list of 2022 trophy winners follows:

*FIREFIGHTERS—Best Appearing Fire Unit Class A (22 and over) 1st Place Niverville, 2nd Place Greenport; Class B (16-21) 1st Place Spencertown, 2nd Place Stuyvesant Falls; Class C (5-15) 1st Place Ancram, 2nd Place Stottville.

*AUXILIARY—Best Appearing Auxiliary Class A 1st Place Spencertown, 2nd Place Mellenville.

*COLOR GUARD—Best Appearing Color Guard 1st Place Niverville, 2nd Place Greenport.

*APPARATUS—Best Appearing Apparatus 1st West Ghent, 2nd Stottville.

*VISITING FIREFIGHTERS—Best Appearing Visiting Fire Unit Class A (16 and over) 1st Place Milan, 2nd Place Ravena; Class B (5-15) 1st Place Nassau, 2nd Place Millerton.

*VISITING COLOR GUARD—Best Appearing Visiting Color Guard 1st Place Milan, 2nd Place Nassau.

*VISITING APPARATUS—Best Appearing Apparatus 1st Place Millerton, 2nd Place Milan.

*BEST APPEARING NON-FIREMATIC COLOR GUARD—1st Place Ghent VFW, 2nd Place Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

*JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER—1st Place Greenport, 2nd Place Germantown.

*MUSICAL BAND—1st Place Yankee Doodle, 2nd Place Ghent Band.

*DRUM LINE—1st Place Hoysradt Hose, 2nd Place Mellenville.

*CHARLES “RIP” VOGEL MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Columbia County Unit with Auxiliary Greenport.

*PHILIP D. MICKLE MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Columbia County Unit without Auxiliary Niverville.

*HOWARD A. PLOSS MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Visiting Unit Milan.

State Police mount 2-county effort to slow alleged car thief

HILLSDALE—State Police arrested Jordan M. Richards, 32, of Antioch, California, for second degree criminal possession of stolen property, August 25.

State Police received a report about a gray Mercedes-Benz stolen in New York City that was traveling northbound on State Route 22 in the Town of Pawling, Dutchess County, August 23 at 7:05 p.m.

Troopers on patrol located the vehicle on State Route 22 in the Town of Dover and a traffic stop was attempted. The vehicle failed to comply, and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit proceeded north into the Town of Amenia and then northeast into Columbia County through Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale. Read more…

Teen stabbed during argument in Hudson

HUDSON—City Police are investigating an incident during which a teenager was stabbed in the chest.

Hudson City Police Department received a transferred call from the Columbia County 911 Center reporting that a stabbing had just occurred in the area of the Hudson Terrace Apartments on Front Street, August 17 at 7:48 p.m.

Patrols responded immediately to the area and found the injured victim, a 14-year-old male with a stab wound to his chest.

Information indicates that the victim was engaged in a verbal argument with another juvenile male just prior to the stabbing. Read more…

Squads handle fatal golf cart crash, drowning, boat mishap

The Chatham Rescue Squad, Canaan and Red Rock firefighters transport a swimmer struck by a boat in Queechy Lake to a waiting LifeNet helicopter, which took her to the Albany Medical Center. R.E. Lindmark

KINDERHOOK—State Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash involving an SUV and a golf cart on State Route 9 in the Town of Kinderhook, August 13.

At 8:40 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Route 9 near Maple Lane South for an SUV versus a golf cart. Valatie Rescue and Niverville Fire Department, who were first on scene rendering aid, were able to transport the passenger of the golf cart, Henry Griffiths, 55, of Kinderhook to Albany Medical Center with serious but what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The golf cart operator, Dopson A. Wynter, 60, of Kinderhook was pronounced deceased on scene despite life-saving measures employed by EMS. Read more…