Trooper, EMT work together to save crash victim

AUSTERLITZ—William A. Dunkin, II, 59, of Ghent was charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, February 24.

Troopers patrolling Route 203 in Austerlitz at 10:15 p.m., came upon a two-car motor vehicle crash and immediately rendered aid.

While assessing a victim, who was trapped, a fire ignited in the engine compartment. Fortunately, an off-duty emergency medical technician arrived on scene and supported the neck of the victim so the trooper could use his patrol vehicle’s extinguisher to neutralize the fire. Read more…

Hudson Police apprehend last of ‘Blue Hammer’ suspects

HUDSON—The last suspect has been nailed in connection with Operation Blue Hammer. Hudson Police report the arrest of wanted fugitive, Lavone McClendon, a/k/a, “Buttons,” who has been on the run for seven months.

HPD detectives learned that Mr. McClendon was hiding out at 527 State Street. Detectives and uniformed officers positioned themselves around the building and took Mr. McClendon into custody February 20 after a brief foot chase when he ran out the back door.

Mr. McClendon, 30, of Hudson was charged on a sealed indictment filed in Columbia County Court, June 29, 2017, charging him with two counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both class B felonies. The indictment was signed by Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols. Read more…

Police say incidents in Chatham, K’hook posed no threat to schools

CHATHAM–A 15-year-old boy was charged in connection with possessing a stolen semi-automatic handgun, February 26.

The weapon was a 9 mm Sigsauer semi-auto handgun reported stolen from a Chatham residence, February 24.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston arrested the teen for criminal possession of a firearm, February 26. If charged as an adult the crime would be a class E felony. Read more…

Police don’t yet know what caused fatal crash in Stuyvesant

STUYVESANT—State Police from the Kinderhook barracks are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Rensselaer County man, February 16.

At about 3:54 a.m. that day State Police received a report of a personal injury, one-car, rollover into a utility pole crash with wires down in the area of 1693 Route 9J.

Responding troopers arrived to find the operator and sole occupant, Jason M. Sweet, 35, of Castleton deceased. Read more…

Deer case has domino effect

CHATHAM—Three Columbia County men face numerous charges in connection with the illegal killing of multiple deer throughout the fall 2017 hunting season, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Public Information Officer Rick Georgeson.

Hunter Ordway, 19, of Chatham was charged with four misdemeanors for taking too many deer, two misdemeanors for taking deer with the use of an artificial light (commonly called deer jacking) and 11 violations that included failure to report a harvest, possessing the license of another, tagging violations and shooting after sunset. Mr. Ordway was arraigned in Chatham Town Court January 24 and is due back there February 28.

Jeremy Schermerhorn, 41, of Chatham was charged with three misdemeanors for taking too many deer, and eight violations that included failure to report a harvest, tagging violations, and possessing the license of another. Mr. Schermerhorn pleaded guilty in Chatham Town Court January 24 to three misdemeanors and paid a $3,000 fine plus court surcharges. Read more…