Fire claims life of man in Chatham apartment


CHATHAM—One of the three people rescued from their burning apartment complex by firefighters has died of his injuries.

Fire broke out at the Chatham Manor Apartments, a two-story building complex containing 32 apartments for elderly and handicapped residents, at 18 School Street in the village, Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day, at 8:26 a.m.

On initial attack, Chatham Fire Chief Paul Rideout and Assistant Fire Chief Eric Barnes entered apartment 7 on the first floor, which was engulfed in flame and smoke, the assistant chief told The Columbia Paper Monday. Read more…

Car leaves road, deposits two in Punsit Creek

AUSTERLITZ—Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to a one-vehicle accident on County Route 7, just south of State Route 203, April 27 at 4:15 p.m.

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that deputies found a 2004 Mercedes Benz E500, operated by Susan Newton, 74, of Spencertown had been headed north on County Route 7 when for unknown reasons the station wagon went off the east side of the road, struck a guard rail, continued down an embankment and came to rest in the Punsit Creek.

Mrs. Newton complained of chest pain. A passenger in the vehicle, Harold Newton, 75, had minor lacerations to his arm and leg. Both occupants were treated at the scene by Chatham Rescue Squad but declined transport to the hospital. Read more…

Police say Hudson man, recently shot, had loaded pistol

HUDSON—A Hudson resident, who was the victim of a shooting in the City of Albany April 2, was arrested by Hudson Police the morning of April 11 when he was found walking around in Hudson with a loaded handgun.

Perry “B Man” Gilliard, 26, of Hudson Terrace Apartments was shot six times. Police say Mr. Gillard is the brother of Kevin L. Whitening who was murdered in Hudson August 22, 2017. Since the Albany shooting, Hudson Police detectives have been assisting the Albany Police Department with their investigation.

Detective Sergeant Jason Finn saw a man he believed to be Mr. Gilliard walking in Long Alley April 9. The detective contacted Mr. Gilliard’s parole officer to confirm that he had been released from the hospital less than one week after being shot multiple times. Read more…

Hillsdale man arrested for alleged sexual abuse

HILLSDALE—Edyn R. Ortega-Lopez, 38, of 2627 State Route 23, Hillsdale was charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, April 11.

Sheriff’s deputies received a report April 4, that two victims under the age of 13 were victims of a sexual abuse.

An investigation was initiated by Deputy David Stevens, Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh and Investigator Ian Boehme, which revealed that the victims were subjected to sexual contact. The abuse allegedly occurred on different occasions beginning in 2012 and ending in 2017, Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release. Read more…

Head-on Route 22 collision leads to fatality

NORTH HILLSDALE—State Police from the Livingston barracks are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 22, that claimed the life of a Hillsdale woman, April 7.

At 1:10 p.m., troopers were dispatched to State Route 22 near Sawyer Road, Austerlitz, for a two car head-on collision with personal injury and entrapment.

An initial investigation indicates a vehicle operated by Gus Segschneider, 69, of Hillsdale was northbound on State Route 22. Read more…