Kinderhook man arrested for alleged sexual assault of minor

STUYVESANT—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Misael Chun Pastor, 36, of Kinderhook for first degree predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony; five counts of first degree rape; first degree sexual conduct against a child, all B felonies, and first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, May 5.

After receiving a tip May 4, an investigation determined Mr. Chun Pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13-years-old on multiple occasions.

State Police personnel began searching for him the night of May 4 in the Kinderhook and Chatham areas. He was subsequently located and arrested early May 5. Read more…

Valatie man arrested for sexual assault of a minor

VALATIE—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Ruben Martinez Cruz, 32, of Valatie for first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, April 22.

Subsequent to a tip, investigators from SP Livingston and the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center determined Mr. Martinez Cruz allegedly sexually assaulted a victim under the age of 11-years-old.

He was arraigned in Kinderhook Village Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or bond. He is next scheduled to appear before the court May 17.

Kinderhook

Two drivers were taken to the hospital following a three vehicle collision involving a Chatham School District bus at the intersection of Route 203 and Novak Road, April 25 at 1:21 p.m. Read more…

State police arrest Rensselaer man in sexual abuse case

NEW LEBANON—State Police in New Lebanon in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Patrick Williams-Batchelder, 22, of Rensselaer for first degree sexual abuse, class D felony, April 15.

Following a tip, a law enforcement investigation determined Mr. Williams-Batchelder allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 11-years-old.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Philmont

Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to four people after fire extensively damaged a two-story multi-family residential building at 144 Main Street, Sunday, April 17 at 4:42 p.m. Read more…

Missing man found by DEC officer

CHATHAM—State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jeffrey Cox found a missing man, April 3.

ECO Cox responded to the Town of Chatham to assist the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office with a reported missing elderly man.

The man took a walk with his dog and after an hour and a half, the dog came back alone, prompting the man’s wife to call 911, according to a press release from the DEC. Read more…

ICC has students ‘shelter in place’ after social media post

VALATIE—Columbia County Sheriff’s Office handled an incident at the Ichabod Crane Central School District involving a social media post about a weapon, April 6 at about 11:30 a.m.

A group of students reported the social media post that was a cause for concern and the school resource deputy was immediately notified by administrative staff. Once the post was viewed by the school resource deputy, protocols were put in place for a “Lock Out” in the primary and middle schools and “Shelter in Place” for the high school, according to a press release from Sheriff Donald Krapf.

According to an email that day from the school district to parents on the subject of Important Safety Information, “While there has been no specific threat made to Ichabod Crane CSD, we are erring on the side of caution until an investigation can be fully completed.” Read more…