Red Flag Law allows police to seize guns after shots fired

NEW LEBANON—A Rensselaer County man was arrested for shooting a parked pickup truck in New Lebanon and subsequently had all his guns seized under the state’s new Red Flag Law.

Robert K. King, 52, of Stephentown was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; second degree reckless endangerment and fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from the New Lebanon and Livingston barracks, September 3.

At 6:55 p.m. that day, troopers were dispatched to a residence on State Route 22 for a report of a bullet hole in the caller’s vehicle. Read more…

State Police charge New Leb man with mistreating dog

NEW LEBANON—A New Lebanon man was charged with animal neglect by State Police from the New Lebanon barracks.

Daniel L. Bivins, 30, was charged with a class A misdemeanor, under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law 353—overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance; and an Ag and Markets Law 353B violation—failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs.

State Police say a complaint was called in August 24 at 8:40 a.m. An investigation found a pitbull had allegedly been neglected. Read more…

Child dies from car crash injuries in Copake

COPAKE—A seven-year-old boy was killed in a car accident on County Route 7A (Center Hill Road), August 21 at about 6:40 p.m.

State Police were called to the scene on County Route 7A near Twin Bridges Road. A heavy rainstorm with thunder and lightning was moving through the area at the time of the crash.

A preliminary investigation reveals that Christina I. Gubler, 28, of Craryville was driving a 2005 Honda Civic southbound with a passenger, her son, Caleb P. Dier, 7, also of Craryville. Ms. Gubler lost control of her vehicle in wet conditions and crossed into the northbound lane, where it struck a northbound 2014 Toyota Avalon operated by Michael T. Super, 71, of Hudson with passenger Mary B. Super, 71, in the vehicle. Read more…

Police ask public to help locate stabbing suspect

HUDSON—City police seek the public’s help in finding a “dangerous suspect” who allegedly stabbed a man in the stomach on a city street, Thursday, August 15.

El-Shamar T. Thornton, 26, is sought in connection with a reported stabbing that occurred on South Front Street in the area of the Schuyler Court Apartments, August 15 at about 9:14 p.m.

Hudson Patrol Units immediately went to the area and located the injured victim, a 19-year-old male, who was lying on the sidewalk bleeding, with a stab wound to his abdomen. The victim was reportedly stabbed with an unknown type of knife. Read more…

Former substitute, coach sentenced to 6 months for sex crime

Convicted sex offender Christopher MacArthur (l) and his attorney Michael Howard appeared in Columbia County Court August 12 for sentencing. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—Christopher MacArthur, 24, of Claverack was sentenced to spend six months in the Columbia County Jail and 10 years probation for his conviction of third degree criminal sexual act, August 12. Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek issued an order of protection on behalf of the victim for 18 years, the maximum time period allowed, and said he must register as a sex offender.

Mr. MacArthur, a former substitute teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Taconic Hills Central School, was involved in a sexual relationship with a person less than 17 years old for several months and committed the crime in Claverack.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh handled the case and made the arrest. Assistant District Attorney Krista Kline prosecuted. Read more…