Deputies arrest Hudson man for burglaries in Valatie

VALATIE—Columbia County Sheriff Office investigators arrested a Hudson man moments after he allegedly burglarized a local business in the village, October 14 at 10:42 p.m.

Investigators have been looking into multiple commercial burglaries that have occurred over the past two months in various parts of Columbia County. Sheriff David P. Bartlett said in a press release that during the course of these investigations, special details were implemented in an attempt to catch the those responsible for the crimes.

While conducting one of these special details, investigators discovered a burglary had just occurred at local restaurant in the Village, October 14 around 10 p.m. The investigators were quickly able to identify a potential suspect and the vehicle he was operating. Read more…

Two guilty of multiple deer poaching lose their hunting licenses

HUDSON—The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) revoked the hunting licenses of Hunter Ordway and Jeremy Schermerhorn, September 17.

Mr. Ordway and Mr. Schermerhorn were convicted in 2018 of numerous violations of the Environmental Conservation Law, including what is commonly referred to as “deer jacking.” They were fined $12,000 and $3,000, respectively, the highest fines ever in state history for deer poaching, says a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

According to a February 2018 story in The Columbia Paper, Mr. Ordway, then 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. Read more…

Sheriff: Claverack woman burglarized neighbor twice

CLAVERACK—A Claverack woman has been arrested for committing two separate residential burglaries at the same location within a five-day span, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Saturday, September 28 by a resident of Tishauser Road reporting that someone had burglarized his home. Deputies and investigators responded to the scene. They found that a large amount of money and a firearm were stolen from the residence.

Five days later, Thursday, October 3 at 1:23pm, Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to another residence on Tishauser Road for a report that a woman was attempting to gain entry into a parked, unoccupied vehicle in the driveway. While investigating this report, deputies found that the same residence burglarized Saturday had been burglarized again. Read more…

Two men seriously hurt when farm tractor left in gear

CLAVERACK—A father and son were seriously hurt in a farm accident involving a tractor, September 28 at 2:23 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies, Greenport Police, Greenport and Claverack firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the Jutkofsky Farm, 301 Route 23B, near the intersection of Spook Rock Road at the Claverack/Greenport town line for a report of two men run over by a farm tractor.

Deputies found that Bernard Jutkofsky, 86, was operating an International Harvester 1066 farm tractor towing a brush hog used for mowing the fields. Read more…

Farmer Stuart Meisner dies in tractor-truck crash

GREENPORT—A farmer was killed when his tractor was hit by a dump truck at the intersection of State Route 9 and Yates Road, the afternoon of September 19.

Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from the Livingston barracks to the two-vehicle crash at 2:04 p.m.

An investigation revealed than an International Harvester Farmall 1066 tractor operated by Stuart M. Meisner, 67, of Hudson was attempting to cross State Route 9 in a westerly direction from Yates Road to Church Road. The tractor failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a southbound International Harvester dump truck on State Route 9. Read more…