Morgan heads back to prison, gets the max

HUDSON—March 31, Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek sentenced defendant Arthur Morgan to 25 years in prison for the homicide of his wife, Angela Morgan, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Twenty-five years is the maximum sentence, DA Czajka told The Columbia Paper this week.

A Columbia County Jury found Mr. Morgan, 51, guilty of first degree manslaughter March 17. The jurors reached their verdict after 16 hours of deliberations. Read more…

Morgan convicted of manslaughter in wife’s death

Arthur Morgan, Jr. (center) going into the county courthouse in Hudson on March 11. Mr. Morgan was convicted of first degree manslaughter on March 17. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A Columbia County jury convicted defendant Arthur Morgan, Jr., 51, of first degree manslaughter in the death of his wife, Angela Morgan, Thursday, March 17, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office charged Mr. Morgan in the death of his wife on April 11, 2008 after her body was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed underneath the couple’s mobile home in Claverack. Mrs. Morgan was 27.

The jurors reached their verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations, which began Tuesday and ended Thursday. Read more…

Hudson Police make arrest in stolen wallet case

HUDSON—Hudson City Police Department charged William H. Williams, 63, of High Falls with three counts of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, March 14 at 8:51 a.m.

March 7 at 12:10 p.m. Hudson Police received a complaint from a victim reporting that his wallet containing cash, credit cards and other personal belongings was stolen while he was inside the Stewart’s Shop at Green Street and Fairview Avenue. The victim said he may have inadvertently left his wallet on the store counter.

Police say Mr. Williams allegedly used one of the stolen credit cards at the Walmart Center in Kingston to make fraudulent purchases amounting to more than $1,000. Read more…

Local police help in Vermont investigation

By DIANE VALDEN

MILAN—New York State Police locally assisted the Vermont State Police with an ongoing homicide investigation, March 1.

After receiving a law enforcement tip from Vermont State Police that a vehicle and its occupants were traveling on the Taconic State Parkway in Columbia County, local troopers spotted the vehicle headed southbound near State Route 199 in Milan.

Troopers initiated a traffic stop and the operator failed to comply. Spike strips were used to end the vehicle pursuit in the Town of Clinton, Dutchess County, and the two occupants fled on foot. Both were found a short time later in the surrounding wooded area. Read more…

Driver named in February accident that closed the parkway for two hours

GALLATIN—State Police have released the name of the driver who was seriously injured in a crash on the Taconic State Parkway the afternoon of February 21.

Adriana N. Toma, 32, of Albany, was driving a 2019 Dodge Durango headed south on the Taconic State Parkway in the area of milepost 75.6 in Gallatin at 2:53 p.m.

For unknown reasons the SUV went off the road, struck three trees, flipped airborne, and landed back on the roadway. Read more…