Second man charged for Stockport house fire

STOCKPORT—A second man has been arrested in connection with an October 2017 house fire in Stockport. The arrest was made by way of a sealed indictment handed down by a Columbia County Grand Jury, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

October 1, 2017, Columbia County 911 dispatched the Sheriff’s Office to 290 County Route 25 for a fully-involved residential structure fire. The residence was destroyed and the cause of the fire was ruled suspicious.

The investigation led to the arrest of William P. Travis III, 31, of Woods Lane, Stuyvesant, December 20, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Sheriff’s investigators charged him with third degree arson, a class C felony. He is currently incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail awaiting trial. Read more…

Man extradited to county from Texas for sex crimes

LIVINGSTON—A suspect has been extradited from Texas to face criminal sex act charges.

The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston arrested John Acklin, 55, now of Bandera, TX, for first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony, November 8.

In 2017 State Police commenced an investigation into reports of sexual assaults that occurred more than 10 years ago in Livingston. Read more…

Rensselaer man charged again with ‘forcible touching’

PHILMONT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Rensselaer County man on a second count of forcible touching.

Michael Ramm, 37, of Castleton was charged with forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor under NYS Penal Law, by Sheriff’s Office investigators, Thursday, November 1 at 1 p.m. Mr. Ramm was previously arrested by the Sheriff’s Office October 11, 2017 for forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a separate victim. This investigation came as a result of information gathered after the first arrest, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh of the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began the most recent investigation October 24. It is alleged in this incident that Mr. Ramm “intentionally touched the intimate parts of another person for no legitimate purpose.” Read more…

Knife incident in May leads to charges in October

HUDSON—An Albany man was charged by Hudson Police for allegedly holding a woman against her will.

Police arrested Najahliek Edmunds, 22, of Albany October 23, in connection with an incident at the Hudson Terrace Apartments that happened May 2.

Police say they got a call about a female being held against her will at 15 North Front Street, Apartment 3E (Hudson Terrace Apartments) and went there to investigate. Police arrived and were checking the apartment when they encountered Mr. Edmunds holding a large kitchen knife while standing in a dark room. He dropped the knife as ordered by police and was taken into custody. Read more…

Police arrest mechanic for incomplete work

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested a Chatham man in connection with defrauding a victim.

Richard A. Dick, 43, of Chatham was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, October 11.

Troopers received a complaint that Mr. Dick entered into a verbal contract to complete mechanical work October 3. Read more…