Copake man charged with rape of child, 13

COPAKE—State Police from Livingston in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Marvin R. Vasquez Morales, 21, of Copake for second degree rape, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, September 20.

On September 12 information was provided to the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center regarding the possible rape of a child in Copake. An investigation revealed Mr. Morales and the 13-year-old child were familiar with each other. They began an intimate relationship earlier this year resulting in sexual contact, police said. Read more…

After head-on crash, 3 from G’town hospitalized

LIVINGSTON—Three people were hurt, two of them seriously in a head-on collision with entrapment on State Route 9G near Oak Hill Road September 10.

An initial investigation by State Police suggests at 9:42 a.m. a 1998 Honda Accord operated by Nathaniel M. McCagg, 24, of Germantown was southbound on State Route 9G.

Mr. McCagg failed to maintain his lane of travel, and struck a 2016 Subaru Forester operated by Vincent F. Miller, 67, with Debbie Miller, 67, both of Germantown, as passenger. Read more…

State Police apprehend 2 teens after 3-mile pursuit

LIVINGSTON—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Alicides Czetto, 18, and Quansae Herring, 16, both of Brooklyn for third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony, September 9.

Quansae was additionally charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor.

Troopers on patrol in Claverack saw a 2017 Honda Civic travelling southbound on State Route 9H at a high rate of speed while fleeing the area of a suspicious vehicle complaint. The fleeing vehicle led troopers on a three-mile pursuit before striking a guide rail on Route 82 in Livingston. Read more…

Sheriff reports man at Walmart lot died from heroin

GREENPORT—A man found dead in his car in the Walmart parking lot at 460 Fairview Avenue was 59-year-old Thomas W. MacGregor of Athens, according to a September 5 press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

On August 29, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by State Police in Catskill seeking assistance with finding a man missing from Greene County.

During the investigation, it was determined that the last known coordinates for Mr. MacGregor’s cell phone were in the area of Fairview Avenue and Joslen Boulevard. Deputy David Pulcher located Mr. MacGregor’s vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot. Read more…

Police arrest suspect in slashing incident

HUDSON—Hudson Police have arrested a man they say slashed another man at the Half Moon Bar.

Columbia County 911 called HPD reporting they received a call requesting emergency medical services for a person with stomach lacerations at the Half Moon Bar, 48 South Front Street, Monday, August 27 around 2 a.m.

Police went to the location and found a 39-year-old Hudson man with large, severe cuts to his chest and stomach. Read more…