Man flees police, drives car into river

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HUDSON—Tuesday, October 12 at about 9:15 p.m. Hudson Police Department (HPD) received a call about a domestic dispute at a residence on North Second Street.

A woman reported that she and her boyfriend had been arguing, and that he was breaking her property. Upon the patrol’s arrival one minute later, the man was seen exiting the house and leaving in his vehicle, a black 2002 Jeep Cherokee.

As he sped away, he nearly struck the HPD cruiser, and proceeded to hit two parked cars, damaging both.

The patrol pursued the fleeing vehicle to the waterfront. The operator of the Jeep proceeded south on a maintenance road that parallels the railroad tracks. Officer Randy Strattman broke off the pursuit owing to safety concerns as well as the amount of dirt and debris being kicked up by the Jeep. He was joined by a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy as they followed south in search of the subject.

The patrols drove south to a turn-around near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, then came back north to recheck the route. Amtrak was advised to put trains on hold. Read more…

Investigation opened after death of infant in New Leb

NEW LEBANON—State Police began an investigation into the death of a four-month-old girl at a residence on U.S. Route 20 in the Town of New Lebanon, October 11.

NEWS10 ABC reports at that the baby’s father, Robert Bivins, Jr., said he placed baby Cassandra in her bassinet next to his bed around 3 a.m. October 11 and when he woke up a few hours later, she was not breathing.

He told the TV reporter that some of his 10 kids recently came home sick from school, but he’s not sure if their illnesses are Covid-related or what may have happened to the baby. Read more…

Jury convicts sex offender, to be sentenced in November

Shawn Mazelie

HUDSON—A Columbia County Court Jury found defendant Shawn Mazelie guilty of third degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, September 29.

The 12-person jury convicted Mr. Mazelie, 41, of Hudson of engaging in sexual conduct with a person less than 17 years old, December 7, 2019, according to a press release from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka. The trial before Columbia County Judge Jonathan D. Nichols began Tuesday, September 21 with jury selection. The jury deliberated for about one hour.

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty prosecuted and Hudson Police Detective Patrick Meister investigated the case. Read more…

Five helped after fire in multi-family Clermont home

CLERMONT—Five people were assisted by the Red Cross following a structure fire that broke out in a multi-family dwelling at 3 Cedar Hill Road, September 23 at 6:48 a.m.

Clermont firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics were initially called to the scene by Columbia 911.

Livingston, Germantown and Tivoli firefighters were placed on standby in quarters.

According to a post on The Clermont Fire Company Official Facebook page, “The homeowner was able to spray water from a garden hose through a window helping knock down the burning contents. Clermont units worked to extinguish remaining fire, remove burned contents from the room, check for extension, and ventilate the structure… At this time the fire is believed to be accidental.” Read more…

Three staff injured in Brookwood altercation

This was the scene last week outside the Brookwood Secure Center for Youth in Claverack when law enforcement responded for a large fight. Standing in the foreground is Sheriff’s Deputy Arthur Oliver. Photo by Lance Wheeler

CLAVERACK—State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Brookwood Secure Center for Youth at 419 Spook Rock Road (County Road 29) for a report of a large fight, September 15 at 1:35 p.m.

Members of law enforcement quickly gained control of the situation and the facility was secured. Three staff members suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment. No residents of the facility were injured.

Residents served at Brookwood are youth (male and female) juvenile and adolescent offenders who, while under the age of 16, committed certain violent felonies and were convicted and sentenced in adult criminal court or via family court as part of Raise the Age legislation. The center has a maximum capacity of 125 youth, according to Office of Children and Family Services website (https://ocfs.ny.gov) Read more…