Woman arrested after alleged threat to hospital

HUDSON—Hudson Police got a call from Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) staff reporting that they had received a threatening phone call, Thursday, January 25 at 4:06 p.m.

The female caller allegedly stated that she would “shoot the place up.”

CMH staff advised responding officers that the caller was apparently dissatisfied with the care her mother was receiving at the hospital. Safety protocols were quickly enacted and police officers established checkpoints at the hospital entrances. Read more…

Sheriff warns of ‘phony sheriff’ phone scam

GREENPORT—Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett warned residents to beware of a new telephone scam in a January 19, press release.

Four citizens, so far, have reported having received phone calls from someone stating that he works for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and is requesting money to pay a fine.

The citizens reported that the main number for the Sheriff’s Office, 518-828-3344, appears on their caller ID. In one of the calls the person identified himself as Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Wayne Lopez. Read more…

Police arrest Ghent man for machete threat

GHENT—A Ghent man has been charged for allegedly threatening his neighbor with a machete.

State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Albert J. Dalton, 52, of Ghent for third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, January 9.

On that date, troopers went to an address in Ghent for a 911 call reporting a man armed with a machete who was threatening a neighbor. Mr. Dalton was found allegedly in possession of the machete, and was taken into custody without incident. Read more…

Alleged knife threat leads to misdemeanor charge

GREENPORT—Bruce Hotaling, Jr., 42, of Greenport was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, December 27 at 8 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a domestic disturbance involving a suspect armed with a knife on Joslen Boulevard. An investigation determined that Mr. Hotaling, during the course of the domestic dispute, used a knife to threaten the victim’s life.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in Greenport Court at a later date. Read more…

Students escape injury when car strikes stopped TH bus

The driver of a car was hurt when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a stopped school bus on Route 22, Copake, January 2. Photo by Lance Wheeler

COPAKE—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident involving a school bus on State Route 22, just south of Lackawanna Road, January 2 at 7:28 a.m.

No students were hurt.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to the two-vehicle personal injury accident, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. Read more…