State Police arrest man for endangering welfare of child

GALLATIN—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Pedro Garcia Sanchez, 35, of Pine Plains for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both class A misdemeanors, June 18.

After receiving a tip, an investigation that began in March discovered that Mr. Garcia Sanchez allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 11.

He was arraigned before Justice Fred Schultz in Gallatin Court, who sent him to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secure bond. Read more…

HPD probes 2 shooting incidents, one causing serious wound

Hudson Police on the scene of a shooting at North Fifth Street between Columbia Street and Long Alley. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A man was seriously hurt when he was shot in the thigh during one of two shootings that took place within 12 hours of each other. Hudson City Police are investigating.

Police received many calls reporting shots fired in the area of North Fifth Street between Columbia Street and Long Alley, June 9 at 2:39 p.m.

Witnesses told officers they heard numerous shots fired, and saw a suspect carrying a pistol fleeing the area on foot. The suspect was described as a thin Black male, wearing dark-colored jeans, red boxers and no shirt. Read more…

Quick response spares dairy cows in Stuy barn blaze

No firefighters or cows were injured during a barn fire at Wil-Roc Farm in Stuyvesant, June 7. Photo by Lance Wheeler

STUYVESANT—Firefighters from 15 companies responded to a blaze that destroyed an equipment barn at Wil-Roc Farm, a Columbia County dairy farm, June 7.

The fire started in a “sorting bin” in the barn and remains under investigation.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Stuyvesant Falls firefighters and Valatie Rescue to the barn fire at 550 County Route 26A at 2:55 p.m. that day. The afternoon was hot and sticky. Read more…

Man dies after train strikes him on trestle

STOCKPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man struck by a train on the Columbiaville Trestle at the end of Station Road, May 27 at around 2 p.m.

Accounts at the scene indicate that Bernard Barrett, 51, of Hudson was fishing off the trestle at the time. When he heard the train whistle, he ran across the tracks, tripped and was struck by the northbound train.

The collision impact threw Mr. Barrett into the water. A person fishing nearby saw Mr. Barrett and contacted 911. Read more…

Police hold man for assault

CLAVERACK—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Christopher W. McCaul, 40, of Claverack for first degree burglary, a class B felony; first degree attempted rape, a class C felony; second degree assault, a class D felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; forcible touching, criminal obstruction of an airway, fourth degree criminal mischief (preventing an emergency call) and resisting arrest, all class A misdemeanors, May 23.

At 11:35 p.m. May 22, Columbia County 911 dispatched troopers to a residence on State Route 217 in Claverack for a possible burglary.

Troopers and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find Mr. McCaul allegedly attempting to rape the victim. After a brief struggle he was taken into custody. Read more…