Police: Albany landlord tied up tenants, left them in Ghent cemetery

(Reprinted with permission from the Times Union)

GHENT—An Albany landlord was charged with kidnapping after allegedly tying up two tenants with zip ties and tape, placing pillowcases over their heads and driving them at gunpoint to a rural cemetery in Columbia County where he dumped them in the snow before dawn, Sunday, February 21, according to law enforcement sources and police records.

The landlord, Shawn Douglas, 48, was allegedly armed with a firearm throughout the incident and may have received help from two other suspects, according to police records. No other arrests have been reported. The alleged kidnapping unfolded between and 1 and 8 a.m. February 21.

The incident began at the multi-unit Grandview Terrace residence in Albany, where Mr. Douglas and his two tenants resided in the city’s South End. Mr. Douglas, who police records indicate has been arrested previously for charges ranging from assault to violating an order of protection, has owned the residence since 2006, according to property records. The tenants were a 21-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man. They could not be reached for comment. Read more…

Man charged sexual assault of child; police check for more victims

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested a Greene County man for rape in Columbia County and are now looking for additional victims.

State Police investigators charged Keener A. Mendez, 18, of Coxsackie with first degree rape, a class B felony, and fourth degree stalking, a class A misdemeanor, February 19.

A seven-month-long investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center, determined Mr. Mendez allegedly sexually assaulted a child. Read more…

Fire at her home claims life of Hudson resident

Firefighters from six companies responded to structure fire in a Columbia Street apartment, Valentine’s Day. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A 46-year-old woman perished in a fire in her apartment at 33 Columbia Street, the evening of Sunday, February 14.

Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore told The Columbia Paper this week that Raba Akter was the victim of the fire on the first floor of her two-story apartment.

Columbia County 911 dispatched firefighters from Hudson, Greenport, Stuyvesant, Claverack, Germantown and Catskill, along with the Greenport Rescue Squad to the scene of the structure fire at 7:48 p.m. Read more…

Quick response by Hudson PD rookie saves life of city man

Hudson Police Officer Ashley Stroka is a lifesaver. /Photo contributed

HUDSON—A City Police Department rookie officer didn’t hesitate to help revive a drug overdose victim, February 3.

At 4:34 p.m. that day, Hudson Police Department Communications Specialist Kevin Kinney cross-monitored a Columbia County 911 medical dispatch for an unresponsive man, a possible overdose victim. Patrol units were dispatched to the lower Columbia Street residence to assist.

Officer Ashley Stroka, HPD’s newest member, called out at the residence two minutes later and found a 65-year-old male victim on the front porch. The man was unresponsive and barely breathing when the patrol arrived.

Officer Stroka administered a dose of NARCAN to the victim just prior to the Greenport Rescue Squad getting to the scene. Once the squad arrived, they rendered additional medical treatment.

The man was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and admitted.

“Great coordinated effort. Quick and efficient County 911, alert HPD dispatcher catching the ambulance call, super quick response by our officer, and the arrival of the professionals from GRS. Teamwork saved another life,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release. Read more…

Deputies respond to altercation

HILLSDALE—Elizabeth Grimaldi, 39, of Hillsdale was arrested on several charges following a physical altercation.

She was charged with with acting in a manner injurious to a child, second degree obstructing governmental administration, third degree assault, and resisting arrest—all class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Andrew Horst and Joshua Torchia January 23 at 11:20 p.m.

She was additionally charges with second degree harassment, a violation, for allegedly striking a different victim. Read more…