Employees arrested for theft of narcotics

LIVINGSTON—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Lauren E. Emery, 39, of Hudson and Alison Steedle, 47, of Clinton, December 5 and 6 respectively, in connection with the theft of narcotics from a nursing home.

Each woman was charged with second degree forgery of medical prescriptions, a class D felony, first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

An investigation determined both Ms. Emery and Ms. Steedle, while employed at the Livingston Hills Nursing Home, falsified and forged business records in an attempt to conceal the theft of narcotics. Read more…

Man arrested for assault and attempted murder in Greenport

A State Police cruiser is pictured outside a home on Otty Drive, Greenport where a stabbing occurred. Photo by Lance Wheeler

GREENPORT—State Police have made and arrest in connection with a stabbing in Greenport.

State Police were called to a residence on Otty Drive for a reported stabbing, December 3.

A victim sustained life-threatening injuries to the chest and neck and was taken to the Albany Medical Center for emergency surgery.

The suspect, Louis C. Lowman, 48, of Greenport was subsequently arrested for second degree attempted murder and first degree assault, both class B felonies, and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony. Read more…

Deputy injured in crash en route to incident in Hudson

A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy and patrol car were involved in a one-car accident the night of November 29. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON—A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy was hurt in a patrol car crash, November 29 at 9:11 p.m.

The deputy, who was not identified in a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf, was driving a patrol car on South Third Street in the city, responding to assist Hudson Police on a “fight in progress” call.

The patrol car, the only vehicle involved, went off the road into a wooded area and rolled over, according to newsman on the scene Lance Wheeler.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the deputy to the Albany Medical Center, where the deputy was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Branch has been assigned to the case. Additional details were not released at because it is an open and active investigation, the press release said.

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Officers patrol to ensure hunters follow law

GHENT—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) are advancing “Operation Safe Harvest” this big game hunting season as part of a statewide initiative to ensure all hunters are following the state’s hunting laws and safety guidelines while afield. ECOs will be patrolling and conducting a variety of field operations to help ensure a safe and enjoyable big game hunting season.

“New York is fortunate to have a large population of hunters and trappers who abide by the state’s hunting laws and respect their fellow hunters and others enjoying the outdoors. DEC’s ECOs will be out in force this season to ensure compliance, engage with new and experienced hunters, and continue their important work promoting public safety in our communities and protecting our natural resources,” Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.

“Many of our ECOs are avid hunters themselves and participate in New York’s cherished big game hunting seasons. Unfortunately, not everyone respects the laws and safety guidelines that come with this storied tradition. In response, I’ve directed my Officers to be on the lookout this season for the night hunters, poachers, and baiters who blatantly disregard the State’s stringent hunting laws,” DEC’s Director of the Division of Law Enforcement Karen Przyklek said in the release.

This statewide enforcement initiative began October 22 when the regular deer and bear season opened in the Northern Zone. So far, ECOs have written nearly 150 tickets, including 50 misdemeanor level charges. The regular firearms season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone, which draws hundreds of thousands of hunters to New York each year, got underway November 19.

In addition to statewide enforcement, officers educate hunters on New York’s hunting laws and safety guidelines, both in the field and as instructors for the New York State Hunter Education Program. New York State continues to prioritize hunter safety year-round and the 2021 hunting seasons in New York were the safest ever, with the lowest number of incidents since record-keeping began.

DEC Law Enforcement also reminds hunters they are key partners in protecting New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Chronic Wasting Disease continues to spread in other states, and hunters are key to preventing CWD introduction to New York. CWD is always fatal to deer. If introduced, it could spread rapidly and be practically impossible to eliminate once established.

The regular firearms season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone runs through Sunday, December 11, and includes participation from approximately 85% of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. For a breakdown of New York’s hunting seasons visit:


Corporal Johnson honored with ceremony at Sheriff’s Office

Pictured are Deputies Peter Merante and Brian McSween holding the replica of Corporal Clifford Stanley Johnson’s Purple Heart, which will be displayed in the lobby of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Photo by Lance Wheeler

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office had an early Memorial Day ceremony to honor Valatie native Corporal Clifford Stanley Johnson.

Cpl. Johnson was listed as Missing in Action December 6, 1950 in the vicinity of Hagaru-ri, North Korea and was presumed dead December 31, 1953.

In 2018, following a United States and North Korea joint-summit, the North Korean government returned the remains of 55 unknown U.S. soldiers to U.S. custody. On April 23, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that one of the unknown soldiers was identified as Cpl. Johnson. Read more…

Hudson Police make arrest in stolen wallet case

HUDSON—Hudson City Police Department charged William H. Williams, 63, of High Falls with three counts of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, March 14 at 8:51 a.m.

March 7 at 12:10 p.m. Hudson Police received a complaint from a victim reporting that his wallet containing cash, credit cards and other personal belongings was stolen while he was inside the Stewart’s Shop at Green Street and Fairview Avenue. The victim said he may have inadvertently left his wallet on the store counter.

Police say Mr. Williams allegedly used one of the stolen credit cards at the Walmart Center in Kingston to make fraudulent purchases amounting to more than $1,000. Read more…