Over the rails, into the stream

Columbia County 911 dispatched East Chatham firefighters and Chatham Rescue for a report of a vehicle in a ditch and one person with a hand injury in the area of 751 Route 295, East Chatham, September 13 at 8:50 a.m. Under automatic mutual aid Canaan and Red Rock firefighters were also called in. Arriving firefighters found a 2019 Mitsubishi that had gone off the roadway down an embankment about 30 feet off the roadway and into the Stony Kill. The vehicle was reportedly heading northeast on Route 295 went it went off the left side of the roadway. The operator, who was alone in the vehicle was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Chatham Rescue. State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 10:10 a.m. Photo by RE Lindmark

Showing respect for those at Ground Zero. As part of national 911 ceremonies, Ethan Garbarini, 17, spent part of his day climbing. The Hudson/Tech Valley senior was participating in the 110 Story Challenge. In full turn-out gear, he used the stair climbers at Planet Fitness in Hudson to show his respect and to honor those at Ground Zero 20 years ago. Ethan has been a member of the Stottville Fire Company for the past three years and will enlist in the U.S. Army next month. The volunteer fireman is also a Hudson High School volleyball stand out. Photo by Lance Wheeler

In case of fire or entrapment. Chatham firefighters stood by at the demolition derby to provide fire suppression and extrication services. The derby was held during the annual Columbia County Fair over Labor Day weekend. Ghent firefighters provided a tender for water supply. Photo contributed

Motocycle accident claims life of Hudson man

HUDSON—A Hudson man was killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday, August 25 at 5:59 p.m.

Hudson City Police received a call from Columbia 911, reporting they were dispatching Hudson Fire and EMS to North Second Street for a motorcycle accident.

911 reported the operator of the motorcycle went over an embankment and was unconscious.

Patrol units were dispatched to the area immediately to assist. Read more…

DA, HPD, student partner to clean up park

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(Top) A new mural painted by Hudson High School Student Eli Carpenter was unveiled recently at the 300 block of Warren Street. The project is a collaboration between the Hudson City Police Department and Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

(Middle) Artist and Hudson High School student Eli Carpenter paints a mural in the pocket park on 300 Warren Street.

(Bottom) Pictured (l-r) are: Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore, Columbia County Assistant District Attorney Krista Kline, Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty and ADA Joyce Crawford help clean up the pocket park on the 300 block of Warren Street.

HUDSON—The completion of a mural dedicated to the citizens of Hudson in the pocket park on the 300 block between Warren Street and Prison Alley, was recently announced by Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.

Hudson High School student Eli Carpenter designed and painted the 30-foot-tall mural. The artwork, which features a whale, ship and sun, is a nod to the founders of Hudson and alludes to the bright future ahead for the city, according to a press release.

The project is a collaborative effort of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and Hudson Police Department to address a recent rise in graffiti incidents in the city. More than 40 incidents of graffiti were reported in the city in one night this year.

“Eli’s mural will deter future vandals, boost civic pride and give residents another reason to enjoy the park,” Chief Moore said in the release.

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty, ADA Krista Kline, and ADA Joyce Crawford, Lt. David Miller and Chief Moore personally removed graffiti, painted benches and painted primer on the park’s retaining wall in preparation for the mural. The Hudson Police Department donated the artist’s supplies, including paint and brushes.

“The mural is a testament to this city’s artistic spirit. Our staff is proud to work alongside Eli to give back to the community we serve,” DA Czajka said in the release.

Both agencies thanked Mayor Kamal Johnson, who approved the project; the Hudson Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Perry, and Eli’s mother, Katharine Vera.

One hurt when car meets guardrail. Columbia County 911 dispatched East Chatham firefighters and Chatham Rescue for what was initially reported as a two-car accident on the Berkshire Spur Section of the New York State Thruway on the westbound entrance ramp at Exit B-2, August 9 at 3:03 p.m. Canaan and Red Rock firefighters were also dispatched under automatic mutual aid. Units arriving determined the accident involved one car that was up against the guardrails. The on-ramp was closed during the incident. Chatham Rescue took one person to the Albany Medical Center. State Police from Troop T investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 3:42 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Two threats yield no bombs. State Police investigated a bomb threat at the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, 13640 State Route 22, Canaan, August 9 at about 10:30 a.m. Pictured are State Police at the facility entrance. The Canaan Fire Company stood by near the scene. Canaan firefighters were dispatched at 12:12 p.m. and were released by the State Police at 1:40 p.m. Later in the day around 2:45 pm the State Police responded to another bomb threat at the Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue in the Village of Chatham. Chatham Fire and Rescue were dispatched. No bombs were found in either case. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Chatham Fire Department wins five trophies. The Chatham Fire Department took home five trophies at the annual Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association Convention and Parade held July 29 to 31 hosted by the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company. The all-volunteer department won Best Overall In County Without Auxiliary, Best Appearing in 17-22 Division, Best Appearing Color Guard Firematic, Best Musical Unit (Yankee Doodle Band) and tied for second place Best Appearing Apparatus 2016 and older. The department responded to a mutual aid structure fire call from a neighboring company during the event. Photo contributed

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…