Police arrest mechanic for incomplete work

GREENPORT—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested a Chatham man in connection with defrauding a victim.

Richard A. Dick, 43, of Chatham was charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, October 11.

Troopers received a complaint that Mr. Dick entered into a verbal contract to complete mechanical work October 3. Read more…

Millerhurst Farm loses cows and barn in blaze, young stock survive

Dairyman Mike Miller stands near the remains of his dairy barn on Millerhurst Farm, Ancramdale.Photo by Lance Wheeler

ANCRAMDALE—It’s a farmer’s worst nightmare and it happened at Millerhurst Farm, 3195 State Route 82, when the dairy herd and barn were lost to fire the night of October 14.

Michael Miller who, with his wife, Emily, owns and operates the farm that has been in the family since 1770, told newsman Lance Wheeler the morning after the fire in a video interview that he had finished up chores for the day around 5 p.m. “It seemed like another fine and normal day on the farm,” he said.

He hit the sack around 7 p.m. and shortly thereafter, his wife noticed the power flickering and then go off. She went outside to find smoke everywhere. Mike said he rushed out to try to save some of the cows but found the barn already engulfed in smoke and flame. Read more…

Patrick Sheridan, 16, of Ancramdale dies in crash

ANCRAM—A 16-year-old Ancramdale boy was killed when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a tree, July 20 at 7:25 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched sheriff’s deputies to a one-vehicle accident in the area of 164 Over Mountain Road, just south of Renger Road.

Deputies found that a 1996 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, operated by the teenager had been traveling west on Over Mountain Road when, for unknown reasons, the truck failed to negotiate a curve, went off the north side of the dirt road and struck a large tree with the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett. Read more…

Suspect charged in Hudson shooting death of Philmont teen

HUDSON—A Philmont teenager was shot to death in the city and a 27-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

Hudson Police report that June 17 at 8:18 p.m. Columbia County 911 received a call from a witness who said there was a man with a gun in the vicinity of 20 Fairview Avenue and that a person had been shot.

A 19-year-old man, later identified as Inderly InStinfil of Philmont, suffered a single gunshot wound to his neck. He was able to get into a taxi near the Stewart’s Shop at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Green Street and left the scene. Read more…

Greenport man charged with rape and sex abuse

KINDERHOOK—A State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigator attached to the Columbia Greene Child Advocacy Center in cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Bryan A. Graham, 20, of Greenport for second degree rape, a class D felony, second degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors, January 22.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Graham had started an online relationship with a 13-year-old victim in late 2016. This later led to an alleged sexual encounter between the victim and Mr. Graham early last year. Read more…