Camp counselor sentenced to prison on sex charge

HUDSON–A camp counselor who videotaped two teenage boys masturbating during the summer of 2008 was sentenced to prison time, post-release supervision and must register as a sex offender.

Daniel Konnen, 30, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child, class D felonies, in July.

In Columbia County Court September 1, Judge Jonathan Nichols sentenced Mr. Konnen to six years on each count for 12 consecutive years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision (parole) and before his release from prison Mr. Konnen will be subject to a sex offender registration hearing to determine his classification as a level one, two or three sex offender based on the risk that he may re-offend, according to the court.

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Sheriff’s Office rounds up burglary suspects

GHENT–Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies charged three people in connection with break-ins in Ghent, West Ghent and Chatham committed last month.

Jerry W. Smart, 35, of Ghent was charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Logue and Deputy Scott Leggett August 26 at 7:08 p.m.

According to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr., his office recovered $1,200 worth of stolen power equipment taken from a building on Stockport Road August 24.

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Knife melee and assault end in charges against two city men

HUDSON–Two city men were charged in connection with a fight with weapons on the 800 block of Prison Alley, August 17 at 12:06 p.m.

Brian K. Fields, 20, and Michael Snyder, 19, were each charged with second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon by Hudson Police Officer Jason Hoffman. Mr. Snyder was additionally charged with disorderly conduct.

Police went to the area of 14 Eighth Street to investigate a report about “a large fight involving weapons,” according to Hudson Police Lieutenant Richard Paolino.

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Fire destroys Hillsdale family’s home

HILLSDALE–A family of five lost their home, their belongings and their pets when their rented house at 119 Old Route 22 was destroyed by fire August 25.

The Anderson family, parents and three children, lost everything in the blaze including their dog, cat and iguana, said Hillsdale Fire Chief Richard Briggs.

The Andersons lived in the house for about 15 years. Bill Seymour of Hillsdale owned the house. The family had no renter’s insurance, Chief Briggs said.

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Hudson police on patrol this weekend

HUDSON–In addition to regular patrols, Hudson Police will deploy additional patrols for vehicle and traffic enforcement through the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a police department press release.
These patrols will target aggressive driving, cell phone use and impaired driving to enhance public safety within
the city and Columbia County.
These extra patrols are possible due to grant funding from the state and Columbia County Stop DWI.