Sheriff: Father killed his young son then himself

ANCRAMDALE—A father and his young son were found dead in their home about a mile north of the Dutchess County line the morning of April 7, the apparent victims of murder/suicide.
A preliminary investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reveals that Franklin Hankerson, 42, of 9715 Route 82, allegedly shot his 5-year-old son Khaliff Hankerson with a 12-gauge shotgun, then used a different gun, a 40-caliber rifle to shoot himself. Both were shot in Mr. Hankerson’s bedroom and both died immediately, said Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr, who conducted a press conference Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot between the Ancramdale Post Office and The Farmer’s Wife in the hamlet.

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Historian sours on plan for old milk factory

ANCRAMDALE–Does the future trump the past?

That’s the question facing the Ancram Town Board, which has to decide whether to sacrifice the historic former Borden Milk Factory for a new highway garage.

The controversy over where to put a much needed new Ancram Highway Garage seems to be over. A majority of the current Town Board members is committed to putting a new structure on the same 2.9-acre property where the town highway garage is now. Read more…

Copake prepares request for bigger park building

COPAKE–Forty million dollars is available through the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal for housing or public facilities for special needs groups this year and the town wants some of it.

The Town Board conducted a public hearing and special meeting March 24 to get input, particularly from senior citizens, about what they would like to see the town provide for them in the way of facilities. Read more…

Village tries to stem ‘infiltration’ by undocumented water

CHATHAM–The Village Board met last week with representatives from Delaware Engineering about fixing the overburdened village sewer system. The board also discussed fines for villagers whose basement sump pumps are hooked up to the sanitary sewer.

The other major item of business at the Thursday, March 25, meeting, came from Village Attorney Nelson R. Alford Jr., who updated the board on legal actions against the owners of two unoccupied properties that present safety hazards. Mr. Alford said there is an interested buyer for one of the properties, the small, two-story structure at 7 Woodbridge Avenue. Read more…

UPDATED: Police identify Ghent plane crash victims

GHENT—Livingston State Police have released the names of the two people killed in a plane crash in a field behind a residence at 1575 County Route 22 , the afternoon of April 4.

The pilot was David H. Fitzgerald, 49, of Sandisfield, Mass, and his passenger was Louise A. Christensen, 52, of Atlanta, Ga. The two were friends, according to State Police Investigator Marcus Walthour. They were on their way back to an airport in Pittsfield, Mass, after visiting with residents of 1575 County Route 22 for the Easter holiday, according to the investigator, who said there was also a business element to the meeting.

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