Ichabod Crane board set to approve budget with 3.3% tax levy increase

KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane school board plans to approve a $38,447,102 budget proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. The plan would increase spending by just under 4%. That would set the tax levy at $18,904,116, an increase of 3.25% over the current year.
     The final numbers were presented to the board at a special meeting Tuesday March 31 at the last of six budget meetings the district has hosted over the last three months. The board will vote on the proposed budget at its next regular meeting, this Tuesday, April 7.
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Powell questions deputy during murder retrial

HUDSON—Though highly irregular and not typically permitted, defendant Warren Powell was allowed to briefly question a witness, Friday, April 3, during the second day of testimony in his retrial for the strangulation murder of his wife.
     Mr. Powell, 38, who is from Valatie but was living in the Saratoga County community of Halfmoon at the time of the crime, is charged with second degree murder. The indictment alleges that Mr. Powell murdered his wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, 21, on or about October 1, 1994.
     Mrs. Powell was six-months pregnant with the couple’s first child. Her body, tied up and stuffed a hockey bag weighted down with rocks, was discovered in the Hudson River May 25, 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport.
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Murder retrial starts in case of man charged with killing his wife

HUDSON—It has taken 5 years, but the retrial of Warren Powell for the strangling his pregnant wife 15 years ago finally got started in Columbia County Court last week.
     Mr. Powell, 38, is originally from Valatie, but was living in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time of the crime. He is charged with second degree murder, a class A-1 felony. The indictment alleges that on or about October 1, 1994, Mr. Powell caused the death of his wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, 21, who was six-months pregnant.
     Officials do not know exactly when or where she was killed, but Mrs. Powell’s decomposing remains were discovered in the Hudson River by campers as they hiked along the shore line, near Gay’s Point in Stockport, May 25, 1996, Memorial Day weekend. Her body was tied up and stuffed in a hockey bag weighted down with rocks. She had apparently been strangled.
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New trial ordered in Hillsdale murder case

ALBANY—The second degree murder conviction of William Demagall has been reversed by a state appellate court. The decision, which faults rulings by County Court Judge Paul Czajka, was issued Thursday, April 2.
     The decision not only overturns the conviction but also requires Mr. Demagall to have a new trial before a different judge.
    On December 8, 2006 a Columbia County Court jury convicted Mr. Demagall, then 23, of stabbing and bludgeoning to death George Mancini in February of that year. Mr. Mancini, 56, a retired schoolteacher, was murdered at his home on Breezy Hill Road, just off Route 23 in Hillsdale.

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