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Hudson Police seized this .380 caliber revolver from a grand theft auto suspect. Photo contributed

HUDSON—City Police are investigating a case of grand theft auto and illegal possession of a firearm.

Hudson Police arrested Darrick Sanchez, 18, of Hudson May 4 on the following charges: fourth degree grand larceny (stolen motor vehicle), a class E felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property (credit card), a class E felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previous conviction), a class E felony; criminal possession of a firearm (hand gun), a class E felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; controlled substance in non-original container, a violation.

Police received a call from a victim reporting that her vehicle, a 2023 Kia Sorento, valued at $52,000 was stolen from the area of Warren and North Fifth streets, May 4 at 3:44 p.m.

The victim stated that she parked her vehicle between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and discovered it had been stolen a couple hours later, which is when she contacted police. Also stolen from inside the vehicle was the victim’s credit card.

HPD patrol division, assisted by the HPD detective unit, located the stolen vehicle and the suspect a little after 6 p.m. in the area of the 100 block of Columbia Street. At the time of his arrest, the suspect allegedly illegally possessed a .380 caliber revolver, the victim’s stolen credit card and a small quantity of a controlled substance. HPD seized $1,769 from the suspect.

More criminal charges are pending.

Mr. Sanchez was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge Cheryl Roberts, who released him on his own recognizance. His next court date is May 11. He was also ordered to report to Columbia County Probation for a mental health assessment.

“The guys did a great job by cleverly using a Kia app to track the car. There was a violent struggle when our officers took Mr. Sanchez into custody. The sergeant’s body camera was smashed and destroyed, a taser was deployed, and thankfully no one was injured. Every time we encounter a young impulsive person with a gun, I pray for the safety of our officers. The District Attorney requested substantial bail in this matter and I think he was correct to do so,” HPD Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

New Lebanon

Firefighters inspect the scene of a one car crash on Route 22 in New Lebanon. Photo by RE Lindmark

No one was hurt when a car crashed near 14163 Route 22, May 6 at 4:01 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Lebanon Valley firefighters and Chatham Rescue.

It was reported that the car was traveling south and crossed the northbound lane and drove behind the guardrails into a stream and muddy area. A helicopter was placed on standby but was not needed. The lone occupant refused transport to the hospital.

State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 4:51 p.m.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com

Overall bear harvest declined slightly in 2022

GHENT—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that New York bear hunters harvested an estimated 1,318 black bears during the 2022 hunting season. As in past years, the Catskill region recorded the greatest bear harvest densities.

“New York’s black bear populations remain robust, particularly in the Catskill and Adirondack regions. Regulated bear hunting is a necessary tool for population management, especially with numbers increasing in recent years. I’m pleased to see hunters across the state logged another successful and safe bear hunting season,” Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.

Hunters harvested an estimated 458 bears in the Northern Zone and an estimated 860 bears in the Southern Zone, an increase of about 14% in the north compared to the previous year and a decrease of about 9% in the south. The total bear harvest was about 10% fewer than the five-year average. As in past years, the Catskill region produced the greatest bear densities. In Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 3C, 3H, 3K, 3M, and 4R, hunters took more than 10 bears per 100 square miles, with hunters taking more than 15 bears per 100 miles in WMU 4R.

Notable numbers include:

*13 and 93 were the ages of the youngest and oldest hunters who successfully harvested a bear in 2022.

*15.5 is the number of bears harvested per 100 square miles in WMU 4R (western Greene County and portions of Schoharie, Delaware, and Ulster Counties), which had the greatest bear harvest density of any WMU.

*11.8 is the number of bears harvested per 10 square miles in the town of Port Jervis, Orange County, which had the greatest bear harvest density of any town.

*520 pounds is the heaviest dressed-weight bear reported to DEC in 2022, taken in the town of Windsor, Broome County, WMU 7S. Scaled weights of dressed bears were submitted for 26% of bears taken in 2022.

*612 is the number of hunter-harvested bears in 2022 from which DEC collected teeth to determine the bear’s age.

Black bear harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports required of all successful bear hunters; and the physical examination of bears by DEC staff and cooperating taxidermists. Harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these two data sources and determining the rate at which hunters report bear harvests in each zone. In 2022, 80% of successful bear hunters in the Northern Zone and 89% of successful bear hunters in the Southern Zone reported their harvest. In the fall of 2023, DEC will send a 2022 Black Bear Management Coordinator Patch and a letter confirming each bear’s age to all hunters who reported their bear harvest and submitted a tooth for age analysis.

DEC’s 2022 Bear Harvest Summary report provides tables, charts, and maps detailing the bear harvest around the state. Past harvest summaries are also available on DEC’s website dec.ny.gov.

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