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HUDSON–City police continue to track down and follow-up on leads related to a shooting, May 29 at 3:20 p.m.

A 22-year-old Hudson man was shot in the head in the vicinity of First and Columbia streets near the low-rise apartments.

Police say that the victim’s injuries were not life threatening. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and later to Albany Medical Center. He will likely have to undergo future surgeries, Lieutenant Richard Paolino told The Columbia Paper, June 2.

“He was lucky in one way and unlucky in another,” said the lieutenant.

Police received multiple calls about the shooting and say that the weapon used was a handgun, which they have not recovered.

The suspect is a described as an African American man wearing red pants, a white T-shirt and a large Afro.

Lt. Paolino said the incident was likely the result of an argument and called for assistance from the public, parents and friends who may know about illegal handguns to report them so police can get them off the streets.

“Bullets go up and when they come down, they can kill somebody,” he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Hudson Police at (518) 828-3388.

*A teenager was sent to jail on charges he allegedly gave two handguns to a youngster and carried one himself.

James C. Hargrove, 18, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child by Officer William Wrigley, May 27 at 11:45 a.m.

Police say they witnessed “a dispute” at 41 North Second Street, which involved a 14-year-old boy who had two BB gun pistols.

Mr. Hargrove allegedly gave the boy the guns and when police took Mr. Hargrove into custody, they say they found him to have a loaded .22 caliber pistol “concealed on his person.”

He was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

*Joseph A. Proper, Jr, 24, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree grand larceny (greater than $1,000) and second degree burglary (with intent to commit a crime in a dwelling) by Detective John Funk, May 26 at 6:55 p.m.

Police say that Mr. Proper turned himself in at the police station in connection with warrants for petit larceny and failure to appear in court at 12:20 p.m. Mr. Proper allegedly took $420 from a woman and neglected to appear in court on a third degree aggravated unlicensed operation charge.

He was arraigned on those charges and released.

A few hours later, while police investigated an Allen Street break-in, they determined Mr. Proper was again involved.

He allegedly forcibly opened and climbed through the window of the same woman’s apartment while she was not home and stole one HD flat screen TV, one Dell laptop computer and one Fuji digital camera.

Coxsackie Police tracked Mr. Proper down at a residence in that municipality and he was brought back to the Hudson Police Station where he was charged with grand larceny and burglary.

He was arraigned before Judge Richard Koweek and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond.

*Mohammad N. Khan, 43, of Hudson was charged on a warrant for third degree menacing by Officer Daniel Scali on Railroad Avenue, May 14 at 10:53 a.m.

Mr. Khan allegedly threatened a man and a woman with a knife on Prospect Avenue, April 17.

He was arraigned and released.

*Daniele M. DeBellis, 34, of Hudson was charged with two counts of third degree assault by Officer William Wrigley, May 19 at 6:05 a.m.

Ms. DeBellis allegedly bit two men, ages 24 and 57, during a fight at 326 Allen Street.

She was arraigned and released.

*Robert E. Perez, 29, of Philmont was charged with third degree assault by Officer Jeffrey Keyser, May 12 at 10:35 p.m.

Mr. Perez allegedly punched a person in the left eye, causing injury. He was arraigned and released.

*Duhamel Johnson, 18, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault by Officer Nicholas Hodges, May 28 at 4:05 p.m.

Mr. Johnson allegedly hit a woman in the face with a phone during a dispute May 22

He was held for arraignment.

*Daniel T. Saputo, 25, of South Cairo was charged with fifth degree insurance fraud by Officer Jacob Hoffman, May 29 at 1:22 p.m.

Mr. Saputo allegedly allowed someone else to use his medical insurance to receive treatment at Columbia Memorial Hospital for a head injury. He was issued an appearance ticket.

*Veana A. Shackelton, 42, of Hudson was charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts of fourth degree criminal mischief and petit larceny by Officer Brent Rowe. May 11 at 1:08 p.m.

Ms. Shackelton allegedly stole money from boxes at St. Mary’s Church. In committing the crime, she allegedly damaged church property, including the boxes that contained the money.

She was issued an appearance ticket.

*Serena L. Holloway, 25, of Hudson was charged with third degree criminal mischief and second degree harassment by Officer Jeffrey Keyser, May 12 at 9:47 p.m.

Ms. Holloway allegedly punched a person in the face and kicked that person’s car, causing damage to the passenger side door on North Fifth Street.

She was held for arraignment.

*Nicholas W. Distano, 25, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Officer Jeffrey Keyser, May 27 at 9:26 a.m.

Mr. Distano allegedly punched a glass window at 454 Warren Street and caused it to shatter. Mr. Distano was subsequently located at 449 State Street.

He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court.

*Kamal Coleman-Mann, 27, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Officer David Miller, May 16 at 1:52 p.m.

Mr. Coleman-Mann allegedly took a woman’s cell phone and threw it through a window in a Columbia Street apartment. He was arraigned and released.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Jennifer L. Torres, 23, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by Officer Brent Rowe, May 22 at 12:04 a.m.

Police were investigating suspicious activity in the vicinity of 611 Columbia Street when they interviewed Ms. Torres and found that she allegedly had crack cocaine.

She was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond.

*Timothy S. VanAlphen, 50, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana, operating an uninspected motor vehicle and having an open alcoholic beverage container by Officer Kevin Sweet following a two-vehicle property damage accident at Fourth and Warren streets, May 22 at 11:53 a.m.

*Toney J. Williams, 27, of Hudson was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and second degree criminal impersonation by Officer Jeffrey Keyser, May 20 at 6:05 a.m.

Police say they saw Mr. Williams at the Hudson Amtrak station acting suspiciously at about 4:30 a.m. When they interviewed him, he allegedly gave them a false name to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants in Hudson and Albany. When police took Mr. Williams into custody, they say they found him to have more than 500 milligrams of crack cocaine. Mr. Williams was jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.

*James B. Brown, 44, of Hudson was charged with loitering (begging), seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument on Park Place by Officers Rodney Waithe and Jeffrey Keyser, June 1 at 4:56 p.m.

Mr. Brown allegedly solicited $11 from an 82-year-old woman at her home by telling her he needed money to get to his home in Philmont. A citizen alerted police to the scam after Mr. Brown had tried to get money from his neighbor in a similar manner.

When police took Mr. Brown into custody, they found him to have a hypodermic needle, two glass crack pipes and powder cocaine. He was released on his own recognizance.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@ColumbiaPaper.com 

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