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Two men nabbed in Hudson for alleged crack cocaine sales


HUDSON–City police arrested two men they suspect of selling cocaine after executing a search warrant on the third floor at 409 Warren Street, July 23 at 2:26 p.m.

   Renell Herrington, 56, who lives at the raided residence, was taken into custody just outside the building.

   William Chester Morrison, 22, also of Hudson, was arrested inside the residence.



   Both men were charged with: two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for intent to sell, a class B felony; one count of fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; third degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony; criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor.

   During their search of the residence, police seized nearly a pound of marijuana, more than a half-ounce of crack cocaine, more than an eighth-ounce of powder cocaine, two hypodermic syringes, a digital scale, materials suitable for the packaging of individual quantities of narcotic drugs and $440 in cash, according to a press release from City Police.

   The search warrant was issued in Columbia County Court based on evidence of the sale of crack cocaine from the location.

   Both men were held for arraignment in City Court.

   Prior to the execution of the warrant the Hudson Police Special Operations Unit, with the assistance of detectives and uniformed patrol officers, deployed a noise/flash diversionary device, which led area businesspeople and passersby to think a transformer or fireworks might have exploded.

   The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.

   The Greenport Rescue Squad provided assistance during the operation and was placed on standby in case emergency medical services were needed. Hudson firefighters were also standing by.

   According to the press release, Hudson Police intend to continue their efforts to improve the quality of life in the city.

   Anyone with information about drug activity or any other criminal activity, is encouraged to contact police at (518) 828-3388, 24 hours a day.

*City police are investigating a pedestrian/car accident at the intersection of North Second and Robinson streets, which occurred July 20 at 7:47 p.m.

   Police report finding a 6-year-old Hudson boy lying in the road just south of Robinson Street. “The child was alert and breathing with a leg injury and scrape to the left side of his head,” according to police.

   A 2002 Toyota Camry driven by a 32-year-old Hudson woman, whom police did not identify, was travelling south on North Second Street at the intersection, when the boy, also not identified, was headed from Robinson Street to North Second Street and crossed into the path of the vehicle without stopping, police said.

   The Greenport Rescue Squad took the driver to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of neck pain. The boy was later taken to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of injuries described by police as not life threatening.

   Police asked for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call them at (518) 828-3388.

*Alwyn L. Lewis, 36, of Hudson was charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child by Officer Jacob Hoffman, July 24 at 10:10 a.m.

   Mr. Lewis was taken into custody on a City Court arrest warrant for the charges because he allegedly repeatedly punched a 16-year-old girl during a dispute.

   Mr. Lewis was held for arraignment in City Court.

*Timothy VanAlstyne, 40, of Hudson was charged with a violation of Hudson City Code for indecent exposure by Officer Nicolas Pierro, July 25 at 12:38 a.m.

    Mr. VanAlstyne is accused of urinating on the sidewalk next to a flowerpot at 200 Warren Street. He was issued a ticket to appear in City Court at a later date.


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