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COPAKE—Columbia County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Stang was dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a reported trespassing complaint on Connolly Road, March 28 at 5:26 p.m.

According to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf, the person who reported the incident, told 911 he fired two rounds from a shotgun at the vehicle of the person whom he believed was trespassing.

One of the rounds did strike and damage a tire on the vehicle. No one was injured and the person in the vehicle left the area. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Branch responded to the scene and began the investigation.

Erik Erickson, 58, of Copake was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon (class D felony), first degree reckless endangerment, (class D felony) and fourth degree criminal mischief (class A misdemeanor).

Mr. Erickson was arraigned before Justice Glenn Schermerhorn and was released on his own recognizance. He is due to return to court April 3.

Hudson

Feisal A. Nzaro, 31, of Hudson was charged with second degree unlawful imprisonment, seventh degree, criminal possession of a control substance (both class A misdemeanors), and second degree harassment (violation), by Hudson City Police, Friday, March 24.

On that day around 3 p.m., City Police received a call from a local business reporting a man was threatening a woman. A patrol responded immediately to the call. The victim alleged that Mr. Nzaro followed her inside a single-person bathroom and shut the door behind him. The victim told the man to move to allow her to leave, but he allegedly refused. The victim managed to escape without injuries. Mr. Nzaro was arrested by patrols at the scene.

He has several pending criminal charges in Columbia County Court and Hudson City Court. He was previously been arrested by HPD in 2021 for first degree sexual abuse—involving physical contact and forcible compulsion (class D felony), forcible touching and second degree criminal contempt, both class A misdemeanors. Trials dates are pending at this time for all three cases.

Mr. Nzaro was arraigned in Hudson City Court by Judge Cheryl Roberts and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court March 30. The victim was granted an order of protection by the court.

“This person is alleged to [have] victimize[d] a woman in August 2021, then another woman in October 2021, and in November 2021 he was charged with violating the order of protection issued to the second victim a month earlier,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com

DA’s Office announces convictions

HUDSON—Three men arrested for their involvement in the 2021 shooting of a Hudson man pleaded guilty in Columbia County Court on March 16.

Hudson Police officers received several reports of shots fired in the area of North Third and Columbia streets, April 29, 2021 at about 11:32 a.m. Police located the victim who was shot in the leg. The victim received treatment and was released from Albany Medical Center soon after.

Joseph Nicoletti, 22, of Copake pleaded guilty to third degree assault and Joshua Wallace, 22, of Hudson pleaded guilty to third degree assault in relation to the shooting on Third and Columbia, where someone was shot in the leg.

The third defendant involved, a teenager, pleaded guilty to second degree assault. The District Attorney’s Office does not name defendants prosecuted as youthful offenders.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty. Mr. Wallace is represented by attorney Lee Kindlon. Mr. Nicoletti is represented by William Galvin.

The two adult defendants will be sentenced by Judge Richard M. Koweek, July 5.

In a separate case, Lydell Washington, 46, of the Bronx pleaded guilty March 16 to the indictment of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—intent to sell; third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—greater than 1/2 ounce of cocaine; and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—intent to sell a controlled substance.

Judge Koweek will sentence Mr. Washington, May 26.

The State Police investigated the case. Trooper Michael Moore arrested Mr. Washington. Attorney Galvin represents the defendant. ADA Kyle Patzwahl and Deputy Chief ADA Carty prosecuted the case.

In another court matter, Gabriella Jurkowski, 30, of Hudson pleaded guilty, waiving a possible indictment by a Columbia County grand jury, to felony driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Judge Koweek will sentence the defendant June 9. Attorney Jonathan Cohn represents the defendant. Deputy Chief ADA Carty prosecuted the case.

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