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Hudson Police seek clues about early morning shooting


HUDSON—City Police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred at 2:45 the morning of Saturday, October 25, between North First and North Second streets.

Officers, who were on Warren Street, about a block away, responded to a call of shots fired on First Street near the alley. As police were being dispatched, the victim called 911 reporting that he had been shot once.

Responding officers arrived at First and Warren streets and found the victim, a 21-year-old Hudson man with a single gunshot wound near his lower back.

The Greenport Rescue Squad arrived and took the victim to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released at about 7 a.m.

The area where the shots were reported was checked and processed by Hudson Police detectives and uniformed officers. No weapon or evidence was found.

No witnesses have been located or come forward at this time.

The victim is not cooperating with detectives. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated. State Police assisted Hudson Police on the scene.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Hudson Police detectives at 518 828-3388 or 518 828-9900. A tip line is also available and callers may remain anonymous.


State Police from Livingston responded to a Columbia County 911 call reporting that a someone had jumped from a moving vehicle on State Route 82 in the area of New Forge Road II, Thursday, October 23 at 8:38 a.m. A preliminary investigation revealed that Joseph Orso, 60, of Ancram had jumped from the passenger side of a van while it was in motion. Mr. Orso was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Coroner James Bertram.

State Police Investigator Eric Barnes told The Columbia Paper this week that the incident was an apparent suicide and there was no evidence of foul play. He said the van was travelling at 55 mph and Mr. Orso died of head trauma. He said he would not release further details regarding the circumstances.

State Police were assisted by Taghkanic firefighters.


Michael Brizzie, 28, of Philmont was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, by State Police investigators, October 14 at 5:45 p.m.

On October 11, 2014, troopers were dispatched to investigate the report of a stolen handgun. The victim said that he recently moved to the Village of Kinderhook and received help from a couple of acquaintances to assist with the move.

Following a detailed investigation, it was learned that Mr. Brizzie, who helped the victim move into his new home, was allegedly responsible for stealing the weapon.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

New Lebanon

Chad R. Lutz, 35, of North Adams, MA, was charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony, by State Police investigators, October 21 at 1 p.m.

On November 6, 2013, troopers received a complaint alleging that an unknown subject entered the victim’s storage unit at Windswept Storage and removed tools worth about $3,000.

During a lengthy investigation, a suspect was identified through DNA evidence recovered from the storage unit. Mr. Lutz, who is on federal probation, was located and charged with burglarizing the storage unit.

He was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.


A Tivoli man was taken into custody on drug charges after a vehicle stop for a traffic infraction on Lasher Road, October 23, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

On October 23 at about 5:40 p.m. while on routine patrol, Deputy Peter Grzeskow saw a 2001 Saturn with side windows that were tinted too dark. He pulled the vehicle over and found that a passenger in the vehicle had heroin and cocaine. Deputies recovered 91 bags of heroin with a street value of $1,350 and about 3 grams of cocaine with a street value of $180.

The driver, Cassandra L. Lester, 23, of Germantown was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and side windows not transparent, a violation. She was released with tickets to appear in court.

The passenger, Francis A. Barone, 22, of Tivoli was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Barone was arraigned before Justice Robert Moore in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court November 13.

Assisting Deputy Grzeskow were Investigator Paul Graziano, Sergeant Donald Krapf, K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and Deputy Cindy Madison and the District Attorney’s Office.


Anthony Ormsby, 28, of Hudson was charged with third degree menacing and trespass by Hudson Police Officer Nicholas Hodges at 15 North Front Street, October 1 at 11:25 a.m.

Mr. Ormsby allegedly threatened physical harm and physically menaced a woman. In addition, he allegedly trespassed on her property.

He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge John Connor and released on his own recognizance to return to court at a later date.

*Michael P. Snyder, 24, of Hudson was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief (intent to damage property) by Hudson Police Officer Dean Rowe at 99 South Third Street, October 6 at 1:29 p.m.

Mr. Snyder was charged on an active Hudson City Court arrest warrant for allegedly breaking a television during a dispute, September 26. He was arraigned in City Court and bail set at $250 cash or $1,000 bond.

*Ntchota J. Badila, 24, of Hudson was charged with resisting arrest by Hudson Police Officer James Nero at 508 Rope Alley, October 10 at 9:51 a.m.

Mr. Badila was charged on an active arrest warrant for resisting arrest in connection with an October 8 incident during which he allegedly fled from uniformed officers when they tried to charge him on another arrest warrant for felony criminal possession of stolen property.

He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge John Connor and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond in connection with the felony and $1,000 cash bail with regard to the resisting charge. He was to slated to reappear for a preliminary hearing at a later date.

*Anthony J. Kieraldo, 32, of Hudson was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, illegal signal from a parked position, driving while intoxicated (operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and driving while intoxicated (first offense) by Hudson Police Officer Nicolas Pierro at 341 Union Street, October 18 at 3:14 a.m.

Mr. Kieraldo was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal. He was also allegedly in possession of a green leafy substance which field tested positive for marijuana. He was released on tickets and is due to appear in Hudson City Court November 5.

Many agencies respond

Columbia County 911 advised Greenport firefighters, the Greenport Rescue Squad, the Coast Guard, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Greenport Police, Coroner James Bertram and agencies from Greene County about a report of someone having jumped off the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, October 28 at 6:53 a.m. Officials are pictured searching under the bridge following the call. Further information from the Sheriff’s Office was unavailable at press time.

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