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Sheriff’s drug unit seizes fentanyl, makes arrest



HUDSON—A Hudson man was arrested on felony drug charges near the intersection of First and Warren streets in the city, May 15, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald J. Krapf.

A several months-long narcotics investigation by the Columbia County Drug Enforcement Unit led to the execution of a search warrant Tuesday, May 14 on a car, a 2014 Honda Cross Tour, and an apartment on Warren Street.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators discovered 51.4 grams of fentanyl ($4,000 in street value); 29 grams of crystal methamphetamine ($1,200); 33 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine ($2,700); and about 200 ecstasy pills (worth about $1,000).

Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested and charged Malik Hawkins, 49, of Hudson with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with narcotics (for possessing more than half an ounce) and two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell narcotics—all charges are class B felonies.

Hudson City Court Judge Cheryl Roberts arraigned Mr. Hawkins May 15 and ordered him to jail without bail. Mr. Hawkins is due back in city court at a later date. He is also wanted on a felony warrant by the Albany City Police Department for first-degree criminal contempt.

The Hudson Police Department and Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted in this investigation.

“Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous substance that is causing significant harm to the community at an alarming rate. We are committed to the apprehension and subsequent prosecution of those not only dealing fentanyl but all illicit drugs. The Sheriff’s Office is aware and sensitive to the fact that mental health and substance abuse are closely linked. We will continue collaborating with external organizations to address these issues comprehensively. I urge anyone with information about illegal drug trafficking to immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at 518-828-8477. All tips received will be kept anonymous,” Sheriff Krapf said in the release.

Wilderness rescue

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers Joseph Pries and Aubrey Russo responded to a call for two injured hikers at the bottom of the waterfall off Quarry Hill Trail at Taconic State Park, in the Village of Millerton, Dutchess County, May 14 at 2:28 p.m.

Forest rangers assist rope technicians from the Copake Fire Company with a high-angle rope rescue in Taconic State Park. Photo courtesy of DEC

A 28-year-old from LaGrange with an arm injury walked out on her own. A 33-year-old from Poughkeepsie with a suspected head injury was pulled out of the water by EMS, who determined the subject had suffered a hip injury, as well. Rangers assisted rope technicians from the Copake Fire Company with a high-angle rope rescue. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Amenia and Millerton Fire Departments also assisted with the rescue. The subject was flown to the hospital and resources were clear at 5 p.m.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com

Jury finds Catamount not liable in ski accident

ALBANY—On May 17, an eight-person federal court jury in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Albany found that Catamount Ski Area was not responsible for the accident and injuries sustained by Annie Perrone of Ridgefield, CT, when she fell and slid off-trail, striking a snow gun, March 3, 2019.

Ms. Perrone, represented by Attorney Uriel Gribetz of White Plains, contended that the snow gun was required to be padded, as she alleged that it was on-trail. The ski area, represented by Matthew J. Kelly, Esq., with Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP of Albany, indicated that the snow gun was off-trail and that they were in compliance with New York statutory obligations.

The jury heard 17 witnesses over 5 days, including experts in ski area operations, biomechanical engineering, orthopedics and psychology. The trial was presided over by Judge Anne M. Nardacci, United States District Court. The plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to award $5,000,000 in damages. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a verdict of “no cause” in favor of Catamount Ski Area and finding it not liable for the ski accident. The action was dismissed in its entirety, according to www.pacermonitor.com.

Meet the State Safe Boating Class of 2024
The New York State Safe Boating Class was taught at the Philmont Community Center, May 4 and 5 by instructors Douglas Cropper and Julie Veronezi. The use of safety equipment, navigation, operating laws and the marine environment were some of the topics covered in the class. Everyone who operates any form of motorized watercraft on the waters of New York State is required to have a Safe Boating Certificate or the equivalent by 2025. Successfully completing this year’s class were Neal Baillargeon, Scott Burger, David Goldwire, Chip Hull, Alex Keyser, Landon Limoges, Todd Shook, Deirdre Stone, Antonio Zacarolli and Lisa Zacarolli. Photo contributed

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