Top Local News For Columbia Greene Counties

Top Local News For Columbia Greene Counties

Top Local News For Columbia Greene Counties


More Local Arrest from the Area


Fredy Cruz-Tenorio, 25, of Kinderhook was charged with: first degree burglary-causing injury, a class B felony; aggravated contempt-violating an order of protection causing injury, a class D felony; third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; fourth degree criminal mischief-damage property, a class A misdemeanor; fourth degree criminal mischief-prevent an emergency call, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of second degree criminal contempt-disobey court order, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mr. Cruz-Tenorio following an altercation at a Kinderhook home, February 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Deputies Michael Meier and Jordan Brahm, assisted by Sergeant Jason Garvey and Deputy Timothy Gladwin charged Mr. Cruz-Tenorio with two felonies and seven misdemeanors after he allegedly broke into a home and assaulted the occupant. He was arraigned before Kinderhook Village Justice David Dellehunt and released after he posted cash bail. A return date for court is to be determined.


A motherlode of drugs including 400-pounds of THC/marijuana edibles were seized during a traffic stop on the Thruway. Photo contributed

State Police report that a Hudson man was arrested for felony possession of 400 pounds of THC marijuana edibles following a traffic stop on the Thruway, February 3 at 12:50 p.m.

Troopers stopped a vehicle on I-90 in Schuyler, Herkimer County, for a vehicle and traffic violation.

Upon interviewing the driver, probable cause to search the vehicle was established. The driver, Lindsay L. Miranda, 21, of Hudson was found to allegedly possess of 400 pounds of various edibles containing THC/marijuana. An additional two pounds of marijuana and about $8,000 cash was also seized during the search.

Mr. Miranda was charged with second degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony.

He was arraigned in Schuyler Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear on a later date.


A New York City man was arrested for felony drug charges in Gallatin.

Michael S. Owens, 36, of the Bronx was charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class D felony, by State Police from the Livingston barracks January 25.

At 4:50 p.m. that day, troopers conducted a traffic stop of a 2008 Mercury Mariner for a violation of vehicle and traffic law on the Taconic State Parkway in Gallatin. An investigation determined Mr. Owens allegedly possessed about 100 grams of cocaine, and 5.5 grams of 3,4-Methyl/enedioxy/methamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy.

He was arraigned in Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He subsequently appeared in Gallatin Court January 28.


February 7 at 9:20 p.m., a State Police STOP-DWI detail arrested Marcus E. Mitchell, 37, and Vanessa M. Pinet, 29, both from Hudson, for three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, two counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree criminal possession of a weapon, all class C felonies; fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; five counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, all class A misdemeanors.

Mr. Mitchell was also charged with resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors.

After an investigation during the stationary checkpoint at the State Route 9G traffic circle in Greenport, Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Pinet were found to allegedly possess of about 14.7 grams of crack-cocaine, 6.2 grams of cocaine, 15.6 grams of 3,4-Methyl/enedioxy/methamphetamine (MDMA), 6.2 grams of Alprazolam, 0.7 grams of heroin, 4.3 grams of suboxone, and 0.6 grams of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Mitchell was found to be allegedly carrying an illegal .38 Smith and Wesson revolver. He allegedly attempted to run and briefly struggled with the troopers when the weapon was discovered. Troopers were able to safely take Mr. Mitchell into custody without further issue.

Both subjects were arraigned in Claverack Court. Mr. Mitchell was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and Ms. Pinet was released on her own recognizance. Both are scheduled to return to Greenport Court at a later date.

To contact Diane Valden

DEC police officers cast a wide net

ALBANY—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police officers (ECOs) and investigators enforce the 71 chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across the state, according to a press release.

In 2020, the 298 ECOs and Investigators statewide responded to 29,673 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 11,952 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

Operation ‘Back Road’

DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement released the results of “Operation Back Road,” a recent statewide detail targeting illegal hunting from roads.

During the 2020 hunting season, ECOs used technology, local intelligence, and 147 robotic decoy deer over 300 hours to catch poachers hunting from vehicles or along roadways, putting communities in danger. During the detail, ECOs apprehended 19 suspects for shooting at the decoys from roadways and issued tickets for 37 misdemeanors, 29 additional violations of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), and seven charges outside the ECL.

Officers conducted the Operation Back Road detail during the last two weeks of the Northern Zone and last three weeks of the Southern Zone hunting seasons. During the 2020 fall hunting season, ECOs statewide issued more than 244 tickets for road hunting-related offenses.

Vaccination response

ECOs are part of the Covid-19 vaccination response statewide.

New York State has begun the process of opening up Covid-19 vaccination centers over many parts of the state. ECOs, forest rangers, and other DEC experts are on the front lines assisting federal, state, local and non-government entities build and support vaccination sites at multiple locations, filling various key positions in the incident command structure up to the highest level of incident commander and working closely with other DEC staff and partners in this important mission.

EnCon officers 141st anniversary

2021 marks New York’s Conservation Police Officers’ 141st anniversary. In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State.

“DEC’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers are working hard in communities across New York to protect natural resources by upholding our state’s stringent laws and regulations and protecting public safety. Our ECOs are expertly trained to perform their duties in every setting—from cities to wilderness—and continue to adapt to meet new and emerging challenges as they build on their longstanding commitment to protect New York’s environment,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said in the press release.

Anyone who witnesses an environmental crime or believes a violation of environmental law occurred should call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

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