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Catskill murder trial: Miranda rights questioned; Video shows Myers gave Weiser knife

CATSKILL — A state police investigator was questioned about her conduct during an interview with murder suspect Carrie Weiser as cross-examination in the trial continued Thursday.

Weiser, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 68-year-old Myers, of Catskill, in his West Bridge Street apartment two days after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27, 2021. Weiser was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Danielle Neroni, one of Weiser’s defe

Juneteenth celebrated in Kinderhook amid high temperatures

KINDERHOOK — Juneteenth was observed in the village Wednesday with speeches, food and a celebration of freedom from the community.

More than 50 people braved the heat to attend the Juneteenth celebration at the Rothermel Park in Kinderhook on Monday.

The event featured speeches and prayers from clergy members from churches in Columbia County, as well as a procession to the Persons of Color Cemetery, located adjacent to the park off of Rothermel Avenue.

“It’s a blessed day,” said Kim Singletar

Greenville senior Kayla Ahrberg hopes for career helping people - Class of 2024

Ahrberg will be attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the fall, studying biomedical engineering, a career she hopes will help her with that goal.

“I chose biomedical engineering because it was the fusion of being able to work a job of service helping people and working a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field,” she said. “I wanted a career with significance, and felt that helping people was the best way to emphasize that.”

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Ichabod Crane senior Mark Costanzo is business focused - Class of 2024

“I’ve always wanted to do business,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed economics classes and statistics classes, and those are two big parts of that.”

Costanzo will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall, majoring in operations and business management, something his internship with Habitat for Humanity has prepared him for.

Costanzo was also awarded a number of scholarships, including the Charles E. Cotsonas Memorial Scholarship, Clarence & Stacia M. Losewicz-Whiteman Scholarsh

Catskill murder case: Video footage from victim's apartment shown

CATSKILL — Video footage from inside Catskill Police Department interview room was played in Greene County Court on Tuesday as the murder trial of Carrie E. Weiser entered its sixth day.

Weiser, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 68-year-old Myers, of Catskill, in his West Bridge Street apartment two days after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27, 2021. Weiser was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Esther Suarez, an investigator

Catskill murder case: Text messages between defendant, victim read

CATSKILL — Text messages between Scott Myers and Carrie Weiser were read into the record Monday during the Myers' murder trial.

Weiser, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 68-year-old Myers, of Catskill, in his West Bridge Street apartment two days after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27, 2021. Weiser was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

The messages, read by Eric Lunser, a retired state police investigator with the State Pol

Town board votes to dissolve Churchtown Fire Protection District

The A.B. Shaw Fire Company take over the fire company's contract with the town following a public hearing.

The Churchtown Fire Company’s contract with the town of Claverack will end July 1, and will merge with the Claverack Fire District, Claverack Town Supervisor Clifford Weigelt said Friday.

“This doesn’t mean Churchtown is done,” he said. “Claverack (Fire District) can hire them and still use them.”

The town had been working on consolidating the fire companies for roughly five years, Weige

Forensic scientist testifies DNA found on blade matched Myers

CATSKILL — DNA collected from a knife blade retrieved from village resident Scott Myers’ apartment was a match to him, a State Police forensic scientist testified in Greene County Court on Friday.

Leah Egnor, a New York State Police forensic scientist with the Forensic Identification Unit, was presented with multiple evidence bags containing various swabs taken from parts of Myers’ apartment, Myers' alleged killer Carrie Weiser's hands and fingernails, and the handle and blade of a knife collec

Reaction in Twin Counties supports the Supreme Court’s decision preserving access to widely used abortion medication

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.

The justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the medication, mifepristone, and the FDA’s subsequent actions to ease access to it.

The cas

Police investigator faces evidence contamination questions from defense at murder trial

CATSKILL — Cross-examination into a New York State Police investigator’s testimony continued Thursday as the murder case of Carrie E. Weiser continued.

Weiser, now 35, is accused of stabbing 68-year-old Scott Myers to death in his Bridge Street apartment in 2021.

Tim Ward, a New York State Police investigator, was questioned by Bill Roberts, one of Weiser’s defense attorneys, during the proceedings on Thursday.

Ward was one of the investigators in charge of collecting evidence, and photograph

Two arrested in Canaan on drug charges

CANAAN — A traffic stop on Interstate 90 on Wednesday led to the arrest of two New Jersey residents on drug-related charges on Wednesday.

Stepha Desronvil, 37, of Union, N.J., identified by state police as the driver, and Rachael Dittmer, 27, of Morristown, N.J., the passenger, both face multiple felony drug charges, according to state police.

Desronvil and Dittmer were arrested and charged each with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fo

Demolition begins on Hudson's Ferry Street Bridge

HUDSON — Demolition of the Ferry Street Bridge began Monday to prepare the space for the installation of a new bridge.

The bridge closed to pedestrians May 31, and closed to vehicles 10 years ago, in 2014.

The bridge, which was built nearly 150 years ago, was installed on Ferry Street in the early 1900s, where it has remained for over a century.

“It was originally a span from a freight bridge constructed in 1865 from Rensselaer to Albany,” Hudson’s Department of Public Works Superintendent Ro

Catskill stabbing death trial: Defendant Weiser found in pool of blood, officer testifies

CATSKILL — Village of Catskill police officers, including the police chief, testified Tuesday in the murder case of Carrie E. Weiser, who is accused of stabbing 68-year-old Scott Myers to death in 2021.

She was indicted by a Greene County grand jury in December 2021 on the murder and weapons possession charges, after Weiser testified to the grand jury that Myers was not aggressive toward her, but that she had trouble remembering what happened.

Weiser is being represented by attorneys Danielle

Four injured in Route 23 Greenport crash

GREENPORT — Four people were injured in a three-car accident in Greenport on Sunday.

State Police responded to the crash on Route 23 at around 2:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon, said Troop K Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks in an email on Monday.

A 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Riyah Small, of Amsterdam, was travelling west on Route 23 and entered the eastbound lane, hitting a 2017 Honda CRV driven by Gianna Quinci, 38, of Freehold.

The third vehicle involved, a 2016 Subaru Forrester drive

Opening statements begin in Weiser Catskill stabbing death murder trial

CATSKILL — Opening statements began in the Greene County Courthouse on Monday in the murder trial of Carrie E. Weiser, who is accused of stabbing 68-year-old Scott Myers to death in 2021.

Weiser, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 68-year-old Scott Myers, of Catskill, in his West Bridge Street apartment two days after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27, 2021. Weiser was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

She was indicted by a G

Teen charged with arson, murder after Livingston fire

LIVINGSTON — A Hudson teenager was arrested and charged with two felonies in connection with a Friday afternoon house fire that killed one person in Livingston.

At roughly 1:42 p.m. Friday, personnel from the New York State Police and the Livingston Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence at 2879 Route 9 with reports of individuals trapped inside of the structure.

An investigation into the incident found the fire was deliberately set by the suspect, a 15-year-old from Hudson, accord

Reflections on 80th D-Day anniversary, including from Valatie vet, 102

The 80th anniversary of D-Day, where Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in France, serves as a time of reflection for veteran’s and veteran’s advocates.

The D-Day invasion started June 6, 1944, when Allied troops landed in Normandy in Nazi-occupied France. Close to 160,000 Allied troops, 73,000 from the United States, 83,000 from the United Kingdom and Canada, and others from several other countries including France were involved in the fighting.

The invasion targeted five beaches i

Murder trial begins in 2021 Catskill stabbing death case

CATSKILL — Jury selection in the murder case of Carrie E. Weiser, who is accused of stabbing 68-year-old Scott Myers in 2021, began in the Greene County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

Ninety-eight prospective jurors were called to the courthouse on Tuesday to begin the selection process.

Jury selection in the case was scheduled to begin in November 2023, but it was delayed after an evidentiary issue was raised, and the court told the prosecution and defense they would need more time to resolve th

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse celebrates 150 years

HUDSON — Hundreds of people gathered at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in the city to kick off the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse 150th Anniversary Boat Parade on Saturday.

The parade began at Athens Riverfront Park, made its way to Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill, before finishing with a lap around the lighthouse and landing at the park in Hudson.

About 35 boats participated in the parade, Kathleen Tan, a member of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Board of Directors, said Monday.

“Th

Bendett sanctioned by state Assembly speaker

ALBANY — State Assembly member Scott Bendett, R-107, was sanctioned by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-83, last week for making an insensitive comment to an intern.

The Assembly’s Committee on Ethics and Guidance found that Bendett made two comments related to “religion and national origin” to an international intern. The contents of the Bendett’s comments were not released by the committee.

Bendett will be required to undergo sensitivity training within three months, according to a letter se

Brown pleads guilty in fatal Fourth of July crash

HUDSON — A Ghent man pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide on Friday after a fatal crash last July.

Kenttory Brown, 39, appeared in Columbia County Court on Friday to enter his plea of guilty before Judge Brian Herman.

Brown could receive a prison sentence of five to 15 years in state prison, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Botts said in court Friday.

On July 5, 2023, Brown was arrested in connection with a two-car crash in Claverack that killed a mother and father, and injured t

Report: Columbia, Greene county overdoses down since 2021

While the number of reported drug overdoses in the Twin Counties spiked in 2021, the numbers went down between 2022 and 2023 in Greene County, and remained even in Columbia County, according to data released by the Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition.

In 2023, there were 81 reported overdoses in Columbia County, a zero percent increase from 2022, however, the total number of fatal overdoses increased 33%, from nine in 2022 to 12 in 2023.

The coalition tracks overdoses and deaths using ODMAP, a

One killed in Hunter motorcycle crash, Greene County Sheriff says

HUNTER — A motorcyclist from New Paltz was killed in a crash last week, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Atchyuth Bolem, 26, of New Paltz was taken to Columbia Memorial Health where he died of his injuries, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about a one-car accident involving a motorcycle on Route 23A near the horseshoe bend in the town of Hunter on May 22.

An investigation into the crash found that Bolem was traveling east on Route 23A when he lost cont

Molinaro discusses wastewater improvements in Athens

ATHENS — U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro, R-19, visited the village on Tuesday to discuss infrastructure improvements to the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.

Molinaro announced in March funds allocated through the 2024 federal appropriations bills to go toward funding community development projects in the 19th Congressional District.

The village received $1.25 million in funding through the bills, which was requested by Molinaro through the member designated projects initiative.

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