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Granville man accused of sexually abusing child while another watched

Joseph Chapman, 34, is charged with felony sex abuse. -

GRANVILLE - Police say a Granville man sexually abused a child under four years old and another child witnessed it.    

Joseph Chapman, 34 is under arrest.

He's charged with felony sex abuse and is now in the Washington County jail.

$1 million grant to help fight crime in NYS

A nearly $1 million grant will help fight crime in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $976,790 will be split among 31 law enforcement agencies as part of “Operation Impact Tools Grants.”

Grants in our area will go to police in Colonie, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rensselaer, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Each one will receive a grant between $18,200 and $50,000.

The counties who were able to apply have higher crime rates and were not already funded by the Operation Impact or GIVE programs.

The governor says the money will help fight and prevent crime by giving agencies the tools they need.

Motorcyclist hits turkey in Washington Co.

EASTON – The Washington County Sheriff’s office investigated a motorcycle accident Saturday on State Route 40 in Easton.

Deputies say 911 calls reported at least two people lying in a ditch.

They discovered that Thomas Koch, 50, of Petersburg struck a turkey standing in the roadway and lost control of his motorcycle.

Koch and his passenger, Bridget Quinn-Dicarlo, 46, of Dalton, Massachusetts, were thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a ditch.

Koch was airlifted to Albany Medical Center for lower leg and chest injuries.

Deputies say he was also having trouble breathing.

Quinn-Dicarlo was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

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Hudson Falls military recruiter faces rape charges in Washington Co.

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HUDSON FALLS - A military recruiter from Hudson Falls in behind bars, accused of rape.

The National Guard says Robert Haas, 35, has been in the military since 1996 and currently works at the Watervliet Arsenal.

Police say the case started as an assault investigation after the victim was taken to Glens Falls Hospital with injuries.

Further investigation led to Haas being charged with rape and obstruction of breathing.

The Washington County Sheriff says this was not random attack and occurred at his home.

The Sheriff says he is not aware of Haas using his power as a military recruiter to prey on women.

State Police: Granville man threatened girlfriend with knife

GRANVILLE – A Granville man is accused of threatening his girlfriend with a large kitchen knife.

State Police say 46-year-old Seward Habshi was arrested for menacing after an incident on Wednesday.

Police say they responded to a domestic violence call on State Route 149 in Fort Ann around 1 a.m.

Habshi is in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bail.

Race for 19th Congressional District officially begins Thursday

Sean Eldridge is taking a position most politicians have not.  In the race for the 19th Congressional seat the 27 year old Democrat is not accepting any financial support from PACS or big business.

"Corporate interests are dominating in Washington and the voice of the middle class families is drowned out by corporate money and special interests," explained Eldridge, outside his Kingston campaign headquarters in Kingston on Thursday.

Eldridge's opponent, two term Republican Chris Gibson, claims that's an easy give for Eldridge.  Eldridge is a multi-millionaire who Gibson acknowledges will outspend him.