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Mar 31, 2011 6:56 am
Patrons hold vigil for bar owner
Andrew Amelinckx and Jamie Larson of the Register-Star report on the aftermath of the March 28 fatal shooting death at the Half Moon Saloon in Hudson. They note that it seems to have been a suicide, even though the Hudson Police Department is continuing its investigation. A candlelight vigil was held by more than 50 friends on Wednesday evening, March 30, for the bar’s owner, Fred Martin of Catskill. The death occurred in the early afternoon and involved a long rifle, according to police.

Census: Number of vacant homes rising in Greene Co.
Colin DeVries of the Daily Mail writes about how homes are being increasingly vacated in Greene County and the Hudson Valley region, according to census data released last week. While the total number of housing units increased in 2010 compared to 10 years ago, the number of vacancies in the county increased 13 percent. DeVries also notes that the total number of countywide housing units increased 10 percent since a decade ago, now totaling 29,210 units throughout the 14 towns of Greene County.

Burglars who used Facebook plead guilty
Andrew Amelinckx of the Register-Star reports on two 18-year-old women pleading guilty to using Facebook to figure out the best time to attempt a break-in at a Hillsdale home. Jessica Schwed and Jennifer Montague, both of Philmont, appeared with their attorneys in Columbia County Court this week and admitted to stealing a flat screen TV, computer, video game system and a large quantity of alcohol while the homeowner was on vacation and the homeowner’s daughter was at work. Schwed and Montague agreed to jointly pay a total of $6,969.90 in restitution. They were sentenced invidividually, to five years of probation and up to six months in jail for Schwed, and five years of probation for Montague.

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