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Man dies after being thrown from raft

INDIAN LAKE — A 45-year-old Madison County man lost his life Saturday while on a guided rafting trip down the Hudson River in the Hamilton County town of Indian Lake.

According to state police, Samuel M. Martin was on a guided rafting trip on the Hudson River when he was ejected from the raft. Martin was brought back into the boat but did not react, police said.

State police and local EMS arrived at the scene around 1:32 p.m. Saturday at Barton Mines on Hudson River Plant Road in Indian Lake. Medical treatment failed and Martin was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

During a preliminary investigation, the police discovered that Martin was wearing appropriate equipment: a hard hat and a life ring.

Police said the case is still open and the investigation is ongoing.

Woman charged with welfare fraudFORT EDWARD – A woman faces three felony charges after police say she received $3,000 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to.

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kayla M. Ricciardone, 27, of Mechanicville on Saturday after a joint investigation with the Washington County Department of Social Services.

Ricciardone is charged with three crimes: third degree social fraud, third degree grand larceny and first degree offering a false instrument of deposit.

According to police, she filed a false document with the Department of Social Services in order to receive more than $3,000 in benefits between January 2020 and July 2020.

Ricciardone was arraigned and released with a future court date in the city of Fort Edward pending.


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