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Police: Ghent man threatened neighbor with machete

Albert Dalton
January 10, 2019 05:40 pm Updated: January 10, 2019 11:41 pm

GHENT — It was a scary morning Wednesday in the neighborhood of Soller Heights Road.

A Columbia County man allegedly threatened his neighbor with a machete, according to state police.

Albert J. Dalton, 52, of Ghent, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, state police said. He was also charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. Dalton is being held on $1,000 bail in Columbia County Jail.

Troopers from the state police barracks in Livingston responded to an address on Soller Heights Road after receiving a 911 call at 8:32 a.m. The caller said a man armed with a machete was threatening a neighbor, police said.

No one was injured in the alleged incident, Trooper Aaron Hicks, a state police spokesman, said.

Dalton was allegedly found in possession of the machete when police arrived. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

The machete was confiscated by police, Hicks said.

Dalton’s motive for allegedly threatening his neighbor was not immediately known, but alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as factors, Hicks said.

The arresting officer could not be reached for comment Thursday and court papers contained no further information.

Dalton’s neighbor, who was not identified by police, called 911, Hicks said.

Dalton has a previous conviction for a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge from 2006, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s office.

Dalton is due back in Ghent Town Court on Jan. 14.

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