Kingston man arrested on assault, robbery and child endangerment charges

A Kingston man was arrested Monday on robbery, assault and child endangerment charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and stole her car, according to a New York State Police press release.

Police arrested Charles M. Burgher, 23 of Kingston after an investigation into a domestic dispute in the Town of Esopus.

During the course of the dispute, which played out in front of children, Burgher allegedly assaulted a woman police said he had a relationship with. The woman sustained minor injuries, according to a state police spokesperson.

Burgher forcibly took a set of car keys from the woman during the dispute and fled the area in her car, police said.

State police located Burgher and the car about two miles away from the scene.

Burgher was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the third degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more

This weekend: Hudson Valley Chalk Festival in New Paltz

Above: Mike La Casas' chalk piece from the 2013 Hudson Valley Chalk Festival. Photo via the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival's Facebook page.

This weekend, Mike La Casas will create an entire galaxy, complete with stars, planets, rings and meteors. And by Monday, it will most likely be gone.

La Casas, 53, has been composing chalk drawings of galaxies, animals and dinosaurs since he first heard about street art on a radio segment 20 years ago.

On an impulse, he picked up some chalk that day, and still hasn’t stopped.

He said the impermanence of chalk art is part of its allure — it’s what makes it a distinct medium.

And because these pieces of art are fleeting and temporary, unlike other visual artists, chalk artists craft their work for an audience.

“There’s no studio that will let you watch an artist paint,” La Casas said. “This is unique.”

La Casas said he likens street art to performance art, because watching someone create the piece, and the banter between audience and artist, are just as much a part of the experience as appreciating the finished product.  Read more

Delaware County grand jury indicts two on drug charges

An ongoing investigation into heroin and other illegal drug sales in Delaware County has led to the recent arrests of two local people on sealed grand jury indictments, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. 

Arrested on Thursday, July 17 were 31-year-old Gerard Johnson of Walton, who faces charges stemming from the alleged sale of heroin in the village of Walton in June, and 41-year-old Cindy Manon of Arkville, who is accused of selling suboxone in the hamlet of Arkville. Both were arraigned in Delaware County court on Friday and remanded to the Delaware County jail without bail.  Read more

Fugitive arrested for attempted robbery in Gardiner

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly fled the scene of a home invasion robbery in Gardiner three months ago has been arrested and will face felony charges, police say. 

On April 3, 2014, two men broke into a home in Gardiner, and fled before police could arrive, according to a statement from the New York State Police. One suspect, 39-year-old Rasheem Lewis, was soon found at his home in Chester, NY and charged with second-degree attempted robbery, a felony. The other suspect was identified, but police did not locate him at the time, or release his name.

On Friday, police announced tha the second suspect had been arrested in Pennsylvania on a warrant: 32-year-old Andrew Jones of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Federal marshals assisted in Jones' arrest.

Jones was charged with second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault, both felonies. Police say Jones injured a resident of the Gardiner home during the April robbery.   Read more

Monticello man stabbed dog who defended his girlfriend, police say

A 31-year-old Monticello man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend's pit bull to death after the dog bit him during a domestic dispute is facing animal cruelty and harassment charges, police say. 

The incident was reported to police on Saturday, July 12 by a veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale. According to a statement from the New York State Police, the couple brought the dog to the hospital, claiming that they had found him on the side of the road suffering from stab wounds. The veterinarian noticed a bite wound on the man's arm, and called state police to request that a trooper witness the euthanasia of the dog.

The dog, a two-year-old pit bull, died of his wounds, police say.   Read more

Petra Estiatorio brings fresh Greek flavors to Roxbury

Dolmades -- stuffed grape leaves -- at Petra Estiatorio, a new Greek restaurant at the Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury. Photo by Janel Bladow.

“I just stared and said ‘Oh, that’s my restaurant.’ This is my dream,” said Paula Douralas, proprietor and chef of Petra Estiatorio, the Greek restaurant that opened at Shephard Hills Golf Club over the Fourth of July weekend.

Last winter, Douralas visited Shephard Hills, and fell in love. Something about driving up the winding road on a pristine wintery day to the stone restaurant clubhouse took her breath away.

“I was shocked and couldn’t help looking at it. It was all white with snow. I was in paradise.”

The route Douralas took to arrive at Shephard Hills was just as full of twists and turns. Born in Greece, she came to the U.S. at age 7 with her parents who settled in Stamford, Conn.

“I was always cooking with my mother,” she said. “She said ‘If you don’t do it right, don’t do it.’

The recipes she uses were those passed down from her Greek grandmother. Ingredients were never measured, but always just right.

“My mother said ‘God gave you a brain and eyes to use.’ My hand, this is my scale,” she said.  Read more

This Weekend: Pam Tanowitz Dance and FLUX Quartet at Mount Tremper Arts

Above: Pam Tanowitz Dance performers. Photo by Christopher Duggan. 

This WP Deal is sold out.

This Friday night, the 2014 season at Mount Tremper Arts continues with Pam Tanowitz Dance, accompanied by the string FLUX Quartet, performing a dance piece called "Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy)" and other selections from their repertory. 

Tanowitz's choreography is "among the finest being made anywhere today," according to the New York Times, which wrote about her earlier this year and described her style as "eccentric," both like ballet and modern dance. 

Here's what to expect from the show, from an MTA press release:  Read more

Boat the Neversink Reservoir in July, earn a badge

Above: The Neversink Reservoir. Photo courtesy of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

This summer, the Catskills Outdoor Guide is partnering with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation to bring you our new Catskill Reservoir Paddler embroidered badge, which you can only earn by paddling a specific reservoir each month.

In July, the spotlight is on the Neversink Reservoir. Paddle the Neversink anytime between July 1 and 31, send in your proof, and a Catskill Reservoir Paddler badge will be yours. Click here or scroll down for full redemption instructions. 

At five miles long, the Neversink reservoir is the smallest of the Catskills reservoirs supplying water to NYC. It's also the southernmost of the four Catskills reservoirs that are open to recreational boating, making it the most convenient one to drive from NYC -- just head up Route 17 in Sullivan County and turn right.

Beneath the waters of the Neversink are the ghost towns of Bittersweet and Aden, both of which were forced to relocate when the reservoir was built in the 1950s, displacing hundreds of residents. 

There are two boat launches that lead into the Neversink Reservoir: Chandlerss Cove and Kramers Cove, both on the west side of the reservoir off Aden Road.  For a detailed map of the Neversink and its boat launches, click here.

You can get your boat steam-cleaned for the Neversink at Cannie D’s Corner Corp. (845-985-2076, 4 Schumway Road, Neversink) or at the Eureka Market (845-985-5152, 7991 State Route 55, Grahamsville). And you can rent a boat at Bradley Boat Rentals (845-807-1145, 220 Lindholm Road, Hurleyville). 

For our five-step guide to boating NYC's Catskills reservoirs, click here. 

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Accident shuts Route 30 in Blenheim



Above: Photo from the scene of an accident on Route 30 posted to Schoharie Fire Wire and News. For more photos from the scene, see their Facebook page.

A collision between an SUV and a truck hauling a dumpster on Wednesday morning left two men injured and forced the shutdown of Route 30 in Blenheim, police said.  Read more

NWS: Tornado touched down in Parksville on Sunday

Above: Damage to trees and a trailer near a house in Parksville, after a tornado blew through on Sunday, July 13. Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

A fierce storm that blew through the tiny Sullivan County hamlet of Parksville on Sunday, July 13 has been determined to be a tornado, National Weather Service meteorologists say.

A team from the NWS's Binghamton office, whose territory includes Sullivan County along with 23 other counties in central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, visited the site of the storm in Parksville on Tuesday to survey the damage. The team found severe tree damage in a small area around two homes, although the homes themselves had only minor damage from the storm. No one was injured during the storm.

Winds from the Parksville tornado reached 90 miles per hour, making it an "EF-1" storm. The NWS's scale for rating tornadoes runs from EF-0 (winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour) to EF-5 (over 200 miles per hour).   Read more