Forestburgh highway superintendent charged with driving drunk

The highway superintendent of the Sullivan County town of Forestburgh was arrested on a drunk driving charge by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 28, according to Alex Beam at the Times Herald-Record.

Beam reports that neither the highway superintendent, 48-year-old Daniel Hogue, nor the Sheriff's Office want to discuss the incident. The Sheriff's blotter shows that Hogue allegedly crashed a 2008 Jeep in the town of Thompson before being booked and charged with DWI, Beam writes. 

Time Warner Cable News reports that the supervisor of the town of Thompson will discuss the incident at an upcoming town meeting. 

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

During storm, power surge caused smoking electrical outlets in Middleburgh

Above: Photo by Flickr user grendelkhan

A power surge during a large snowstorm caused electical outlets to smoke and pop in six houses in the Schoharie County town of Middleburgh early on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Middleburgh Fire Department began receiving panicked 911 calls from residents on Huntersland Road, Possum Hill Road, Brooky Hollow Road and East Hill Road, said Middleburgh Fire Chief Michael Devlin.   Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

This Weekend: Community pantry fundraiser at the Peekamoose

Above: Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, via Flickr. 

This Sunday, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room is throwing a fundraising bash for the Community Pantry, the food pantry that serves the Delaware County town of Middletown.

The Community Pantry was founded three years ago in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Since then, it's grown from serving 40 families to serving 360 families, according to its organizers.

Help them help feed even more folks by buying a ticket to the Peekamoose's buffet dinner and an afternoon of promised "musical surprises."  Read more

Five tractor trailers and two cars collide on Route 17; 65-year-old woman killed

Above: A 65-year-old New York City woman is dead after five tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles crashed on Route 17 in Sullivan County on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, via Flickr 

Icy road conditions early on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 9 caused a collision involving five tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles that killed 65-year-old Stella Sapio of New York City, New York State Police say. 

The crash occurred in the westbound lane of Route 17 near exit 110 in the Sullivan County town of Thompson around 3:17 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a press release issued by the State Police.

Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic was on the scene of the crash on Tuesday.

The first 911 call came in at 3:48 a.m., reporting that a passenger vehicle had slid into a guardrail, Martinkovic said. A state trooper was dispatched, and then a series of other 911 calls came in, reporting that tractor trailers had become involved in the crash. 

Below: A video shot by a passing driver and shared in a Sullivan County Facebook group shows the number of trailers involved. 


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Website goes down, local news publisher says unprintable things

Above: Benton, the kitten that took over the front page of the Chicago Tribune for 16 minutes on July 30, 2013, thanks to a website goof. We feel your pain, Trib.

If you visited the Watershed Post today and got an error message instead of a piece of juicy Catskills news, it's not you, it's us. Thanks to a site update that went awry, most of the links on our site were down throughout the morning and early afternoon.   Read more

Town of Andes bans fracking waste

Above: Rush hour traffic in Andes, New York. Photo by Flickr user charltonlido, taken in 2010

With a unanimous vote, the town board of the Delaware County town of Andes passed a local law banning oil and natural gas waste on Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to Tom Joyce, the Andes town board member who drafted the law. 

The new law bans the sale, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment and processing of natural gas waste and oil waste within Andes town limits. It includes specific provisions on applying fracking waste to all roads within the town and disposing of such waste in the town dump or in the town wastewater treatment plant.  Read more

Man charged with injuring passenger in Shandaken rollover

A rollover motor vehicle incident on Monday, Dec. 8 on Silver Hollow Road in the Ulster County town of Shandaken left one man in critical condition, according to the New York State Police.

The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Brendan M. Bailey of Shandaken, was treated for minor injuries, while his passenger, who is not being named by police, was transported to Albany Medical Center with serious physical injuries and remains in critical condition, police say.

Bailey, the driver, was charged with driving while intoxicated and with felony vehicular assault. He was ordered to appear in the town of Shandaken Court. 

Winter storm warning: Seven to 14 inches of snow expected

Winter storm warnings are in effect for Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties for Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 11. Forecasts are calling for eight to 14 inches of snow, often accumulating at one to to inches per hour. The heavy snow is slated to begin on Tuesday afternoon and to last all day Wednesday and into Thursday morning.   Read more