Police: Toddler carrying marijuana wandered street while mother snoozed

The arrest of a Loch Sheldrake woman on Saturday for endangering the welfare of a child is making headlines, thanks to the unhappy circumstances of her alleged crime. According to the Associated Press report in the Daily Freeman:

Police in Loch Sheldrake said Lakeisha Owens was sleeping in her apartment around 5 p.m. Saturday when her 3-year-old daughter was nearly struck by a motorist on state Route 52. Officials said the motorist pulled over, removed the child from the road and called police. Authorities said the child was holding a bag containing 15 grams of marijuana.

Martha Stewart comes to lunch

In a blog post published last month, Martha Stewart (yes, the Martha Stewart) posted a snapshot-filled account of her drive through the towns of Rockland and Andes, both of which she found "charming."

The prompt for Stewart's journey was a lunch date with a couple of Rockefellers (yes, those Rockefellers) at the Beaverkill Valley Inn in Lew Beach, in Sullivan County. Here's what Stewart thought of the Inn:

I would love to come back in warmer weather to fish for trout and to rock on this wrap-around porch.  Read more

In like a lion...

Watershed Post contributor (and advertiser) Jessica Vecchione chronicled yesterday's freak, record-setting Delaware County snowfall in a short video that reminds us that it ain't over 'til it's over:

It Ain't Over - Snow 03 07 11 from VeccVideography on Vimeo.

Two rescued by boat in New Paltz

The Times Herald-Record and the Daily Freeman are reporting that two people who drove into the Wallkill River's floodwaters in New Paltz yesterday morning had to be rescued by boat.

The Wallkill routinely floods the stretch of Libertyville Road and Springtown Road that was covered with water yesterday -- in fact, it has happened twice in the past week.

The New Paltz police lieutenant who talked to the Freeman, Steve Osarczuk, said that the drivers who were briefly washed away weren't from around here:

The two people in the car were not local, he said.

Police: Death of 21-year-old in Schoharie Co. is "suspicious"

The State Police are reporting that a Schoharie County death that happened either late on Sunday or early on Monday is being investigated as suspicious. Brian J. Ives, a 21-year-old from Broadbain, died in a residence in the town of Fulton on the night of March 6, according to a press release:

The State Police in Troop G are currently investigating a suspicious death that occurred over night at a residence on West Fulton Road in the Town of Fulton, Schoharie County.  The deceased has been identified as Brian L. Ives, age 21, of Broadalbin, NY.   An autopsy has been scheduled at Albany Medical Center. No other information will be released at this time.  Updates will follow as the investigation allows.   

There's a moon pie in my purse (right next to my gun)


This Saturday, the Roxbury Arts Group is hosting a one-woman show of tales about growing up in a Texan beauty shop. As you can see above, Faye Lane's "Beauty Shop Stories" revolve around moon pies, deep-fried southern accents, and warm memories of old ladies who pack heat.

Our contributor Simona David has written about the show in this week's O-town Scene, describing how RAG's program director Maggie Cullen caught Lane's show at the Fringe NYC show last summer and had to bring it to Roxbury.  Read more

Groups boycott DEP meeting

The Daily Star reports that four river conservancy groups are boycotting a meeting with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection that is being held in Grahamsville today. Their grievance? Flooding:

The groups said the plan fails to adequately address flooding concerns, and charge DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush with ignoring their concerns.

"I will no longer participate in meaningless glad-handing appeasement and patronization," Dr. Michael Caccavella, president of the Delaware Riverside Conservancy, wrote to [DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul] Rush.

Deposit declares state of emergency

The Delaware County Department of Emergency Services sent out a press at 10:30am announcing that all roads in the town of Deposit are closed until 3pm this afternoon. Here's the release:

Thomas Axtell, Town of Deposit Supervisor, has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Deposit effective at 6:30 AM March 07, 2011. All roads in the Town of Deposit have been closed. Heavy rain and then heavy snow has created treacherous conditions on all roads. The Town of Deposit will remain under a state of emergency with all roads in the township remaining closed until 3:00 p.m. today, March 07, 2011. For the safety and well being of the citizens of the Town of Deposit, no one should travel on any Town of Deposit road with the exception of emergency traffic.

Little fish, big evolutionary step

A recent study in the journal Science has shown that a little bottom-feeding Hudson River fish has evolved to resist one of humankind's most potent pollutants: toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, poisonous dioxins commonly known as PCBs.

Both the Times Herald-Record and the Daily Mail ran stories about the amazing evolving Atlantic tomcod in their Sunday editions yesterday.

Adam Bosch at the THR had a simple recap of what, exactly, the scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New York University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration did:  Read more

Rain, snow, and ice

The rain from yesterday combined with a surprise snowstorm last night have made for a bit of nutsiness this morning. There are multiple school delays, road closures, car accidents, and a travel advisory issued for Delaware County until noon today. Via Twitter, Kitty Sheehan reports that even her cell service seems unusually busy:

Anyone else in #HudsonValley or #Rhinebeck having trouble making a phone call on landline or cell? "All circuits are busy."

Here's a quick roundup of trouble spots:  Read more