Crime

Clandestine meth lab found in Ulster County town of Rochester, police say

A clandestine methamphetamine lab was found in the woods in the Ulster County town of Rochester on Sunday, June 20, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Police found the meth lab in a "wooded area" on the property of 28-year-old Randall Lynch after responding to a domestic dispute in which Lynch allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife in the presence of a child, police said in a press release.

Police say that they found Lynch walking along Samsonville Rd., arrested him, and found "precursor ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine" in his possession.

Police searched Lynch's property and found the meth lab, and then called the the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, which removed the laboratory materials from the property, police say.

Lynch was charged with felony unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and misdemeanor assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police say.  Read more

Two arrested in Walton drug raid

Above: Donald M. Debrock is arrested on Thursday, June 16 in Walton. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies raided an apartment on Benton Ave. in the town of Walton on Thursday, June 16 and arrested 32-year-old Donald M. Debrock and 21-year-old Nicolette M. Fischetti for possessing Suboxone and marijuana, according to a press release.

Left: Donald M. Debrock. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Suboxone, an opioid, and marijuana was found inside the home, police say, and two "school-aged" children were found in the residence.

Both Debrock and Fischetti were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police say. They were arraigned in Walton Village Court on Thursday night and were sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $75,000 cash bail, police say.  Read more

Man dies in Bethel apartment building fire

A man died on Thursday, June 16 in the Sullivan County town of Bethel when a two-story apartment building caught fire, according to the New York State Police. 

The fire, which fully engulfed a building located at 1240 Route 17B, possibly began in a downstairs apartment as a result of a cooking accident, police said in a press release.

When the first of nine fire departments and two EMS companies arrived at the scene, they found 45-year-old Richard Burke trapped in an upstairs apartment during the fire. Burke was pronounced dead a short time later at Catskill Regional Medical Center, police say. 

Another man was treated for minor burns and released, police say. 

Man on dirt bike struck and killed by Schoharie County patrol car after fleeing traffic stop

The New York State Police are investigating the death of a 31-year-old Middleburgh man who died after being struck by a Schoharie County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Friday, June 17 while fleeing from the deputy on an unregistered dirt-bike motorcycle.

The man, Joshua C. Camp, was stopped on his dirt bike in the village of Middleburgh by a Schoharie County Sheriff's deputy driving a marked patrol car around 7 p.m. on Friday night, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Camp reportedly fled on the dirt bike from the deputy, who chased him in the patrol car to a lawn behind a residence on Griebel Lane in the village.

There, Camp reportedly "lost control of the dirt-bike, was ejected and subsequently struck by the deputy's marked patrol vehicle," according to the statement.

Camp was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, were he died of his injuries, police say.

The incident is being investigated by the New York State Police and the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office.

16-year-old killed on Route 28 in Olive

Above: Damein Kovacs. Via Keyser Funeral Service. 

A 16-year-old from the Ulster County town of Shokan was killed on Wednesday, May 19 when his car veered into a utility pole in the town of Olive, police and the Daily Freeman report.

Damein Kovacs was driving with his eight-year-old sister on Route 28 near the intersection of Dubois Rd. when his 2000 Honda Civic drove off the road and into a utility pole around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Kovacs died of his injuries at the scene, police say. His sister sustained minor injuries.  Read more

Former sheriff’s deputy used meat cleaver to attack wife, prosecutor says

Above: Theodore Tiska, a former deputy in the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault for an alleged attack on his wife in April. To the left is Tiska in a Delaware County Employee of the Month photo in 2008, from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, and to the right is Tiska in his April 2016 booking photo, via the New York State Police.

Theodore Tiska, a former star Delaware County sheriff's deputy who is charged with attempted murder for an alleged assault on his wife, used a meat cleaver in the attack that seriously injured the woman, according to Acting District Attorney John Hubbard.

Maria C. Tiska sustained “serious injuries” in the April 18 attack at the couple's Masonville home, Hubbard said, with “four or five deep cuts to her arms and legs.”  Read more

Man killed when his pickup truck flips in Kortright

A 58-year-old man died on Monday, May 16 when his pickup truck left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned in the Delaware County town of Kortright, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

The driver was 58-year-old Michael C. Berry of East Meredith, police say. He was driving on West Kortright Church Road around 5:46 p.m. when his 1996 Dodge Ram left the roadway for an "unknown reason," according to the press release.

The truck flipped after hitting a culvert, police say. Berry was transported to A.O. Fox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from internal injuries, police say.

The Daily Star reports that Berry was ejected from the vehicle, and that a passing motorist called 911.

Police say that an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Shokan man threatens bicyclist with gun in road rage incident, police say

A 65-year-old Shokan man allegedly pointed a pistol at a cyclist during a road rage incident in the Ulster County town of Olive on Monday, May 9, according to the New York State Police and the Times Herald-Record.

Left: Ernest T. Townsend. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Ernest T. Townsend was driving a truck on Route 28A when he got into an altercation with a bicyclist, who thought Townsend came too close to him and "raised his fist," the THR reports.

Townsend responded by allegedly driving next to the cyclist and brandishing a firearm at him, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

The THR has more detail:  Read more

Andes man charged with heroin possession

A 52-year-old Andes man is being held on $250,000 cash bail in the Delaware County Correctional Facility for allegedly possessing 30 bags of heroin in his car and for reportedly bringing a minor child along while trying to buy heroin last fall, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Left: Leland Liddle. Image via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Leland J. "Lee" Liddle of Andes was stopped in the village of Delhi on Thursday, April 21 for a minor traffic infraction, police say. During the traffic stop, police allegedly found 30 baggies of heroin in the vehicle.

Police had been watching Liddle since at least last fall, when they say they observed him and a minor child waiting in a vehicle at the Unadilla Fishing Access parking area in the town of Sidney to meet with a drug dealer from Queens.  Read more

Two Deposit residents arrested for allegedly possessing 205 bags of heroin

Above: Police raid an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit on Tuesday, looking for heroin. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police found 205 bags of heroin in an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit during a raid on Tuesday, April 19, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police raided the apartment after obtaining a search warrant as part of a heroin trafficking investigation at the Marvin Street Apartments, according to the press release. They allegedly found the heroin, a number of Xanax tablets and $200 in cash.

Above: Debbie L. Moore, left, and John J. Coe, right. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

The apartment's tenants, 45-year-old John J. Coe and 44-year-old Debbie L. Moore, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say.  Read more


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