Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office hit hard in 2016 budget

Above: Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond. Image via RawStory. 

After months of unexpected twists and turns, the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a 2016 county budget on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that hits the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office with deep cuts.

The budget was supported by eight supervisors, with five voting against it. Two supervisors were not present.

Taxes above cap

The supervisors approved a tax increase of 3.54 percent—which exceeds the state tax cap of .73 percent—to fund a $72 million public budget. The vote followed months of belt tightening by the finance committee.

County budget officer Bill Cherry originally called for a 5.81 percent tax increase in September. That number was too untenable for supervisors, who managed to slash the tax hike down to 2.5 percent by early November.  Read more

Queens man tore up Callicoon soccer field with SUV, police say

Above: Nicholas J. Carbone. Photo courtesy of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

A 20-year-old man from Queens caused $3,000 of damage to the soccer field in Callicoon Center's town park on Thursday, Nov. 12 while "doing donuts" in his sports utility vehicle, police say.

"Doing donuts" refers to driving and skidding in tight, sharp circles with a vehicle.

Town officials saw Nicholas J. Carbone of Howard Beach ripping up the town soccer field in his black Ford Explorer on Thursday morning at 9:46 a.m., according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Kris Scullion, Callicoon's highway superintendent, accosted Carbone in the act, according to the press release, while Callicoon's town supervisor, Tom Bose, called the police.

Carbone was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief and the unlawful possession of marijuana, police say. He was arraigned and sent to the Sullivan County Hail on $2,500 cash bail.

Telecom outage briefly takes out 911 service in Roscoe

Above: A map of the area affected by a telecom outage in Sullivan County, via NY Alert.

A telecom outage affected emergency phone calls to 911 placed from landlines in the Sullivan County town of Rockland between 12:20 a.m. and 1:18 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, according to a notice from NY-Alert.

Frontier Communications, which serves the region, fixed the problem after about an hour. The issue affected Frontier customers with 607 area codes in Livingston Manor and Roscoe, according to a map issued by NY Alert (see above).

According to, similar outages affected Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties yesterday. 

Nine-year-old finds razor blade in a bag of Skittles

Above: Sour Skittles. Photo by Flickr user Incase

Police are investigating how a rusty razor blade got inside a bag of Sour Skittles that was given to a trick-or-treater in the Delaware County town of Roxbury on Halloween night.

According to a press release issued by the New York State Police, the razor blade, an "X-ACTO-knife-type razor blade," was discovered when the full-size, 1.80-ounce bag of Sour Skittles was opened on Monday, Nov. 9.

According to the parent of the 9-year-old child who found the razor blade, who asked not to be named in this story, the child opened and ate most of the package of candy on Monday night.  Read more

Manhunt for mother accused of kidnapping her own newborn

Above: An AMBER Alert for Walton resident Edna Cering and Sidney resident Michael Hazen. Source: Fox 5 News. 

Update, Saturday, Oct. 24: The newborn has been located at the home of a relative and appears to be in good health, according to a press release from the Walton Police sent around 1 a.m. early on Saturday, Oct. 24. Edna Cering and Michael Hazen are still at large. From the press release:  Read more

91-year-old woman found hypothermic in ditch on Columbus Day

An elderly woman who wandered away from her home in the Schoharie County town of Esperance was found alive but hypothermic in a ditch on Columbus Day morning, according to Tony Desmond, the Schoharie County Sheriff.

The woman, who is 91 years old and has not been identified, survived the incident, which happened early in the morning on Monday, Oct. 12. She was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital for treatment of hypothermia, according to a press release issued by the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

"She was in good enough shape that she just needed to warm up," Desmond said.

The woman was found about a mile away from her home lying in a ditch on Ragan Road by police and New York Department of Conservation officers with a rescue dog, according to the press release.

She apparently left her home on Sunny View Drive in Esperance, which she shares with her son, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Her son reported her missing at 5:12 a.m., and she was found at 6:25 a.m.

Homicide in Swan Lake

The New York State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide in the Sullivan County hamlet of Swan Lake, located in the town of Liberty, according to media reports. 

Police found the body of Michael Northcote on Monday, Oct. 12 in a single family home at 177 Cohen and Cohen Road around 9:30 p.m., according to the Times Herald-Record. Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty tells the newspaper that police are investigating, and that there is no danger to the public at this time. 

This is the second possible murder in the rural Catskills in a month. On Sept. 24, a 60-year-old man shot and killed a 43-year-old man in the Schoharie County town of Jefferson. Jack S. Macaluso was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Dale C. McGregor, but few details about the crime have been released.

Man injured in sword attack in East Durham

A 46-year-old East Durham man allegedly assaulted another man with a sword on Friday, Oct. 2, sending his victim to the hospital, police say.

David M. Girard was arrested by the New York State Police and charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Girard was arraigned in the town of Cairo and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $25,000 cash bail, police say.

Troopers arrest "barricaded subject" in Walton after tense standoff


UPDATE: New York State Police have confirmed to Action News that a man is in custody, after a standoff situation Tuesday...

Posted by WBNG-TV Action News on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Update, 2 p.m., October 7, 2015: The New York State Police have released a mug shot and a press release about a standoff between a Walton man and state police that ended peacefully last night after nine hours of tense negotiations. 

At 11:49 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 53-year-old Arthur E. Veprovsky grabbed a "long gun" and threatened to kill his girlfriend and police officers in his home on Third Brook Road in Walton, according to the press release. The girlfriend had left the house safely by the time police arrived, police say.

Left: Arthur E. Veprovsky. Photo via New York State Police. 

Police surrounded the house and attempted to talk to Veprovsky, who reportedly refused to cooperate. New York State Police Crisis Negotiators and the state police Special Operations Response Team then arrived in Walton to set up a perimeter around Veprovsky's house, closing Third Brook Road.

Throughout the day, Veprovsky "still refused to surrender," police say. Finally, police officers sent a robot into the house and "made visual contact with Veprovsky," according to the press release. At around 9:30 p.m., tactical officers entered his home and arrested him, according to the press release.

Veprovsky was arrested and charged with misdemeanor menacing in the second degree and was arraigned in the town of Walton court. He is being held in the Delaware County Jail without bail. Police say that additional charges are pending.

Original story: A "barricaded subject" in a residence on Third Brook Road in the Delaware County town of Walton caused a tense standoff with police that ended with an arrest around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, according to WBNG and state police sources. 

The incident began in the afternoon as a domestic disturbance, according to scanner traffic, and escalated into an hours-long standoff between the male subject and New York State Police, according to State Police spokesman Nathan Riegal.

A man inside the residence on Third Brook Road refused to come out or cooperate with police, Riegal said.

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Man murdered in Jefferson, police say

A 60-year-old Jefferson man shot and killed a 43-year-old man in the Schoharie County town of Jefferson early on Thursday, Sept. 24 during a dispute in a home on Westkill Road, police say.

Left: Jack S. Macaluso. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Jack S. Macaluso reportedly shot Dale C. McGregor with a long gun during an argument in the residence, according to a press release. McGregor died of his injuries, police say. 

Macaluso was charged with second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held in jail on no bail while the investigation continues.

A reporter for the Mountain Eagle was at the scene and has more details:  Read more

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