Crime

Driver seriously injured in three-motorcycle crash in West Shokan

Above: A motorcyclist was seriously injured on Sunday in a chain-reaction crash in front of the driveway to Snyder's Tavern in West Shokan. Image via Google Street View.

Three motorcycles were involved in a crash near Snyder's Tavern on Route 28A in West Shokan on Sunday, Aug. 23 that seriously injured one driver, police say.

That driver was in stable condition as of Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to State Police Lieutenant Jared Duffy. 

The crash is one of many that occurred in the towns Shandaken and Olive this week -- four crashes, one fatal, happened on nearby Route 28 on Tuesday and Wednesday  Read more

Police: Driver clocked 107 mph, consumed alcohol in vehicle on Route 17

A 22-year-old man from Yonkers drove 107 miles per hour on Route 17 through the Delaware County town of Hancock early on Wednesday morning, police say.

Mark B. Frederick was sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 26 after he was stopped by Delaware County Sheriff's deputies for speeding while traveling west near exit 90 in the hamlet of East Branch, police say. 

Speeding reportedly wasn't Frederick's only offense. He was also ticketed for reckless driving, failure to comply, consumption of alcohol in the vehicle and other violations, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Death on the roads: Three fatal crashes in the Catskills

It's been a horrible week for car crashes in the Catskills, with three separate collisions in the region resulting in fatalities since Sunday. 

A crash killed four people around noon in the Ulster County village of Saugerties on Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to media reports. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra spoke with the Daily Freeman this afternoon and confirmed that the crash was fatal, and later elaborated that four people died.

Time Warner Cable is reporting that four people died in the Saugerties crash today when their car drove over an embankment:   Read more

Man arrested for threatening to throw rock at wedding

A wedding at the Emerson Resort and Spa in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper took a violent turn on Saturday, Aug. 22 when one guest threatened to hit another with a rock, according to a press release from the Shandaken Police that was reported by the Times Herald-Record.

The paper reports that the Shandaken Police arrested a 46-year-old man who was causing a "large altercation" during the evening nuptials:

They arrested Maurice Lane, 46, of Mt. Marion for menacing and harassment, both misdemeanors. Lane allegedly menaced fellow wedding guests with rocks and threatened bodily harm to one guest in particular.

Tony Lanza, chief operating officer of the Emerson, declined to comment. 

Update, 9/46/15: Detective Fred Holland of the Shandaken Police Department said today that the fracas at the wedding happened during the reception, when two women and two men got into an argument.  Read more

Woman trapped on Gilboa cliff rescued with ropes; ticketed for pot

 

Above: Photos of the rescue, shared on the Schoharie County Fire Wire and News Facebook page.

Schoharie County's Search and Rescue Team rescued a camper who was trapped 100 feet up a cliff near a Gilboa campground on Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was 34-year-old woman from Milford, Connecticut who was staying at the Nickerson Park Campground in the Schoharie County town of Gilboa with her family, police say. Her name is not being released.

The woman had scaled a sheer rock cliff near the campground and somehow became trapped more than 100 feet up, the rescuers told the Daily Star:

"She was up in this little crevice in this cliff, and it is a sheer cliff almost," said Schoharie Sheriff Tony Desmond, who joined the rescue workers during the operation ... "She just couldn't get down," the sheriff added. "She apparently made a little leap to get across to where she was, and it didn't work out too well for her."

At 7:45 p.m., someone at the campground called 911, and a team of first responders from the Grand Gorge Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene.

They quickly realized that they needed a rope rescue team to reach the woman, according to the press release:

When it became apparent that a specialized rescue team was required, [Grand Gorge] Fire Chief D.J. Speenburgh requested that the Schoharie County Search and Rescue Team be dispatched to the scene.

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Heroin sting snares two Deposit dealers, police say

Two Deposit men were arrested last week during a heroin sting operation run by Delaware and Broome County law enforcement officials, police say.

Left: Clint Stevens. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

After a six month investigation, a Delaware County grand jury indicted 34-year-old Todd M. Perrington and 29-year-old Clint L. Stevens on charges related to dealing heroin in the village of Deposit, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Both Perrington and Stevens sold heroin in Deposit multiple times in 2015, police say. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, investigators from Broome County's Special Investigation Unit Task Force and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office searched Perrington's Deposit home and arrested Perrington on several drug charges. He was taken to the Broome County Correctional Facility.

Then, on Thursday, Aug. 13, police from both counties set up a sting operation to snare Perrington's reported associate, Stevens. On Thursday afternoon, Stevens was arrested for allegedly selling heroin and cocaine, presumably to undercover police officers. 

Left: Todd Perrington. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Aug. 14, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Perringston on additional drug charges. 

Both men were arraigned in Delaware County on Friday, Aug. 14 and are being held without bail at the Delaware County Correctional Facility.  Read more

Motorcyclist drove through Colchester at 127 miles per hour, police say

On Friday evening, a Long Island man sped through the Delaware County town of Colchester on a motorcycle at 127 miles per hour, police say.

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony J. Mcnamee of Suffolk County was in a 55-mile-per-hour speed zone on Route 30 on Friday, Aug. 7 when he was stopped for speeding 72 miles per hour over the posted limit, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office.

Anthony was arrested at 6:41 p.m. and charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, speed not reasonable and imprudent, speeding in excess of the posted 55 mile per hour zone and operating out of class, according to the press release.

He was arraigned in the town of Colchester Court, police say. He posted the $500 bail and is scheduled to reappear at a later day.

Police: Sharon Springs man put glass in neighbor's pool to "cause physical harm"

A 55-year-old man was arrested in the village of Sharon Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 5 for attempting to hurt his neighbor by putting glass in his neighbor's pool, police say.

Left: John Schultheis. Photo via the New York State Police

New York State Police arrested Sharon resident John E. Schultheis and charged him with misdemeanor reckless endangerment "after he allegedly threw glass into the pool of a neighbor in an attempt to cause him physical harm," according to a press release.

Schultheis was arraigned and released; he will appear in the town of Sharon Court on August 20, police say.

Taste of Country security guard arrested for assault at concert

A security guard working at this year's immensely popular Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in the Greene County town of Hunter has been charged with assault for causing "serious facial injuries" to a 21-year-old man, police say.

Left: Bruce D. Belfer. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Fifty-two-year-old Bruce D. Belfer, a New Jersey resident, allegedly kicked the man in the face and struck him "with a blunt object," according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Belfer was charged with second-degree felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in the village of Tannersville Court and has been released on bail.

Son of woman who died in Rock Hill parade kills himself during encounter with police

The 43-year-old son of a woman who was killed during Rock Hill's St. Patrick's Day Parade in March shot himself during an encounter with police in Rock Hill on Wednesday, June 17, according to MudHudson News and the Times Herald-Record

Richard Bernstein, who originally grew up in the Sullivan County hamlet of Rock Hill, was the son of Susan McCormick, police say.

Left: Richard Bernstein in his Collier County mugshot. Via the Collier County Sheriff's Office

McCormick was a 56-year-old Rock Hill resident who died after she fell off a float in the parade and was run over on March 14.

Bernstein, a resident of Naples, Florida, spoke at his mother's funeral; the Times Herald-Record has photos of him at the ceremony. 

In May Bernstein was arrested in Collier County, Florida on criminal charges related to having a sexual relationship with a young teenage girl, according to the Naples Daily News. 

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