Crime

Cops arrest six in Sidney narcotics bust; find drugs, cash and $7,000 in pure silver

Photos via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A months-long investigation into heroin, cocaine and prescription drug dealing in the Delaware County town of Sidney led to six arrests and the recovery of a trove of cash, drugs and $7,000 in pure silver on Friday, Oct. 17, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police obtained grand jury indictments for five people in the Sidney area, charging them with selling controlled substances in the town and village of Sidney between June and Oct. 2014.

On Friday afternoon, armed with a search warrant and an indictment charging Gabriel V. Bonacci with selling heroin in Sidney on two occasions in July, police raided Bonacci's house on County Highway 23 in the town of Sidney. Bonacci has a prior drug conviction from 1998, according to the press release.  Read more

State trooper not fooled by counterfeit bills in Wal-Mart parking lot

Two SUNY Delhi students were caught while attempting to use counterfeit $10 bills to buy tire rims from an off-duty New York State Police trooper on Thursday, Oct. 16, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Left: Brian Colon and Nicole Nunez. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Brian Colon, an 18-year-old from the Bronx, and Nicole Nunez, his 18-year-old girlfriend from Manhattan, were reportedly arrested after contacting the off-duty trooper through Craigslist.org, and then meeting him in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Oneonta to finalize the sale.

Colon reportedly paid the trooper $700 for four tire rims with 70 counterfeit $10 bills. Police say that Nunez knowingly possessed several more counterfeit $10 bills.  Read more

Police: Knife-wielding driver held passenger hostage before crashing on Route 28

A 22-year-old Monroe man driving on Route 28 through the Delaware County towns of Bovina and Delhi held his passenger hostage with a knife before she grabbed the wheel and crashed the car on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond.

Left: James D. Garcia. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

James D. Garcia and his girlfriend got into a domestic dispute in his car while driving south through Delh, DuMond saidi. Garcia threatened the woman with a knife as they drove.

The women secretly called 911 on her cell phone, had a short conversation with the dispatcher, and then Garcia threw the phone on the floor of the car in an attempt to end the call. The phone stayed on as the couple drove on, the altercation escalating as they did so.   Read more

Mount Tremper man sentenced for Boiceville bank robbery

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, 54-year-old Nicholas Liakis of Shandaken was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for robbing Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville in February.

Left: Nicholas Liakis, in a photo from the Ulster County District Attorney's office. 

According to a press release from Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright, Liakis was described as a “persistent violent felony offender” at the hearing.

Liakis has multiple bank robberies and holdups in New York City and Queens on his record, according to the Daily Freeman  Read more

Man who robbed two Ulster County banks sentenced

A 49-year-old Hunter man was sentenced to two back-to-back prison terms of three to six years each on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Ulster County Court for robbing banks in New Paltz and Saugerties in 2013, according to a press release from Holley Carnright, the Ulster County District Attorney.

Left: Collin Lambert in a photo released by the Ulster County District Attorney's office.

Collin Lambert pled guilty to robbing Key Bank on Market Street in Saugerties on January 11, 2013, and to robbing Chase Bank on Plattekill Avenue in New Paltz on April 2, 2013.

In both robberies, Lambert displayed a note saying that he had a gun, but did not display a weapon or injure anyone.

Lambert was arrested at his Tannersville home in March after allegedly robbing a third bank in Herkimer in December 2013.  Read more

Ellenville rescue squad member gets 13 years for burglaries

A 48-year-old Wawarsing man will serve 13 years in prison and five more on probation for burglarizing homes while responding to calls as a member of the Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad, according to a press release from the Ulster County District Attorney's office. 

Left: German A. Lobaton. Photo via the Ulster County District Attorney's office. 

German A. Lobaton pled guilty in July to stealing items from unoccupied homes during a four-month period in 2013. He was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 3.

He targeted the homes his rescue squad had visited during emergency calls, according to the press release:

Shortly after responding, knowing that the homes would be unoccupied, he returned to and entered them and stole numerous items of personal property. Much of the stolen property was eventually found in his home by the police. The case was investigated by the New York State Police in Ellenville.  Read more

Deposit man arrested; 60 bags of heroin seized

Above: Sixty bags of heroin, Suboxone sublingual films, marijuana, syringes, over $1000 cash, and other items recovered in a drug bust in Deposit on Friday, Oct. 3. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Left: Branden L. Loori. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

After a four-month investigation, a 30-year-old Deposit man was arrested on Friday, Oct. 3 and charged with dealing heroin, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Branden L. Loori's home on Elm St. in the Delaware County village of Deposit was raided by investigators from two counties on Friday: deputies and a drug-sniffing dog from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and deputies from the Broome County Special Investigation Unit Task Force.

They reportedly found 60 bags of heroin along with Suboxone sublingual films (a prescription opiate), a bag of marijuana, several syringes, and over $1000 cash. Investigators said in the press release that "numerous anonymous tips" had pointed them toward Loori.  Read more

Jeffersonville man arrested; found with 200 bags of heroin

Left: Tyrell Simon (left) and Shane Nystrom. Photo via the New York State Police.

New York State Police officers arrested 26-year-old Tyrell Simon in the Sullivan County village of Jeffersonville on Wednesday, Sept. 30 after allegedly finding "two-hundred decks of heroin, suboxone, marijuana and a stolen, loaded .22 caliber handgun" in his possession.

Simon is suspected of dealing drugs in Jeffersonville, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police this week.

Simon was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, controlled substances and marijuana and stolen property, as well as with resisting arrest.

Another man, 27-year-old Shane Nystrom of Jeffersonville, was also arrested on Sept. 30 for obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Three charged with passing counterfeit bills in Sidney

Above: Heather A. Wrench, Wesley J. Crawn, and Natasha P. Finch. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three twenty-somethings were arrested on Sunday, Sept. 28 for circulating counterfeit currency in the Delaware County town of Sidney, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Troopers arrested 23-year-old Wesley J. Crawn and 26-year-old Heather A. Wrench, who live together on Edgewood Drive in Sidney, and 20-year-old Natasha P. Finch of Unadilla.

Crawn and Wrench were charged with felony forgery in the 1st degree and conspiracy in the 4th degree. They were arraigned in Delaware County and are being held in Delaware County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

Finch was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 1st degree, conspiracy in the fourth degree, and three misdemeanor counts of petit larceny. She was arraigned in Otsego County and is being held in the Otsego County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

The police suspect that more people are involved in the counterfeit bills scheme. The investigation is ongoing, and "with additional arrests pending," according to the press release.

Man on probation charged with dealing heroin in Walton

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies and police from the village of Walton arrested 51-year-old James J. McGinn on Thursday, Sept. 26 and charged him with heroin trafficking, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

This is the second felony drug charge for McGinn, who is serving a three-year probation sentence out of New York City in connection with a 2012 Queens County narcotic drug possession charge.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office began investigating McGinn shortly before the 2012 charges, according to the press release. Last week, it charged McGinn with two class B felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. The sales reportedly took place in the village of Walton.

McGinn was arraigned on Friday, Sept. 26 in Delaware County Court and sent to the Delaware County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.


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