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

Roxbury man arrested for threatening to kill wife and daughter, police say

A Roxbury man who has a history of threatening police and members of Delaware County's Department of Social Services was arrested again on Wednesday, Sept. 23 for allegedly threatening to kill his wife and 14-year-old daughter with a rifle, according to the New York State Police.

Forty-nine-year-old Foster C. Borfitz Jr. was arrested yesterday after a 911 call brought police to a house on Route 30 in the Delaware County town of Roxbury, according to the press release.

Left: Foster C. Borfitz Jr. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Borfitz's family told the police that Borfitz has threatened to kill them, according to the press release:  Read more

Four arrested; large amount of heroin seized in Cairo raid

From left to right: Muhammad Muriel, Furman Gilmore, Michael Richardson and Jessica Richardson. Photos via the New York State Police.

A large heroin trafficking operation based in the Greene County town of Cairo was uncovered by police on Wednesday, Sept. 23 in a raid that netted a huge amount of bulk and packaged heroin, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Four people, including one man from the Bronx, were arrested after the State Police Special Operations Response Team and air units descended on 53 Lake Mills Road in Cairo on Wednesday.

Police seized 166 bags of heroin and 17 grams of bulk heroin, as well as eight grams of crack cocaine, according to the press release. Police say that the drugs would be worth about $15,000 on the street if sold.

Muhammad Muriel, a 37-year-old man from the Bronx, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 bond bail.  Read more

Hapless looter dragged tank while on drugs, police say

Above: A man who reportedly tried to steal a 15-foot steel tank was caught when the tank crushed the bed of the pickup truck carrying it, causing some erratic driving. Photo via the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. 

A 33-year-old Glen Wild man bit off much more than he could chew when he stole a 15-foot metal tank from the site of the former Concord resort in Monticello, police say.

Not only did Douglas Furman attempt to move the enormous tank with a too-small pickup truck, but he was under the influence of drugs while he did it, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Sept. 4, Furman took the steel tank from the Concord property and attempted to take it to a scrap yard in Liberty, police say.

Left: Douglas Furman. Photo via the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.   Read more

Phoenicia's KeyBank to reopen

Above: The newly-renovated KeyBank building in Phoenicia reopens on Monday, Sept. 28. (A few finishing touches, including a metal handrail on the entrance ramp, will be completed by then.) Photo courtesy of KeyBank. 

The KeyBank building in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia, which was gutted by fire on Feb. 16, will reopen on Monday, Sept. 28, according to a media release from the bank.

The building, at 53 Main Street, has been redesigned and remodeled, according to the release:

"We are grateful for the community’s continued support, and we are thrilled to be able to unlock and open the doors once again," said Ruth Mahoney, president, Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, KeyBank. "The interior of the building has been completely renovated, with new carpeting, paint and furniture, and the exterior has been improved with new windows and new landscaping. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment that is a positive reflection of the area."

The bank will be open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning for regular business.

Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

Two vehicles crash into two houses in Delaware County

The Walton Reporter has on-the-scene reporting from the Delaware County town of Colchester, where a tractor trailer apparently smashed into a home around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The driver of the truck has been injured, the paper reports

A medical emergency helicopter was on the scene to transport the driver of the truck to a trauma center. Residents, Paul Siegel and family, inside the home located at 3691 Fuller Hill Road, were not injured in the crash.

The garage, attached to the residence, was torn away from the home in the collision. The collision also forced the vehicles stored inside the garage through the structure and onto the lawn.  Read more

A week of drug busts around the Catskills

Above: Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, with microphone, speaks about the growing heroin problem in the Catskills at a community forum in Livingston Manor on Aug. 11. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Police around the Catskills made a slew of drug trafficking arrests this past week, finding a secret marijuana grow house in Walton, 98 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in Saugerties, and a dealer who allegedly sold prescription medications from his business on Main Street Cairo.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Ozzie, a drug-sniffing dog, raided a house on County Road 23 in the Delaware County town of Walton and reportedly found a secret marijuana grow house hidden behind a false wall in the garage, according to a press release:

During their search of a garage on the premises, Deputies and Investigators noted that the interior dimensions of the garage appeared noticeably smaller than its exterior and subsequently discovered a clandestine room that was being used for the indoor propagation, cultivation and processing of marihuana.

Ten pot plants were seized, and 47-year-old Michael D. Spencer, 39-year-old Toni L. Spencer and 18-year-old Bradley T. Jackson were arrested.   Read more

SUNY Delhi freshman found dead

Above: SUNY Delhi's campus. Image via Google Maps.

A SUNY Delhi freshman from Wappingers Falls was found dead in a wooded area above the hillside campus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to a college official.

The student, who is not being identified by the college out of respect for his family, was found unresponsive by friends at 4:58 p.m., said Joel Smith, the Vice President for College Relations and Advancement. Tuesday was the day after Labor Day holiday weekend.

The student was pronounced dead at the scene by the Delaware County Medical Examiner, Smith said. There is no foul play suspected.

Freshmen arrived on campus for orientation on Friday, Aug. 28 and classes began on Monday, Aug. 31. Freshmen had been on campus for 12 days when the student’s body was found.  Read more

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