Crime

14-year-old girl charged with setting string of car fires in Summit

New York State Police have announced the arrest of a teenage girl on Thursday, July 14 in connection to a series of car fires and vandalism in the Schoharie County town of Summit. State Police, flanked by members of the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, the Summit Fire Department, and other cooperating entities in the multi­agency investigation, made the announcement at Troop G Headquarters in Latham on Friday afternoon.

The girl, who was not identified by State Police, was charged with a laundry list of felonies and misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and arson. She is only 14 years old and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Between June 26 and July 11, state and local police received five separate reports of arson and vandalism to cars on Baldwin Road. In one of the incidents, three cars were set on fire near an occupied house, which was also damaged by the fire. 

All incidents took place on Baldwin Road in the town of Summit.  Read more

Tow truck driver knocked over utility pole and fled, police say

A Deposit man driving a tow truck knocked over a utility pole and fled the scene while intoxicated on Monday in the Delaware County town of Tompkins, police say.

Above: Adam K. Buteau. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Thirty-year-old Adam K. Buteau was driving a 2002 International Harvester flatbed tow truck owned by Buteau’s Economy Auto of Deposit when he rammed into a wooden utility pole on County Road 47 on Monday evening, July 11, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

The impact severed the pole, which fell across the road and blocked traffic, police say.

Buteau fled the scene in the truck, and then abandoned the vehicle and was found walking along the road about three miles from the crash scene, according to the press release.  Read more

Crash kills 20-year-old man in Blenheim

State police say that a Preston Hollow man died in a one-vehicle crash on Friday, July 8 in the Schoharie County town of Blenheim.

According to Trooper Mark J. Cepiel, the public information officer at Troop G headquarters in Latham, troopers were dispatched at 7:56 p.m. on Friday to investigate the crash on Route 30 in Blenheim.

According to the accident report, 20-year-old Jacob B. Pruiksma was headed north on the highway when his vehicle veered onto the right shoulder and then overcorrected, overturning several times. 

Pruiksma, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him, according to the police report.

He was declared dead at the scene by a Schoharie County coroner and taken to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy. The cause of death was listed as massive head trauma.

Cepiel said that Pruiksma was alone in the vehicle and that there were no witnesses to the crash, which was reported by a passerby.  Read more

Four-year-old boy drowns at Sullivan County bungalow colony

A four-year-old boy from Brooklyn drowned on Sunday, July 10 in a partially-filled swimming pool at a summer bungalow colony in the Sullivan County town of Bethel, local newspapers report.

The child, whose name has been alternatively reported as Shimon Weisz, Shimon Weiz, and Shimon Weiss, wandered away from his family around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to Voz Iz Neias.

He was found around 6:45 p.m. floating facedown in an above-ground swimming pool on the bungalow colony property that had just been opened for the season, according to the Times Herald-Record  Read more

Drunk driver rams tent at Ukrainian camp while doing donuts, police say

A 32-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested on Saturday, July 9 after he drunkenly drove his car into an occupied tent at a Ukrainian summer camp in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing and then threatened to use a firearm, police say.

Yuriy Plesnik of Stoughton, Massachusetts was reportedly “doing donuts”—driving his car in tight circles—at the Oselia CYM Ukrainian Camp in the village of Ellenville around 9:55 p.m. on Saturday when he drove into another camper’s campsite and hit a tent, according to a press release issued by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

The tent was occupied when Plesnik hit it, police say. In an altercation that followed the crash, Plesnik threatened to use a gun, according to the press release.

Plesnik’s blood alcohol content was measured at more than .18 percent when he was arrested, police say.  Read more

Fatal crash, drowning and bizarre shooting happen in Greene County over weekend

One person drowned, another was killed when an SUV flipped over and a third was found riding in a car with a gunshot wound in a series of odd incidents in Greene County over the weekend, according to media reports.

Only sketchy details are available from police about all three incidents.

First, on Friday, July 8, a person drowned in a “small body of water” near Route 145 in the town of Durham, the New York State Police told the Daily Mail.  County officials have ordered a toxicology report in the case, but police have released zero information about the victim, the circumstances of the drowning or even exactly where the incident occurred.

On Saturday, July 9, in the nearby town of Cairo, police had a shock when they pulled over a vehicle on Route 145 for a traffic violation, only to discover that one of the four men inside had been shot, the Daily Mail reported. The man was hospitalized, and no more information about the incident or the victim is available.  Read more

Man killed by deer in Roxbury crash

A 49-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a crash with a deer that happened on Wednesday, July 6 in the Delaware County town of Roxbury, according to the Daily Star, the Catskill Mountain News and the Associated Press.

The Catskill Mountain News has the most detailed report.

According to the CMN, Roxbury resident John Peters was sitting in the passenger seat of a car being driven by his fiancée, Renee Wojciechowski, on Route 30 around 6 p.m. on Wednesday when the crash occurred.  Read more

Man planned to sell heroin and cocaine from Delaware County motel room, police say

Above: Heroin, cocaine, cash and marijuana seized from a hotel room in Davenport on Tuesday, July 5. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

A 21-year-old man from the Bronx was arrested with heroin and cocaine packaged for sale in a motel room on Route 23 in the Delaware County town of Davenport on Tuesday, July 5, police say.

Left: Twenty-one-year-old Peter Balde of the Bronx. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Peter Balde of New York City was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with possessing narcotic drugs with intent to sell out of a room at the Rock Inn Motel, which is located just outside the city of Oneonta, according to a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Ozzie, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office’s prized drug-sniffing dog, searched the hotel room and found 65 bags of heroin, 17 individual crack cocaine wraps, about two grams of powdered cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and over $1,000 cash, police say.  Read more

ATV rider crashes and man falls off cliff over holiday weekend in Fulton

Above: Members of the Middleburgh Fire Department's water rescue team move Mike Silocott, a 60-year-old Troy man, across the Schoharie Creek after he fell 15 feet off of a cliff into the water on Sunday, July 3. The photo was originally posted on the Middleburgh Fire Department's Facebook page. 

Back-to-back emergencies on the Fourth of July weekend kept Schoharie County emergency responders busy in the town of Fulton.

First responders rescued a woman from a serious ATV crash and then treated a man after he fell off a cliff into the Schoharie Creek, according to a press release issued by the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

Woman in critical condition after ATV crash

Schoharie County 911 received the first of the two calls at approximately 4:38 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, police say.

Dispatchers received a report that a 25-year-old woman from New Jersey had been seriously injured while driving an ATV on a trail located about two miles off Rossman Hill Rd. in the town of Fulton.  Read more

Grand jury possible in Schoharie County police dirt bike fatality

The June 17 death of Middleburgh resident Joshua C. Camp, a 31-year-old man who died on a dirt bike after being struck by a police car, may end up before a Schoharie County grand jury, according to Times Journal reporter David Avitabile.

The June 29 issue of the Times Journal reported that Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket thinks that a grand jury would be the best way to investigate the ongoing case.

According to the New York State Police's original report, Camp died after he was hit by a Schoharie County Sheriff deputy’s patrol car on Friday, June 17.

The deputy had pulled Camp over after spotting Camp driving an unregistered dirt bike, according to the New York State Police.  Read more


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