Crime

Man accused of smuggling drugs out of Covidien found not guilty

Left: Jason Wilsey. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.  

The Walton Reporter's Lillian Browne has the news today that an employee accused of smugglng oxycodone out of a prescription narcotics manufacturing plant was found innocent of the crime in a swift decision by a Delaware County jury on Nov. 5. 

Thirty-four-year-old Jason Wilsey was acquitted in less than an hour, Browne reports.

According to the story, Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup argued that Wilsey stole the oxycodone from a blending room at Covidien, a narcotics manufacturer based in Hobart where he worked.   Read more

Three arrested for shooting at Margaretville gas station

Above: Keishaun Randall Harper, Joann Winne and Danielle Vitale. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at the Hess Express gas station on Route 28 in Margaretville that left an Arkville man wounded, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police on Friday evening, Nov. 7.

Keishaun Randall Harper, a 34-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with felony assault and attempted robbery. He allegedly shot McKenzie Alexander of Arkville in the back of a car in the gas station's parking lot at 10:13 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Two women were also arrested in connection with the incident. Thirty-two-year-old Joann Winne of Margaretville and 24-year-old Danielle Vitale of Arkville were each charged with felony attempted robbery. 

The three suspects were taken into custody by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police from Kingston, and then were arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail, the press release states

Below: The Hess Express gas station in Margaretville. Photo by Lissa Harris.   Read more

Home invasion rattles Schoharie residents

A man wearing a ski mask and a blue hoodie has the residents of Schoharie County nervous this week after he allegedly invaded a home on Route 30 early on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Social media lit up with gossip on Saturday as drivers along Route 30 saw police action in the town of Schoharie.

According to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, a man invaded the residence at 8:49 a.m., and then fled along Route 30. Police are looking for anyone who matches his description.

The Schoharie Times Journal called the incident "bizarre," and said that one person was injured. The paper got more details about the crime from Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond:   Read more

Man set fire to house with six people inside, police say

Left: Caleb Segura. Photo via the New York State Police

Nineteen-year-old Caleb Segura intentionally set fire to a house while a family of six was inside, police say.

Segura was charged with arson and attempted murder, and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bail. 

The fire consumed much of the back of the house in the Greene County village of Catskill in the wee hours of Monday, Nov. 3, but no one was injured, according to a New York State Police press release:  Read more

Sheriff's deputy involved in head-on crash in Walton; other driver seriously injured

A 27-year-old woman is in critical condition after a head-on collision with a car driven by a Delaware County Sheriff's deputy, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

The sheriff's deputy is Stephanie Proffitt, and the driver in the other car is 27-year-old Amber L. Phraner of Walton, according to the press release. Proffitt's leg was lacerated in the crash, while Phraner was airlifted to a hospital in Johnson City, where she is in critical condition. 

The crash happened in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Delaware County town of Walton. Details are still scanty. The New York State Police have been called in to investigate.

Here's the full press release, which was issued this morning:

On Wednesday evening a Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a head-on motor vehicle collision on State Highway 10 in the Town of Walton that resulted in serious personal injury to the driver of an on-coming vehicle.  At the request of Sheriff Mills, investigation of the accident is being conducted by the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.  Read more

Police: Man who held girlfriend hostage breaks into her home

Left: James D. Garcia, in a mugshot issued by the New York State Police.

James D. Garcia, a 22-year-old Monroe man who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage with a knife while driving, has been arrested again on charges of breaking into her home, according to the New York State Police. 

At 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, Garcia allegedly broke a living room window at the his ex-girlfrend's home in the Ulster County town of Woodstock, said Steven Nevel, a spokesman for the New York State Police.

Garcia then entered his ex-girlfriend's home and waited there, according to a State Police press release  Read more

Police: No connection between abandoned car and PA shooter

Above: A stock photo of a Porsche Cayman similar to the one found in the Delaware County town of Bovina on Oct. 22. Police at first suspected that fugitive Eric Matthew Frein used the car to escape Pennsylvania, but subsequent forensic tests have shown no connection to Frein. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Forensic tests show that a black Porsche Cayman found abandoned on a country road in the Delaware County town of Bovina on Oct. 22 has no connection to wanted fugitive Eric Matthew Frein, who is accused of shooting two state police officers, one of them fatally, in Pennsylvania in September. 

"Nothing ties the vehicle to Frein," Nathan Riegal, a spokesman for the New York State Police, told the Watershed Post on Monday, Oct. 27.

Riegal said that DNA and fingerprint tests were conducted on the Porsche by the New York State Police's forensics lab. The results of the tests showed that there is no evidence that the Porsche was used by Frein, Riegal said.

Police initially suspected that Frein used the car to escape Pennsylvania, where he has been the subject of a manhunt since Sept. 12. The Porsche was stolen on Oct. 18 about 15 miles from the epicenter of the manhunt.  Read more

New charges in Sidney drug raid; Bonacci's wife arrested

Left: Brittany M. Bonacci. Via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Delaware County Sheriff's Officers have arrested the 24-year-old wife of a 43-year-old man accused of dealing drugs in Sidney, and have charged him, his wife and his mother with additional felonies, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police raided the Sidney home of Gabriel V. Bonacci on Friday, Oct. 17 and arrested him, his mother, Donna M. Bonacci, and four other people on charged related to drug dealing.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, police arrested Gabriel's wife, 24-year-old Brittany M. Bonacci of Sidney, and charged her with felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell. They also charged her with felony possession of a stun gun.

Police have also charged Gabriel Bonacci with three more felonies, two for drug possession and one for possession of a stun gun.  Read more

Woodstock man arrested for robbery of Hess station

Above: An image of the robber distributed by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-six-year-old Cassidy L. B. Buckley was arrested early on Friday, Oct. 24 on charges of robbing a Hess Mart in the Town of Ulster on Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Department.

Following up on a tip, detectives received a search warrant for Buckley's Woodstock residence, and searched the home early Friday morning. They reportedly found enough evidence to charge him with the Hess robbery, as well as stolen firearms from another robbery. That robbery is being investigated by another police department.

Buckley was charged with felony robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and grand larceny. He was also charged with two misdemeanors for the stolen firearms.

Buckley was arraigned in Woodstock Town Court and was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in on $100,000 cash bail.  Read more

Abandoned car sparks search for Pennsylvania shooter in Bovina

A stolen Pennsylvania car that was found abandoned in the small Catskills town of Bovina caused a massive police search for possible connections to fugitive Eric Matthew Frein on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Police say that there is no confirmed link to Frein, and no imminent danger to residents in the rural Delaware County area around Bovina.

Frein, who is accused of shooting two Pennsylvania state police officers on Sept. 12, one of them fatally, is on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list.

Above: Detail from the FBI's Wanted notice on Frein.

There is no direct evidence that Frein has anything to do with the car, according to Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills.

"We just wanted to err on the side of caution," Mills said.  Read more


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