Crime

More than 50 pot plants seized in Hancock; Colchester man arrested

Above: Lieutenant Timothy Buckley posing with one of the seized plants in Hancock on September 17, 2014.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 58-year-old Colchester man on Wednesday, September 17 in connection with a raid on a large marijuana grow operation in the town of Hancock, according to a press release.

After receiving a tip, officers found more than 50 marijuana plants in the raid along with a quantity of dried, processed weed.

James R. Nelson was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana and misdemeanor unlawful cultivation of marijuana. The criminal possession in the third degree charge, a class E felony, may be upgraded to a more serious charge once the exact amount marijuana recovered is established by a crime lab, the press release stated. 

Nelson will appear in court in the Town of Hancock on September 29. 

Undersheriff Craig DuMond asked tipsters to continue to use the Sheriff’s Office toll free tip-line, (888) 914-9111. "Tips definitely make a difference," DuMond stated in the press release. 

Ulster's County's most wanted fugitive nabbed while playing Ultimate Frisbee in Oregon

Above: Jahson A. Marryshow in a 2007 Ulster County mugshot (left), and in a 2014 Eugene Police Department mugshot (right) .

A man who has topped Ulster County's most wanted list for years was arrested on Sunday, September 14 while playing an Ultimate Frisbee game in Oregon.

Jahson A. Marryshow has been on the lam since 2010, when he allegedly went on a day-long crime spree in Woodstock.

Authorities say that on June 30, 2010, Marryshow stole a car, set a barn on the edge of town on fire as a diversion, and then robbed a Bank of America on Mill Hill Road with a semiautomatic handgun. 

Marryshow has confounded Ulster County authorities for years. (He goes by several aliases and his exact age -- somewhere in his early 30s -- is reported differently by different police organizations.)   Read more

Accused Schoharie County flasher arrested

A 61-year-old man was arrested on Friday, September 5 for allegedly exposing himself to dozens of drivers on Route 20 in the Schoharie County town of Carlisle this summer.

Left: Douglas A. Spaulding. Photo courtsey of the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office. 

Douglas A. Spaulding, who lives in Cobleskill, was charged with 32 counts of public lewdness for flashing motorists "during early morning hours" between May and August 2014, according to a Schoharie County Sheriff's Office press release.

Spaulding was held on $2,500 bail and appeared in Carlisle Town Court on Wednesday, September 10.

The Schoharie County sheriff's office suspects that many of Spaulding's unwilling audience members have not come forward, and are asking victims to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 518-295-8114 or the State Police at 518-234-3131.

Hunter man admits to robbing two Ulster County banks

Collin Lambert, a 49-year-old from Hunter, pled guilty in Ulster County Court on Tuesday, September 9 to 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. Photo via the Ulster County DA's office. 

Lambert admitted 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.

Lambert robbed both banks by displaying a note saying that he had a gun, according to an article in the Saugerties Times last year.   Read more

Police: Margaretville woman was "significant" cocaine trafficker

A 66-year-old Margaretville woman who was allegedly dealing large amounts of cocaine out of her house has been arrested by Delaware County police, and is facing multiple felony drug trafficking charges. 

Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Diana LeDuc on Thursday, Sept. 4, after a search of her West Hubbell Hill Road home turned up a half-ounce of cocaine, two handguns and two high-capacity magazines. Police also found $500 cash and a public assistance benefit card in LeDuc's name. 

The search followed several weeks of investigation into the sale of cocaine from LeDuc's house, carried out by Delaware County sheriff's deputies and Village of Walton police. 

Police say that during the recent investigation, LeDuc sold large amounts of cocaine on three occasions. On one occasion, police say, LeDuc sold more than a half-ounce of cocaine, leading to a charge of second-degree sale of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony. If convicted, she will face up to ten years in prison for this charge.  Read more

Madison County man arrested for murder in Bovina

A Madison County man was arrested in the Delaware County town of Bovina on Monday and charged with second-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend, who was stabbed to death in the couple's Cazenovia home over the Labor Day weekend.

The victim, 44-year-old Amy Bradstreet, was the mother of the couple's young sons, ages 18 months and 3 years.

State police say that after Bradstreet was stabbed to death, the suspect -- 31-year-old Stephen Schumejda -- drove the two children about 100 miles to his mother's house on County Route 5 in Bovina, then called 911 to report the incident.

It was unclear whether Schumejda or his mother dialed the phone, said New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller, but the call, made around 8:35 a.m., came from the Bovina house.   Read more

Police: Bloomingburg man went on rifle rampage at trailer park

Left: Dennis A. Albach. Photo via the New York State Police.

A 49-year-old Bloomingburg man has been arrested for drunkenly brandishing a rifle, firing shots, and destroying several car windows after a fight at the Twin Lakes Mobile Park in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating, according to New York State Police.

At 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, residents in the trailer park observed a drunken Dennis A. Albach begin an altercation with one of his neighbors, according to Trooper Steven Nevel, the public information officer for Troop F.

Albach tried to punch the man, then left the scene and returned a few minutes later with a rifle, Nevel said. 

Multiple neighbors heard what they described as gunshots, according to Nevel and a press release issued by the State Police today. They also reportedly heard the sound of glass breaking.   Read more

A bad week for Monticello officials

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Above: Video footage of Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins ranting and throwing a clock while in a booking room on a drunk driving arrest in November 2013. (Be warned, there's a lot of profanity.)

The Sullivan County village of Monticello has a reputation for troubled government officials, but this week may take the cake.

On Tuesday, August 12, the village's acting village manager, Ray Nargizian, was fired during an emergency village board meeting.

Last night, Wednesday, August 13, Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins pled guilty to a drunk driving charge from November 2013.  Read more

Injured Esopus tuber prompts wild goose chase

Above: First responders near the Esopus Creek on Sunday, August 10, searching for an injured person who had allegedly already driven himself away from the scene.

Dive teams, firefighters, and first responders mobbed the Esopus Creek in the Ulster County village of Phoenicia on Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be a wild goose chase.

A report of an injured person in the creek on August 10 prompted a massive emergency response, according to an email from George Neher at the Shandaken Police Department.

Traffic was slowed to one lane on Route 28 as ambulances and first responder vehicles, several pulling boats, lined the roadway near the creek around 2 p.m.

But the first responders did not find any injured person in or near the creek. A police officer directing traffic told a reporter that it all seemed like a false alarm. 

As it turned out, the injured person had already left. A tuber had injured his hip and lost his inner tube while tubing the Esopus that day, prompting someone nearby to call the police, according to Neher. 

But the man left the creek himself before emergency personnel found him. Witnesses told the police that he walked to his car, which appeared to be a Mercedes-Benz, and drove away, according to Neher.   Read more

Parole officer kills two in Palenville; high-speed chase ends in his suicide

A New York State Parole Officer killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend in his Palenville house on Sunday, August 10, and then led police on a multi-county car chase before killing himself, according to a New York State Police press release issued today.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Mroczek lived at 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville, a sleepy Catskills hamlet where a SWAT team and a helicopter descended yesterday afternoon.

Mroczek's wife, 49-year-old Pammi Mroczek, once lived at the address as well. Yesterday, Pammi Mroczek was at the Pennsylvania Ave. house with a boyfriend, 51-year-old Daniel Brennan of Schenectady.

Robert Mroczek encountered Pammi Mroczek and Brennan at the house and shot and killed them both, according to the press release.

A 911 call about gunshots fired was received by Greene County 911 at 12:45 p.m.  Read more


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