Crime

16-year-old killed on Route 28 in Olive

Above: Damein Kovacs. Via Keyser Funeral Service. 

A 16-year-old from the Ulster County town of Shokan was killed on Wednesday, May 19 when his car veered into a utility pole in the town of Olive, police and the Daily Freeman report.

Damein Kovacs was driving with his eight-year-old sister on Route 28 near the intersection of Dubois Rd. when his 2000 Honda Civic drove off the road and into a utility pole around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Kovacs died of his injuries at the scene, police say. His sister sustained minor injuries.  Read more

Former sheriff’s deputy used meat cleaver to attack wife, prosecutor says

Above: Theodore Tiska, a former deputy in the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault for an alleged attack on his wife in April. To the left is Tiska in a Delaware County Employee of the Month photo in 2008, from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, and to the right is Tiska in his April 2016 booking photo, via the New York State Police.

Theodore Tiska, a former star Delaware County sheriff's deputy who is charged with attempted murder for an alleged assault on his wife, used a meat cleaver in the attack that seriously injured the woman, according to Acting District Attorney John Hubbard.

Maria C. Tiska sustained “serious injuries” in the April 18 attack at the couple's Masonville home, Hubbard said, with “four or five deep cuts to her arms and legs.”  Read more

Man killed when his pickup truck flips in Kortright

A 58-year-old man died on Monday, May 16 when his pickup truck left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned in the Delaware County town of Kortright, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

The driver was 58-year-old Michael C. Berry of East Meredith, police say. He was driving on West Kortright Church Road around 5:46 p.m. when his 1996 Dodge Ram left the roadway for an "unknown reason," according to the press release.

The truck flipped after hitting a culvert, police say. Berry was transported to A.O. Fox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from internal injuries, police say.

The Daily Star reports that Berry was ejected from the vehicle, and that a passing motorist called 911.

Police say that an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Shokan man threatens bicyclist with gun in road rage incident, police say

A 65-year-old Shokan man allegedly pointed a pistol at a cyclist during a road rage incident in the Ulster County town of Olive on Monday, May 9, according to the New York State Police and the Times Herald-Record.

Left: Ernest T. Townsend. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Ernest T. Townsend was driving a truck on Route 28A when he got into an altercation with a bicyclist, who thought Townsend came too close to him and "raised his fist," the THR reports.

Townsend responded by allegedly driving next to the cyclist and brandishing a firearm at him, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

The THR has more detail:  Read more

Andes man charged with heroin possession

A 52-year-old Andes man is being held on $250,000 cash bail in the Delaware County Correctional Facility for allegedly possessing 30 bags of heroin in his car and for reportedly bringing a minor child along while trying to buy heroin last fall, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Left: Leland Liddle. Image via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Leland J. "Lee" Liddle of Andes was stopped in the village of Delhi on Thursday, April 21 for a minor traffic infraction, police say. During the traffic stop, police allegedly found 30 baggies of heroin in the vehicle.

Police had been watching Liddle since at least last fall, when they say they observed him and a minor child waiting in a vehicle at the Unadilla Fishing Access parking area in the town of Sidney to meet with a drug dealer from Queens.  Read more

Two Deposit residents arrested for allegedly possessing 205 bags of heroin

Above: Police raid an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit on Tuesday, looking for heroin. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police found 205 bags of heroin in an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit during a raid on Tuesday, April 19, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police raided the apartment after obtaining a search warrant as part of a heroin trafficking investigation at the Marvin Street Apartments, according to the press release. They allegedly found the heroin, a number of Xanax tablets and $200 in cash.

Above: Debbie L. Moore, left, and John J. Coe, right. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

The apartment's tenants, 45-year-old John J. Coe and 44-year-old Debbie L. Moore, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say.  Read more

Three arrested with heroin during Walton traffic stop

Above: Heather L. Terry, Daniel R. Bowker, Jr. and Kyle S. Buckley. Images via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A Walton man who was being investigated in connection with a burglary was arrested when police found heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Monday, April 4, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-three-year-old Daniel R. Bowker, Jr. was arrested while driving on Delaware St. in the Delaware County village of Walton on Monday afternoon with two passengers, 19-year-old Kyle S. Buckley and 29-year-old Heather L. Terry, police say.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office investigators were looking for Bowker in connection with a burglary of $1,000 in cash and coins that had been reported earlier that day in Walton. When they stopped his vehicle, they allegedly found a "quantity of heroin" inside, according to the press release.

The stolen money was not found in the vehicle, but police charged Bowker with burglary and grand larceny in connection with the burglary, as well as criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Read more

Police: Route 28 traffic stop finds 400 decks of heroin bound for Oneonta

Over 400 bags of heroin were found in a car heading from New York City to the Otsego County city of Oneonta on Sunday, March 13, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over 20-year-old Oneonta resident Francesa Lorusso in the Ulster County town of Hurley for a traffic violation on Sunday and reportedly found that she was driving with a suspended license, police say.

When deputies searched the car, they found over 400 bags of heroin hidden inside the vehicle, policy say.

Lorusso and her two passengers, 34-year-old Ricardo J. Korianski and 36-year-old Jason E. Blass, were then arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say. The three were "transporting a large amount of heroin from New York City to the City of Oneonta," an Ulster County Sheriff's Office press release states.

All three are being held in the Ulster County Jail on $25,000 bail, police say.

Four Andes men arrested for 12 burglaries in Delaware County, police say

Above: Images via the New York State Police. 

Four Andes men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into multiple seasonal residences across Delaware County and reportedly stealing more than 100 items over the course of several months, police say.

Thirty-nine-year-old Robert Weaver, 28-year-old James S. Stratton, 26-year-old Brett D. Trombley and 20-year-old Korey O. Bush have been arrested, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

All four men have been charged with felony burglary in the second degree and are being held in the Delaware County Jail on $7,500 cash bail.

Police say that 100 pieces of stolen property have been recovered in connection with the investigation.

Artist killed by car in Greene County while walking dog

Above: "Catskill Snow Storm in October" by Francine Barbet. Image via barbetart.com.

Seventy-eight-year-old Francine Barbet was killed in the Greene County town of Jewett on Friday, Feb. 26 when she walked with her dog into the path of an oncoming Jeep around 6:30 p.m., police say.

Barbet was walking her dog at Beecher's Corners, the intersection of Route 296 and County Road 23C, while wearing dark clothing, according to a Daily Mail article.

Left: Francine Barbet. Image via barbetart.com. 

As she walked into the southbound lane of Route 296, she was hit by 65-year-old Joseph Disanti of the Long Island hamlet of Shirley, who was driving a 2004 Jeep, according to a press release from the New York State Police.  Read more


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