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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

Possible homicide in Palenville

Above: 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville. Image via Google Maps.

An incident in the Greene County hamlet of Palenville brought helicopters and police to 844 Pennsylvania Avenue on August 10 to investigate a possible shooting and homicide, according to the Daily Mail, Daily Freeman, and the New York State Police.  

State police told reporters that they were on the scene around 5 p.m. on Sunday investigating a shooting and a suspicious death, but offered no more details. 

Kyle Adams, a reporter at the Daily Mail, reports that two people are dead, according to Greene County Coroner Richard Vigilo, and that Greene County 911 received a complaint of a shooting around 12:45 p.m. Adams also reported that witnesses saw a helicopter searching the area around Pennsylvania Ave. throughout Sunday evening.   Read more

Grandpa Woodstock arrested; charged with selling marijuana and narcotics

Above: Grandpa Woodstock in happier times. Photo by Flickr user flat-outcrazy.

Woodstock's 70-year-old hippie icon, Grandpa Woodstock, was arrested on Friday, August 8 on charges of selling marijuana and controlled substances out of an apartment at 135 Tinker Street, according to a press release from the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. 

Left: Allyn M. Richardson's mug shot, courtesy of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Grandpa Woodstock, whose real name is Allyn M. Richardson, came to the attention of law enforcement after "numerous complaints" by neighbors that he was dealing from his apartment.

After Richardson's apartment was broken into by an armed assailant in June, Ulster County's team of narcotics investigators swung into action, conducting "numerous undercover buy operations."

The narcs closed their net on the septuagenarian this afternoon. Using a search warrant to enter Richardson's apartment, they found marijuana, diverted pharmaceuticals, electronic scales and drug packaging material, according to the press release.   Read more

Two-year-old boy allegedly killed by mother's boyfriend

Above: Toddler Mason Decosmo, in a photo posted on a fundraising website.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a two-year-old Marlborough boy, according to a press release from the New York State Police

The man, Kenneth M. Stahli (left) of Milton, allegedly abused the boy, Mason L. Decosmo, over the course of several days. Stahli was dating the child's mother, according to the press release. An autopsy detemined that the child died of blunt force trauma. 

After finding the boy unresponsive on Tuesday afternoon, the babysitter called 911, according to the Times Herald-Record. The newspaper reports that the couple had recently moved into the trailer where the child died.   Read more

Police: Oneonta man raped acquaintance in Davenport

An Oneonta man was arrested yesterday on several charges, including rape, following an investigation into a sexual assault that occurred early Monday in the Delaware County town of Davenport, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 30, Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old William J. Hilgers, who is accused of engaging in sex with an acquaintance by “forcible compulsion” while the victim was "physically helpless," according to the press release. 

Police said that Hilgers restrained the victim in an attempt to prevent the person from fleeing or ending the assault.

Hilgers was charged with rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, a class B felony, sexual abuse in the first degree, also a class B felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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Police: Skeleton found in Monticello woods belongs to missing woman

A body found in the woods behind a Sullivan County housing complex was the remains of a 31-year-old woman who disappeared in May, the Monticello police said last week.

According to the Times Herald-Record and Mid-Hudson News, the village of Monticello's police department issued a statement on July 25 reporting that a body found near the Sleepy Hollow Apartments in Monticello on June 10 belonged to April Parker, who had been missing since May 26.

From the THR

The remains were positively identified as Parker's by DNA testing performed at the New York State Police Forensic Identification Center in Albany, police said. An autopsy determined that the manner of death was homicide, but authorities did not release any other details.

Monticello police said they do not believe Parker was the victim of a random act of violence.

Manhunt on for suspect who robbed Kingston bank this morning

Above: A photo of the suspect in today's robbery of a Kingston bank, issued by the Kingston Police Department.

The Rondout Savings Bank on Schwenk Drive in Kingston was robbed this morning, and the suspect who fled from the scene along an old railroad bed is still at large, according to a press release from the Kingston Police Department. There were no injuries.

Around 11 a.m on Friday, July 25, a black man wearing a white button-down chirt, a black baseball cap, glasses, and a piece of cloth covering his face entered the bank and demanded cash from the tellers, according to the press release. The suspect then fled on foot along an old railroad bed that runs between a riverbank and Dutch Village Apartments. 

The Kingston Police Department has released a photo of the suspect, above, and is also searching for a possible witness to the robbery. Details are available on the Department's Facebook page

Kingston man arrested on assault, robbery and child endangerment charges

A Kingston man was arrested Monday on robbery, assault and child endangerment charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and stole her car, according to a New York State Police press release.

Police arrested Charles M. Burgher, 23 of Kingston after an investigation into a domestic dispute in the Town of Esopus.

During the course of the dispute, which played out in front of children, Burgher allegedly assaulted a woman police said he had a relationship with. The woman sustained minor injuries, according to a state police spokesperson.

Burgher forcibly took a set of car keys from the woman during the dispute and fled the area in her car, police said.

State police located Burgher and the car about two miles away from the scene.

Burgher was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the third degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more


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