First responders save man from heroin overdose in Livingston Manor

Above: Narcan, an opioid antidote, saved a life in Livingston Manor on Sunday. Image via Flickr user PunchingJudy.

A 32-year-old man who had overdosed on heroin was saved by first responders who administered two doses of Narcan, an antidote to opiates, in Livingston Manor on Sunday, Jan. 31, police say.

The man, who is not being identified, was found unconscious at the Willowemoc Motel on DeBruce Rd. around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

He had been unconscious for about 30 minutes, was not breathing and had no pulse when Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Sean Grady found him in the bathroom of one of the motel's rooms, police say.  Read more

First responders bushwhack six miles over rugged terrain to rescue injured hiker in Lexington

Above: The summit of Sherrill Mountain in Greene County is a three-mile bushwhack from the nearest road. Image via Google maps. 

Five forest rangers and two volunteer firefighters hiked six miles of rough terrain to a remote Greene County mountaintop to rescue an injured hiker on Sunday, Jan. 31, according to a press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the DEC received a call reporting that a 71-year-old woman from the Ulster County town of Marbletown had been injured near the summit of Sherrill Mountain in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness in the Greene County town of Lexington.

The woman had slid down an icy section between Sherrill and North Dome Mountains, injuring her ankle, according to the press release.  Read more

Seven arrested in Walton meth lab; three children rescued

Top row: Tammy Lewis, Amanda Bicknell and Emily Uhl. Middle row: Johnny Uhl, Brooklynn Alford and James M. Klinegardner. Bottom: James J. Nash. Photos via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Seven people were arrested in a raid on a meth lab operating in a home in the Delaware County village of Walton on Tuesday, Jan. 26, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. Three children were rescued from the scene and were placed into immediate foster care, police say.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division has been investigating the sale and manufacture of methamphetamine in Walton, and on Tuesday morning the division obtained a search warrant for a property located at 116 East St. in Walton.

Thirty-one-year-old Amanda Bicknell, 35-year-old James J. Nash and 38-year-old James M. Klinegardner were all living at the residence, police say. 

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Two men die after pickup hits tree in Rosendale

Two men died after a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck hit a tree in the Ulster County town of Rosendale on Wednesday, Jan. 20, police say.

The men, 58-year-old driver Ronald Myroniuk and 58-year-old passenger Robert Myroniuk, both of Cottekill, were driving on Lucas Ave. near the intersection with Tan House Brook Road around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, Ronald, was pronounced dead at the scene after being extricated from the wreck of the truck. Robert, the passenger, died of his injuries at Westchester Medical Center late on Wednesday evening after being transported there by helicopter with serious injuries, police say.

Police say that neither of the men was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, although the driver's side airbag did deploy.

Town of Rosendale Police and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office investigated the crash, along with fire departments from Cottekill, High Falls, Stone Ridge and Marbletown and the Mobile Life Support Ambulance Service.

Walton man dies after being hit by car

Above: The intersection in the village of Walton where a man was killed after being hit by a car last Thursday. Image via Google Maps. 

A 31-year-old man was killed on Thursday, Jan. 14 after being hit by a car in the Delaware County town of Walton, police say. 

Chad Stadler of Walton was in the roadway around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Route 10 and Prospect Ave. in the village of Walton when he was hit by a car driven by 51-year-old Bryan Mead, according to a press release from the Walton Police Department. 

Stadler died of his injures after being transported to Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton and then Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, police say.

The New York State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Walton Fire Department all assisted at the scene, the press release reports. 

Route 28 grow house busted in Shokan

A Shokan man was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 14 after town of Olive police found a "substantial" marijuana growing operation in a house on Route 28, according to a press release from the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team.

According to the release, 44-year-old Kyung-Ku La is the sole occupant of a residence at 3097 Route 28 in Shokan.

On Jan. 14, a residential alarm went off at the property. Police responding to the alarm noticed a "strong smell" of marijuana coming from inside the structure.

After police obtained a search warrant for the property, they found "over 22 pounds of marijuana in all stages of preparation" inside, they say.

La was charged with felony possession of marijuana in the first degree and unlawfully growing cannabis, a misdemeanor, police say.

Update: A previous version of this story included an image from Google Street View of a barn located on the parcel where the pot bust occurred. We've removed the image. 

Man dead after payloader sinks in icy pond, police say

The driver of a piece of farm equipment died on Wednesday, Jan. 13 when the vehicle, a four-wheel payloader, sank upside down in an icy pond in the Schoharie County town of Wright, according to the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

A press release issued by Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond reports that county authorities responded to a 911 call at a private pond located on an icy, steep slope in Gallupville on Rickard Hill Road between Pickett Hill Road and Abrams Road at 4:43 p.m. on Wednesday.

First responders from the county sheriff's office as well as the Gallupville, Berne and East Berne Fire Departments and the Central Bridge Rescue Squad worked for hours at the scene, according to the press release.

At 7:25 p.m., a tow truck managed to remove the payloader from the pond, and its operator was found dead in the cab, police say.

The driver, who had been transported to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy, has been identified as 54-year-old Gary Schultz, according to CBS 6 Albany  Read more

Police: Responders foil plot to blow up Walton home

Above: 52 Burton St. in Walton. Image via Google Street View, August 2014

Police and firefighters narrowly avoided being trapped in an intentionally-set explosion in a house in Walton on Monday, Jan. 11, according to a press release from the Walton Police Department. 

First responders discovered a fire in the house, 52 Burton St. in the village of Walton, at 11:15 p.m. on Monday night. Officers from the Village of Walton Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office extinguished the fire as soon as they discovered it, and called in the Walton Fire Department for help, police say.

The first responders were then forced to flee the structure because they were "nearly overcome by smoke inhalation," according to the press release. As they were leaving the building, they noticed a hissing sound.  Read more

Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office hit hard in 2016 budget

Above: Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond. Image via RawStory. 

After months of unexpected twists and turns, the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a 2016 county budget on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that hits the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office with deep cuts.

The budget was supported by eight supervisors, with five voting against it. Two supervisors were not present.

Taxes above cap

The supervisors approved a tax increase of 3.54 percent—which exceeds the state tax cap of .73 percent—to fund a $72 million public budget. The vote followed months of belt tightening by the finance committee.

County budget officer Bill Cherry originally called for a 5.81 percent tax increase in September. That number was too untenable for supervisors, who managed to slash the tax hike down to 2.5 percent by early November.  Read more

Queens man tore up Callicoon soccer field with SUV, police say

Above: Nicholas J. Carbone. Photo courtesy of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

A 20-year-old man from Queens caused $3,000 of damage to the soccer field in Callicoon Center's town park on Thursday, Nov. 12 while "doing donuts" in his sports utility vehicle, police say.

"Doing donuts" refers to driving and skidding in tight, sharp circles with a vehicle.

Town officials saw Nicholas J. Carbone of Howard Beach ripping up the town soccer field in his black Ford Explorer on Thursday morning at 9:46 a.m., according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Kris Scullion, Callicoon's highway superintendent, accosted Carbone in the act, according to the press release, while Callicoon's town supervisor, Tom Bose, called the police.

Carbone was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief and the unlawful possession of marijuana, police say. He was arraigned and sent to the Sullivan County Hail on $2,500 cash bail.

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