Crime

Parole-jumping sex offender arrested in Hamden

A Level 3 sex offender from Walton who was found hiding in a Hamden garage earlier this week has been charged with removing a GPS device that tracks his location and committing several break-ins. 

Police say 32-year-old John Cumo took off his GPS device early on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, a parole warrant was issued for Cumo's arrest.

On Wednesday, police found Cumo hiding in the garage of a seasonal home on Back River Lane in Hamden. The search for Cumo involved Delaware County sheriff's deputies, New York State Police parole officers and members of the U.S. Marshal's New York/New Jersey Fugitives Task Force.

During the investigation, police found that another nearby seasonal home in Hamden had been broken into as well. Cumo faces a charge of parole violation, one count of second-degree criminal trespass, one count of third-degree criminal trespass and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.   Read more

Fleeing driver shot by police on Route 28 in West Hurley

A driver fleeing police pursuit in a car reported stolen from a Marbletown home was shot by a police officer on Tuesday night, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reports.

Around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police say, Ulster County 911 received a call from a woman in Marbletown who said her car had been stolen from her driveway. State troopers spotted the car on Route 213 and pursued it, but were unable to get the driver to stop. The driver fled into the city of Kingston, where troopers lost sight of the car.

An Ulster County sheriff's deputy then spotted the car, and continued the pursuit. The chase ended on Route 28 in West Hurley, when the fleeing car swerved into an Ulster County sheriff's vehicle, taking both vehicles off the road. The driver was then shot by an Ulster County officer while being taken into custody, police say.

The driver is being treated at Albany Medical Center. Police have not identified the driver, or released any information about his or her condition.   Read more

Armed Gardiner man arrested after eight-hour standoff

A 59-year-old Gardiner man who fired a gun near people on his neighbor's property held police at bay through the night on Friday and into Saturday morning, barricading himself in his house on Route 44/55 and refusing to come out. 

Police responded to a complaint of shots fired at the home of Michael Yukowiec around 9 p.m. on Friday. According to a police statement, Yukowiec fired several rounds from a rifle at three people on a neighboring property before barricading himself in his house and refusing to come to the door or answer the phone.

An eight-hour standoff began, during which a SWAT team stationed an armored vehicle outside Yukowiec's house and deployed a surveillance robot to go inside the house and find him. Roads in the area were shut down during the standoff.

Around 5 a.m., Yukowiec finally came out and surrendered. A search of the house found a rifle and a shotgun.   Read more

Stabbed in the backside: Windham woman arrested for knifing boyfriend

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A 20-year-old Windham woman has been jailed on charges that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend in the aforementioned bit of his anatomy -- the right buttock, to be precise -- with a large survival knife. 

State police say they responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a Main Street apartment in Windham. Upon investigation, they recovered a knife from the scene, and arrested 20-year-old Erin Ratel, who is charged with second-degree assault (a felony) and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (a misdemeanor). 

The victim was transported to Columbia Medical Center and treated for a puncture wound.   Read more

"Operation Spring Cleaning" nets dozens of drug arrests in Ulster County

Above: Images from a photo gallery of arrests made during the recent URGENT investigation "Operation Spring Cleaning," posted on the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page

Over three dozen arrests were announced with great fanfare on Wednesday by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, the result of a seven-month-long undercover investigation into drug sales by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) dubbed "Operation Spring Cleaning." 

The Sheriff's Office and other URGENT members held a press conference at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in Kingston at noon to discuss the arrests. Police believe many of the drugs targeted in the sweep were coming into Ulster County from the New York City area, said Ulster County Lieutenant Ed Brewster, according to the Daily Freeman, which sent several reporters to cover the event live with online video clips.  Read more

Armed woman threatening suicide causes shutdown of Route 212 in Woodstock

Above: A Lenco armored state police vehicle brought in to assist with a situation on Route 212 on Monday, in which police crisis teams arrested a woman who was armed with a handgun and threatening suicide. Photo from the Woodstock Fire Department's blog.

A stretch of Route 212 in the Woodstock hamlet of Lake Hill was closed to traffic for about five hours on Monday morning and early afternoon, after police received a report of a woman firing an illegal handgun and threatening to harm herself, according to a report in the Daily Freeman. 

The Freeman's Diane Pineiro-Zucker has the story

Christine Becker, 62, of 4062 Route 212, was arrested about 3 p.m. and charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and with a violation of the state’s mental health law “as a danger to herself,” said state police Senior Investigator Stan O’Dell. He said police recovered the handgun.  Read more

Four-year-old struck in Kingston hit-and-run

Police are looking for the driver of a car that struck and critically injured a four-year-old child in a Kingston street on Thursday evening, then fled the scene of the accident. 

Around 10:10 p.m. on Thursday night, the four-year-old was crossing Koenig Boulevard near Spring Brook Village when he was struck. Police say that witnesses on the scene saw a dark-colored vehicle pulling away from the scene, headed southbound on Koenig Boulevard, but are unsure whether the vehicle was involved in the accident. 

The child is currently in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center, Kingston city police said in a news release.  Read more

Two caught using heroin in Jeffersonville parking lot

Two young Pennsylvania residents were arrested on Wednesday after state troopers caught them doing heroin in a Jeffersonville parking lot, according to a police news release

The pair -- 19-year-old Andrew Ott of Equinunk and 20-year-old Chelsey Metz of Beach Lake -- were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. They were both arraigned in Liberty town court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail, in lieu of $3,500 cash bail. Both are scheduled to appear in Callicoon town court on April 1. 

The image of heroin as an urban problem is eroding in upstate New York, as the drug makes new inroads into even the tiniest towns and villages; Jeffersonville, a village of just over 350 people, is about as rural as it gets. Many locals involved in healthcare, social services and law enforcement believe that heroin use is a growing epidemic in the rural Catskills.  Read more

Hurley standoff ends in arrest

A man who allegedly barricaded himself in his estranged wife's house in Hurley, threatening to shoot anyone who came in after him, was arrested Wednesday after a three-hour standoff with police.

The man, 45-year-old Edward Dixon of Sawkill Road in the town of Kingston, was wanted by police for an incident that occurred at his wife's house the previous day, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Ulster County police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the house on Kovacs Drive in Hurley. Dixon was not there when police arrived, but an investigation found that he had entered the house without his wife's permission, fought with her in front of two children, and taken her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Deputies got a warrant for Dixon's arrest.   Read more

DEP murder suspect David Reese indicted

David Reese, an employee of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection who stands accused of fatally shooting his coworker in February, was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury on Tuesday, several news outlets report. 

The shooting occurred in the DEP's Kingston office, early in the morning of Monday, February 3. Police say the 53-year-old Reese, a stationary engineer at the department who lived in Gilboa, shot and killed 33-year-old Aron Thomas, a watershed maintainer from Olivebridge.  Read more

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