Crime

Florida murder suspect arrested after fleeing to Catskill

Above: Padron in a Florida mugshot, left, and in a mugshot taken after his arrest in the Greene County village of Catskill, right. He shaved his head and beard in an attempt to disguise himself while running from a Florida murder charge, police say.

A 25-year-old man wanted for murder in Florida has been arrested while hiding out in the Greene County village of Catskill, police say.

Jonathan D. Padron is a suspect in the murder of Thomas B. Nelson, who was shot to death in a vehicle on Saturday, May 9. The shooting occured in the parking lot of Genpak, a company that manufactures food service containers in Sebring, Florida, according to a New York State Police press release and media reports. 

Padron was Nelson's co-worker at the factory, according to a news report in Highlands Today.  Read more

Man died after speeding Jeep off exit ramp into Delaware River, police say

Above: An intersection in the Delaware County hamlet of East Branch where a man drove his Jeep off an exit ramp and into the Delaware River on Tuesday, May 5. Image via Google Earth. 

A 37-year-old New Jersey man was found dead inside a heavily-damaged Jeep Grand Cherokee in the Delaware River on Tuesday, May 5, police say.

Stephen J. Maikisch III of Somerset, New Jersey apparently drove off an exit ramp, through a guardrail and into the river "at a high rate of speed" sometime on Monday or Tuesday, according to the New York State Police. 

The crash occurred at an exit ramp leading from exit 90 off westbound Route 17 onto Harvard Road in the hamlet of East Branch in Hancock.

Maikisch was last seen over 100 miles away in New Jersey by a relative close to a full day before his body was found in the river in Hancock around 5:38 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Nathan Riegel, a State Police spokesman. What happened in between appears to be a mystery.   Read more

Wurtsboro man assaults girlfriend with fishing rod, police say

A 27-year-old Wurtsboro man beat his girlfriend with a fishing rod, then "knocked her to the ground, held her down and spit on her," according to the New York State Police.

The police press release describing the incident does not give a date or time for the alleged assault.

Edward V. Kalajian allegedly "struck his girlfriend with a fishing rod causing lacerations to her back" during a domestic dispute in his Wurtsboro home, according to a police press release. He also reportedly broke the woman's phone during the altercation by throwing it against the ground.

Kalajian is being charged with felony assault in the second degree and a slew of misdemeanors, including criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal obstructed breathing, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and unlawful imprisonment. He is also being charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation.

Kalajian was arraigned in the town of Mamakating and is being held without bail in the Sullivan County Jail. 

Armed robbery at Hancock gas station

Above: A photograph of a suspect who may have robbed a gas station in the Delaware County village of Hancock at gunpoint this week. Photo via the New York State Police.

A man holding what appeared to be a handgun and wearing a mask robbed a Mirabito gas station on Main Street in the village of Hancock on Tuesday, April 21, police say.

The man held up the gas station around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, according to a press release from the New York State Police. He then fled the scene on foot, heading west, with an "undetermined amount of cash," police say.

The State Police are searching for a suspect in the case. From the press release:

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 06” in height, medium build, with short dark colored hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and a knit hat with a brim.

Inmate dies at Sullivan Correctional Facility

Above: The sign at the Sullivan Correctional Facility. Photo by Medic18 via Wikipedia. 

An inmate at the maximum security Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg is dead and three correctional officers are injured, two with "serious physical injuries," according to the Daily Freeman, the Times Herald-Record and the Sullivan County Democrat.

Details about the incident are sketchy. The THR talked to a spokesman for the corrections officers union, which has been calling for more staff in mid-Hudson prisons.

From the THR:  Read more

Two arrested in cocaine bust in Delaware County town of Middletown

A New Jersey man and a Delaware County, New York woman were arrested on Friday, April 10 after New York State Police narcotics investigators found cocaine in the man's car during a traffic stop and raided the woman's Arkville residence, police say.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jose Ozuna was driving on Route 28 in Delaware County on Friday night at 10 p.m. when Southern Tier State Police drug investigators and uniformed state police personnel pulled him over and searched his vehicle, according to a State Police press release. The officers reported that they found five ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, a switchblade and $580 in cash in Ozuna's vehicle.

Left: Dawn Hayden (top) and Jose Ozuna. Via the New York State Police. 

After Ozuna was arrested, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at the home of 26-year-old Dawn Hayden, on Elliot Hills Road in Arkville in the Delaware County town of Middletown. Police say that they found a loaded .32 caliber revolver, a "Savage Model 30E" 12-gauge shotgun, a switchblade knife, a digital scale, a small amount of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia and four cell phones in Hayden's home.  Read more

Man stole $5,500 from his grandmother, police say

A 23-year-old Oneonta man stole $5,500 from his elderly grandmother and damaged a house she owns in Davenport, police say.

Aaron Macken (left) was arrested on Tuesday, April 7 and was charged with writing fraudulent checks on his grandmother's checking account, according to a press release from the New York State Police:

Macken had been stealing over $5,500.00 from his elderly grandmother’s checking account by cashing several fraudulent checks in 2014 and 2015.

Police caught wind of Macken's activities after being called to Davenport to investigate a possible burglary at a house his grandmother owns on Hansen Road on March 24, the press release states. Eventually, police charged Macken with damaging windows and cabinets in that house.

Police charged Macken with 17 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. They also charged him with felony grand larceny and criminal mischief.  Read more

Three people killed in Cherry Valley Fire

Three people were found dead after a fire consumed a home in the Otsego County town of Cherry Valley early on Thursday, April 2, according to the New York State Police. From the press release: 

On April 2, 2015, The New York State Police in Richfield Springs, in conjunction with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and Otsego County Emergency Management Team, are investigating a fatal residential fire that occurred at approximately 3:45 AM at 165 Hone Road in the Town of Cherry Valley, Otsego County. Three deceased subjects were located in the residence. Positive identification of the deceased subjects are pending autopsies and further investigation. Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs Fire Departments responded to the scene. The manner and cause of death are pending and the investigation is continuing.

4/3/15 update: The three killed were children, the Daily Star reports:  Read more

Citing "misconduct and abuse of authority," court removes Monticello's mayor from office

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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. (Warning: There's a lot of profanity. Jenkins throws the clock at the 1:21:55 mark.)

Monticello's troubled mayor, Gordon Jenkins, has been removed from office by a three-judge panel of the New York State Supreme Court's Third Appellate Division, according to a decision the court released on Thursday, April 2.

Citing a "serious pattern of abuse of authority and misbehavior," the court wrote that Jenkins is "hereby removed from the public offices of Mayor and Village Manager of the Village of Monticello." The removal appears to take effect immediately.   Read more

Stamford man flees police barefoot with 'limited clothing' for miles over snow-covered mountain

Above: Wooded mountain terrain on the border of Delaware and Schoharie counties where a 25-year-old man spent hours fleeing police on Friday, March 27. Photo via Google Earth.

A 25-year-old Stamford man jumped out his window and fled into the woods wearing "limited clothing" when probation officers came looking for him about a probation violation on the morning of Friday, March 27, police say.

Jesse E. Papas had no shoes and wore only "limited clothing," but he led sheriff's deputies, probation officers, a New York State Department of Conservation police officer and a trained police dog for miles on frozen snow over a mountain and into the next county before being caught, according to a Delaware County Sheriff's Office press release.

Ozzie, a trained drug-sniffing police dog that works with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, was key to the chase, police say:  Read more


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