Crime

Police: Man bit off his father's finger

Left: Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Clarke in a booking photo taken after a bar brawl on Dec. 19. Photo via the New York State Police.  

A 21-year-old Greenville man bit off part of his father's right index finger during a fight in a the parking lot of an Orange County bar on Friday, Dec. 21, police say.

Christopher Clarke was "highly intoxicated" when he left the Dark Horse Tavern in Slate Hill at 11:25 p.m. on Friday night, according to a New York State Police press release. After he allegedly began a fight in the parking lot, his father, 44-year-old Christopher Clarke of Greenville, tried to restrain him. In the process, the younger Clarke bit off part of his father's finger, police say.  Read more

Driver hits pedestrian as both leave the same holiday party

A man driving away from a holiday party on Arrowhead Road in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing last night hit a pedestrian walking home the same party, leaving him in critical condition, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Nicholas P. Bach, a 28-year-old from New Paltz, was leaving the party after midnight on Thursday, Dec. 18 when he allegedly crashed his Toyota Camry into 29-year-old William Johnson of Kerhonkson, who was leaving the same party on foot, police say.

When sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene at 12:16 a.m., they found "one pedestrian lying in the roadway with serious physical injury," according to the press release.  Read more

After police reportedly find drugs during traffic stop, man runs out into Route 17

Left: Julio L. Martinez. Photo via the New York State Police. 

After police allegedly found drugs in his vehicle, a Monticello man attempted to flee the scene by running into traffic on busy Route 17, according to a New York State press release

Julio L. Martinez, a 36-year-old from Monticello, was driving a black 1999 Honda westbound on Route 17 in the Sullivan County town of Thompson when New York State troopers pulled him over for unspecified traffic violations, the police say.

After the police reportedly found heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine hydrochloride in the vehicle, Martinez allegedly "attempted to flee the area on foot by running out onto State Route. 17, obstructing traffic."

Martinez was arrested a short distance away from where he was pulled over, police say.  Read more

Forestburgh highway superintendent charged with driving drunk

The highway superintendent of the Sullivan County town of Forestburgh was arrested on a drunk driving charge by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 28, according to Alex Beam at the Times Herald-Record.

Beam reports that neither the highway superintendent, 48-year-old Daniel Hogue, nor the Sheriff's Office want to discuss the incident. The Sheriff's blotter shows that Hogue allegedly crashed a 2008 Jeep in the town of Thompson before being booked and charged with DWI, Beam writes. 

Time Warner Cable News reports that the supervisor of the town of Thompson will discuss the incident at an upcoming town meeting. 

Man charged with injuring passenger in Shandaken rollover

A rollover motor vehicle incident on Monday, Dec. 8 on Silver Hollow Road in the Ulster County town of Shandaken left one man in critical condition, according to the New York State Police.

The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Brendan M. Bailey of Shandaken, was treated for minor injuries, while his passenger, who is not being named by police, was transported to Albany Medical Center with serious physical injuries and remains in critical condition, police say.

Bailey, the driver, was charged with driving while intoxicated and with felony vehicular assault. He was ordered to appear in the town of Shandaken Court. 

Shopping center evacuated after threat

Above: Carts full of holiday shopping were abandoned in the checkout line at Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 6 after shoppers evacuated the building after a "threat call." Contributed photo.

Several stores in the town of Ulster shopping center on Route 9W near Kingston were evacuated for several hours on Saturday, Dec. 6 after Walmart received a "threat call," according to the Daily Freeman. A Watershed Post reader sent us this photo of abandoned carts left by evacuating shoppers in the Wal-Mart checkout line, taken after the Walmart re-opened around 6 p.m.

Police: Livingston Manor man threatened others with knife

Left: Neal McCarthy. Photo via the New York State Police. 

A man with a knife and suboxone, a narcotic, was arrested in Livingston Manor on Friday, Dec. 5 for "threatening others and destroying the interior of a house," according to the New York State Police.

State troopers responding to a 911 call arrested 44-year-old Neal McCarthy of Livingston Manor and charged him with felony criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance, and a harassment violation.

McCarthy, who was on probation in Sullivan County, was arraigned in the town of Rockland Court and sent to the Sullivan County Jail, where he was held without bail. The Sullivan County Department of Probation has filed a probation violation, the press release states.

Police: Shandaken woman embezzled more than $50,000 from Kingston law firm

Hope Peters. Photo: New York State Police. 

A Shandaken woman will face felony grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her former employer, according to New York State Police. 

Hope Peters was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and charged with second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony. Police say she stole more than $50,000 over a period of four years.

At the time of her arrest, Peters was working at Ulster Savings Bank, said Trooper Steven Nevel, a public information officer for the New York State Police. But Nevel said the funds were stolen from her former employer, a Kingston law firm that employed Peters as a bookkeeper.   Read more

Walton teacher admits performing oral sex on two students

Above: Stephanie Fletcher. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Stephanie Fletcher, a 29-year-old who is accused of engaging in sex acts with students while she was a teacher at Walton Central School in 2011 and 2012, admitted to some of the crimes as part of a plea deal on Thursday, Dec. 4, according to the Walton Reporter:  Read more

Man who allegedly forced woman to swallow pill charged with felony abortion in Ulster County

Left: Thomas A. Pfeiffer. Photo via the Ulster County Sheriff's Office

Update 12/5/14: The Daily Freeman reports that Pfeiffer is a doctor; he is a licensed anesthesiologist working in the Hudson Valley. 

Original story: 

A 44-year-old Red Hook man is accused of strangling a woman and then forcing her to swallow "a pill that would cause an abortion" in the Ulster County town of Rosendale, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas A. Pfeiffer was arrested on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. after sheriff's deputies arrived at a residence on Dewitt Mills Road in Rosedale to investigate a no-voice 911 call, the press release states.

The call came from the cell phone of the victim, said Detective Lieutenant Ed Brewster.

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