Crime

Police: Drug suspects tried to run down cops in Hurley Ridge Market lot

Above: Sean K. Moorhus and Kevin R. Hunter. Mugshots via the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team. 

When members of Ulster County's drug task force interrupted a heroin deal in the parking lot of the Hurley Ridge Market on Tuesday, Jan. 27, two suspects tried to run them over, police say.

Responding to a complaint, members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) approached two cars in the parking lot of the supermarket on Route 375 in the town of Hurley around 1 p.m., according to a press release.

Police say that 40-year-old Sean K. Moorhus of Saugerties and 36-year-old Kevin Ronald Hunter Jr. of Woodstock were in the vehicles, conducting a heroin transaction.

When the police walked up on foot, Moorhus and Hunter allegedly "placed the vehicles into gear and violently reversed toward the Detectives," the press release states.

Then things got scary. From the press release:   Read more

Police: Amsterdam man bilked Deposit woman out of livestock and trailer

There's been a lot of bad checks written in Delaware County lately.

A serial check bouncer left a trail of larceny across the county earlier this month, and now the New York State Police say that they have arrested an Amsterdam man for writing $30,000 in bad checks to a Deposit woman. 

Left: Spencer E. Harford. Photo via the New York State Police. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the state police arrested 73-year-old Spencer E. Harford on a felony grand larceny charge. Police say that Harford wrote two bad checks in October 2014 to a Deposit woman who was selling him some cattle and a trailer, together valued at $29,800.00.

Harford "knowingly [gave] her checks when he did not have the funds," a state police press release states  Read more

Family of burglars caught by trail camera in Wurtsboro

Above: Rameek Alston and Teresa Wintermeyer. Photos via the New York State Police. 

A hidden trail camera caught a Wurtsboro couple red-handed as they burglarized an apartment with their 18-month-old child in tow, according to a New York State Police press release issued on Jan. 16.

A contractor who was renovating an apartment in Sullivan County began to suspect that the apartment was being burglarized when he noticed that tools and other items seemed to be disappearing, the press release states. So he installed a trail camera in the apartment to catch the burglar.

A whole family got caught in the act, police say. Thirty-year-old Rameek D. Alston, 31-year-old Teresa M. Wintermeyer and their 18-month-old child were all caught on tape breaking into the apartment and stealing property.  Read more

Toddler drowns in bathtub in Loch Sheldrake

A toddler vacationing at a camp in Loch Sheldrake reportedly drowned in a bathtub the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to multiple Sullivan County news outlets. 

A sergeant answering the phone at the Fallsburg Police Department said that no one was currently authorized to discuss the incident, but that a press release would soon be issued. 

According to reports from Yeshiva World News, JPUpdates and MidHudson News, the child, Benzion Zisha Lieberman, was the youngest of four children. The family is reportedly spending the winter in a weatherized home at Evergreen Estates Day Camp in Loch Sheldrake, and lives the rest of the year in Florida.

From JPUpdates:  Read more

Serial check bouncer left trail of larceny across New York and Pennsylvania, police say

Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

A Walton man allegedly bounced checks and stole large sums of money from victims across six counties in two states, police say.

Lee S. McDonald, a 35-year-old man who owns a contracting business called Blue Moon Construction, was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 15 by investigators from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release.

The Delaware County District Attorney's office charged McDonald with one count of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree. The exact amount of money McDonald allegedly stole is hidden inside a sealed grand jury indictment, but it is at least $51,000, and probably much more.  

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In Delaware County alone, McDonald has been arrested three more times for passing bad checks from the checking accounts of Blue Moon Construction and Dam Broke Farm, another business he owns.  Read more

Windham town supervisor charged with felony eavesdropping

With the arrest of their sitting town supervisor on Monday after a long and mysterious investigation, residents of the Greene County town of Windham may finally start getting some answers.

Windham town supervisor Stacy Post, 51, was arrested by New York State police on Monday, Jan. 12 on felony eavesdropping charges.

Police say Post, who is also the former town police chief, conducted illegal electronic surveillance in the Windham town office building while serving as the town supervisor. Post was elected in November of 2013. 

Post faces three charges of felony eavesdropping, a class E felony, and one charge of possessing eavesdropping devices, a class A misdemeanor. Police say she placed an audio and video recording device in the Windham town office building to eavesdrop on employees and other visitors to the building.  Read more

Checks from business called Dam Broke Farm bounced, police say

You can't say he didn't warn you. A Walton man who allegedly bounced $3,000 in bad checks to local businesses was using checking accounts with names that hinted that payment wouldn't be forthcoming.

Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Thirty-five-year-old Lee S. McDonald wrote a series of bad checks in Walton from the business accounts of Dam Broke Farm, LLC and Blue Moon Construction & Electric, Inc., according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

McDonald was arrested on Friday, Jan. 2 after a series of bad check complaints. He was charged with felony scheme to defraud and two misdemeanor charges of issuing a bad check.

Police say that more charges are pending, and that McDonald was " engaged in a systematic, on-going course of conduct to intentionally defraud a number of area businesses by issuing bad checks."  Read more

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


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