Crime

14-year-old charged in Onteora bomb threat

Above: Onteora Central School. Photo via the school's Facebook page. 

A 14-year-old Onteora School District student has been charged in connection with a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of the school on Thursday, according to a statement from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

The student, who is not being named, was charged with a class E felony for falsely reporting an incident in a second degree, police say.

The Ulster County Sheriff's Office issued a new statement about the incident today that contained more details about yesterday's bomb scare.

According to the statement, school staff found a note in a school bathroom around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday that stated that a bomb was about to go off on campus, police say.   Read more

Bomb threat at Woodstock Golf Club prompts road closures, evacuation

Above: The Woodstock Golf Club. Photo via the club's website. 

A bomb threat that was phoned in to the Woodstock Golf Club around 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 prompted an evacuation and road closures in the Ulster County town of Woodstock, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Roads near the Golf Club, which is located between Route 375 and Route 212 in Woodstock, were closed for several hours on Thursday evening as members of the Woodstock, West Hurley and Centerville-Cedar Grove fire departments responded to the scene, police say. The club itself was evacuated. 

An explosive-sniffing dog from the Poughkeepsie Police Department was brought in to investigate, according to the press release.

Detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office and investigators from the New York State Police are still investigating the incident, and no formal finding about the presence of a bomb has been announced.  Read more

Three busted for narcotics sales in Margaretville; pot plants discovered at home of one suspect, police say

Above: Christopher H. Fairbairn, Salvatore M. Esposito and Karen C. Certain. Photos via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Three people were charged with selling narcotics in and near the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Friday, July 29, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher H. Fairbairn of Weaver Hollow Rd. was arrested for allegedly selling heroin three times in the town of Middletown in March 2016, police say. He was charged with three counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Salvatore M. Esposito, a 69-year-old man who lives on Route 28 in Margaretville, was charged with allegedly selling Oxycodone and Fentanyl, both opioid prescription drugs, from his home in March, police say. He was charged with three counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Karen C. Certain, a 62-year-old living on Austin St., was charged with allegedly selling hydrocodone tablets from her home on three occasions in June and July, police say. She was charged with three counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Read more

14-year-old girl charged with setting string of car fires in Summit

New York State Police have announced the arrest of a teenage girl on Thursday, July 14 in connection to a series of car fires and vandalism in the Schoharie County town of Summit. State Police, flanked by members of the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, the Summit Fire Department, and other cooperating entities in the multi­agency investigation, made the announcement at Troop G Headquarters in Latham on Friday afternoon.

The girl, who was not identified by State Police, was charged with a laundry list of felonies and misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and arson. She is only 14 years old and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Between June 26 and July 11, state and local police received five separate reports of arson and vandalism to cars on Baldwin Road. In one of the incidents, three cars were set on fire near an occupied house, which was also damaged by the fire. 

All incidents took place on Baldwin Road in the town of Summit.  Read more

Tow truck driver knocked over utility pole and fled, police say

A Deposit man driving a tow truck knocked over a utility pole and fled the scene while intoxicated on Monday in the Delaware County town of Tompkins, police say.

Above: Adam K. Buteau. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Thirty-year-old Adam K. Buteau was driving a 2002 International Harvester flatbed tow truck owned by Buteau’s Economy Auto of Deposit when he rammed into a wooden utility pole on County Road 47 on Monday evening, July 11, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

The impact severed the pole, which fell across the road and blocked traffic, police say.

Buteau fled the scene in the truck, and then abandoned the vehicle and was found walking along the road about three miles from the crash scene, according to the press release.  Read more

Crash kills 20-year-old man in Blenheim

State police say that a Preston Hollow man died in a one-vehicle crash on Friday, July 8 in the Schoharie County town of Blenheim.

According to Trooper Mark J. Cepiel, the public information officer at Troop G headquarters in Latham, troopers were dispatched at 7:56 p.m. on Friday to investigate the crash on Route 30 in Blenheim.

According to the accident report, 20-year-old Jacob B. Pruiksma was headed north on the highway when his vehicle veered onto the right shoulder and then overcorrected, overturning several times. 

Pruiksma, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him, according to the police report.

He was declared dead at the scene by a Schoharie County coroner and taken to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy. The cause of death was listed as massive head trauma.

Cepiel said that Pruiksma was alone in the vehicle and that there were no witnesses to the crash, which was reported by a passerby.  Read more

Four-year-old boy drowns at Sullivan County bungalow colony

A four-year-old boy from Brooklyn drowned on Sunday, July 10 in a partially-filled swimming pool at a summer bungalow colony in the Sullivan County town of Bethel, local newspapers report.

The child, whose name has been alternatively reported as Shimon Weisz, Shimon Weiz, and Shimon Weiss, wandered away from his family around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to Voz Iz Neias.

He was found around 6:45 p.m. floating facedown in an above-ground swimming pool on the bungalow colony property that had just been opened for the season, according to the Times Herald-Record  Read more

Drunk driver rams tent at Ukrainian camp while doing donuts, police say

A 32-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested on Saturday, July 9 after he drunkenly drove his car into an occupied tent at a Ukrainian summer camp in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing and then threatened to use a firearm, police say.

Yuriy Plesnik of Stoughton, Massachusetts was reportedly “doing donuts”—driving his car in tight circles—at the Oselia CYM Ukrainian Camp in the village of Ellenville around 9:55 p.m. on Saturday when he drove into another camper’s campsite and hit a tent, according to a press release issued by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

The tent was occupied when Plesnik hit it, police say. In an altercation that followed the crash, Plesnik threatened to use a gun, according to the press release.

Plesnik’s blood alcohol content was measured at more than .18 percent when he was arrested, police say.  Read more

Fatal crash, drowning and bizarre shooting happen in Greene County over weekend

One person drowned, another was killed when an SUV flipped over and a third was found riding in a car with a gunshot wound in a series of odd incidents in Greene County over the weekend, according to media reports.

Only sketchy details are available from police about all three incidents.

First, on Friday, July 8, a person drowned in a “small body of water” near Route 145 in the town of Durham, the New York State Police told the Daily Mail.  County officials have ordered a toxicology report in the case, but police have released zero information about the victim, the circumstances of the drowning or even exactly where the incident occurred.

On Saturday, July 9, in the nearby town of Cairo, police had a shock when they pulled over a vehicle on Route 145 for a traffic violation, only to discover that one of the four men inside had been shot, the Daily Mail reported. The man was hospitalized, and no more information about the incident or the victim is available.  Read more

Man killed by deer in Roxbury crash

A 49-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a crash with a deer that happened on Wednesday, July 6 in the Delaware County town of Roxbury, according to the Daily Star, the Catskill Mountain News and the Associated Press.

The Catskill Mountain News has the most detailed report.

According to the CMN, Roxbury resident John Peters was sitting in the passenger seat of a car being driven by his fiancée, Renee Wojciechowski, on Route 30 around 6 p.m. on Wednesday when the crash occurred.  Read more


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