Crime

Andes man charged with heroin possession

A 52-year-old Andes man is being held on $250,000 cash bail in the Delaware County Correctional Facility for allegedly possessing 30 bags of heroin in his car and for reportedly bringing a minor child along while trying to buy heroin last fall, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Left: Leland Liddle. Image via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Leland J. "Lee" Liddle of Andes was stopped in the village of Delhi on Thursday, April 21 for a minor traffic infraction, police say. During the traffic stop, police allegedly found 30 baggies of heroin in the vehicle.

Police had been watching Liddle since at least last fall, when they say they observed him and a minor child waiting in a vehicle at the Unadilla Fishing Access parking area in the town of Sidney to meet with a drug dealer from Queens.  Read more

Two Deposit residents arrested for allegedly possessing 205 bags of heroin

Above: Police raid an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit on Tuesday, looking for heroin. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police found 205 bags of heroin in an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit during a raid on Tuesday, April 19, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police raided the apartment after obtaining a search warrant as part of a heroin trafficking investigation at the Marvin Street Apartments, according to the press release. They allegedly found the heroin, a number of Xanax tablets and $200 in cash.

Above: Debbie L. Moore, left, and John J. Coe, right. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

The apartment's tenants, 45-year-old John J. Coe and 44-year-old Debbie L. Moore, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say.  Read more

Three arrested with heroin during Walton traffic stop

Above: Heather L. Terry, Daniel R. Bowker, Jr. and Kyle S. Buckley. Images via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A Walton man who was being investigated in connection with a burglary was arrested when police found heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Monday, April 4, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-three-year-old Daniel R. Bowker, Jr. was arrested while driving on Delaware St. in the Delaware County village of Walton on Monday afternoon with two passengers, 19-year-old Kyle S. Buckley and 29-year-old Heather L. Terry, police say.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office investigators were looking for Bowker in connection with a burglary of $1,000 in cash and coins that had been reported earlier that day in Walton. When they stopped his vehicle, they allegedly found a "quantity of heroin" inside, according to the press release.

The stolen money was not found in the vehicle, but police charged Bowker with burglary and grand larceny in connection with the burglary, as well as criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Read more

Police: Route 28 traffic stop finds 400 decks of heroin bound for Oneonta

Over 400 bags of heroin were found in a car heading from New York City to the Otsego County city of Oneonta on Sunday, March 13, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over 20-year-old Oneonta resident Francesa Lorusso in the Ulster County town of Hurley for a traffic violation on Sunday and reportedly found that she was driving with a suspended license, police say.

When deputies searched the car, they found over 400 bags of heroin hidden inside the vehicle, policy say.

Lorusso and her two passengers, 34-year-old Ricardo J. Korianski and 36-year-old Jason E. Blass, were then arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say. The three were "transporting a large amount of heroin from New York City to the City of Oneonta," an Ulster County Sheriff's Office press release states.

All three are being held in the Ulster County Jail on $25,000 bail, police say.

Four Andes men arrested for 12 burglaries in Delaware County, police say

Above: Images via the New York State Police. 

Four Andes men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into multiple seasonal residences across Delaware County and reportedly stealing more than 100 items over the course of several months, police say.

Thirty-nine-year-old Robert Weaver, 28-year-old James S. Stratton, 26-year-old Brett D. Trombley and 20-year-old Korey O. Bush have been arrested, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

All four men have been charged with felony burglary in the second degree and are being held in the Delaware County Jail on $7,500 cash bail.

Police say that 100 pieces of stolen property have been recovered in connection with the investigation.

Artist killed by car in Greene County while walking dog

Above: "Catskill Snow Storm in October" by Francine Barbet. Image via barbetart.com.

Seventy-eight-year-old Francine Barbet was killed in the Greene County town of Jewett on Friday, Feb. 26 when she walked with her dog into the path of an oncoming Jeep around 6:30 p.m., police say.

Barbet was walking her dog at Beecher's Corners, the intersection of Route 296 and County Road 23C, while wearing dark clothing, according to a Daily Mail article.

Left: Francine Barbet. Image via barbetart.com. 

As she walked into the southbound lane of Route 296, she was hit by 65-year-old Joseph Disanti of the Long Island hamlet of Shirley, who was driving a 2004 Jeep, according to a press release from the New York State Police.  Read more

Gilboa school bus driver drove students while drunk, police say

A bus driver for the Gilboa-Conesville Central School was drunk when he drove 13 children home during his afternoon run on Monday, Feb. 22, according to the New York State Police in Cobleskill.

Left: Daniel Mowers. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Forty-two-year-old Daniel R. Mowers of Delhi was arrested at the Gilboa School bus garage on Monday afternoon, according to a press release from the State Police. He was visibly drunk and had already dropped off all his students safely when police apprehended him, according to school officials and a police press release.

"We’re very, very grateful that no one got hurt," said Ruth Reeve, the superintendent of Gilboa-Conesville Central School. "Day in and day out, we work very hard to try to keep kids safe. That's our number one priority."  Read more

As wave of heroin arrests sweeps Catskills, opioids get political

Above: A poster from New York State's campaign to raise awareness about heroin addiction. New York State passed legislation to fund a heroin addiction awareness and treatment campaign in 2014. Photo via combatheroin.ny.gov. 

As a heroin epidemic spreads across the the Catskills, the topic of opioid addiction is driving politics in the region.

In the last two weeks, 13 people have been arrested in six major heroin busts in the Catskills. Two of the people arrested were teachers in Sullivan County schools.

Politicians and local officials are responding to heroin’s growing presence in the Catskills with task forces, hearing and calls for funding. They are also making opioids a central issue in the race for New York’s 19th congressional district seat, which covers the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in New York.

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First responders save man from heroin overdose in Livingston Manor

Above: Narcan, an opioid antidote, saved a life in Livingston Manor on Sunday. Image via Flickr user PunchingJudy.

A 32-year-old man who had overdosed on heroin was saved by first responders who administered two doses of Narcan, an antidote to opiates, in Livingston Manor on Sunday, Jan. 31, police say.

The man, who is not being identified, was found unconscious at the Willowemoc Motel on DeBruce Rd. around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

He had been unconscious for about 30 minutes, was not breathing and had no pulse when Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Sean Grady found him in the bathroom of one of the motel's rooms, police say.  Read more

First responders bushwhack six miles over rugged terrain to rescue injured hiker in Lexington

Above: The summit of Sherrill Mountain in Greene County is a three-mile bushwhack from the nearest road. Image via Google maps. 

Five forest rangers and two volunteer firefighters hiked six miles of rough terrain to a remote Greene County mountaintop to rescue an injured hiker on Sunday, Jan. 31, according to a press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the DEC received a call reporting that a 71-year-old woman from the Ulster County town of Marbletown had been injured near the summit of Sherrill Mountain in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness in the Greene County town of Lexington.

The woman had slid down an icy section between Sherrill and North Dome Mountains, injuring her ankle, according to the press release.  Read more


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