Crime

Taste of Country security guard arrested for assault at concert

A security guard working at this year's immensely popular Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in the Greene County town of Hunter has been charged with assault for causing "serious facial injuries" to a 21-year-old man, police say.

Left: Bruce D. Belfer. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Fifty-two-year-old Bruce D. Belfer, a New Jersey resident, allegedly kicked the man in the face and struck him "with a blunt object," according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Belfer was charged with second-degree felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in the village of Tannersville Court and has been released on bail.

Son of woman who died in Rock Hill parade kills himself during encounter with police

The 43-year-old son of a woman who was killed during Rock Hill's St. Patrick's Day Parade in March shot himself during an encounter with police in Rock Hill on Wednesday, June 17, according to MudHudson News and the Times Herald-Record

Richard Bernstein, who originally grew up in the Sullivan County hamlet of Rock Hill, was the son of Susan McCormick, police say.

Left: Richard Bernstein in his Collier County mugshot. Via the Collier County Sheriff's Office

McCormick was a 56-year-old Rock Hill resident who died after she fell off a float in the parade and was run over on March 14.

Bernstein, a resident of Naples, Florida, spoke at his mother's funeral; the Times Herald-Record has photos of him at the ceremony. 

In May Bernstein was arrested in Collier County, Florida on criminal charges related to having a sexual relationship with a young teenage girl, according to the Naples Daily News. 

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Treasurer stole $80,000 from Liberty cemetery, police say

After a two-month investigation, the New York State Police have arrested the 61-year-old treasurer of the Liberty Cemetery Association for reportedly pilfering over $80,000 from the cemetery's accounts.

Left: Deborah Lyden, via the New York State Police.

Police arrested Deborah Lyden of Liberty on Saturday, June 13 and charged her with felony grand larceny in the second degree, according to a press release.

Lyden was arraigned in the town of Rockland Court and is free after posting $25,000 bond, police say.

The Liberty Cemetery is located on Cold Spring Road in the Sullivan County village of Liberty.  Read more

Police dog finds 67 bags of heroin in Delhi; five people arrested

Above: Ronnie and his handler, Delhi police officer Matthew Davis. Photo via the Southern Tier Police Canine Association

A police dog named Ronnie found 67 individually-wrapped bags of heroin in a drug bust that netted five people on Wednesday, June 10 in the Delaware County town of Delhi, police say.

Ronnie is a relative newbie to the job -- he was donated to the Delhi Police Department a year ago to work as a narcotics detection dog, according to the Southern Tier Police Canine Association. He found the drugs, as well as cash and hypodermic needles, in a vehicle.

Of the five people who were arrested in the bust, two were from Long Island: 28-year-old Jason K. Arnold and 36-year-old Michelle L. Aloisi, both of Floral Park, according to a Village of Delhi Police Department press release.

Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more

Palenville father arrested for severely beating his infant son

A 27-year-old Palenville man allegedly caused "life-threatening injuries" after beating his four-month-old son last week, according to the New York State Police and the Daily Freeman.

Left: Kirk Berry. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Kirk Berry was reportedly at home with his son in their home on Route 32A in the Greene County hamlet of Palenville on Friday, June 5 when he "became angry" and severely battered the child, according to a state police press release.

Berry was arrested on Tuesday, June 9 for assaulting the baby. He was arraigned in the town of Cairo Court and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $50,000 cash bail, police say.

A state police lieutenant has told the Daily Freeman that the baby's condition is critical:  Read more

Woodstock men arrested for bath salts in Shandaken

Police arrested two Woodstock men for allegedly possessing 38 capsules of "bath salts," an illegal synthetic stimulant, in the Ulster County town of hamlet Mount Tremper on Tuesday, June 9 after pulling them over for a traffic violation, according to a press release from the town of Shandaken Police Department.

Twenty-four-year-old Kenneth R. Walker and 29-year-old Victor P. Plaza were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the possession of "bath salts" illegal in 2013

Walker and Plaza were pulled over around 10 p.m. on Tuesday while heading west on Route 28, according to Fred Holland, a detective with the Shandaken Police Department. 

When the police "smelled a strong odor of marijuana" in the car, they searched the vehicle and found the bath salts, police say. (The men were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.) 

Both men were arraigned in the town of Hurley Court and are being held in the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 bail each.   Read more

Man stole planters from Coxsackie cemetery, sold them for profit, police say

A 24-year-old Coxsackie man resorted to cemetery desecration when he needed some extra cash in April, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Kristopher K. Komaromi stole multiple concrete flower planters from grave sites in Coxsackie's Riverside Cemetery during the week of April 27, police say. He then reportedly sold the planters to local antique shops, netting himself a profit.

According to WNYT, one of those antiques dealers turned Komaromi in last week.

Komaromi was arrested on Friday, May 22 and is being charged with three counts of first degree cemetery desecration, a felony, and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.

WNYT visited Riverside Cemetery on Tuesday, May 26 and talked to distraught relatives of the dead:  Read more

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. 


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