Crime

Police: Oneonta man raped acquaintance in Davenport

An Oneonta man was arrested yesterday on several charges, including rape, following an investigation into a sexual assault that occurred early Monday in the Delaware County town of Davenport, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 30, Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old William J. Hilgers, who is accused of engaging in sex with an acquaintance by “forcible compulsion” while the victim was "physically helpless," according to the press release. 

Police said that Hilgers restrained the victim in an attempt to prevent the person from fleeing or ending the assault.

Hilgers was charged with rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, a class B felony, sexual abuse in the first degree, also a class B felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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Police: Skeleton found in Monticello woods belongs to missing woman

A body found in the woods behind a Sullivan County housing complex was the remains of a 31-year-old woman who disappeared in May, the Monticello police said last week.

According to the Times Herald-Record and Mid-Hudson News, the village of Monticello's police department issued a statement on July 25 reporting that a body found near the Sleepy Hollow Apartments in Monticello on June 10 belonged to April Parker, who had been missing since May 26.

From the THR

The remains were positively identified as Parker's by DNA testing performed at the New York State Police Forensic Identification Center in Albany, police said. An autopsy determined that the manner of death was homicide, but authorities did not release any other details.

Monticello police said they do not believe Parker was the victim of a random act of violence.

Manhunt on for suspect who robbed Kingston bank this morning

Above: A photo of the suspect in today's robbery of a Kingston bank, issued by the Kingston Police Department.

The Rondout Savings Bank on Schwenk Drive in Kingston was robbed this morning, and the suspect who fled from the scene along an old railroad bed is still at large, according to a press release from the Kingston Police Department. There were no injuries.

Around 11 a.m on Friday, July 25, a black man wearing a white button-down chirt, a black baseball cap, glasses, and a piece of cloth covering his face entered the bank and demanded cash from the tellers, according to the press release. The suspect then fled on foot along an old railroad bed that runs between a riverbank and Dutch Village Apartments. 

The Kingston Police Department has released a photo of the suspect, above, and is also searching for a possible witness to the robbery. Details are available on the Department's Facebook page

Kingston man arrested on assault, robbery and child endangerment charges

A Kingston man was arrested Monday on robbery, assault and child endangerment charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and stole her car, according to a New York State Police press release.

Police arrested Charles M. Burgher, 23 of Kingston after an investigation into a domestic dispute in the Town of Esopus.

During the course of the dispute, which played out in front of children, Burgher allegedly assaulted a woman police said he had a relationship with. The woman sustained minor injuries, according to a state police spokesperson.

Burgher forcibly took a set of car keys from the woman during the dispute and fled the area in her car, police said.

State police located Burgher and the car about two miles away from the scene.

Burgher was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the third degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more

Delaware County grand jury indicts two on drug charges

An ongoing investigation into heroin and other illegal drug sales in Delaware County has led to the recent arrests of two local people on sealed grand jury indictments, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. 

Arrested on Thursday, July 17 were 31-year-old Gerard Johnson of Walton, who faces charges stemming from the alleged sale of heroin in the village of Walton in June, and 41-year-old Cindy Manon of Arkville, who is accused of selling suboxone in the hamlet of Arkville. Both were arraigned in Delaware County court on Friday and remanded to the Delaware County jail without bail.  Read more

Fugitive arrested for attempted robbery in Gardiner

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly fled the scene of a home invasion robbery in Gardiner three months ago has been arrested and will face felony charges, police say. 

On April 3, 2014, two men broke into a home in Gardiner, and fled before police could arrive, according to a statement from the New York State Police. One suspect, 39-year-old Rasheem Lewis, was soon found at his home in Chester, NY and charged with second-degree attempted robbery, a felony. The other suspect was identified, but police did not locate him at the time, or release his name.

On Friday, police announced tha the second suspect had been arrested in Pennsylvania on a warrant: 32-year-old Andrew Jones of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Federal marshals assisted in Jones' arrest.

Jones was charged with second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault, both felonies. Police say Jones injured a resident of the Gardiner home during the April robbery.   Read more

Monticello man stabbed dog who defended his girlfriend, police say

A 31-year-old Monticello man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend's pit bull to death after the dog bit him during a domestic dispute is facing animal cruelty and harassment charges, police say. 

The incident was reported to police on Saturday, July 12 by a veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale. According to a statement from the New York State Police, the couple brought the dog to the hospital, claiming that they had found him on the side of the road suffering from stab wounds. The veterinarian noticed a bite wound on the man's arm, and called state police to request that a trooper witness the euthanasia of the dog.

The dog, a two-year-old pit bull, died of his wounds, police say.   Read more

Boot-camp drug rehab didn't keep Walton man from reoffending, police say

A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a "boot camp" drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.

Walton resident Matthew S. Parker, 36, was arrested last week on several felony charges, after he was allegedly found to be in possession of 293 bags of heroin, according to a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office press release.

On Thursday afternoon, Delaware County investigators and sheriff's deputies arrested Parker on a sealed grand jury indictment warrant charging him with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Read more

Cairo man charged with assaults with fist and fireworks

A 20-year-old Cairo man has been charged with assault after allegedly punching one person in the face and dropping lit fireworks down the shirt of another.

Cory M. Thompson was arrested by New York State Police at Catskill following an investigation into events occurring on July 5 at a private residence. 

In a press release dated July 10, New York State Police said that last Saturday, Thompson “repeatedly punched an individual in the face,” leaving the victim with facial fractures and a broken eye socket. That same day, police said, Thompson also dropped lit fireworks down another man’s back, leaving him with several burns from the explosion between his shirt and his back. 

Thompson was charged with second-degree assault — a class D felony — and third-degree reckless assault, a class A misdemeanor.  Read more

Driver in fatal Thruway crash arrested on DWI and homicide charges

The driver of a car that caused a fatal multi-car accident on I-90 on Friday, July 4 was arrested today on charges of vehicular homicide and manslaughter, among other charges. 

The driver, 24-year-old Tyler Pascuzzi, was taken to Albany Medical Center Friday night after he crashed his 2004 Volkswagen GLI into a 2003 Honda Civic, spun out and struck an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor-trailer. 

The Volkswagen split in two upon hitting the tractor-trailer.

Two passengers in Pascuzzi’s car -- Cody J. Veverka, 23, of South Cairo and Alicia M. Tamboia, 24, of Wingdale -- were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Upon Pascuzzi’s release from the hospital today, he was taken into custody by State Police and charged with the following:  Read more


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