Crime

Man charged with injuring passenger in Shandaken rollover

A rollover motor vehicle incident on Monday, Dec. 8 on Silver Hollow Road in the Ulster County town of Shandaken left one man in critical condition, according to the New York State Police.

The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Brendan M. Bailey of Shandaken, was treated for minor injuries, while his passenger, who is not being named by police, was transported to Albany Medical Center with serious physical injuries and remains in critical condition, police say.

Bailey, the driver, was charged with driving while intoxicated and with felony vehicular assault. He was ordered to appear in the town of Shandaken Court. 

Shopping center evacuated after threat

Above: Carts full of holiday shopping were abandoned in the checkout line at Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 6 after shoppers evacuated the building after a "threat call." Contributed photo.

Several stores in the town of Ulster shopping center on Route 9W near Kingston were evacuated for several hours on Saturday, Dec. 6 after Walmart received a "threat call," according to the Daily Freeman. A Watershed Post reader sent us this photo of abandoned carts left by evacuating shoppers in the Wal-Mart checkout line, taken after the Walmart re-opened around 6 p.m.

Police: Livingston Manor man threatened others with knife

Left: Neal McCarthy. Photo via the New York State Police. 

A man with a knife and suboxone, a narcotic, was arrested in Livingston Manor on Friday, Dec. 5 for "threatening others and destroying the interior of a house," according to the New York State Police.

State troopers responding to a 911 call arrested 44-year-old Neal McCarthy of Livingston Manor and charged him with felony criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance, and a harassment violation.

McCarthy, who was on probation in Sullivan County, was arraigned in the town of Rockland Court and sent to the Sullivan County Jail, where he was held without bail. The Sullivan County Department of Probation has filed a probation violation, the press release states.

Police: Shandaken woman embezzled more than $50,000 from Kingston law firm

Hope Peters. Photo: New York State Police. 

A Shandaken woman will face felony grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her former employer, according to New York State Police. 

Hope Peters was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and charged with second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony. Police say she stole more than $50,000 over a period of four years.

At the time of her arrest, Peters was working at Ulster Savings Bank, said Trooper Steven Nevel, a public information officer for the New York State Police. But Nevel said the funds were stolen from her former employer, a Kingston law firm that employed Peters as a bookkeeper.   Read more

Walton teacher admits performing oral sex on two students

Above: Stephanie Fletcher. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Stephanie Fletcher, a 29-year-old who is accused of engaging in sex acts with students while she was a teacher at Walton Central School in 2011 and 2012, admitted to some of the crimes as part of a plea deal on Thursday, Dec. 4, according to the Walton Reporter:  Read more

Man who allegedly forced woman to swallow pill charged with felony abortion in Ulster County

Left: Thomas A. Pfeiffer. Photo via the Ulster County Sheriff's Office

Update 12/5/14: The Daily Freeman reports that Pfeiffer is a doctor; he is a licensed anesthesiologist working in the Hudson Valley. 

Original story: 

A 44-year-old Red Hook man is accused of strangling a woman and then forcing her to swallow "a pill that would cause an abortion" in the Ulster County town of Rosendale, according to a press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas A. Pfeiffer was arrested on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. after sheriff's deputies arrived at a residence on Dewitt Mills Road in Rosedale to investigate a no-voice 911 call, the press release states.

The call came from the cell phone of the victim, said Detective Lieutenant Ed Brewster.

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Two arrested in connection with Walton Spider-Man robbery

Left: Image of the suspect in a Spider-Man mask taken during the robbery on Nov. 28. Photo via the New York State Police.

Police have arrested two men in connection with a Black Friday robbery of a convenience store in the Delaware County village of Walton, according to a press release from the Walton Police Department.  Read more

Burglary ends in assault charge in Livingston Manor

Left: Travis Morton and Amanda Olivo. Via the New York State Police. 

Two Livingston Manor residents were arrested on Monday, Dec. 1, after allegedly breaking into a Manor apartment and then assaulting the occupants, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Twenty-nine-year-old Travis Morton and 22-year-old Amanda Olivo reportedly forced their way into the apartment around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning to collect a debt, police say. A scuffle allegedly ensued between the pair and the residents of the apartment.  Read more

Suspect in Spider-Man mask robs Walton store on Black Friday

An armed suspect wearing a Spider-Man mask robbed a Smoker's Choice convenience store in Walton the day after Thanksgiving, according to the New York State Police.

A police press release states that the store was robbed at 6:44 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 by the masked faux superhero, who was wearing a green sweatshirt and possibly fled in a green pickup truck. For the full press release, click here. 

Correction: An earlier vesrion of this story stated that an armed man robbed the store. The gender of the suspect isn't indicated in the police press release, so the masked robber could have been a man or a woman. 

Man accused of smuggling drugs out of Covidien found not guilty

Left: Jason Wilsey. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.  

The Walton Reporter's Lillian Browne has the news today that an employee accused of smugglng oxycodone out of a prescription narcotics manufacturing plant was found innocent of the crime in a swift decision by a Delaware County jury on Nov. 5. 

Thirty-four-year-old Jason Wilsey was acquitted in less than an hour, Browne reports.

According to the story, Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup argued that Wilsey stole the oxycodone from a blending room at Covidien, a narcotics manufacturer based in Hobart where he worked.   Read more


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