Crime

Three arrested for 4-wheeler theft in Cairo

Three young Cairo residents have been charged with breaking into a local home and stealing a four-wheeler, state police announced Monday. 

Arrested on Saturday, Dec. 7 were 19-year-old Michael Greenholtz, 18-year-old Maria Santarelli, and 21-year-old James Sylvester. All three are charged with second-degree burglary, a felony. Police say that in the investigation of a complaint about a stolen Yamaha four-wheeler, they found that the trio had burglarized a Cairo home and stolen the four-wheeler from the attached garage.

All three were arraigned before Cairo town justice Leland Miller and remanded to the Greene County Jail. Greenholtz and Sylvester were remanded in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond; Santarelli was remanded in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Modena gas station robbed at gunpoint

Ulster County police are looking for two people who robbed a Citgo gas station at gunpoint in the Plattekill hamlet of Modena late Sunday evening. 

The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. at 1975 Route 32, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. One of the robbers showed a handgun, and the pair robbed a clerk of cash and property before escaping on foot across Route 32. No one was injured, police say. 

Police believe the robbery was carried out by a man and a woman, but had no further description of the two robbers. 

An investigation is underway. Police are urging anyone with information to call the county sheriff's office at 845-338-3640, email am[email protected] or contact the police via their Facebook page.

Ulster County sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by New York State Police troopers and the Plattekill Town Police.

Gallupville man accused of pulling out child's teeth with pliers

Steven Walker. Photo courtesy of the New York State Police.

A Wright man was arrested last week for allegedly pulling three healthy permanent teeth from the mouth of a developmentally disabled eight-year-old girl in his care. 

Gallupville resident Steven Walker, 34, has been charged with two counts of felony assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

According to a news release by state police troopers, the child's missing teeth were discovered after she complained about mouth pain in school. The girl's regular dentist examined her, and found that three of her permanent teeth had been forcibly extracted.

The child has also been examined by a forensic odontologist and an oral surgeon. Police believe the extractions were done with pliers, and that they occurred about three weeks to a month ago.  Read more

Police investigate assault and apparent suicide in Hancock

An argument in the Delaware County hamlet of Fishs Eddy in the early hours of Saturday morning took a deadly turn, when a man apparently injured a woman and then took his own life. 

State police responded to a report of an assault at 479 County Route 28 in Fishs Eddy, in the town of Hancock, around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Arriving on the scene, troopers found a woman with injuries to her face, who said she had been in an altercation with 52-year-old Ronald Milke Jr., and had escaped the house after being injured.

Police were unable to contact Milke inside the house. Around 8:45 a.m., troopers entered the house to find Milke dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The house at 479 County Route 28 is on a small lot in a residential neighborhood. Milke is listed as the owner of the property in the Delaware County property database.

The woman, who was not identified by police, was taken to Wilson Hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

Three arrested in Bloomville heroin bust

Left to right: Alamin McMillon, Nakota Lame and Tammy Fairbairn. Photos from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A local mother and daughter and a Syracuse man were arrested in the tiny Delaware County hamlet of Bloomville last Thursday, after 130 bags of heroin were found in a search of a Bloomville home.

Arrested on Thursday, Nov. 14 were 46-year-old Tammy Fairbairn and 20-year-old Nakota Lame of Bloomville, and 26-year-old Alamin McMillon of Syracuse. Police had obtained a search warrant for Fairbairn's home after an investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. 

The search was carried out by Delaware County law enforcement, including the county's new K-9, "Ozzie," with help from a Chenango County K-9 unit and New York State Police narcotics investigators. Along with the 130 bags of heroin, police seized about $1,100 in cash and public assistance benefits cards.  Read more

Convenience stores in Davenport and Stamford robbed at knifepoint

Above: The Stamford Country Store on 2 Harper Street, which was robbed on Saturday by a masked man wielding a kitchen knife. Source: Google Street View. 

As if Halloween in the Catskills weren't scary enough: In the last few days, two Delaware County convenience stores were robbed at knifepoint.

The two robberies -- both committed by a man wielding a large kitchen knife, and wearing a blue knit balaclava that covered his face -- were similar enough that police believe they were committed by the same person. 

According to a news release from state police at Oneonta, the Stamford Country Store was robbed around 10pm on Saturday, October 26. The suspect brandished a large kitchen knife, demanded cash from the register, then fled on foot. Police say he was wearing a green or black jacket, work pants with zippers on the bottom, gray gloves and a blue knit hat with eye and mouth holes cut into it.   Read more

Police seek help investigating Grand Gorge fires

Above: Investigators comb through the rubble at Becker's Tire Service, a longtime Grand Gorge business destroyed by fire on Friday, September 27. Photo by Lissa Harris.

In the last month, two beloved businesses in Grand Gorge were destroyed by fire: first Becker's Tire Service on Route 30, on Friday, September 27, then Sundae's on Route 23 on Monday, October 14, just a few weeks later.

At first, neither fire was considered suspicious. But after reviewing the evidence, Delaware County police believe that the fires may have been intentionally set.

Undersheriff Craig DuMond told the Watershed Post that neither fire has been officially found to be caused by arson, but that police are investigating the possibility.

"At this point, the only thing our investigators want to say is that the fires have been deemed suspicious," DuMond said.  Read more

Walton woman jailed for swearing

In today's Walton Reporter is a must-read story about the case of Jeanie Groat, a Walton resident who is serving a two-week jail sentence for disorderly conduct, after cursing at an official at a horse show in 2010.

According to the Reporter, the charge stemmed from an F-bomb-laden argument between Groat and Jeannette Moser-Orr, then an official with Delaware County 4-H, after Groat's daughter was disqualified from the event she was competing in. Moser-Orr filed a complaint, and Groat was arrested.  Read more

Two Olive men arrested for arson and burglary

A fire at an Olivebridge home led to the arrests of two local men on Monday. Police say the two stole guns, motorcycles and other items, then set the home and its garage on fire to cover up the crime. 

On Monday, state police responded to a home at 622 Acorn Hill Road in Olivebridge, and found it fully engulfed in flames. The home was unoccupied at the time, and no one was injured in the fire.

According to a statement from the New York State Police at Kingston, a police investigation found that two men had broken into the home and its detached garage, stolen property, and set the fire. Arrested were 20-year-old Justin L. Elmendorf and 18-year-old Michael S. Sanicola, both of Olivebridge. The two face charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree arson. The stolen items included a 9mm handgun, three long guns, two motorcycles, chainsaws, and other items, all of which were recovered by police.  Read more

Three arrested in Delaware County for 2012 armed robbery

Photos courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

After a year-long investigation, Delaware County police have made three arrests in the case of a 2012 armed home invasion and robbery in the town of Tompkins. 

Arrested on Tuesday, on sealed grand jury indictment warrants, were three Delaware County residents: 27-year-old Andrew Dougherty of Delhi, 27-year-old Amanda Gahan of Walton, and 32-year-old Leon Grizzard of South Kortright, according to a statement from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The three are accused of breaking into a Tompkins home in June of 2012, and robbing the residents at gunpoint of cash and drugs. All three face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The first-degree burglary and robbery charges are both class B violent felony offenses. If convicted, the three could face up to 25 years in prison.   Read more


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