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

Three arrested for shooting at Margaretville gas station

Above: Keishaun Randall Harper, Joann Winne and Danielle Vitale. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at the Hess Express gas station on Route 28 in Margaretville that left an Arkville man wounded, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police on Friday evening, Nov. 7.

Keishaun Randall Harper, a 34-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with felony assault and attempted robbery. He allegedly shot McKenzie Alexander of Arkville in the back of a car in the gas station's parking lot at 10:13 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Two women were also arrested in connection with the incident. Thirty-two-year-old Joann Winne of Margaretville and 24-year-old Danielle Vitale of Arkville were each charged with felony attempted robbery. 

The three suspects were taken into custody by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police from Kingston, and then were arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail, the press release states

Below: The Hess Express gas station in Margaretville. Photo by Lissa Harris.   Read more

Home invasion rattles Schoharie residents

A man wearing a ski mask and a blue hoodie has the residents of Schoharie County nervous this week after he allegedly invaded a home on Route 30 early on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Social media lit up with gossip on Saturday as drivers along Route 30 saw police action in the town of Schoharie.

According to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, a man invaded the residence at 8:49 a.m., and then fled along Route 30. Police are looking for anyone who matches his description.

The Schoharie Times Journal called the incident "bizarre," and said that one person was injured. The paper got more details about the crime from Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond:   Read more

Man set fire to house with six people inside, police say

Left: Caleb Segura. Photo via the New York State Police

Nineteen-year-old Caleb Segura intentionally set fire to a house while a family of six was inside, police say.

Segura was charged with arson and attempted murder, and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bail. 

The fire consumed much of the back of the house in the Greene County village of Catskill in the wee hours of Monday, Nov. 3, but no one was injured, according to a New York State Police press release:  Read more

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