Crime

Large pot growing operation busted in Narrowsburg

A 38-year-old Narrowsburg man was arrested on Wednesday, June 12 after state troopers found a marijuana growing operation in a Ryder Road home. 

In a search of the home, police found over 100 plants and more than 10 pounds of processed marijuana, according to a statement from New York State Police. Vladimir Ignatenkov was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis.

Ignatenkov was arraigned in Tusten town court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Assisting in the investigation, along with state troopers, are the Westchester County Drug Task Force and Town of Greenburgh Police Department.

Chichester man arrested for burglary and stalking

A 55-year-old Chichester man was arrested Monday on burglary and other charges and jailed.

According to a brief statement from the Shandaken Police Department, Randy J. Ostrander was arrested at 6:40pm on Monday, June 10. He faces charges of second-degree burglary, forcible touching and second-degree stalking. 

Ostrander was arraigned in Shandaken town court and remanded to the custody of the Ulster County Sheriff's Department on $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.

Several calls to Shandaken police for more information on the circumstances of Ostrander's arrest were not returned. The New York State Police, who assisted with the case, declined to release any information since the case fell under the jurisdiction of Shandaken police.  Read more

Napping in tractor: Still counts as DWI, for Davenport supervisor

Not a good place to sleep off a few. Photo of tractor by Flickr user Leo Reynolds; published under Creative Commons license.

Hot off the press at the Daily Star: Dennis Valente, town supervisor of Davenport, has been arrested on DWI charges after falling asleep behind the wheel of his tractor with the engine off. With a prior arrest already on Valente's record, the charge was elevated to a felony offense, Denise Richardson reports:  Read more

They've been burgling on the railroad (allegedly)

Two Herkimer County men were arrested recently after they were caught red-handed stealing railroad spikes and spike plates from the Canadian Pacific Rail line in Richmondville, according to a statement from the New York State Police.

On Friday, May 31, state troopers responded to a report of a Pontiac driving east on the Canadian Pacific rail right-of-way near Raven Road. Arriving on the scene, troopers found one man loading railroad spike plates into the open trunk of a tan Pontiac Grand Am, and another man in the driver's seat. In the trunk, troopers found steel spike plates, spikes and J-hooks.

Arrested on the scene were 32-year-old Eric S. Markwardt of Dolgeville and 36-year-old Matthew E. Victor of Salisbury Center. Both men were charged with third-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny, both misdemeanors. They were released on appearance tickets for the Town of Richmondville Court.

Boiceville man on Ulster County's Most Wanted list arrested

A 20-year-old Boiceville man who was on Ulster County’s top 10 most-wanted list, for obscenity related charges, was arrested on Friday afternoon after turning himself in, police said.

In March, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of Thomas J. V. Lepak after he allegedly sent an inappropriate photo to a 15-year-old via Facebook, according to an Ulster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Police say Lepak fled the area. On Friday, Lepak surrendered himself to detectives and was arrested.

Lepak was charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor and arraigned in Hurley town court. He will appear in Shandaken town court at a later date.

The Shandaken Police Department assisted with Ulster County detectives in the investigation.

Bomb threat briefly closes Hunter gas station

A gas station just across the street from Hunter Mountain was on lockdown for several hours Wednesday night, after a bomb threat was called in to state police.

The Daily Mail reports that the Valero station was searched and declared safe:

New York State Police in Kingston said the gas station was locked down and the area around the building was cordoned off. An evacuation of the immediate surrounding area was ordered and police set up a perimeter around the gas station. People living beyond the evacuated area were told by police to stay in their homes.

A K-9 unit with a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in and the scene was declared safe at about 10:30 p.m., when police began allowing people back into the area.

Nothing suspicious was found, and the area was reopened.

Facebook threats target Walton children - again

For the second time in a year, the Walton Central School District has been besieged with virulent Facebook threats made against children.

On Monday evening, a message was posted on a local Facebook group threatening to shoot elementary school children in Walton, and then quickly deleted. The message, from user "Taylor Elizabeth" (possibly a fake or hacked account) read: 

Someone sent me a message and it said this...just wanted ta pass it on not looking for drama plz .......KIDS ARE GOING TO DIE TMO (TUE) AT THE WALTON LITTLE SCHOOL. ;) .  BANGBANG THEIR ALL DEAD!!! Kin..  1st and 2nd. & if I get that far 3rd Haha....(;

Left: A threat directed at children in the Walton Central School District, posted to a local group on Monday, June 3.  Read more

Firemen's Association treasurer charged with grand larceny

The treasurer of the Greene County Volunteer Firemen's Association (GCVMA) is accused of stealing money from the organization and covering up the theft by falsifying records. 

On Friday, May 31, New York State Police at Catskill arrested 52-year-old Mitzi-Su Fremgen of Durham, after an investigation into Fremgen's actions as treasurer of the GCVMA. Fremgen is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifing business records, both Class E felonies.

In a statement released Monday, New York State Police claim that Fremgen used GCVFA funds to pay personal expenses and then submitted fake documents to conceal the theft.  Read more

Former Covidien employee arrested on drug charges

A former employee of Covidien, a pharmaceutical company whose Hobart-based plant manufactures controlled prescription narcotics, has been arrested and charged with the theft of hydrocodone tablets from the plant.

On Thursday, May 23, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Wayne A. Morse III, a 26-year-old Hobart man and former Covidien employee. Morse is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all misdemeanors. 

Morse's arrest was the result of a tip from Covidien security officers, according to a statement issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The latest arrest is the second time this year a Covidien employee has been arrested on drug charges. In January, 33-year-old Jason Wilsey was arrested on more serious charges of drug trafficking, for allegedly selling oxycodone powder stolen from the pharmaceutical plant.

Morse was issued appearance tickets and ordered to appear at Town of Stamford Court on June 11.   Read more

Paroled murderer from Kingston accused of sexual abuse

A Kingston man who was arrested on Monday and charged with the sexual abuse of two girls -- one 5, one 7 -- has a long history with the law.

39-year-old Christopher Saitch, who is charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, is a convicted murderer who was released on parole last year after nearly 15 years in prison, the Times Herald-Record reports:

Saitch pled guilty in June 1997 to taking part in the execution-style killing of Errol Parchment in Rosendale. He was released from the Livingston Correctional Facility in May 2012 and put on parole.

According to a statement from New York State troopers, police say the abuse occurred in a home in the town of Ulster, where Saitch was alone with the children. The case has been referred to A.D.A. Elizabeth Culmone of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Bureau.  Read more


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