Schoharie County businesses hit by string of burglaries

Schoharie County businesses have been hit by more than their fair share of crime over the last week.

At least eight businesses in towns around Schoharie County were burglarized over the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Times-Journal reports:

Burglars broke into at least eight businesses in Schoharie, Cobleskill, Middleburgh and Princetown taking more than $11,000 in merchandise and cash.

The State Police are looking into a series of recent burglaries just after Thanksgiving at six stone and quarry businesses as well as Lenny's Tire in Middleburgh and TAS Sales and Service in Cobleskill.

The burglaries at the quarries and Lenny's were similar, police said. All involved break-ins on the weekend after Thanksgiving in which money was taken from a cash drawer or safe.

Snow blowers, a mower and a generator were stolen from TAS last week.   Read more

Tractor heist foiled in Sullivan County

State police in Liberty announced the arrest of 47-year-old Edward Patalon of Cochecton today, on charges that he stole a Kubota tractor from another town resident.

The tractor in question was reported stolen on November 16. With help from Pennsylvania state police, it was found on December 1 in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Patalon faces charges of third-degree grand larceny. He was arraigned in Town of Cochecton court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of bail.

Seven alleged drug dealers arrested in Walton

This just in from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office: A lengthy undercover investigation into drug activity in the village of Walton and around Delaware County has netted seven arrests.

The seven, all arrested on sealed indictment warrants issued by the Delaware County Court, were:

-Edna Cering, 30, of Walton, arrested Friday, November 30. Cering was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C felony, for selling Suboxone. Cering was arraigned in the Delaware County Court on Monday, December 3, and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility with no bail.

-Brittany Bakker, 21, of Walton, arrested Friday, November 30. Bakker was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Class B felonies, for selling heroin on two separate occasions. Bakker was arraigned in the Delaware County Court on Monday, December 3, and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility with no bail.  Read more

In Cobleskill, police look for new leads on a cold homicide

Above: A new billboard near Exit 22 off I-88, advertising a renewed search for information on the unsolved 1974 killing of SUNY Cobleskill student Kathleen Kolodziej. Source: New York State Police.

It has been nearly 40 years since the chilly day in November, 1974 when the body of 17-year-old Kathleen Kolodziej, a Long Island teenager studying at SUNY Cobleskill, was found on a stone wall in Richmondville. Still, the case remains unsolved.

A new effort by New York State Police and New York Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization that investigates violent crimes and cold cases, hopes to turn up new leads in the case. New York Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kolodziej's killer.  Read more

Three injured in Thanksgiving accident in Boiceville

A head-on collision between two cars on Route 28 in Boiceville on Thanksgiving Day left three people injured, and may result in charges being filed, state police say.

The accident was called in to 911 at 7:17pm on Thursday, November 22. According to New York State Police Investigator Benjamin Cooper, the accident occurred near the intersection with Upper Boicevill Road, and involved a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Nissan.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken by helicopter to separate hospitals, one to Albany Medical Center and the other to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. A passenger in one of the vehicles was transported by ambulance to Kingston Hospital.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, Cooper said.

The incident is still under investigation, and police expect that charges may be filed in the incident. Whether alcohol may have played a role in the crash is yet to be determined, Cooper said.

"I'm not going to give out the names involved until there's more information," he said.  Read more

Two West Hurley residents charged with Woodstock burglaries

State police have arrested two West Hurley residents in connection with a string of burglaries at homes in Woodstock. On Sunday, 24-year-old Mark D. Vandendooren and 23-year-old Kasandra M. Quednau were taken into custody.

Police say the pair committed daytime burglaries at three unoccupied homes in Woodstock. When arrested, Quednau also possessed a hypodermic syringe and a small amount of a narcotic drug.

Vandendooren is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, a felony charge. Quednau is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

The two were arraigned before Woodstock town justice Richard Husted and committed to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.  Read more

Drunk-driving duo arrested for assault after fiery car wreck in Kerhonkson

A pair of Accord residents who were injured in a fiery car wreck on Route 209 in Kerhonkson on Wednesday were apparently hale and hearty enough to attack EMTs, hospital staff and police at the Ellenville Regional Hospital.

Arrested on felony assault and other charges were 44-year-old Sherri Lynn Murden and 48-year-old Shawn A. Yerkes, both of 297 Whitfield Road in Accord.

Around 10pm on Wednesday, November 21, a Toyota Tacoma with Murden at the wheel struck a Dodge pickup truck, went over a guard rail, struck several parked cars and a telephone pole, then continued up a hill into a wooded area, where it caught fire. Parts from the vehicles struck a building owned by Gaydo's Auto Body, at 6212 Route 209. Ulster County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call and found all three of the vehicles' occupants injured: an intoxicated Murden, her passenger Yerkes, and the driver of the Dodge pickup, Brian Langseder.  Read more

Police trawl Schoharie County for underage liquor sales

On Friday, November 23, the New York State Police in Cobleskill and the Village of Cobleskill Police Department conducted an investigation into underage liquor sales in Schoharie County. As part of the investigation, an undercover underage volunteer went to 19 bars, convenience stores and liquor stores in Cobleskill and around Schoharie County and tried to buy alcohol.

One arrest was made during the investigation, at the Countryside Mart on 332 Main Street in Schoharie. 26-year-old Cobleskill resident John Felitti was arrested and charged with unlawful dealing with a child and unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor.

Man tries to sell 80 bags of heroin to undercover cop in Walton

On Friday, November 16, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Miguel Santiago in the village of Walton on a felony drug charge. Police say Santiago tried to sell 80 bags of heroin to an undercover drug enforcement officer.

A press release from the Sheriff's Office cites Santiago as a resident of the Bronx, but Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said that Santiago had been living in Walton for some time. DuMond said that the Sheriff's Office has been investigating the case for six months.

"This guy has been living in the village of Walton for quite a considerable a period of time," Dumond said.

DuMond said that Santiago's arrest is a major one for local law enforcement.

"It's a significant arrest for us. We're proud to make an arrest that involves this type of an individual and this quantity of drugs. However, the sad thing about these types of things is that there always seem to be more individuals willing to step up and fill the void left behind," he said.

The most recent arrest is a small piece of a much larger problem in the region, DuMond said.  Read more

Father abducts 4-year-old from Marlboro daycare -- Update: Amber Alert cancelled

Update: The Marlboro Police Department has cancelled the Amber Alert for Frederick McCluskey at 3:29pm. The Freeman reports that the boy is safe and his father is in custody.

An Amber Alert was issued Friday morning for four-year-old Frederick McCluskey, whose father allegedly abducted him from a Marlboro daycare at 9:20am today. Authorities said that the boy's father, also named Frederick McCluskey, threatened to harm the child and himself before fleeing north on Route 9W in a red Honda Civic.

The child is described as white, four years and nine months old, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is approximately four feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans, and has a small scar under his right eye.  Read more

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