Man charged with murder in Kingston strangling death

A 49-year-old Kingston man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kingston resident Anita Jacobs-Royer, who was found strangled to death in her Third Avenue home on Sunday, February 3.

Audelis Cruz was arrested on Sunday, February 10, according to a statement released by the Kingston Police Department on Monday. Cruz had recently been released from prison, and was on parole for a first-degree robbery conviction. He was living in Room 45 of the Motel 19 Motor Inn, at 187 Route 28 in Kingston. 

Cruz's arrest caps off a week of intense investigation by the Kingston Police Department, who initially found Jacobs-Royer when a concerned family member called and asked police to check on her welfare.   Read more

Judge orders house arrest for Woodstock's drug-dispensing doctor

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Above: A short video clip by Daily Freeman reporter Paul Kirby about the sentencing of Wayne Longmore, former proprietor of the Walk-In Doctor's Office on Mill Hill Road in Woodstock.

Wayne Longmore, a 63-year-old Woodstock doctor who pled guilty last October to dispensing hydrocodone without a legitimate medical purpose, was sentenced in federal court in a plea agreement that stripped Longmore of his medical license and sentenced him to six months of house arrest.

The sentence was handed down in an Albany courthouse on Thursday, February 7 by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn.

In addition, Longmore must pay a $200,000 fine, must perform 200 hours of community service, and will be subject to three years of probation. He must also attend substance abuse and mental health counseling. Longmore has already surrendered his car, which was seized upon his arrest in March of 2012.  Read more

West Hurley man charged with sexual misconduct

A 22-year-old West Hurley man was arrested on Thursday after a seven-month investigation concluded that he had entered a female acquaintance's home, choked her and subjected her to sexual contact without her consent, according to an Ulster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office began investigating John C. Schiskey in August of last year on an allegation of unlawful sexual contact, Schiskey was arrested Thursday morning, the press release said.

Schiskey was charged with criminal trespass, criminal obstruction of breath or blood circulation, and sexual misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in the Town of Ulster Court on $2,500 cash bail, and will reappear in Town of Kingston Court at a later date.

Accord convenience store targeted in food stamp fraud probe

Three people have been arrested on fraud-related charges after a probe of alleged misuse of food stamp cards at Star Grocery, a convenience store on Mettacahonts Road in Accord.

Star Grocery has been under ongoing investigation into the use of electronic food stamp cards to buy non-food items for nearly two years, since March of 2011. The Ulster County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the business on Wednesday, February 6, and seized property and business records.

Arrested were 35-year-old Qadeer H. Shah, 39-year-old Lori A. Shah, and 34-year-old Alsa P. Quent, all Accord residents. All three were charged with the felonies of misuse of food stamps in excess of $3000.00, falsifying business records in the first degree and grand larceny in the third degree. The three were arraigned in Rochester Town Court and released to reappear at a later time.

The Times Herald-Record reports that the three were all managers at the store.  Read more

URGENT seizes over $200,000 from Connecticut man found with marijuana

The Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) has arrested a Connecticut man on minor drug and traffic charges and seized over $200,000 found in his car, according to a news release issued by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Eric M. Sobaczewski, a 39-year-old resident of Glastonbury, Connecticut, was pulled over by an Ulster County Sheriff's K-9 team on Route 28 in the town of Ulster, at around 1:15pm on Saturday. The arrest was conducted during a marijuana trafficking surveillance operation being conducted by members of URGENT.

A search of Sobaczewski's vehicle found $203,956 in cash and an unspecified quantity of marijuana. He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Both his car and the money found in it were seized pending forfeiture proceedings.

Sobaczewski was released on appearance tickets, but further charges could be added as URGENT continues its ongoing investigation.  Read more

Heroin use led to Gardiner car crash, police say

A 22-year-old Gardiner woman was arrested on Sunday after crashing her car while under the influence of heroin, according to an Ulster County State Police press release.

Ulster County sheriff's deputies reported to an accident where a vehicle had rolled over on Albany Post Road in Gardiner at 9:25pm on Sunday. The driver, 22-year-old Jillian Rose of Gardiner, had heroin and a hypodermic syringe in the car, police said.

According to the press release, police discovered that Rose had used the drug before driving, which led to the accident.

Rose was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument, all misdemeanors.

After being taken into custody, Rose was brought to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie for blood tests, and later released with appearance tickets for Gardiner Town Court.

Sex abuse suspect brain dead after suicide attempt in Greene County jail

The Daily Mail reports today that Daniel Medici, a 52-year-old Catskill resident who was arrested last weekend and charged with sexually abusing a minor, hung himself in his jail cell on Tuesday while awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Greene County sheriff Greg Seeley told the Daily Mail that Medici is now brain dead:

“When the paramedics got there, he had a pulse,” Seeley said of Medici, “but he did not get enough oxygen to his brain, [making] his brain dead.”

Medici is currently on life support at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Seeley said, adding that a decision whether to end life-sustaining treatment is expected to be made today...

...But Seeley said this wouldn’t have been a problem if the county had a new jail, something county lawmakers have brought to the table in the past.    Read more

Homeless man charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old

A 22-year-old homeless man was arrested last week in Ulster County and charged with having sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl, according to a New York State Police press release.

Mario Allen was charged with one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation revealed Allen allegedly engaged in sexual contact with the victim when she was left alone in his care, the press release said.

The Ulster County Family & Child Advocacy Center – which is comprised of the New York State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Ulster Police Department and Ulster County Protective Services – and the Ellenville Police Department aided in the investigation.  The case has been referred to the Ulster county District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Bureau, according to the press release.

Allen was arraigned in the City of Kingston Court and sent to Ulster County Jail on a $50,000 cash bail.

Catskill man charged with sexual abuse of minor

A 52-year-old Catskill man was arrested by New York State Police on Sunday and charged with the sexual abuse of a minor.

Daniel Medici, of 78 Toolhouse Road in Catskill, was charged with two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, endangering the welfare of a child and attempt to lure a child to commit a crime, with additional charges expected, according to a New York State Police press release.

Medici was arrested after an investigation by police found that he had engaged in sexual contact with an unrelated minor over a year ago. Recently, police said, he attempted to re-establish contact with the same minor through Facebook and lure the minor away from home to engage in more sexual contact.

Medici was arraigned in the Town of Catskill court and sent to Greene County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 secured bond. He will reappear in the Town of Catskill court for a preliminary hearing on January 31.

Grand Gorge man arrested after fistfight

A Grand Gorge man, 34-year-old Joshua T. Mudge, was arrested and charged with assault on Monday, according to a news release from the New York State Police.

Lieutenant Jeff Van Auken told the Watershed Post that state troopers showed up at a Grand Gorge address in response to a 911 call around 8:30am on Monday, and found a fight in progress.

"It was a fight -- there were no weapons involved, just fists," Van Auken said.

Mudge is charged with second-degree assault. He was arraigned in the Town of Andes Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. Mudge is scheduled to appear in the Town of Roxbury Court on February 6.

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