Former ARC employee accused of stealing from the disabled

An investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office has led to the arrest of a former assistant manager at the Schoharie County ARC, who has been accused of stealing money from developmentally disabled ARC residents' personal allowance accounts.

On Monday, Dec. 16, 31-year-old Samantha Cross was arrested and charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies. According to a press release from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, Cross used the personal accounts of ARC residents to buy herself over $1,000 worth of items between November 2011 and November 2012, including cell phones, calling cards, iTunes gift cards and groceries. 

The investigation was carried out after the Schoharie County ARC alerted Schneiderman's office to the alleged thefts, said Schoharie ARC director Anthony Alvarez in an interview with the Watershed Post.   Read more

Middleburgh man arrested on weapons charges

An multi-agency investigation into several area burglaries has led to the arrest of a Middleburgh man on weapons charges, state police announced Tuesday. 

Arrested on Friday, Dec. 13 was 64-year-old Eugene Falco, who was charged after a search of his Middleburgh home uncovered several weapons Falco was prohibited from possessing because of a prior conviction. Police also found a wood splitter that had been reported stolen to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office. 

Falco is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal purchase of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. 

Investigating the burglaries were the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Otsego County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police at Fonda. 

Falco was arraigned in Middleburgh town court and remanded to the Schoharie County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Fund set up for Schoharie County girl whose teeth were pulled

A fund has been set up to benefit a developmentally disabled Schoharie County eight-year-old whose legal guardian is facing felony assault charges for pulling out three of her teeth with a pair of pliers, state police announced last week

The fund was set up at the Schoharie branch of NBT Bank by Schoharie County Social Services, the agency responsible for the girl's care. Funds made payable to "Paul Brady, Custodian" will be set aside for the girl's future needs, said Brady, commissioner of the agency.

"Long term, this child may not be in my care and custody forever. I'd like to establish this for her so as she gets older she can use it for whatever she'd like," he said.  Read more

Security cam leads to arrests in Oorah burglary

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Above: Video from surveillance cameras at Oorah BoyZone, a Jewish children's camp in the Schoharie County town of Jefferson. In the video, posted on Oorah's YouTube channel, one of the burglars can be seen climbing through a broken window and letting two other men inside.

Three Sullivan County men have been arrested and charged with burglary, after allegedly breaking into Oorah's BoyZone camp in Jefferson last week and stealing PlayStation gaming consoles, flat-screen televisions and ATVs. 

The burglary took place on Dec. 3, and was partially captured on the camp's security cameras. After a week-long investigation, on Dec. 11, state police arrested 43-year-old Jose Lopez-Hernandez of Liberty, 21-year-old Alexander Barragan-Pineda of Parksville, and 20-year-old Andrew Huebsch of Liberty. 

Many of the stolen items have been recovered, police say. The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.   Read more

Bomb hoax at SUNY Delhi -- again

Above: Evenden Tower at SUNY Delhi. Photo from a photo tour of the SUNY Delhi campus on the college's website

Two buildings at SUNY Delhi were evacuated early this morning, after a bomb threat was called in to university police and Delaware County 911. The buildings were declared safe and clear at 11:15 a.m., after a search of the area by police.

The calls came in around 7:13 a.m., according to a news release from the university. The caller told police that bombs had been placed in Evenden Tower and Sanford Hall, and were set to explode at 9:30 a.m.   Read more

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 [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

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