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.

Fleeing burglar texts friend: "I am outrunning the police, come get me"

Two men were arrested and charged with burglarizing a home in the Schoharie County town of Summit on Friday: 18-year-old Devyn Clum of Bloomville, and 36-year-old Wayne Swart of Hobart.

State police said that troopers responding to the burglary in progress broadcast a description of the getaway vehicle as a green pickup truck. Meanwhile, another pair of troopers spotted the truck near the Old Summit Country Store on Route 10 and attempted to stop it, but the two men abandoned the truck and fled into the nearby woods.

As they were fleeing, police said, Clum texted a friend: "I am outrunning the police, come get me."

After an extensive search, state troopers found both men in the area, with help from a Department of Environmental Conservation K-9 unit.

Clum and Swart are charged with second-degree burglary -- a felony -- and the misdemeanors of possessing burglar's tools and resisting arrest.

Clum and Swart were arraigned before Town Justice Gerald Vester, Town of Summit, and remanded to the Schoharie County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond. State police were assisted by the Schoharie County District Attorney's Office.

Police foil snowboard heist at Windham Mountain

Acting on a tip from Greene County 911, New York State Police arrested two men yesterday when a search of their car turned up 12 snowboards that had been stolen from Windham Mountain. 

Arrested were 21-year-old Anthony Costa of Lagrangeville, the driver of the car, and 20-year-old Adam Wiemer of Verbank, who both face charges of grand larceny in the third degree. Costa is also charged with driving while impaired by drugs, and Wiemer is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

State police were alerted by Greene County 911 that a white Nissan Maxima had been involved in the theft of the snowboards earlier that day. When spotted by police, the car was traveling eastbound on Route 23 in Cairo.

Costa and Wiemer were arraigned in the Town of Cairo Town Court before Justice Leland Miller, who remanded the defendants to Greene County Jail in lieu of $1000.00 cash bail or $2,500 secured bond.  Both are scheduled to re-appear on January 30, 2013 at 5pm in the Town of Cairo Court.

New York State Police at Catskill were assisted by the Town of Windham Police Department and Windham Mountain Ski Resort Security.

Two Deposit men among five arrested in Binghamton heroin bust

A three-month investigation into heroin sales in the Southside area of Binghamton yielded five arrests last week, after search warrants executed in the city turned up over 600 packets of heroin, over $20,000 in cash, and other drugs.

Arrested were 33-year-old Juan Dela Cruz and 22-year-old Shaquana Riles of Binghamton, 42-year-old William Michalski and 44-year-old Paul Michalski of Deposit, and 31-year-old Mike Dela Cruz of New York City, according to a news release issued Friday by New York State Police.

William and Paul Michalski were arrested when a search warrant was executed upon their vehicle on Conklin Avenue. Located during the search were 33 packets of heroin, suboxone, drug paraphernalia and a blackjack.

Juan and Mike Dela Cruz were arrested after police executed a search warrant at Juan Dela Cruz’s residence at 9 Telegraph Street, Binghamton. A search of the residence yielded 572 packets of heroin and over $20,000 in cash. Mike Dela Cruz was found in possession of small amounts of marijuana and ecstasy.  Read more

This American Life recounts the tale of the con man of Narrowsburg

Above: Four Deadly Reasons, the film that sparked a Hollywood-worthy furor in the little Sullivan County hamlet of Narrowsburg over a decade ago.

Regular listeners of This American Life, a national radio program from Public Radio International, heard a local legend last week: The story of how the little Sullivan County hamlet of Narrowsburg fell for a smooth-talking two-bit actor named Richard Castellano, and let him walk off with tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for a few empty Hollywood promises.

In the January 18 show -- a repeat that first aired in 2000 -- producer Alex Blumberg talks to locals about how Castellano convinced a whole community to believe that he would put Narrowsburg on the path to movie stardom:  Read more

NBT Bank robbed in Sharon Springs

Several news outlets are reporting that an NBT Bank in Sharon Springs was robbed shortly after noon on Wednesday, and that state and local police are searching for the robber.

WKTV News reports that the robber -- described as a white man wearing a mask -- made off with over $10,000:

State Police say the masked man implied that he had a weapon on him, but did not display one in the course of the robbery. Authorities say the man left the bank on foot with more than $10,000 in cash.

No one was injured during the robbery and the bank was closed for the remainder of the day.

ABC News 10 reports that the robbery prompted the Sharon Springs Central School to go on lockdown for the afternoon, and has more description of the robber:  Read more

Covidien employee charged with drug trafficking

A Davenport man who was employed at the Covidien pharmaceutical plant in Hobart has been arrested on felony drug trafficking charges, after a lengthy investigation linked him to two other recent arrests involving the trafficking of oxycodone powder diverted from pharmaceutical manufacture.

Jason Wilsey, 33, turned himself in at the Delaware County courthouse on Tuesday morning, accompanied by his attorney. Wilsey is charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A-I felony that carries a sentence of 8 to 20 years for first-time offenders.  Read more

Soldier arrested in gun theft case

A U.S. Army soldier from the Schoharie County town of Wright was arrested last week in connection with a two-year-old break-in at a local home that involved the theft of several guns.

State police in Cobleskill stated in a news release that Luke T. Aulita, 21, who had been stationed in Washington State, returned to New York State voluntarily and was arrested on January 11. He is charged with fourth-degree possession of stolen property, a felony charge.

Aulita had recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, according to a news account from the Times-Union. An Associated Press account states that Aulita was in the Army at the time he allegedly stole the guns:  Read more

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