Three charged in Margaretville-area cocaine bust

A three-month investigation into cocaine sales in Delaware County netted three arrests in the Town of Middletown on Wednesday, state police say.

According to a statement from the New York State Police, three people were arrested at a home at 104 Frog Alley Road at 7:45pm on Wednesday: 57-year-old Victor Perez and his wife, 47-year-old Kris Perez, both residents of the Frog Alley Road home, and 53-year-old John D. Gilchrist of 2 Olga Drive in Margaretville.

Troopers searched the house and seized 46 packets of cocaine packaged for sale, with a street value of about $2,300, as well as packing materials and a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition. Gilchrist, who was in the driveway of the home, was found in possession of cocaine.

Both Victor and Kris Perez are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. They were arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.  Read more

Threats made at Delaware Academy

Delhi village police arrested two suspects Thursday for allegedly making threats at the Delaware Academy Central School District in Delhi.

Parents of children at the school got two troubling voicemail messages from the school -- one Wednesday and one on Thursday -- announcing that threats had been made at the school.

The text of Thursday's voicemail message:  Read more

Savage beating leaves Denning woman dead

Above: Gerald Babcock. Photo from New York State Police. Below: Jamielynn Bleakley. Photo from Keyser Funeral Service website.

A Denning man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, after allegedly beating his girlfriend to death in the couple's home in a remote area near the Ulster/Sullivan County border.  

According to a statement from the New York State Police, first responders from Mobil Medic responded on the morning of March 6 to a Sullivan County 911 call at 8 Woodfield Road in Denning, where they found 37-year-old Jamielynn Bleakley outside the house suffering from multiple injuries. Bleakley died of her injuries the next day at Westchester Medical Center.  Read more

Three SUNY Delhi students arrested on drug charges

All press is good press, or so the saying goes -- but not so at SUNY Delhi this week, where news of several student drug arrests follows closely on the heels of a bomb hoax that evacuated the tallest building in Delaware County on Tuesday

Delaware County sheriff's deputies have arrested three SUNY Delhi students on drug charges this week. One student faces only a minor charge of possession of marijuana, a violation under New York State law. Two others face more serious felony charges of selling or intending to sell drugs. 

On Monday, county sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old Gregory J. Nielsen of Port Jefferson, New York, after executing a search warrant in the village of Delhi and finding cocaine, marijuana, digital scales and cash. Nielsen is accused of possessing cocaine with intent to sell, and faces a charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Police say additional charges will be filed.  Read more

Bomb threat at SUNY Delhi ruled a hoax

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

This story was updated at 2:25pm.

SUNY Delhi received a bomb threat that locked down the tallest building on campus this morning, according to an alert sent out by the SUNY NY Alert system at 9:34am and a press release issued by the college at noon.   Read more

Police: Man flips car in Denning

A 60-year-old Pennsylvania man flipped over his SUV on Peekamoose Road in the town of Denning on Friday, March 8, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reports today.

Kenneth John Rex's Jeep Grand Cherokee was found upside down blocking both lanes of traffic when police arrived around 5pm, the press release reports. Rex was uninjured in the crash. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Read the full press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office below:

Deputies of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office report the arrest of Kenneth John Rex 60 of Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania following a one car property damage motor vehicle accident on Peekamoose Road at 5:10 PM March 8th, 2013 in the Town of Denning.

Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a one car motor vehicle accident and found a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Rex on it's roof blocking both lanes of traffic. Rex who was uninjured in the crash, failed the standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested.  Read more

Walton man arrested on drug and weapon charges after car accident

A 47-year-old Walton man was arrested on Tuesday morning at the scene of a one-car accident on County Route 14 in Franklin, when Delaware County sheriff's deputies found drugs and weapons in the car he was driving.

Rafael Macken was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs (a misdemeanor), one count each of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (class C and D felonies), fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a class D felony), two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (misdemeanors), unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to keep right.

According to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, an investigation of Macken's car after the accident turned up a loaded .22 caliber handgun, a silencer, switchblade and metal knuckle knives, a number of unspecified controlled substances and marijuana.

Macken was arraigned in the Town of Franklin Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond.

Truck strikes and kills Deposit woman; driver faces manslaughter charge

On Saturday evening, March 2, a truck towing an empty snowmobile trailer on State Route 8 in Deposit struck and killed a woman. The truck's driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter, according to a news release from the New York State Police.

The victim, 79-year-old Barbara Seymour, was walking on Route 8 near her house around 6:55pm when the truck hit her. Seymour was rushed by ambulance to Wilson Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck, 56-year-old James Gruscavage of Deposit, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the second degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Deposit Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The New York State Police is still investigating the incident.

Police foil burglary in Gilboa

State police say they caught two burglars red-handed in the process of stealing copper piping, electronics and tools from a house on Potter Mountain Road in Gilboa early Friday morning. 

According to a news release from the New York State Police, troopers Jason Seaman and Mark DeMichele discovered a burglary in progress at the house, at 1:55am Friday. As they approached the house, two people attempted to drive away in a 1999 Mercury. The troopers stopped the car and found copper piping in the trunk, and a sign on the door of the car advertising "Free Salvage Removal." 

Arrested were 41-year-old William Person of Northville and 52-year-old Wendy Ryan of Middleburgh, the owner of the car.

Police say Person and Ryan stole a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and a tool box from the house, and entered a crawlspace to remove the copper piping, destroying the home's heating system.

Person was arraigned in the Town of Cobleskill court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Ryan was released on her own recognizance.  Read more

Armed men break into home in Esopus

The Ulster County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who broke into an Esopus home on Wednesday evening, pistol-whipped an occupant of the house, robbed the house, and fled on foot.

The home invasion occurred around 7:30pm at Lampman Avenue in Port Ewen. In a news release, sheriff's deputies describe the suspects as "two black males, one about 5’10” and skinny, the other about 5’04” and skinny, both wearing ski masks."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ulster County Sheriff's Office at 845-340-3958, e-mail the case agent at [email protected] or send a message to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Police say all information received will be kept confidential.

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