Bomb threat briefly closes Hunter gas station

A gas station just across the street from Hunter Mountain was on lockdown for several hours Wednesday night, after a bomb threat was called in to state police.

The Daily Mail reports that the Valero station was searched and declared safe:

New York State Police in Kingston said the gas station was locked down and the area around the building was cordoned off. An evacuation of the immediate surrounding area was ordered and police set up a perimeter around the gas station. People living beyond the evacuated area were told by police to stay in their homes.

A K-9 unit with a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in and the scene was declared safe at about 10:30 p.m., when police began allowing people back into the area.

Nothing suspicious was found, and the area was reopened.

Facebook threats target Walton children - again

For the second time in a year, the Walton Central School District has been besieged with virulent Facebook threats made against children.

On Monday evening, a message was posted on a local Facebook group threatening to shoot elementary school children in Walton, and then quickly deleted. The message, from user "Taylor Elizabeth" (possibly a fake or hacked account) read: 

Someone sent me a message and it said this...just wanted ta pass it on not looking for drama plz .......KIDS ARE GOING TO DIE TMO (TUE) AT THE WALTON LITTLE SCHOOL. ;) .  BANGBANG THEIR ALL DEAD!!! Kin..  1st and 2nd. & if I get that far 3rd Haha....(;

Left: A threat directed at children in the Walton Central School District, posted to a local group on Monday, June 3.  Read more

Firemen's Association treasurer charged with grand larceny

The treasurer of the Greene County Volunteer Firemen's Association (GCVMA) is accused of stealing money from the organization and covering up the theft by falsifying records. 

On Friday, May 31, New York State Police at Catskill arrested 52-year-old Mitzi-Su Fremgen of Durham, after an investigation into Fremgen's actions as treasurer of the GCVMA. Fremgen is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifing business records, both Class E felonies.

In a statement released Monday, New York State Police claim that Fremgen used GCVFA funds to pay personal expenses and then submitted fake documents to conceal the theft.  Read more

Former Covidien employee arrested on drug charges

A former employee of Covidien, a pharmaceutical company whose Hobart-based plant manufactures controlled prescription narcotics, has been arrested and charged with the theft of hydrocodone tablets from the plant.

On Thursday, May 23, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Wayne A. Morse III, a 26-year-old Hobart man and former Covidien employee. Morse is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all misdemeanors. 

Morse's arrest was the result of a tip from Covidien security officers, according to a statement issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The latest arrest is the second time this year a Covidien employee has been arrested on drug charges. In January, 33-year-old Jason Wilsey was arrested on more serious charges of drug trafficking, for allegedly selling oxycodone powder stolen from the pharmaceutical plant.

Morse was issued appearance tickets and ordered to appear at Town of Stamford Court on June 11.   Read more

Paroled murderer from Kingston accused of sexual abuse

A Kingston man who was arrested on Monday and charged with the sexual abuse of two girls -- one 5, one 7 -- has a long history with the law.

39-year-old Christopher Saitch, who is charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, is a convicted murderer who was released on parole last year after nearly 15 years in prison, the Times Herald-Record reports:

Saitch pled guilty in June 1997 to taking part in the execution-style killing of Errol Parchment in Rosendale. He was released from the Livingston Correctional Facility in May 2012 and put on parole.

According to a statement from New York State troopers, police say the abuse occurred in a home in the town of Ulster, where Saitch was alone with the children. The case has been referred to A.D.A. Elizabeth Culmone of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Bureau.  Read more

Margaretville man charged with Woodstock burglaries

A Margaretville man is facing burglary charges for allegedly breaking into two Woodstock businesses and stealing property. 

On Wednesday, May 15, state police arrested 25-year-old Joshua Nava, who is charged with burglary in the third degree. Police did not name the businesses, but said the burglaries occurred on Sunday, May 12. The stolen property was recovered, police said.

Nava was arraigned in the Town of Woodstock Court and released on his own recognizance. Town of Woodstock police officers assisted with the investigation.

Man arrested after burglary and car chase in Shandaken

A burglary at the American Legion Post 950 in Shandaken and a car chase down Route 28 on Saturday ended with the arrest of a Dutchess County man, police say. 

On Saturday, Shandaken police and New York State troopers responded to a burglar alarm at the American Legion hall at 1045 Old Route 28, and found that the hall had been burglarized.

According to a New York State Police statement, after arriving on the scene, police broadcast a description of a suspicious vehicle to responding officers. State troopers saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Route 28, and attempted to stop it. Driver Daniel P. Touhy fled eastbound on Route 28, pursued by troopers, and was taken into custody in Kingston. 

Touhy, a 45-year-old resident of Lagrangeville, is charged with possession of stolen property in the third degree, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the third degree, driving while intoxicated, and several traffic offenses. He was arraigned in Town of Hurley Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail.  Read more

Two Schoharie men busted after Pete Lopez's house is burgled

Two 20-year-old Schoharie men have been arrested in an investigation into two burglaries in the town, one of which targeted a house owned by New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez. 

State police arrested Connor Casabonne and Bryan Lemoine, both residents of Schoharie, on Friday, May 3. Both are charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree. 

Police say the arrests followed a pair of recent burglaries -- one reported April 27, in the town of Schoharie, and one reported April 29, at Lopez's house in the village of Schoharie. In both burglaries, cash and jewelry were stolen. Some of the stolen property has been recovered, police say.

As a longtime resident and prominent local politician, Lopez is a well-known figure in the small town. According to a statement from New York State Police, the burglars may not have known whose house they were pilfering from:

Both residences were randomly selected and entered during the daytime.  Read more

Police seek Kortright home invader

A masked man forced his way into a house on Stone Fort Road in Kortright in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, assaulted its elderly residents, and stole cash before fleeing on foot, police say.

According to a release from the New York State Police, the man broke into the house around 2am, when the occupants were asleep. Police say he assaulted the victims -- ages 80 and 81 -- by striking them with a long gun. 

State police are looking for information about any cars that were parked on State Route 23 or Stone Fort Road in the early morning on Thursday, April 25. Anyone with information about the case should contact the New York State Police Oneonta Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 607-432-3211.

Catskill men arrested for Durham burglary

Two Catskill men who allegedly forced their way into a private home in Durham on Sunday have been arrested and charged with burglary.

After an investigation, New York State Police arrested 27-year-old Victor Iamunno and 26-year-old Angel Agosto and charged both with burglary in the first degree, according to an NYSP statement. Iamunno is also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, and Agosto is charged with petit larceny.

Police say that during the break-in, the two physically assaulted the homeowner and took cash and other personal property.

Iamunno and Agosto were arraigned in the Town of Durham Court before Justice Raymond Kennedy, and remanded to the Greene County Jail without bail. Both are scheduled to reappear on Thursday, April 25 at 3pm in the Town of Durham Court.

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