Freemason officer charged with embezzling $50K

 A 44-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with embezzling over $50,000 from Masonic lodges in Sullivan County, where he was an officer for the fraternal organization. 

Milford resident John Wells was arrested by Liberty state troopers on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and charged with second-degree grand larceny, according to a news release from New York State Police. The arrest was made after an investigation by state police and the Sullivan County District Attorney's office.

Wells was arraigned in Liberty village court and released after posting $15,000 bond. 

Three Ulster County men charged with gunpoint robbery at motel

Three young Ulster County men have been accused of committing an armed robbery at a motel in Dutchess County last week, police announced today.

On Friday, Jan. 17, state police responded to a reported robbery at the Pine Grove Motel in Beekman, in which three men entered a room at the motel and robbed a victim at gunpoint. Arrested after an investigation by state troopers in Poughkeepsie and Highland were two Wallkill men -- 20-year-old Andrew Hecht and 18-year-old Matthew Mackson -- and 18-year-old Nicholas Vanorden of Plattekill. 

Police recovered several stolen items from the trio: a wallet, a cell phone and a camera. 

All three men have been charged with first-degree robbery, a felony. They were arraigned in Beekman town court before Justice Robert Ferris, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail, to return to court on Thursday, Jan. 23. 

Bloomingburg man accused of murdering his mother

Left: Andrew Moore. Photo courtesy of the New York State Police. 

A 29-year-old Sullivan County man has been accused of murdering his 54-year-old mother -- a charge he has admitted to, according to state police.

Arrested was Andrew Moore of Bloomingburg, who faces a charge of second-degree murder in the case. 

The investigation began after police found Moore's mother, Margaret Regalia, dead in her Bloomingburg home on Monday, Jan. 13. She had failed to show up at work that morning, and state troopers went to her house to check on her welfare. 

Police found Regalia's body in the house. A state police news release did not include any infomation about the manner of her death. 

Regalia's car, a 1999 Toyota Corolla, was missing from the house along with some personal property. Two days later, both Moore and his mother's car were found in the Middletown area, in nearby Orange County.  Read more

Pine Hill man arrested for harassment

A Pine Hill man who was charged with assaulting his neighbor with a knife in 2012 is back in Ulster County jail, arrested over the weekend on charges of harassment. 

Arrested on Saturday evening was 54-year-old Kenneth Fazzina of Pine Hill, according to a news release from the Shandaken Police Department. 

The incident occurred in Fazzina's house on Academy Street and involved a female victim, said George Neher, public information officer for the Shandaken Police. Neher declined to release other details about the incident.   Read more

Heroin bust nabs two in Saugerties

Two young Saugerties residents were arrested on drug and weapons charges on Wednesday afternoon, January 8, after a multi-agency narcotics investigation found over 100 bags of heroin, black-market pharmaceuticals, scales and drug packaging material, a sawed-off shotgun and a rifle in their home. 

Arrested Wednesday were 20-year-old Ana Jacobson and 18-year-old Justin Caggiano, both of 19 Burnett Road in Saugerties. The investigation and arrests were carried out by the multi-agency Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), acting on a tip that heroin was being sold out of the house.

According to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, Jacobson faces the following charges:  Read more

Three arrested in snowmobile and drug burglaries

On Friday, New York State Police troopers announced the arrests of three Greene County residents on burglary charges in several incidents. 

In one incident, which occurred the day before New Year's Eve, someone broke into the Jefferson Heights Pharmacy in the town of Catskill and stole prescription medication. Arrested on Dec. 31 was 30-year-old Christopher Hale, a Catskill resident. Hale was charged with third-degree burglary and remanded to the Greene County Jail without bail. He was due to appear in Catskill town court at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

In a separate pair of arrests, two Tannersville teenagers were arrested after an investigation into the theft of a snowmobile from the village of Tannersville on Dec. 27. Arrested on Dec. 30 were 16-year-old Cameron Parquez and 18-year-old Michael Martin. 

During the investigation, police also linked Parquez and Martin to a burglary at the Cortina Mountain Resort in Hunter that occurred earlier in December.  Read more

Cooperstown gunman captured in Virginia (updated)

Left: Photo of Barry Renert from the Cooperstown Police Department. 

Shots were fired this morning inside the 7th Inning Stretch store at 137 Main Street, New York State Police have announced. Police have asked the public to stay away from the area while they investigate.

The Daily Star reports that the suspect is 62-year-old Barry Renert, a former employee of the store who has been accused of embezzlement by the store's owner. 

WKTV reports that no injuries have been reported, and that Bassett Medical Center is on lockdown.  Read more

Stamford man arrested on drug and weapons charges

Left: Hector Padilla Jr. Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A police search of a home in the village of Stamford turned up heroin, prescription drugs and several guns, leading to the arrest of a local man on multiple drug and weapons charges.

Arrested Wednesday was 44-year-old Hector Padilla Jr. According to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Padilla's arrest comes after a seven-month investigation into local drug activity. During the search of Padilla's home, Delaware County police and state troopers seized 65 bags of heroin, a loaded handgun, a stun gun, prescription drugs and nearly $700 in cash. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office's K-9, "Ozzie," assisted in the search.

Padilla is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police expect that additional charges relating to the sale of heroin and prescription narcotics will be filed against Padilla.   Read more

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.

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