Woman trapped on Gilboa cliff rescued with ropes; ticketed for pot


Above: Photos of the rescue, shared on the Schoharie County Fire Wire and News Facebook page.

Schoharie County's Search and Rescue Team rescued a camper who was trapped 100 feet up a cliff near a Gilboa campground on Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was 34-year-old woman from Milford, Connecticut who was staying at the Nickerson Park Campground in the Schoharie County town of Gilboa with her family, police say. Her name is not being released.

The woman had scaled a sheer rock cliff near the campground and somehow became trapped more than 100 feet up, the rescuers told the Daily Star:

"She was up in this little crevice in this cliff, and it is a sheer cliff almost," said Schoharie Sheriff Tony Desmond, who joined the rescue workers during the operation ... "She just couldn't get down," the sheriff added. "She apparently made a little leap to get across to where she was, and it didn't work out too well for her."

At 7:45 p.m., someone at the campground called 911, and a team of first responders from the Grand Gorge Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene.

They quickly realized that they needed a rope rescue team to reach the woman, according to the press release:

When it became apparent that a specialized rescue team was required, [Grand Gorge] Fire Chief D.J. Speenburgh requested that the Schoharie County Search and Rescue Team be dispatched to the scene.

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Heroin sting snares two Deposit dealers, police say

Two Deposit men were arrested last week during a heroin sting operation run by Delaware and Broome County law enforcement officials, police say.

Left: Clint Stevens. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

After a six month investigation, a Delaware County grand jury indicted 34-year-old Todd M. Perrington and 29-year-old Clint L. Stevens on charges related to dealing heroin in the village of Deposit, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Both Perrington and Stevens sold heroin in Deposit multiple times in 2015, police say. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, investigators from Broome County's Special Investigation Unit Task Force and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office searched Perrington's Deposit home and arrested Perrington on several drug charges. He was taken to the Broome County Correctional Facility.

Then, on Thursday, Aug. 13, police from both counties set up a sting operation to snare Perrington's reported associate, Stevens. On Thursday afternoon, Stevens was arrested for allegedly selling heroin and cocaine, presumably to undercover police officers. 

Left: Todd Perrington. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Aug. 14, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Perringston on additional drug charges. 

Both men were arraigned in Delaware County on Friday, Aug. 14 and are being held without bail at the Delaware County Correctional Facility.  Read more

Motorcyclist drove through Colchester at 127 miles per hour, police say

On Friday evening, a Long Island man sped through the Delaware County town of Colchester on a motorcycle at 127 miles per hour, police say.

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony J. Mcnamee of Suffolk County was in a 55-mile-per-hour speed zone on Route 30 on Friday, Aug. 7 when he was stopped for speeding 72 miles per hour over the posted limit, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office.

Anthony was arrested at 6:41 p.m. and charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, speed not reasonable and imprudent, speeding in excess of the posted 55 mile per hour zone and operating out of class, according to the press release.

He was arraigned in the town of Colchester Court, police say. He posted the $500 bail and is scheduled to reappear at a later day.

Police: Sharon Springs man put glass in neighbor's pool to "cause physical harm"

A 55-year-old man was arrested in the village of Sharon Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 5 for attempting to hurt his neighbor by putting glass in his neighbor's pool, police say.

Left: John Schultheis. Photo via the New York State Police

New York State Police arrested Sharon resident John E. Schultheis and charged him with misdemeanor reckless endangerment "after he allegedly threw glass into the pool of a neighbor in an attempt to cause him physical harm," according to a press release.

Schultheis was arraigned and released; he will appear in the town of Sharon Court on August 20, police say.

Taste of Country security guard arrested for assault at concert

A security guard working at this year's immensely popular Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in the Greene County town of Hunter has been charged with assault for causing "serious facial injuries" to a 21-year-old man, police say.

Left: Bruce D. Belfer. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Fifty-two-year-old Bruce D. Belfer, a New Jersey resident, allegedly kicked the man in the face and struck him "with a blunt object," according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Belfer was charged with second-degree felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in the village of Tannersville Court and has been released on bail.

Son of woman who died in Rock Hill parade kills himself during encounter with police

The 43-year-old son of a woman who was killed during Rock Hill's St. Patrick's Day Parade in March shot himself during an encounter with police in Rock Hill on Wednesday, June 17, according to MudHudson News and the Times Herald-Record

Richard Bernstein, who originally grew up in the Sullivan County hamlet of Rock Hill, was the son of Susan McCormick, police say.

Left: Richard Bernstein in his Collier County mugshot. Via the Collier County Sheriff's Office

McCormick was a 56-year-old Rock Hill resident who died after she fell off a float in the parade and was run over on March 14.

Bernstein, a resident of Naples, Florida, spoke at his mother's funeral; the Times Herald-Record has photos of him at the ceremony. 

In May Bernstein was arrested in Collier County, Florida on criminal charges related to having a sexual relationship with a young teenage girl, according to the Naples Daily News. 

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Treasurer stole $80,000 from Liberty cemetery, police say

After a two-month investigation, the New York State Police have arrested the 61-year-old treasurer of the Liberty Cemetery Association for reportedly pilfering over $80,000 from the cemetery's accounts.

Left: Deborah Lyden, via the New York State Police.

Police arrested Deborah Lyden of Liberty on Saturday, June 13 and charged her with felony grand larceny in the second degree, according to a press release.

Lyden was arraigned in the town of Rockland Court and is free after posting $25,000 bond, police say.

The Liberty Cemetery is located on Cold Spring Road in the Sullivan County village of Liberty.  Read more

Police dog finds 67 bags of heroin in Delhi; five people arrested

Above: Ronnie and his handler, Delhi police officer Matthew Davis. Photo via the Southern Tier Police Canine Association

A police dog named Ronnie found 67 individually-wrapped bags of heroin in a drug bust that netted five people on Wednesday, June 10 in the Delaware County town of Delhi, police say.

Ronnie is a relative newbie to the job -- he was donated to the Delhi Police Department a year ago to work as a narcotics detection dog, according to the Southern Tier Police Canine Association. He found the drugs, as well as cash and hypodermic needles, in a vehicle.

Of the five people who were arrested in the bust, two were from Long Island: 28-year-old Jason K. Arnold and 36-year-old Michelle L. Aloisi, both of Floral Park, according to a Village of Delhi Police Department press release.

Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more

Palenville father arrested for severely beating his infant son

A 27-year-old Palenville man allegedly caused "life-threatening injuries" after beating his four-month-old son last week, according to the New York State Police and the Daily Freeman.

Left: Kirk Berry. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Kirk Berry was reportedly at home with his son in their home on Route 32A in the Greene County hamlet of Palenville on Friday, June 5 when he "became angry" and severely battered the child, according to a state police press release.

Berry was arrested on Tuesday, June 9 for assaulting the baby. He was arraigned in the town of Cairo Court and is being held in the Greene County Jail on $50,000 cash bail, police say.

A state police lieutenant has told the Daily Freeman that the baby's condition is critical:  Read more

Woodstock men arrested for bath salts in Shandaken

Police arrested two Woodstock men for allegedly possessing 38 capsules of "bath salts," an illegal synthetic stimulant, in the Ulster County town of hamlet Mount Tremper on Tuesday, June 9 after pulling them over for a traffic violation, according to a press release from the town of Shandaken Police Department.

Twenty-four-year-old Kenneth R. Walker and 29-year-old Victor P. Plaza were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the possession of "bath salts" illegal in 2013

Walker and Plaza were pulled over around 10 p.m. on Tuesday while heading west on Route 28, according to Fred Holland, a detective with the Shandaken Police Department. 

When the police "smelled a strong odor of marijuana" in the car, they searched the vehicle and found the bath salts, police say. (The men were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.) 

Both men were arraigned in the town of Hurley Court and are being held in the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 bail each.   Read more

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