Crime

Alleged Delhi Express Mart burglar flees -- but not far

A Hobart man who allegedly robbed the Express Mart convenience store in Delhi in the wee hours of Friday morning didn't get too far from the scene of the crime before his arrest. 

At 4:12 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, a man stole cash from the register at the Express Mart, at the corner of Kingston and Main Streets in the village, and then fled the scene in a vehicle. He was unarmed, police said.

"He went to purchase an item. When [the cashier] opened the register, he pushed her out of the way, took the cash and ran off," said Delhi Village Police Chief Michael Mills. 

As Delhi police were responding to a 911 call, state troopers from the Margaretville station heard the incident over the radio and began patrolling for the suspect's vehicle. At 4:36 a.m., the troopers stopped a vehicle traveling on County Road 18 in the town of Stamford, and arrested the driver: 41-year-old Jamel Wilson of Hobart.

The proceeds from the burglary were in the vehicle. Police say Wilson was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  Read more

Heroin found in Fallsburg elementary school

Seven faculty members at Fallsburg's Benjamin Cosor Elementary School are being investigated after heroin and needles were found in a faculty men's room, the Times Herald-Record reports

According to Fallsburg police, drugs were found in the same bathroom on two separate occasions: On Friday, Dec. 20, heroin and several needles were found. More recently, on Feb. 11, a school staff member found a heroin baggie. 

Police have identified six teachers, an aide, and an occupational therapist who used the faculty men's room before the Feb. 11 discovery. The occupational therapist gave police a urine sample, but the other seven faculty members under investigation have hired lawyers and are not voluntarily cooperating with the investigation, Fallsburg police chief Simmie Williams told the Times Herald-Record:  Read more

Three locals face felony drug charges after Thruway stop

Two Margaretville residents and a Saugerties man face felony drug charges, after a search by a state police K-9 turned up almost 700 envelopes of heroin in the car they were traveling in.

On Sunday, Feb. 16 around 11:30 p.m., state police patrolling the New York State Thruway in the Rockland County town of Clarkstown pulled over a 1998 Dodge Stratus for vehicle and traffic infractions, according to a police news release. After the traffic stop, "Marty," a police K-9, alerted troopers to heroin hidden in a dashboard panel and the center console of the car. Troopers found 695 glassine envelopes of heroin, stamped with the brand "5 Star," and syringes. 

Arrested were 36-year-old Joshua Levine and 31-year-old Debra Osborne, both of Margaretville, and 41-year-old Charles Hall of Saugerties. All three face charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor. Levine, who was driving the car, was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.  Read more

DEP cop says Reese told him: "I shot Aron twice"

David Reese, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of DEP employee Aron Thomas, admitted to the act after the crime, a DEP police officer told a Kingston court judge on Monday.

At a preliminary hearing in Kingston city court on Monday, Feb. 10, Lieutenant Justin Kight of the DEP Police gave testimony about the events that unfolded on the morning of Monday, Feb. 3 at the DEP's Kingston office.

Reporter James Nani of the Times Herald-Record has an account of Kight's testimony, in which Kight told the courtroom that immediately after the shooting, Reese knocked on his door and allowed him to take a Glock pistol from Reese's jacket pocket.

Kight testified that as he was escorting Reese out of the building, Reese admitted to shooting Thomas, and alluded to some ongoing workplace dispute:

Kight said Reese told him "you know Aron's been stalking me," that "I shot Aron twice" and "you know they've been breaking into my office."  Read more

"Operation Angry Birds": Cockfighting ring busted in Ulster County

Above: Two roosters square off at a cockfight in Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo by Flickr user Vijay Chennupati; posted under Creative Commons license

About 3,000 roosters were seized from a Plattekill farm on Sunday, as part of what Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling "the largest cockfighting takedown in New York State history." 

The farm was breeding roosters for cockfights at a venue in Queens, with help from a Brooklyn pet shop, according to a press release from Schneiderman's office. Raids were carried out and arrests made at all three locations on Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Read more

Reese surrendered to DEP cop, sources say

The man charged with the recent shooting death of Aron Thomas turned himself in voluntarily to a DEP police officer before he was arrested, sources have told the Watershed Post. 

At 6:46 a.m. on Monday, police say, 53-year-old David Reese of Gilboa shot and killed a co-worker at the Kingston office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 33-year-old Aron Thomas of Olivebridge. 

Kingston city police announced that they had arrested Reese, and recovered a handgun, within hours of the shooting. Few details about the shooting have been released, and police have not offered a possible motive.

But according to sources close to the incident, immediately after the shooting, Reese surrendered to another fellow DEP co-worker, an officer with the DEP Police who was also at work in the Kingston building. Reese also handed over his gun to the officer, sources said.   Read more

Fund set up for family of shooting victim Aron Thomas

Above: A photo of Aron Thomas posted on a GoFundMe page dedicated to a fund drive for his wife and children. Photo used with permission.

A fund has been started to benefit the wife and two young children of Aron Thomas, a 33-year-old Olivebridge man who was shot and killed at the Kingston office of the New York City DEP on Monday. 

One of Thomas's DEP coworkers, 53-year-old David Reese of Gilboa, was arrested after the shooting and charged with second-degree murder.

Thomas leaves behind his wife, Susan Thomas, and two children, a two-year-old boy and a girl just six weeks old. On Tuesday, Aron's sister, Kylene Thomas, started an online fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to help the family in the wake of Thomas's death. As of late Tuesday morning, the fund had raised about $1,600 of a $50,000 goal.

Kylene writes:  Read more

Fatal shooting at DEP office in Kingston

Left: David N. Reese, who was arrested and charged with murder in the 2nd degree after allegedly shooting a coworker at the DEP on February 3, 2014. Photo via the Kingston Police Department's Facebook page. 

A 33-year-old Olivebridge man was fatally shot by a coworker at the Kingston office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at 71 Smith Avenue around 6:45 a.m. on Monday morning. A suspect in the shooting was taken into custody at the scene shortly after the incident.  Read more

Hobart man charged with Stamford burglary

Left: Timothy Nodine. Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A 24-year-old Hobart man has been accused of committing a burglary a a Stamford house in December, and also linked to stolen guns taken from the estate of a deceased South Kortright resident, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Delaware County sheriff's deputies arrested Timothy Nodine after a month-long investigation into a burglary in the village of Stamford. In the incident, police say, Nodine broke into the house and stole a television, a Playstation and other property.  Read more

Driver leads cops on wrong-way, lights-out chase on Thruway

Left: Julio A. Romano-Baez. Photo courtsey of New York State Police.

Early Sunday morning, 33-year-old Julio A. Romano-Baez was clocked driving 113 miles per hour with his headlights out on the  New York State Thruway in Ulster County, according to a press release from the New York State Police. Then he reportedly tried to escape arrest by driving the wrong way against traffic.

Romano-Baez, from the Bronx, was first spotted by state police officers driving a black BMW north on I-87 at 3:26 a.m. on January 26, 2014, the press release states. 

The police pursued Romano-Baez into the Malden Service Area, where he allegedly tried to shake them by driving the wrong way out of the rest area into northbound traffic.  Read more


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