Crime

Olive woman charged with stabbing

A Shokan woman has been jailed on felony assault charges, after an incident in which police say she stabbed a family member in the back with a kitchen knife. 

Around 11:30 p.m. on the night of Friday, March 21, Ulster County police got a call from Kingston Hospital that the hospital was treating a stabbing victim. Upon investigation, police found that a domestic dispute had occurred at 3382 Route 28 in Shokan, in the town of Olive. During the dispute, 42-year-old Michaeline Zager stabbed a family member in the back with a kitchen knife, police said in a news release.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Kingston Hospital in a private vehicle and did not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

Ulster County sheriff's deputies arrested Zager at the house on 3382 Route 28 without incident. She is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.   Read more

Plattekill man was dealing heroin with a 6-year-old in the house, police say

A house on 850A South Street in the town of Plattekill, the home of a convicted man on probation, has earned a reputation for drug dealing in the neighborhood. On Friday, a police search of the house turned up heroin, cocaine and guns, along with a six-year-old child.

Acting on complaints about heroin dealing at the house, officers from the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) made a probation home check on Friday, March 21. A search of the house found 70 bags of heroin, cocaine, a loaded shotgun, a rifle, a stun gun and roughly $2,600 in cash.

The resident, 29-year-old Mark Nugent, shoved a probation officer and struggled with police when they arrived at his home, according to a statement by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. The child, who police say was in Nugent's care, was in the house at the time.   Read more

Tello's Green Farms owner arrested after chickens found dead

For over a decade, Tello's Green Farms has been a well-known producer on the Catskills local food scene, and a beloved vendor at the New York City Greenmarket. Customers rave about Tello's eggs; restaurant chefs wax rhapsodic about their marigold-orange yolks.

The egg farm, started by Colombian native Nestor Tello in 2000, is home to several thousand chickens who forage on pasture in large open-air coops. Tello farms in Coxsackie and Red Hook. Last September, a writer from the food blog Nona Brooklyn visiting Tello's Coxsackie farm found his chickens happily pecking at grass and scratching for bugs -- an experience most commercial egg-laying hens never get.

But when state police showed up at Tello's farm on Route 9W in Coxsackie on March 9, they found a very different scene: A farm littered with dead and starving chickens. 

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New Paltz man arrested for break-in at Woodstock home

Police responding to a burglar alarm at a Woodstock home on Saturday found a New Paltz man hiding in the attic, according to a news release from state troopers

The man, 44-year-old David Weisner, was arrested on Saturday, March 15 and charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Police say Weisner got into the house by breaking a rear window with a large rock. 

Weisner was arraigned in Ulster town court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail. 

Responding to the scene of the burglary were officers from the New York State Police, the Town of Woodstock Police Department and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. 

More charges filed against Ellenville paramedic accused of stealing from patients

More charges have been filed against a paramedic with the Ellenville Rescue Squad who was jailed last fall on charges that he stole from his patients.

In October, 48-year-old German Lobaton was arrested after a police investigation into a series of burglaries at houses around Ulster County. Police say Loboton would be called to a house, transport the patient to the hospital, and go back to rob the house of jewelry, guns, cash or electronics, the Times Herald-Record reported in October.

In January, Lobaton was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury on felony charges of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and weapons charges, along with several lesser misdemeanor charges.   Read more

Crack, heroin and oxy found in Glen Spey drug bust

Three Sullivan County residents are facing felony drug charges after a police raid at a Glen Spey home turned up large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and oxycodone, police say. 

The search, carried out on Wednesday, March 5, followed an investigation into drug activity at a house on Forestburgh Road in Glen Spey, a hamlet of the rural Sullivan County town of Lumberland. During the search, eight people were arrested, according to a release from the New York State Police.  Read more

Mount Tremper man arrested for armed bank robbery in Boiceville

A Mt. Tremper man was arrested for Wednesday's robbery of the Community Bank branch on Route 28 in Boiceville, Ulster County police announced today

In a news release, Ulster County sheriff's deputies said that 54-year-old Nicholas Liakis Jr. was arrested Wednesday at a house at 5455 Route 212 in Mount Tremper, not far from the scene of the crime, after a car seen leaving the bank was spotted outside the house. 

The bank was robbed just before noon on Wednesday by a man armed with a handgun. Five employees and one customer were in the building at the time. No one was injured in the robbery.  Read more

Catskills junkyard operator faces criminal charges

Above: William Hrazanek. Courtesy of the NYS DEC. 

State environmental officials have filed criminal charges against junkyard owner William Hrazanek, 68, after the discovery of leaky drums of oil and gas found last year on his properties in Fleischmanns and Arkville.

The charges are not related to a spill in Mount Tremper that has been linked to Hrazanek, which officials say they are still investigating. 

In May 2013, a routine inspection by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 office turned up hundreds of tires and 12 leaky barrels of waste oil and gasoline at Hrazanek's property at 717 Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns, known as the VW Parts building. 

When Hrazanek failed to report the leaking gasoline at Wagner Avenue, DEC agents raided the property and two other junkyards owned by Hrazanek in the town of Middletown, leading to the current charges.   Read more

Boiceville bank robbed

The Boiceville branch of Community Bank, at 4141 Route 28, was robbed on Wednesday morning, according to a report from the Daily Freeman

The bank -- formerly a branch of the Wilber National Bank, a company that was acquired by Community Bank in 2010 -- is across the street from the Onteora Middle and High School, and the Bennett Elementary School. As of around 12:15 p.m., the buildings were on lockout, along with the Phoenicia Elementary School.

During a lockout, school continues inside the building as usual, but all doors are locked, and no one is allowed to enter the school building until authorities give an "all clear" signal to the school.  Read more

Devil-mask-wearing church burglar does $18,000 in damage to steal $200

You can't make this stuff up: Police say two men, one wearing a devil mask, robbed a Mormon church in the Schoharie County town of Esperance last month, damaging the church to the tune of $18,000 in the process. 

On Monday, state police announced the recent felony burglary arrests of 26-year-old Justin Pethick and 18-year-old Roger Graham, both from the Esperance hamlet of Central Bridge. Police say that on Jan. 27, the pair broke into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Central Bridge, and proceeded to damage doors, cabinets and locking mechanisms while looking for things to steal. Pethick was wearing a devil mask to conceal his identity, police said. 

The alleged burglars didn't find much for their trouble, police said: $160 and two backpacks were stolen from Boy Scout Troop 46, which keeps a storage room at the church, and $40 was taken from the church's Family History Center.   Read more


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