Crime

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.

Fund set up for Schoharie County girl whose teeth were pulled

A fund has been set up to benefit a developmentally disabled Schoharie County eight-year-old whose legal guardian is facing felony assault charges for pulling out three of her teeth with a pair of pliers, state police announced last week

The fund was set up at the Schoharie branch of NBT Bank by Schoharie County Social Services, the agency responsible for the girl's care. Funds made payable to "Paul Brady, Custodian" will be set aside for the girl's future needs, said Brady, commissioner of the agency.

"Long term, this child may not be in my care and custody forever. I'd like to establish this for her so as she gets older she can use it for whatever she'd like," he said.  Read more

Security cam leads to arrests in Oorah burglary

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Above: Video from surveillance cameras at Oorah BoyZone, a Jewish children's camp in the Schoharie County town of Jefferson. In the video, posted on Oorah's YouTube channel, one of the burglars can be seen climbing through a broken window and letting two other men inside.

Three Sullivan County men have been arrested and charged with burglary, after allegedly breaking into Oorah's BoyZone camp in Jefferson last week and stealing PlayStation gaming consoles, flat-screen televisions and ATVs. 

The burglary took place on Dec. 3, and was partially captured on the camp's security cameras. After a week-long investigation, on Dec. 11, state police arrested 43-year-old Jose Lopez-Hernandez of Liberty, 21-year-old Alexander Barragan-Pineda of Parksville, and 20-year-old Andrew Huebsch of Liberty. 

Many of the stolen items have been recovered, police say. The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.   Read more

Bomb hoax at SUNY Delhi -- again

Above: Evenden Tower at SUNY Delhi. Photo from a photo tour of the SUNY Delhi campus on the college's website

Two buildings at SUNY Delhi were evacuated early this morning, after a bomb threat was called in to university police and Delaware County 911. The buildings were declared safe and clear at 11:15 a.m., after a search of the area by police.

The calls came in around 7:13 a.m., according to a news release from the university. The caller told police that bombs had been placed in Evenden Tower and Sanford Hall, and were set to explode at 9:30 a.m.   Read more

Three arrested for 4-wheeler theft in Cairo

Three young Cairo residents have been charged with breaking into a local home and stealing a four-wheeler, state police announced Monday. 

Arrested on Saturday, Dec. 7 were 19-year-old Michael Greenholtz, 18-year-old Maria Santarelli, and 21-year-old James Sylvester. All three are charged with second-degree burglary, a felony. Police say that in the investigation of a complaint about a stolen Yamaha four-wheeler, they found that the trio had burglarized a Cairo home and stolen the four-wheeler from the attached garage.

All three were arraigned before Cairo town justice Leland Miller and remanded to the Greene County Jail. Greenholtz and Sylvester were remanded in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond; Santarelli was remanded in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Modena gas station robbed at gunpoint

Ulster County police are looking for two people who robbed a Citgo gas station at gunpoint in the Plattekill hamlet of Modena late Sunday evening. 

The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. at 1975 Route 32, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. One of the robbers showed a handgun, and the pair robbed a clerk of cash and property before escaping on foot across Route 32. No one was injured, police say. 

Police believe the robbery was carried out by a man and a woman, but had no further description of the two robbers. 

An investigation is underway. Police are urging anyone with information to call the county sheriff's office at 845-338-3640, email amak@co.ulster.ny.us or contact the police via their Facebook page.

Ulster County sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by New York State Police troopers and the Plattekill Town Police.


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