Fire on Main Street Delhi quickly subdued

Above: First responders at the corner of Main St. and Court St. in Delhi around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Photo by Fred Harris.

A fire in a wood-frame building located on a densely-packed block of Main Street Delhi was quickly subdued this evening by a large number of firefighters.

The fire was reported at 122 Main St., the address of the Delaware Abstract Corporation, around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, according to scanner reports and the Daily Star.

By 8:15 p.m., a large number of fire trucks were at the scene and traffic on Main Street was being diverted, according to an eyewitness. The fire appeared to be completely out. 

Below: More photos from the scene by Fred Harris. 

Drunk driver repeatedly backed into cop car, police say

A 49-year-old man who didn’t have a driver’s license repeatedly backed into a police car when Shandaken police tried to stop him from driving drunk in Phoenicia on Monday, March 2, police say.

Kenneth A. Jackson was attempting to drive in an “intoxicated condition” on Route 214 in Phoenicia when police were called to the scene, according to a press release from the town of Shandaken police department.

When a marked Shandaken police car blocked Jackson in, Jackson reportedly drove into it, “causing damage while police were trying to remove him from the vehicle.”

Jackson was arrested on Wednesday, March 4 and charged with misdemeanor second degree reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was also charged with unsafe backing and unlicensed operator violations.

Jackson was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and is being held in the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

Woman stabs boyfriend with kitchen knife in Hancock

A Delaware County man has serious injuries after his girlfriend stabbed him with a kitchen knife in a home in Hancock on Monday, Feb. 23, police say. 

Left: Niki M. Patire. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Niki M. Patire is being held without bail in the Delaware County Jail on first degree felony assault charges, according to a State Police press release. She assaulted her 35-year-old boyfriend early Monday afternoon, police say. 

Nathan Riegal, a state police spokesman, said that the victim's identity is being withheld to protect him, and that there is currently no more information available about the case.   Read more

Windham Mountain employee arrested for theft and coverup, police say

A 33-year-old employee of Windham Mountain Ski Resort was arrested on Friday, Feb. 20 for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Greene County ski mountain, according to a New York State Police press release

Jessica L. Greene, who is listed on Windham Mountain's website as the sales manager for season passes, tickets and lockers, is being charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony that applies in thefts of amounts between $3,000 and $50,000.   Read more

Police: Windham supervisor installed eavesdropping software on town hall computer

Stacy Post, the supervisor of the Greene County town of Windham, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, Feb. 19 on 30 counts of felony eavesdropping and official misconduct, according to the Windham Journal's Michael Ryan, who was covering the proceedings live.

Left: Stacy Post.

With the indictment finally come details about Post's alleged crimes. She was arrested on Monday, Jan. 12 after a long and mysterious investigation that began with a state police raid on Windham's town offices on March 21, 2014.

Ryan has the details about how police began to suspect Post was spying on town hall activities:

[A] series of events ... began to unfold in early March when a local police officer reported an incident to town councilman Robert Pelham, town officials say.  Read more

Police: Roscoe man assaults neighbor with piece of lumber

A neighborly dispute ended with an assault charge in Roscoe yesterday after 23-year-old Roscoe resident Jeremy Davis allegedly attacked his neighbor with a "small piece of lumber," according to the New York State Police

Left: Jeremy Davis. Image via the New York State Police. 

The argument took place on Church St. in Roscoe on Tuesday, Feb. 17, police say. The neighbor reportedly sustained "lacerations to the face," and Davis is being charged with felony assault and misdemeanor possession of a weapon (presumably the piece of lumber). He is being held in the Sullivan Count Jail on $7,500 cash bail. 

Shooting at Parksville gas station leaves man in critical condition

Above: The Mobil station on Cooley Place in Parksville, just off Route 17 in Sullivan County. Photo via Google Earth.

An argument over a women ended with a shooting in the parking lot of a Mobil gas station just off Route 17 in the Sullivan County hamlet of Parksville on Monday, Feb. 9, police and eyewitnesses say.

Around 6:30 p.m., a fight broke out in the parking lot of the Mobil station, which is located on a corner at Cooley Place. Sunny Raj Patel, the Mobil station's manager, was on duty at the time.

"There were about 20 cars here yesterday," Raj Patel said. "Something was going on."

Raj Patel heard shouts in what seemed to be a romantic argument involving a woman, her ex-boyfriend and her new boyfriend.

"Somebody yelled, 'Don't shoot me! Don't shoot!,'" Raj Patel said. Then he heard three shots.

Police say that Balsey DeWitt, a 30-year-old Livingston Manor man, shot multiple rounds at another Livingston Manor man who has not been identified.  Read more

Teacher who performed oral sex on students gets six-month jail sentence

Stephanie Fletcher (left), a 29-year-old former biology teacher who pled guilty last year to engaging in sex acts with two students, has been sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation by Delaware County Judge Carl Becker, the Daily Star's Joe Mahoney reports.

Fletcher will also be a registered sex offender. 

The sentence is harsher than Fletcher hoped (she asked for no prison time), but is more lenient that it could have been. Before taking a plea deal, Fletcher had faced up to 16 years in jail, Mahoney reports.

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Police: Grahamsville residents charged $3,000 to stolen cards

Above: Anthony Atkins, Wayne Atkins and Angela Disanto. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three twenty-something residents of the Sullivan County hamlet of Grahamsville have been arrested for larceny and fraud after allegedly charging $3,000 to a stolen credit and debit card, according to the New York State Police.

Twenty-two-year-old Angela Disanto, 26-year-old Wayne Atkins and 28-year-old Anthony Atkins were arrested on Thursday, Feb. 5 after an investigation by state police in Liberty, according to a State Police press release.

The investigation linked the three to the Jan. 31 theft of the cards.

"An investigation by the BCI unit at SP Liberty determined that the stolen cards had been used at various locations throughout Sullivan County," the press release said.

The two Atkins brothers were charged with felony grand larceny and forgery and are being held in the Sullivan County jail.  Read more

Police: 140 guns recovered in Lumberland drug bust

Above: Investigators seized 134 long guns, four assault rifles, one electronic stun gun and two handguns from a Lumberland residence during a drug raid. Photo via the New York State Police.

Left: William Cropley. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Police seized a large cache of weapons and drugs on Friday, Jan. 30 during a raid on a home in a wooded area in the Sullivan County town of Lumberland, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Investigators from the State Police and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office searched a house at 251 Haring Road  during the course of a narcotics investigation, police say. 

Left: Gina Cerciello. Photo via the New York State Police.    Read more

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