Crime

Police: Man leaves stool sample at chiropractor's office

The charge is "burglary," but according to state police, the only thing taken was a dump.

A Saugerties man was arrested on Wednesday, after allegedly paying a visit to the Saugerties Chiropractic Center before opening hours and defecating on the carpet near the reception desk. Arrested was 22-year-old Nathaniel Schultz, who is charged with third-degree burglary -- a charge that applies under New York State law whenever a person "knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein."

According to a news release from the New York State Police, Schultz entered the building through an unlocked door before the business opened for the day.  Read more

Wurtsburo man arrested for menacing at campground

A 54-year-old Wurtsburo man was arrested for menacing last week after allegedly flashing the butt of his silver handgun during an argument at Timberline Camplands, a trailer campground in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating.

Angel L. Rivera was arrested by New York State Police in Wurtsburo, and charged with the misdemeanor of second-degree menacing, after a witness told police he was threatened while trying to mediate an argument between Rivera and another man. 

All parties claimed to be former members of the board of directors at the Timberline Camplands campground, police said. Police say the campground had a history of problems.

Last May, according to an article in the Times Herald-Record, the seasonal campground was shut down by town and state officials due to a myriad of code violations, unsafe construction, illegal year-round use and unpaid taxes.   Read more

Kerhonkson man arrested on crack, heroin and marijuana charges

A traffic stop on Route 209 in Wawarsing on Wednesday led to the arrest of a Kerhonkson man on multiple drug charges, police say.

Members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) and Ulster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team arrested Troy Blackwell, 39, of 74 Minnewaska Trail, Kerhonkson, for possession of crack cocaine packaged for sale, heroin and marijuana on Wednesday, May 28 in Wawarsing, according to police. Blackwell was also found with $4,000 cash.

The arrest was made after they stopped a vehicle in which Blackwell was a passenger on Route 209 in Wawarsing at 2:15 p.m.

After his arrest, Blackwell was taken to the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a class C felony and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, according to police.

Blackwell was arraigned in the Town of Ulster Justice Court and sent to Ulster County Jail without bail.

State investigates Greene County prison "fight club"

Five corrections officers at the Greene Correctional Facility, a medium-security state prison in Coxsackie, have been placed on leave amid allegations that they forced inmates to fight one another, according to a story in today's Times Union

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which is handling an investigation into the issue, declined to give any details to Times Union reporter Brendan Lyons, but the paper dug up some more information from an unnamed source

A person briefed on the matter, but not authorized to comment publicly, said the officers are alleged to have encouraged the fights in a special housing unit, known as "S-200." The allegations are that the officers in some instances opened the cell doors of inmates who were then attacked by other inmates, according to the person familiar with the investigation.  Read more

Rock-thrower arrested in Sullivan County

A Bloomingburg man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly threw large rocks at another man and an occupied pickup truck, sending the man to the hospital and smashing up the truck.

Arrested was 41-year-old Bloomingburg resident Hugo Afamasaga, who is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Police say Afamasaga threw rocks at another man, causing head and neck injuries that were serious enough that he needed to be treated at the Orange Regional Medical Center. Police say the rock-hurling Afamasaga also shattered the windshield, windows, headlights and side mirrors of an occupied 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. 

Afamasaga was arraigned in Mamakating town court, and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail with no bail. He is due to appear in court again on Wednesday, May 21.

Accused NYC pedophile made child porn in Sullivan County, police say

An Upper East Side man who was arrested in March on charges of attempted pedophilia -- and possessing over 11,000 images of child pornography -- now faces a new charge of creating child porn in the Sullivan County town of Lumberland, police say. 

The story behind the recent arrest of 62-year-old Stephen Brown, a former information technology employee at a prestigious prep school in the Bronx, stretches back some 30 years. A recent -- and astonishing -- article in the New York Daily News tells the story of how two of Brown's alleged victims, now both in their 40s, helped police track him down to the Inn on the Hudson in Peekskill, where he allegedly planned to meet a 12-year-old boy for sex on March 4.   Read more

Monticello man arrested in eight-month-old Kingston rape case

A Sullivan County man has been arrested and charged with committing a rape in the city of Kingston in September of 2013, Kingston police reported Tuesday

Arrested was 42-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Monticello, who is charged with felony rape in the first degree. The arrest follows an eight-month investigation into a report of a rape in the area of Green Street, in the Stockade District of Kingston, on Sept. 11, 2013. Kingston police say they conducted numerous interviews over the course of the investigation. 

Johnson was arraigned in Kingston city court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail with no bail. 

Trowel foul: Man arrested for assault at Athens construction site

A Cobleskill man has been jailed on assault and weapon charges after an incident at an Athens construction site, in which police say he struck a man in the head with a masonry trowel. 

Arrested on Friday was 44-year-old Glen Gallup, who faces charges of second-degree assault -- a felony -- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

Police say that during a fight with another man at the construction site, Gallup struck the man in the head with the trowel, causing a "severe laceration." The victim was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. 

Gallup was arraigned in Athens town court and remanded to the Greene County Jail without bail. 

Out of his league: Cobleskill bowler jailed on larceny charge

The treasurer of the Cobleskill Bowling League has been charged with embezzling about $10,000 from the league, police say.

Arrested this week by New York State Police troopers was 50-year-old Summit resident Charles Bowen, who has been charged with third-degree grand larceny. 

As the treasurer of the league, Bowen was charged with collecting membership dues from about 50 members, police say. Between September of 2013 and April of 2014, police claim, he collected about $20,000 for the league, roughly half of which he took for his own personal use. 

The missing funds were discovered when other league members tried to pay bills that were returned for insufficient funds, police say. 

Bowen was arraigned in Cobleskill town court and remanded to the Schoharie County jail.

Livingston Manor teacher arrested for embezzlement

More than $10,000 that should have gone toward caps and gowns for next year's graduating seniors, senior pictures, yearbooks and a class trip went into a Sullivan County teacher's pocket instead, police say. 

On Thursday, May 8, state police arrested 46-year-old Sandra Taggart of Livingston Manor, a special education teacher for the Livingston Manor Central School District. Taggart was the advisor for the class of 2015, and was responsible for managing funds raised by the class. Police say Taggart siphoned off more than $10,000 from a class fundraising account. 

Taggart faces charges of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny. 

While the case is resolved, Taggart has been placed on administrative leave with pay. A substitute teacher has been appointed to cover her classroom duties, and temporary co-advisors have been appointed to advise the class of 2015.  Read more


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