Crime

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

Felonious fugitive arrested on Route 28

A man who was stopped on Route 28 in Olive last week, and arrested for possession of a stun gun, was found to be a fugitive from justice wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the New York State Police.

Arrested on Friday, May 2 by state troopers was 42-year-old Luis Antonio Roman of Philadelphia, PA. Police say he gave a false name and identification upon his arrest. When state troopers learned his real identity, they discovered that he was wanted by ICE for re-entering the U.S. as a deported felon. 

Senior Investigator Stan O'Dell of the New York State Police's Kingston barracks, who is overseeing an ongoing investigation into the matter, said that he does not know when or why Roman was deported, or what country he is originally from. "That would have to come from Immigration and Customs Enforcement," he said.  Read more

East Meredith man arrested for string of robberies

A 23-year-old East Meredith man who was arrested for allegedly trying to rob an auto scrap shop in Davenport has been charged with committing several robberies in Oneonta as well. 

On Saturday, April 26, state police responded to a report of a robbery at Otsego Auto Crushers, at 6071 Route 23 in Davenport. An investigation led to the arrest of 23-year-old Johnathan Lynn of East Meredith, who was charged with third-degree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Lynn was arraigned in Davenport town court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. 

Upon further investigation, police also charged Lynn with committing two recent robberies of Oneonta stores: one at the Convenience Express on April 19, and one at Arby's on April 24. Charges on two counts of second-degree robbery against Lynn are pending in Oneonta town court.  Read more

Ulster County police release name of car theft suspect who was shot by deputy

Above: Car theft suspect Brandon Rifenburg. Photo courtesy of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

The Ulster County Sheriff's Office waited eleven days to release the name of a suspect who was shot by police after a car chase through several towns. But on Saturday, April 26, deputies finally named the man in a public news release: 20-year-old Brandon Rifenburg of High Falls. 

Rifenburg was shot while being taken into custody on the night of April 15, after leading local and state police on a car chase that ran through Marbletown, Kingston, Ulster and Saugerties before ending on Route 28 in Hurley. Police say that after a dispute with a family member, Rifenburg stole a car from the Vly-Atwood neighborhood in Marbletown, then sped away from an officer who attempted to stop the vehicle. 

During the police pursuit of the stolen car, Rifenburg drove through two sets of tire deflation devices set up to stop the car. Police say he lost control of his damaged vehicle while trying to ram two police cars that were pursuing him.   Read more

Arrest made in New Paltz shooting

Above: Police announce the arrest of 21-year-old Basheem Bennett for a 2 a.m. shooting at Murphy's Restaurant and Pub in New Paltz that left one man dead and a woman injured. Left to right: Lt. Perry Soule of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, Chief Joseph Snyder of the New Paltz P.D., and Ulster County D.A. Holley Carnright. Photo by Katherine Speller.

New Paltz police have arrested a suspect for a 2 a.m. shooting at Murphy's Restaurant and Pub on Sunday morning, which left 29-year-old Poughkeepsie resident Ryan Gray dead and a 26-year-old woman wounded.

In a Wednesday morning press conference held at the New Paltz Police Department, chief Joseph Snyder announced the arrest of 21-year-old Poughkeepsie resident Basheem Bennett on second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges.  

Days before Bennett's arrest, New Paltz police chief Joseph Snyder told reporters and local residents that the shooting was not random. Snyder writes in a press release issued Monday:

"This is not a random act of violence nor the act of an active shooter running around town. We believe that the victims and perpetrator were known to each other. This incident is a spillover from some incidents in the City of Poughkeepsie," Snyder wrote. "This incident did not take place due to an overcrowed bar, filled with intoxicated people that began to fight and resulted in this shooting incident. This act just happened to take place where it did based on window of opportunity."

Our correspondent Katherine Speller was on hand for this morning's press conference. Below: Tweets from Speller and other reporters at the conference.

 

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Cairo woman arrested after hotel knife fight

A South Cairo woman faces assault charges after a fight at the New Baltimore Best Western, in which police say she cut someone with a utility knife. 

The suspect is 26-year-old Paula Werenczak, who has been charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possessing a controlled substance not in the original container.

Police say Werenczak got into a dispute at the Best Western on Route 9W on Wednesday, April 14 in which she injured another person with the knife, then fled the scene. 

State troopers found and arrested Werenczak on Friday, April 16. She was arraigned in Athens town court and remanded to the Greene County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.   Read more

Two shot, one dead at Murphy's pub in New Paltz

A 2 a.m. shooting at Murphy's Restaurant and Pub, a popular Main Street pub in New Paltz, left one victim dead and another seriously injured, New Paltz police announced Sunday morning. The shooter is still at large.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released. So far, police have released few details on the incident, and no description of the suspect. From a police statement published today by the New Paltz Times

Officers on patrol observed a disturbance in front of Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub and upon investigation learned two people were shot while inside the bar. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one of the victims was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing and police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the New Paltz Police Detective Division at (845) 255-1323. All information will be kept confidential.  Read more

Parole-jumping sex offender arrested in Hamden

A Level 3 sex offender from Walton who was found hiding in a Hamden garage earlier this week has been charged with removing a GPS device that tracks his location and committing several break-ins. 

Police say 32-year-old John Cumo took off his GPS device early on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, a parole warrant was issued for Cumo's arrest.

On Wednesday, police found Cumo hiding in the garage of a seasonal home on Back River Lane in Hamden. The search for Cumo involved Delaware County sheriff's deputies, New York State Police parole officers and members of the U.S. Marshal's New York/New Jersey Fugitives Task Force.

During the investigation, police found that another nearby seasonal home in Hamden had been broken into as well. Cumo faces a charge of parole violation, one count of second-degree criminal trespass, one count of third-degree criminal trespass and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.   Read more

Fleeing driver shot by police on Route 28 in West Hurley

A driver fleeing police pursuit in a car reported stolen from a Marbletown home was shot by a police officer on Tuesday night, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reports.

Around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police say, Ulster County 911 received a call from a woman in Marbletown who said her car had been stolen from her driveway. State troopers spotted the car on Route 213 and pursued it, but were unable to get the driver to stop. The driver fled into the city of Kingston, where troopers lost sight of the car.

An Ulster County sheriff's deputy then spotted the car, and continued the pursuit. The chase ended on Route 28 in West Hurley, when the fleeing car swerved into an Ulster County sheriff's vehicle, taking both vehicles off the road. The driver was then shot by an Ulster County officer while being taken into custody, police say.

The driver is being treated at Albany Medical Center. Police have not identified the driver, or released any information about his or her condition.   Read more


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