Kathy Reakes

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Kathy Reaks has worked as a reporter in the local news business since 1984, starting as a news clerk and working her way up. She spent 17 years at Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida as a general assignment reporter, crime reporter, entertainment reporter and restaurant critic. She worked four years at Hometown News as a general assignment reporter, then another two years at Spacecoast Daily in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She attended Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.

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Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Drug Sales, Possession of Gun Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Drug Sales, Possession of Gun
Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Drug Sales, Possession of Gun A Hudson Valley man was charged with selling crack in the region following an early morning raid by a drug task force. Dutchess County resident Jaylen Shaw, age 22, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Thursday, April 18, following the raid by the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force. Shaw's arrest comes following an investigation by the task force into drug sales in the Poughkeepsie area, said Det. Sgt. Adam Harris of the task force. Harris said during the raid on Thursday, agents found Shaw armed with a loaded illegal handgun along with thousa…
Medicaid Fraud Scheme: CT Man Sentenced For Stealing $900K Medicaid Fraud Scheme: CT Man Sentenced For Stealing $900K
Medicaid Fraud Scheme: CT Man Sentenced For Stealing $900K A Connecticut man who posed as a counselor was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay back more than $900,000 after pleading no contest to a large Medicaid fraud scheme.  Hartford County resident Ramon Apellaniz, 39, of East Hartford, will serve 15 months in prison for submitting thousands of fraudulent claims to Medicaid for services provided by unlicensed personnel and services not provided, as well as for stealing the identity of a licensed professional to submit the fraudulent claims.  Apellaniz, who has paid $156,000 in restitution, was also ordered to repay with the remainin…
Deerpark Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills Deerpark Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills
Deerpark Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills A Hudson Valley man was charged with allegedly selling drugs in the region following a five-month investigation. Orange County resident Thomas McDonnell, age 64, of Deerpark, was arrested on Thursday, April 18, by members of the Deerpark Police Department and the City of Port Jervis Police Department. His arrest comes after a five-month investigation into the sale of narcotics in Deerpark and the City of Port Jervis, said Deerpark Police Chief Richard Sztyndor. Following a search of his home, McDonnell was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controll…
Police Officer Shoots Person During Disturbance At CT Home Police Officer Shoots Person During Disturbance At CT Home
Police Officer Shoots Person During Disturbance At CT Home An investigation is underway after a police officer shot a person during a disturbance at a Connecticut home.  The incident occurred in New London County around 6:20 p.m., Thursday, April 18, on Norwich Avenue in Colchester. Connecticut State Police said preliminary information indicates that investigators contacted an individual shortly after arriving at the home.  "A Colchester Police officer at the scene discharged their duty weapon at the individual, causing injury," state police said.  No one else in the surrounding area was injured. EMS responded to the address, and …
Middletown Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders Middletown Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders
Middletown Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders A Hudson Valley man has been with the brutal double stabbing murder of two men. Related: Double Fatal Stabbing: Middletown Men ID'd As Victims Orange County resident Kenol Bapetise, age 30, of Middletown, was arrested on Wednesday, April 17, for the crime that occurred on Monday, April 1, in the area of 33 Ruth Court in Middletown. Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said Bapetise was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, on April 1, Baptiste engaged i…
Wyandanch Dirt Biker Rider Charged With Reckless Driving Wyandanch Dirt Biker Rider Charged With Reckless Driving
Wyandanch Dirt Biker Rider Charged With Reckless Driving A Long Island man was charged with reckless driving after police spotted him allegedly running red lights, speeding, and driving on the opposite side of traffic. Talique Carter, age 34, of Wyandanch, was arrested around 7:15 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in Wyandanch. According to Suffolk County Police, officers on patrol watched as Carter, driving an X-Pro Dirt Bike, drove recklessly at a high rate of speed on Mount Avenue. Officers said Carter was driving on the opposite side of traffic and disobeying multiple traffic control devices.   Carter was caught by officers…
Man, 30, Busted On Weapons Charges After Banging On CT Hotel Room Door, Police Say Man, 30, Busted On Weapons Charges After Banging On CT Hotel Room Door, Police Say
Man, 30, Busted On Weapons Charges After Banging On CT Hotel Room Door, Police Say A 30-year-old man was busted on weapons charges after police allegedly found him banging on a Connecticut motel room door, police said.  Raquan Brown, of the Bronx, was arrested Saturday, April 13, in New Haven County in Milford when the Milford Police Department received a complaint from the Milford Inn regarding a man with a firearm. The caller said Brown was "aggressively" banging on a woman's motel room door. The victim also reported seeing a firearm, Milford Police said. Brown was located in his vehicle in the parking lot. During a search of the vehicle, officers locate…
New L.L. Bean Store Set To Open In Ulster New L.L. Bean Store Set To Open In Ulster
New L.L. Bean Store Set To Open In Ulster Popular outdoor gear and flannel shirt retailer L.L. Bean will open its newest store in the region next month. Based in Freeport, Maine, L.L. Bean will open its newest retail store in Ulster County on Friday, May 10, at Ulster Crossing in Ulster. Store officials said the Ulster store is the first of four projected openings in 2024 and the eighth L.L.Bean store to open in New York. It will take the space of the old Bed Bath & Beyond store.  The new store, which is more than 18,000 square feet of retail space, will hire more than 50 people who will help customers gear up for th…
CT Man Charged With Murder After Stabbing Wife In Neck, Police Say CT Man Charged With Murder After Stabbing Wife In Neck, Police Say
CT Man Charged With Murder After Stabbing Wife In Neck, Police Say A Connecticut man has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his wife in the neck with a knife during a domestic dispute. New Haven County resident Allen Bell, age 35, of Waterbury, was arrested in Waterbury on Friday, April 19. According to Lt. Ryan Bessette of the Waterbury Police, officers responded to a home on East Main Street around 5 a.m. on a report of a domestic dispute. Once inside, officer found a 43-year-old woman who had been stabbed in the neck. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Bessette said. Bessette said officers also located Bell, the victim's husband, at th…
'420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High '420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High
'420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High The day of April 20 might not mean much to the average Joe, but for marijuana fans, it's a day to celebrate and, well, get high.  The term 420 refers to 4:20 p.m., or the end of the work or school day, and time to smoke some pot to relax and kick back.  When April 20 -- 4/20 -- rolls around, it's a whole day to celebrate. Although pot is legal in Connecticut, officials with the state Department of Transportation (CTDOT) are joining state and local law enforcement agencies to remind the public about the dangers of driving impaired.  "April 20 is often rec…
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