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Contract Killing: Man Who Arranged Wallkill Neighbor's Murder Gets Life Sentence Contract Killing: Man Who Arranged Wallkill Neighbor's Murder Gets Life Sentence
Contract Killing: Man Who Arranged Wallkill Neighbor's Murder Gets Life Sentence A Hudson Valley man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for arranging his neighbor's murder. Orange County resident Enoch Lowe, age 25, of Wallkill, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Orange County Court on Thursday, July 18, following convictions for murder and related charges in the death of Jeffrey Harris. Prosecutors said Lowe agreed to pay 24-year-old Damante Stansberry, of Middletown, $15,000 to kill the 53-year-old Harris, a neighbor with whom he had a longstanding feud. Earlier Report: Man Paid Friend To Stab Hudson Valley Neighbor To Dea…
Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography
Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography An adult film actor who resides in New York has been accused of sending and receiving hundreds of videos of child pornography, federal authorities announced. Justin Heath Smith, who uses the stage name “Austin Wolf.” sent images depicting children as young as infants, "including a ghastly video showing a young child bound, beaten, and raped," said Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In addition to sharing child pornography via the Telegram app, the 43-year-old Smith was also charged with possessing hundreds of additional videos conta…
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report 'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old Long Island native who was killed by her fiancé Brian Laundrie in 2021, wrote him a letter imploring him to stop calling her names, according to FBI documents. Related: FBI Reveals How Brian Laundrie Took Responsibility For Gabby Petito’s Death The 300-plus documents, recently released by the FBI, outline the investigation and offer a glimpse into what transpired before and after the Suffolk County, Blue Point resident was killed by the man she said she loved in an undated letter included in the release. "You know how much I love you, so (and I'm writi…
$1M Scam: NY Man Sentenced For Stealing Federal Funds $1M Scam: NY Man Sentenced For Stealing Federal Funds
$1M Scam: NY Man Sentenced For Stealing Federal Funds A New York man who admitted to turning federal aid into a personal treasure chest of around $1 million has been sentenced. In previously pleading guilty, Asjid Parvez, age 38, of Albany, admitted that in May 2023, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) sent him a US Treasury check for $972,564.61.  In 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act authorized the FSA to financially assist certain distressed borrowers who had fallen behind on repaying their federally guaranteed farm loans.  The US Attorney's Office of the Northern District of…
These NY Locales Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says These NY Locales Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says
These NY Locales Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says When it comes to putting down your roots, these New York locales are among the best in the nation, according to a brand-new ranking. Four cities in the Empire State made the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Places to Live in the US” ranking. Researchers pulled data from a variety of sources, including thousands of public survey responses, the US Census Bureau, FBI crime statistics, and school and hospital rankings to come up with the top 150 American cities. Cities were ranked using four key indicators: value, desirability, job market, and quality of life. The followi…
Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say
Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say A husband and wife from New York are the latest to be charged in connection with the breach of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Long Island residents Kevin Moore, age 61, and Carol Moore, age 57, of Massapequa, are named in a four-count criminal complaint that was filed in US District Court in Washington, DC on Monday, May 13. According to investigators, the couple attended then-President Donald Trump’s speech at the Ellipse that morning before making their way to the Capitol building. Along the way, Carol Moore was seen draped in a blue Trump flag. Earlier Report: Pot-Smoking NY Rioter …
Contract Killing: Wallkill Man Paid Friend To Stab Neighbor To Death, Jury Finds Contract Killing: Wallkill Man Paid Friend To Stab Neighbor To Death, Jury Finds
Contract Killing: Wallkill Man Paid Friend To Stab Neighbor To Death, Jury Finds A Hudson Valley man has been convicted in a murder-for-hire deal that saw his 53-year-old neighbor stabbed to death. Orange County resident Enoch Lowe, age 25, of Wallkill, was found guilty of first-degree murder and related charges by an Orange County jury on Thursday, May 16. Prosecutors said Lowe agreed to pay 24-year-old Damante Stansberry, of Middletown, $15,000 to kill his neighbor, with whom he had a longstanding feud. Earlier Report: Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Paying Friend To Kill His Neighbor The victim was found dead from multiple stab wounds inside his detached garage…
Newburgh Veteran Lies About Earning Purple Heart To Defraud Gov't, Charity Donors: Feds Newburgh Veteran Lies About Earning Purple Heart To Defraud Gov't, Charity Donors: Feds
Army Vet Sharon Toney-Finch Accused Of Defrauding VA An Army veteran from New York is accused of lying about earning one of the nation's highest military honors in order to rake in six figures from the government and donors to her charity. Orange County resident Sharon Toney-Finch, of Newburgh, was arrested by the FBI’s White Collar Crime Task Force on Wednesday, May 1, following a two-year investigation. According to federal prosecutors, Toney-Finch falsely claimed that she suffered combat-related injuries during a mortar attack and a separate vehicle rollover while serving in Iraq in 2010. Those claims reportedly led to her receiving hundr…
$1.7M Fraud Scheme: Hudson Valley Daughter, Mom Who Worked For Police Sentenced $1.7M Fraud Scheme: Hudson Valley Daughter, Mom Who Worked For Police Sentenced
$1.7M Fraud Scheme: Hudson Valley Daughter, Mom Who Worked For Police Sentenced A mother-daughter duo has been sentenced to prison for defrauding the government of approximately $1.7 million.  Westchester County residents Alicia Ayers and her mother, Andrea Ayers, both of Mount Vernon, were found guilty of submitting more than 300 fraudulent applications for US Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  Andrea Ayers was a former Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Mount Vernon Police Department. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress expanded the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program to provide low-interest …
Man Captures Images Of Young Girls With Hidden Cameras At Hudson Valley Park: Feds Man Captures Images Of Young Girls With Hidden Cameras At Hudson Valley Park: Feds
Man Captures Images Of Young Girls With Hidden Cameras At Hudson Valley Park: Feds A 54-year-old man faces child pornography possession charges after placing hidden cameras in the bathroom of a public park in the Hudson Valley to capture images of young girls, officials announced. Putnam County resident John Towers of Mahopac was arrested on Thursday, April 18 on child pornography charges, the US Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York announced.  According to federal officials, from July 24, 2018, to December 9, 2019, Towers put hidden cameras in the bathroom of a privately owned public park in Putnam County to secretly record sexually explicit images…
NY Man Known As 'Sal The Shoemaker' Admits Running Illegal Gambling Operation For Mafia NY Man Known As 'Sal The Shoemaker' Admits Running Illegal Gambling Operation For Mafia
NY Man Known As 'Sal The Shoemaker' Admits Running Illegal Gambling Operation For Mafia An associate of the Genovese organized crime family known as “Sal the Shoemaker” admitted to operating an illegal gambling business associated with La Cosa Nostra. Long Island resident Salvatore Rubino, age 60, of Bethpage, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, April 16, at federal court in Brooklyn to operating the business. Earlier this month, four co-defendant members and associates of the Genovese crime family admitted to various felony charges stemming from their long-running operation of several lucrative gambling operations in New York City. Of the five charged, four are from Long Isl…
First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Hudson Valley DA's Office First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Hudson Valley DA's Office
First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Hudson Valley DA's Office The first woman has been named to serve as Chief of Detectives for a Hudson Valley district attorney's office. Deirdre Smith was recently sworn in as the Chief of Detectives for the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, said Scott Waters, spokesman for the office. Smith is a graduate of Manhattan College. She started her law enforcement career in 1993 with the New York City Police Department and spent five years with the department before joining the Suffern Police Department. She served for 22 years with Suffern, retiring at the rank of sergeant. In Suffern, she was also the first f…
Pot-Smoking NY Rioter Who Donned Fake Beard In Capitol Breach Gets 3 Years In Prison Pot-Smoking NY Rioter Who Donned Fake Beard In Capitol Breach Gets 3 Years In Prison
Pot-Smoking NY Rioter Who Donned Fake Beard In Capitol Breach Gets 3 Years In Prison A New York man who was photographed smoking marijuana inside a Senate office during the US Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021 will spend years in prison. Brandon Fellows, age 29, of Schenectady, was sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal lockup on Thursday, Feb. 29 after a Washington, DC jury found him guilty of obstructing an official proceeding, a felony. “His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the US Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” the US Attorney’s Office said. Earlier Report: Capitol Rioter F…
Murder-For-Hire: Man Admits Paying $16K Bitcoin To Have NY Residents Killed Murder-For-Hire: Man Admits Paying $16K Bitcoin To Have NY Residents Killed
Murder-For-Hire: Man Admits Paying $16K Bitcoin To Have NY Residents Killed A Utah man has admitted to paying thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin to arrange for the murders of two New York residents. Christopher Pence, age 43, of Cedar City, Utah appeared in Albany federal court on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and pleaded guilty to using the internet to solicit and pay for murder. According to prosecutors, Pence admitted to contacting the administrator of a website dedicated to arranging contract killings in 2021. He confessed to paying them $16,000 worth of Bitcoin to facilitate the murder of two Hoosick Falls residents in Rensselaer County. Pence gave the administrato…
Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue
Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue The man accused of opening fire at a New York synagogue on the first day of Hanukkah has been federally charged. Mufid Fawaz Alkhader, age 28, of Schenectady, appeared in Albany federal court on Friday, Dec. 8, where he was arraigned on one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm. According to the criminal complaint, Alkhader approached Albany’s Temple Israel, located on New Scotland Avenue, at around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 armed with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. He then fired the weapon twice into the air, prosecutors allege. Earlier Report: New Update: Shooting At NY Syna…
IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video
IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video The identities have now been released of a couple killed after crashing near a bridge connecting the United States and Canada on one of the year's busiest travel days. The Thanksgiving Eve incident happened early Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22 on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls Police say  Kurt Villani, and his wife, Monica Villani, both age 53, died in the vehicle explosion which led to a federal investigation. The two were residents of Grand Island, New York, located about 10 miles southeast of Niagara Falls. Authorities say the couple had originally been…
Condoms, Rope Found On NY Man Who Blackmailed Minors Into Sending Nudes, Feds Say Condoms, Rope Found On NY Man Who Blackmailed Minors Into Sending Nudes, Feds Say
Condoms, Rope Found On NY Man Who Blackmailed Minors Into Sending Nudes, Feds Say A New York man is in federal custody after allegedly blackmailing several underage girls into sending him sexually explicit images. Long Island resident Brandon Kern, age 29, of Bayport, was arraigned on multiple charges in Central Islip federal court on Wednesday, Nov. 22. An investigation found that between December 2020 and October 2021, he posed as a teenager on Snapchat in order to convince at least six underage girls to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. Some of the victims were as young as 12 years old, according to the FBI. When the girls attempted to block him, Kern al…
24-Year-Old Hudson Valley Man Admits Killing Victim Of Home Burglary, DA Says 24-Year-Old Hudson Valley Man Admits Killing Victim Of Home Burglary, DA Says
24-Year-Old Hudson Valley Man Admits Killing Victim Of Home Burglary, DA Says A 24-year-old Hudson Valley man faces 25 in prison after admitting he killed a victim involved in a home burglary, according to authorities.  Ulster County resident Jacob Jackson, age 24, of Rosendale, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for the shooting death of Myron Moye, age 36, of Kingston, said Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg.  On Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, three men wearing masks and gloves broke into Moye's home, tied up occupants, and then stabbed, shot, and killed the victim and fled, Clegg said. Jackson was identified as one of the perp…
Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue
Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue Call it mother’s intuition. As the dreaded 48-hour mark approached since 9-year-old Charlotte Sena disappeared from a state park in New York, her mother suddenly had a feeling that everything would be alright just before the girl was rescued, according to Albany radio station WGNA.  Speaking with the station’s “Brian and Chrissy in the Morning” show Tuesday, Oct. 3, Charlotte’s aunt, Jene′ Sena, said the girl’s parents Trisha and Dave were gathered with friends and relatives around their campsite when Trisha made a rather prophetic statement. "I don't know...maybe it's mother's intuition,…
Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road' Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road'
Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road' The hallways of the Corinth Central School District were flooded with orange Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, as students and teachers celebrated the safe return of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena following her kidnapping at a state park in New York and subsequent rescue two days later. “Promote unity by wearing your orange!” reads a message on the district’s Facebook page. “Other schools in our region will be wearing orange to support Corinth, too.” The heartwarming display hinted at the immense support the community has shown the girl’s family throughout the terrifying 48-hour manhunt that garnered na…
Police, FBI Still Searching For Stony Point Man Wanted For Killing Daughter-In-Law Police, FBI Still Searching For Stony Point Man Wanted For Killing Daughter-In-Law
Police, FBI Still Searching For Stony Point Man Wanted For Killing Daughter-In-Law Although nearly 11 years have passed since the brutal murder of a Hudson Valley mother allegedly by her father-in-law, local police, the FBI, and the US Marshals Service have not given up the hunt for the man responsible. The Town of Haverstraw Police Department said Tuesday, Aug. 29, that the department continues to investigate the whereabouts of former Rockland County resident Eugene Palmer, age 84, of Stony Point, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Tammy Palmer on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.  Eugene Palmer is accused of ambushing Tammy, the mother of his grandchildren, as she wa…
Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman
Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman Authorities are investigating a possible connection between Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann and the disappearance of a South Carolina woman around six years ago. Julia Ann Bean was last seen in Sumter County, South Carolina on May 31, 2017. Her daughter reported her missing nearly six months later. On Sunday, Aug. 20, someone claiming to be Bean’s friend contacted the sheriff’s office and claimed to have information in the case, the agency announced on Facebook. Earlier Report: Gilgo Beach Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family The perso…
FBI Offering Reward For Information In Hudson Valley Murder Investigation FBI Offering Reward For Information In Hudson Valley Murder Investigation
FBI Offering Reward For Information In Hudson Valley Murder Investigation The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of a Hudson Valley woman 35 years ago. The FBI's Westchester Safe Streets Task Force and the Spring Valley Police Department are asking the public assistance in the homicide of Glennise "Gamma" Stroud on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1987.  Her body was located in a wooded area in Rockland County south of 244 North Main St., in Spring Valley and her death was determined to be a homicide, the FBI said. She was 19 years old at the time of her death. If you have any in…
Jan. 6 Attack: Graduate Of Hudson Valley HS Gets Prison Time For Role In Riot Jan. 6 Attack: Graduate Of Hudson Valley HS Gets Prison Time For Role In Riot
Jan. 6 Attack: Graduate Of Hudson Valley HS Gets Prison Time For Role In Riot A Northern Westchester high school product has been sentenced for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.  Brian Gundersen, age 28, who graduated from Byram Hills High School in Armonk and played varsity football during his time there, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Tuesday, July 25 for his role in the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to the US Department of Justice.  Earlier Report - HS Football Jacket IDs Northern Westchester Man As Capitol Rioter Gundersen, who now lives in State College, Pennsylvania, had been charged in co…
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case The man accused of killing several women and dumping their bodies on a New York beach in what became known as the Gilgo Beach murders was finally nabbed thanks in large part to a tip from one victim’s roommate that came over a decade ago. Dave Schaller met with Suffolk County Police detectives in December 2010, shortly after the skeletal remains of 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello were found in an area off Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach, according to CBS News. He told them that shortly before Costello disappeared, he had witnessed a large man threatening her inside their North Babylon home…
This NY Locale Tops List Of Safest Cities In America, Report Says This NY Locale Tops List Of Safest Cities In America, Report Says
This NY Locale Tops List Of Safest Cities In America, Report Says When it comes to that list of must-haves for a new home, not many amenities rank higher than peace of mind. Fortunately for New Yorkers, you won’t have to look far to find it as the safest city in America is right in our backyard, according to a new ranking. Glens Falls in Warren County topped Rocket Mortgage’s “15 Safest Cities In The US” for 2023. The company came up with the ranking after looking at violent and property crime data around the country from the FBI, as well as other factors like population, median household incomes, and home prices. Glens Falls boasts a violent crime ra…
NY Serial Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family NY Serial Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family
NY Serial Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family New details are shedding light on just how police in New York tracked down an alleged serial killer who worked on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan suspected in the deaths of at least four women on Long Island more than a decade ago. Nassau County resident Rex Heuermann, age 59, of Massapequa Park, an architect and married father of two, was arraigned on murder charges in Suffolk County Court on Friday, July 14, in the killings of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello. The bodies of 10 people, nine of whom were women, are linked to the case. Earlier Report: Suspect In Gilgo Beac…
Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue
Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue New update: NY Serial Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family A man taken into custody for the Giglo Beach serial killer murders on Long Island has been identified as a local architect who has lived for years near where the bodies of the 10 victims were found, according to multiple reports and sources. Rex Heuermann, age 59, of Massapequa Park, was taken into custody on Thursday, July 13 around 8:30 p.m., for at least some of the murder victims, nine of whom were women, found on the south shore of Long Island known as Gilgo Beach, The New York Times re…
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims New Update: Serial Murder Suspect ID'd As Long Island Man Who Founded Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue A suspect has reportedly been apprehended in connection with the Long Island serial murders on Gilgo Beach that have long gone unsolved, according to multiple news sources. The person, who has not yet been identified publically, was taken into custody in Nassau County on Thursday, July 13 in Massapequa Park by Suffolk County Police, along with other law enforcement partners, reported CBS News. A total of 10 bodies, nine of which were women, found on the south shore of Long Island.ha…
Travelers Beware: 'Juice Jacking' Scam Targeting Data Through Charging Stations Travelers Beware: 'Juice Jacking' Scam Targeting Data Through Charging Stations
Travelers Beware: 'Juice Jacking' Scam Targeting Data Through Charging Stations With the summer travel season underway, state leaders are warning of a new scam tactic targeting travelers’ personal information on their electronic devices. In a warning issued this week, the New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection encouraged travelers to protect themselves against so-called “juice jacking” on public charging stations. Officials said thieves can place hidden skimming devices inside USB ports on public cell phone charging kiosks at airports, hotels, and other public locations. “Unfortunately, nefarious scammers are always at work finding new ways to …
Child Rapist 'Godson' Sexually Abused 15-Year-Old In Orange County, Feds Say Child Rapist 'Godson' Sexually Abused 15-Year-Old In Orange County, Feds Say
Child Rapist 'Godson' Sexually Abused 15-Year-Old In Orange County, Feds Say A registered "sexually violent" offender who was once convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl is now accused of sexually abusing another child in the region. Curtis Ellington, age 33, of Junction City, Kansas, was arraigned on child sex crimes charges in federal court in White Plains on Thursday, June 1. According to the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District, Ellington slept at the 15-year-old victim’s Orange County home in April 2023, and engaged in sexual activity with them. Earlier Report: 'Sexually Violent' Offender Convicted Of Raping Girl, 7, Reports Move In Middletown Pr…