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Human Remains Found Near Ice Pond Road In Putnam County Human Remains Found Near Ice Pond Road In Putnam County
Human Remains Found Near Ice Pond Road In Patterson Authorities are working to identify human remains that were discovered near a Hudson Valley road.  The body was found in Putnam County on Tuesday, April 16 in the area of Ice Pond Road in Patterson, Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police said on Wednesday, April 24.  The investigation to identify the remains is still in its "infancy," Hicks said, adding that no official connections to any missing persons cases have yet been made.  This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
Student Holding Water Pistol At Putnam Valley High School Prompts Police Response Student Holding Water Pistol At Putnam Valley High School Prompts Police Response
Student Holding Water Pistol At Putnam Valley High School Prompts Police Response Police conducted an extensive investigation after a student was seen sitting in the parking lot of a Hudson Valley high school holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said. The incident began in Putnam County on Friday, April 19 around 12:15 p.m., when a Putnam Valley High School student reported that she had seen a boy sitting inside a car in the parking lot while holding what looked like a gun, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. By the time the school resource officer was told, the suspect had already left the campus.  The Sheriff's Office then began an investig…
Active Shooter Drill Held At Monastery In Hudson Valley Active Shooter Drill Held At Monastery In Hudson Valley
Active Shooter Drill Held At Carmel's Chuang Yen Monastery Although it looked like a real response, an influx of emergency agencies and police at a Hudson Valley monastery was only a drill to prepare for an active shooter scenario.  The exercise was held in Putnam County on Sunday, April 21 at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel at 2020 Route 301, according to the Carmel Fire Department.  During the drill, which was hosted by the Kent Fire Department, several local, county, and regional agencies acted as if there were an active shooter with "victims" played by volunteers.  After the exercise was complete, the agencies then gathe…
Sergeant Collapses, Dies Moments After Shift In Brewster: 'Good Man Who Will Be Missed' Sergeant Collapses, Dies Moments After Shift In Brewster: 'Good Man Who Will Be Missed'
Sergeant Collapses, Dies Moments After Shift In Brewster: 'Good Man Who Will Be Missed' A Hudson Valley police department is mourning the line-of-duty loss of a beloved sergeant who collapsed and died mere moments after completing his shift.  In a statement on Saturday, April 20, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced the death of Brewster Police Sergeant Richard Gurniak, who collapsed after hanging up his keys after his shift during the early morning hours on Saturday.  Despite efforts to save his life from a fellow Brewster officer and two members of the Sheriff's Office, Gurniak later died at Putnam Hospital from a heart attack at the age of 57. A…
These Putnam School Districts Named Best Communities For Music Education These Putnam School Districts Named Best Communities For Music Education
These Putnam School Districts Named Best Communities For Music Education Several school districts in Westchester and Putnam counties are being recognized as amongst the best in the entire nation for music education.  A total of 10 school districts across both counties have been named winners of the Best Communities for Music Education Award for 2024 by the NAMM Foundation.  These districts are some of only 975 across the country to receive the award, which recognizes "outstanding" efforts from teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who make sure students can include music as part of their education, according to th…
Beloved Sergeant Doug MacCrae Of Brewster Dies At 67 Beloved Sergeant Doug MacCrae Of Brewster Dies At 67
Beloved Sergeant Doug MacCrae Of Brewster Dies At 67 A sheriff's office in the Hudson Valley is mourning the loss of a retired sergeant and Army veteran who always followed his passions while also making time to serve his community.  Putnam County resident Doug MacCrae of Brewster died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17 at the age of 67, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Friday, April 19.  Known for his long career in law enforcement, MacCrae served with the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy and Sergeant for 25 years. He was also a Youth Officer and played a large role in developing Putnam's School Resource Progr…
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…
2-Car Crash Hospitalizes 1, Closes Part Of Busy Hudson Valley Road 2-Car Crash Hospitalizes 1, Closes Part Of Busy Hudson Valley Road
2-Car Crash Injures 1, Closes Part Of Route 6N In Mahopac A two-vehicle crash in the Hudson Valley sent one person to the hospital and caused a brief closure on a busy roadway. The incident happened in Putnam County on Wednesday, April 17 just before 10 a.m., when two cars collided on Route 6N in Mahopac near Parker Drive, according to the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  Arriving first responders soon closed Route 6N at the nearest intersections and tended to the drivers' injuries. One driver was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital while the other refused medical attention. 
Residence Goes Up In Flames In Hudson Valley Residence Goes Up In Flames In Hudson Valley
Residence Goes Up In Flames In Brewster A Hudson Valley residence was damaged in a blaze that took crews hours to put out.  The blaze happened in Putnam County on Monday, April 16 around 2:40 a.m., when a residence in Brewster on Dingle Ridge Road went up in flames, according to the Lake Carmel Fire Department. Responding fire crews from Lake Carmel, Brewster, Carmel, Croton Falls, and the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team were able to get the blaze under control after around two hours, firefighters said. The cause of the fire was not released. 
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Route 22 In Brewster Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Route 22 In Brewster
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Route 22 In Brewster A large brush fire near a busy Hudson Valley road sent plumes of smoke into the air before crews could put it out. The blaze happened in Putnam County on Tuesday afternoon, April 9 off Route 22 in Brewster, where a large brush fire ignited, Carmel fire officials said on Wednesday, April 17. The incident prompted a large response from the Brewster and Carmel Fire Departments and sent plenty of smoke into the air before it was eventually put out.  No injuries were reported. 
Update: Police Still Investigating Loud Booming Noise In Hudson Valley Update: Police Still Investigating Loud Booming Noise In Hudson Valley
Update: Police Still Investigating Booming Noise In Carmel Authorities have offered more possible explanations for a loud booming noise heard in the Hudson Valley. The possible explosion was heard by several Putnam County residents on Saturday, April 14 just before 9 p.m. when the Carmel and Kent Police Departments received several reports of a loud booming noise in the Lake Carmel area.  Earlier Report - 'Loud Boom' Heard In Carmel, Kent: Police Investigating After the noise was reported, both departments were unable to pinpoint the cause or find any damage related to it.   Days later, on Tuesday, April 16, Carmel Police agai…
'Threat Environment' Prompts Proactive Measures In Place In Hudson Valley, Sheriff Says 'Threat Environment' Prompts Proactive Measures In Place In Hudson Valley, Sheriff Says
'Threat Environment' Prompts Security Measures In Putnam As tensions in the Middle East rise following Iran's attack against Israel, authorities in the Hudson Valley are taking precautionary measures to look out for suspicious activity and to keep residents safe. As a result of "heightened threat environments," the Putnam County Sheriff's Office will enact "proactive measures" to keep the county safe, including extra visibility at several pre-determined locations, authorities said.  These measures follow an aerial attack conducted by Iran against Israel on Saturday, April 13, which the country said was made in response to an Israeli strike a…
Man Flown To Hospital After Crash In Putnam County Man Flown To Hospital After Crash In Putnam County
Man Flown To Hospital After Crash In Putnam Valley A Northern Westchester man was flown to a hospital after being ejected from his vehicle in a Hudson Valley crash.  The incident happened in Putnam County on Saturday, April 13 just before 10:30 a.m., when a 67-year-old Yorktown Heights man was ejected from his motorcycle on Barger Street near Florence Road in Putnam Valley, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said on Monday, April 15.  Arriving deputies soon found the man lying on the roadway and spoke with eyewitnesses, who said he had taken a left out of Florence Road and had headed south before losing control of his motorcycle f…
Support Pours In For Family Of Beloved Brewster Firefighter Who Died At 26 Support Pours In For Family Of Beloved Brewster Firefighter Who Died At 26
Support Pours In For Family Of Brewster's William May Following the sudden loss of a young Hudson Valley firefighter who was always there to help others, his community is making sure his family gets the support they need.  Putnam County resident William "Billy" May of Brewster died on Friday, March 29 in Danbury, Connecticut at the age of 26, according to his obituary.  Earlier Report - Brewster Firefighter Billy May Dies At 26: 'Rising Star' Born in the Westchester County village of Bronxville in 1997, May graduated from Brewster High School in 2016 and had been a proud member of the Brewster Fire Department since 2020, where …
'Loud Boom' Heard In Carmel, Kent: Police Investigating 'Loud Boom' Heard In Carmel, Kent: Police Investigating
'Loud Boom' Heard In Carmel, Kent: Police Investigating Police searched an area in the Hudson Valley for evidence of an explosion after several residents reported hearing a mysterious loud booming noise, authorities said. New, updated report - Update: Police Still Investigating Booming Noise In Carmel The possible explosion was reported by residents in Putnam County on Saturday, April 14 just before 9 p.m., when both the Carmel and Kent Police Departments received calls reporting a loud noise in the Lake Carmel area. According to both departments, officers and deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office searched the area for any damag…
Intruder Caught At Animal Hospital In Hudson Valley Intruder Caught At Animal Hospital In Hudson Valley
Intruder Caught At Carmel Animal Hospital A woman faces charges after illegally entering a Hudson Valley animal hospital during its overnight hours, police said. The incident happened in Putnam County on Friday night, April 12, when a woman illegally entered the Carmel Animal Hospital at 235 Route 52, according to Carmel Police. A detective soon found the suspect near the hospital and arrested her. The suspect, a woman whose name has not yet been released by the department, was charged with: Third-degree criminal trespass; Possession of burglar's tools. She was later released with a future court date. 
Man Tries Fleeing Arrest After Trying To Entice Teen Into Sex In Hudson Valley: Police Man Tries Fleeing Arrest After Trying To Entice Teen Into Sex In Hudson Valley: Police
Man Tries To Entice Teen Into Sex In Putnam: Police A 20-year-old Connecticut man was apprehended after ramming police vehicles to escape arrest for trying to entice a 13-year-old victim into engaging in sexual activity in the Hudson Valley, authorities said.  Fairfield County resident Francisco Javi Gomez of Norwalk was arrested in Putnam County on Wednesday, April 3 in connection with an investigation that began on Friday, March 15, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Friday, April 12.  According to authorities, Gomez had been enticing a 13-year-old victim to engage in sexual activity with him through social medi…
Woman Drives Drunk Near Elementary School In Kent: Police Woman Drives Drunk Near Elementary School In Kent: Police
Woman Drives Drunk Near Elementary School In Kent: Police A woman faces multiple charges after driving drunk near a Hudson Valley elementary school and giving officers a fake name after being pulled over, police said. The arrest stemmed from an incident in Putnam County on Thursday, April 5 at around 6:30 a.m., when a vehicle was seen speeding in the area of Kent Elementary School, according to Kent Police. Officers then stopped the car and began talking with the driver, who first identified herself as Gina Buttacavoli. After speaking with her, police administered field sobriety tests and searched the car, soon finding a driver's license belo…
School District In Putnam County Taps New Superintendent School District In Putnam County Taps New Superintendent
Garrison Union Free School District Taps New Superintendent After an intense vetting process, a Hudson Valley school district has selected a new superintendent with more than two decades of leadership experience.  In an announcement on Tuesday, April 9, the Garrison Union Free School District in Putnam County revealed that Gregory Stowell was offered the position of superintendent.  Stowell is expected to be officially appointed to the role at the next Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.  Once he takes the district's helm, Stowell will replace Carl Albano, who officially retired from the role in September…
Deputy Injured By Drunk Driver In Putnam County: Sheriff Deputy Injured By Drunk Driver In Putnam County: Sheriff
Deputy Injured By Drunk Driver In Putnam Valley: Sheriff Several people face charges after driving drunk in the Hudson Valley, including a woman who struck a sheriff deputy's vehicle, authorities said.  The arrests happened in Putnam County between Friday, April 5, and Sunday, April 7, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday, April 8.  The first incident occurred on Friday, April 5 around 10:45 p.m., when a sheriff's deputy's vehicle was struck by another car that crossed into his lane while traveling north on Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley. The deputy suffered injuries to his eye and hand and was taken to Hudson …
Putnam County Fatal Crash Update: Woman, 30, ID'd As Victim Putnam County Fatal Crash Update: Woman, 30, ID'd As Victim
Southeast Fatal Crash Update: Woman, 30, ID'd As Victim A 30-year-old woman has been identified as the victim of a wrong-way driver fatal crash on I-84 in the Hudson Valley. Related: Wrong-Way Crash: 1 Killed In Hudson Valley The crash occurred in Putnam County around 4 a.m. Monday, April 8, near mile marker 68 eastbound on I-84 in the town of Southeast. According to Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police, a Subaru Cross Trek driven by Alexandra R. Quinn, age 30, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when it struck an eastbound 2024 Volvo tractor-trailer. Quinn was pronounced de…
Wrong-Way Crash: 1 Killed On I-84 In Putnam County Wrong-Way Crash: 1 Killed On I-84 In Putnam County
Wrong-Way Crash: 1 Killed On I-84 In Southeast One person was killed during a Hudson Valley crash between a sedan that was allegedly driving in the wrong direction and a tractor-trailer. The incident took place in Putnam County around 4 a.m. Monday, near mile marker 68 eastbound on I-84 in the town of Southeast. According to Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police, A Subaru Cross Trek was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when it struck an eastbound 2024 Volvo tractor-trailer. The driver of Subaru was pronounced dead on the scene, Hicks said. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured. The name of the victim has no…
Man Nabbed After Making Purchases With Stolen Credit Card In Hudson Valley: Police Man Nabbed After Making Purchases With Stolen Credit Card In Hudson Valley: Police
Man Uses Stolen Credit Card At Mahopac Deli: Police A man faces criminal charges after using a stolen credit card to make a purchase at a Hudson Valley deli. Lydon S. Peters was arrested in Putnam County on Thursday, March 28 after using a stolen credit card to make a purchase at the Route 6 Deli in Mahopac, the Carmel Police Department announced.  According to the department, Peters' arrest resulted from an investigation into several similar incidents reported throughout the area beginning on Tuesday, March 26.  These incidents consisted of male suspects entering gas stations or delis and trying to purchase cigarettes with stolen…
Undercover Operation Leads To Arrest Of Hudson Valley Man For Attempted Rape Undercover Operation Leads To Arrest Of Hudson Valley Man For Attempted Rape
Mahopac Man Nabbed For Attempted Rape A lengthy undercover operation has led to the arrest of a Hudson Valley man for attempted rape and other charges. After completing the five-week investigation, New York State Police say it determined Putnam County resident Ravi Masand, age 46, traveled in his vehicle from his residence located in the hamlet of Mahopac to Orange County with the intention to meet a 10-year-old Middletown girl to engage in various sexual acts.  Masand planned to produce, sell, and distribute sex videos and images of the girl, said police. Masand was arrested on Thursday, April 4 …
Earthquake: No Reports Of Damage In Putnam, Sheriff Says Earthquake: No Reports Of Damage In Putnam, Sheriff Says
Earthquake: No Reports Of Damage In Putnam, Sheriff Says Did you feel it? Residents in Westchester and Putnam counties are among those along the East Coast abuzz about an earthquake that was felt late Friday morning, April 5. The quake, which originated in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in the borough of Lebanon about 60 miles west of midtown Manhattan, was felt across the Hudson Valley at 10:23 a.m., and measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey. Related Report - 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits NY, Other Parts Of East Coast Shortly after the earthquake hit, several police departments across Westchester…
Solar Eclipse: How NYers Can Keep Furry Friends Safe During 'Astronomy Event Of Decade' Solar Eclipse: How NYers Can Keep Furry Friends Safe During 'Astronomy Event Of Decade'
Solar Eclipse: How NYers Can Keep Furry Friends Safe During 'Astronomy Event Of Decade' Ahead of the upcoming total solar eclipse – dubbed the astronomy event of the decade – pet owners should also be prepared. The total solar eclipse, slotted to occur on Monday, April 8, will follow a path of totality across just 15 states on the eastern side of the United States, including much of western and upstate New York. Between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. that day, the moon will pass between the sun and the earth, blocking out all light for a few minutes for those in the zone of totality – which includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Lake Placid, and Plattsburgh. Places farther away…
K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Mahopac: Sheriff K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Mahopac: Sheriff
K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Mahopac: Sheriff A 53-year-old Hudson Valley man faces child pornography charges following a search of his residence, police announced. Putnam County resident John Towers of Mahopac was arrested on Friday, March 29 after he was caught in possession of images depicting the sexual abuse of children, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday, April 2.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Towers' arrest followed an investigation that began in February, when the office's Bureau of Criminal Investigation received information that a Town of Carmel resident had photos containing child pornography.…
Police To Conduct Exercise At School In Putnam County Police To Conduct Exercise At School In Putnam County
Police To Conduct Exercise At School In Cold Spring Authorities are asking parents to avoid a Hudson Valley school during an upcoming scheduled exercise involving police and firefighters.  The exercise will be held in Putnam County on Tuesday, April 9 at Haldane Elementary School in Cold Spring, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday, April 1.  Several agencies will be involved in the exercise, including area police departments, the Cold Spring Fire Company and its Fire Police, and the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  All non-participants, including parents, are asked to avoid the school campus while th…
Beloved Brewster Firefighter Dies At 26: 'Rising Star' Beloved Brewster Firefighter Dies At 26: 'Rising Star'
Brewster Firefighter Billy May Dies At 26: 'Rising Star' A fire department in the Hudson Valley has announced the death of a 26-year-old member who is being remembered for the positive mark he left on everyone he knew.  New, updated report - Support Pours In For Family Of Brewster's William May Putnam County firefighter William "Billy" May of the Brewster Fire Department died on Friday, March 29 at the age of 26, the department announced on Saturday, March 30. According to his department, May became a Brewster firefighter in February 2020 at age 22 and quickly became a "rising star who brought the best out of everyone he inte…
Lane Closures To Slow Traffic On I-684 Between Southeast, North Salem For Months Lane Closures To Slow Traffic On I-684 Between Southeast, North Salem For Months
Lane Closures To Slow Traffic On I-684 Between Southeast, North Salem For Months A series of scheduled lane closures are set to affect traffic on Interstate 684 in the Hudson Valley, officials announced.  Lane reductions along Interstate 684 in Westchester and Putnam counties between Exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road) in North Salem and Exit 9 (Interstate 84) in Southeast will be put into place beginning on Sunday, March 31, and lasting through Thursday, May 30.  The following closures are scheduled:  Two lanes in both directions with close Sunday nights through Friday nights between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.; One northbound lane will close Mondays through Saturdays be…
Update: Missing 26-Year-Old Putnam County Man Found Dead Update: Missing 26-Year-Old Putnam County Man Found Dead
Update: Missing 26-Year-Old Putnam County Man Found Dead A 26-year-old man from the Hudson Valley who had been missing for nearly two months has been found dead.  Putnam County resident Colin Albert Marma of Garrison, age 26, was found dead nearly two months after he was last seen on Friday, Feb. 2, according to an announcement by the Hope Alive 845 non-profit group on Thursday, March 28.  Earlier Report - Alert Issued For Missing 26-Year-Old Man From Garrison "Hope Alive 845 Team sends our love and condolences to the family who did everything humanly possible to find their son," the group said in their announcement, adding, …