Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General
Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General New York Attorney General Letitia James urged New Yorkers to be on high alert for increasingly common online romance scams that lead to the victims making fraudulent investments. Also referred to as “pig butchering” schemes, the perpetrators of such crimes will work to gain trust with their victims, “fattening” them up so they willingly provide the scammer money, James said in a Thursday, June 6 press release. Victims are usually targeted via dating websites and apps, social media, and unsolicited text messages. Earlier report - NY Resident Loses $341K In 'Pig Butchering' Scheme: …
'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…
Trio Sells Fentanyl-Laced Heroin In Capital Region, Police Say Trio Sells Fentanyl-Laced Heroin In Capital Region, Police Say
Trio Sells Fentanyl-Laced Heroin In Capital Region, Police Say Three people are facing drug charges for allegedly planning to sell heroin laced with fentanyl in the region. In Rensselaer County, Troy Police executed a search warrant Thursday afternoon, June 13, at a home in the Lansingburgh neighborhood, on 5th Avenue near 118th Street. The search followed a “lengthy investigation” into reported drug sales at the property, police said. Inside, officers allegedly found evidence that tested positive for both heroin and fentanyl. The following suspects were arrested on suspicion of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell …
Man Dead Following Shooting At Malta Home Man Dead Following Shooting At Malta Home
Man Dead Following Shooting At Malta Home A man is dead following a shooting at a home in the region. The Saratoga County incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, in Malta at the Northway Estates mobile home park on Route 9. Sheriff’s deputies said someone called 911 reporting a shooting inside a residence. When deputies arrived, they found a man dead from a gunshot wound. Nobody else inside the home was injured. Authorities did not speculate on a possible motive for the shooting or say whether anyone was arrested. The victim's name and age had not been released as of Friday afternoon. This is a developing stor…
Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution' Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution'
Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution' New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is warning residents to take precautions ahead of a barrage of threatening weather, including severe storms followed by a dangerous heat wave. Hochul's announcement comes as predictions call for a cold front to arrive in the state on Friday, June 14, which is expected to produce thunderstorms with heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts. According to Hochul's office, the storm system could bring several hazards along with it, including flash flooding, dangerous traveling conditions, and power outages.  Related Report - Timing Shifts For Severe Storms W…
Fugitive Child Rapist Nabbed Out Of State After Dodging Saratoga County Court Date, Police Say Fugitive Child Rapist Nabbed Out Of State After Dodging Saratoga County Court Date, Police Say
Fugitive Child Rapist Nabbed Out Of State After Dodging Saratoga County Court Date, Police Say An accused child rapist in the region is back behind bars after he allegedly fled the state to avoid prosecution. Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies took custody of 36-year-old Siatar Creech, of Northumberland, on Tuesday, June 11, weeks after he was arrested by the US Marshals Service in South Carolina. Creech was originally arrested in September 2022 after a New York State Police investigation found that he repeatedly raped a child under the age of 17 in the town of Moreau, according to police. Following his arraignment in Ballston Spa Village Court, he was released on his own recognizan…
Juvenile Shot At Capital Region Park; Search On For Suspect Juvenile Shot At Capital Region Park; Search On For Suspect
Juvenile Shot At Capital Region Park; Search On For Suspect A juvenile is recovering after being shot at a park in the region. The attack happened at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Schenectady’s Jerry Burrell Park, near Schenectady and Hamilton streets. According to police, officers found the victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. They were taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Police did not reveal the juvenile victim’s age or gender, nor did they speculate on a possible motive for the shooting. No suspects had been arrested as of Thursday morning, June 13. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sch…
Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer
Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer Parents looking for a fun way to get out of the house with the kids this summer and not break the bank may be able to turn to their local movie theater for a solution. AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark have announced programs offering reduced movie ticket prices for some kids' movies and snacks all summer.  Regal Cinemas Regal Cinemas will offer $1 movie tickets for special screenings at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 7.  The movies include "Despicable Me 3," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "PAW Patrol: The Movie," and several others. Click…
21-Year-Old Parolee Nabbed In Capital Region Shooting That Killed Man, Injured 2 Others: Cops 21-Year-Old Parolee Nabbed In Capital Region Shooting That Killed Man, Injured 2 Others: Cops
21-Year-Old Parolee Nabbed In Capital Region Shooting That Killed Man, Injured 2 Others: Cops Police have arrested a suspect in an overnight shooting in the region that killed a man and injured two others, including a 13-year-old boy. The Albany incident happened at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the city’s West Hill neighborhood, near Second and Quail streets. Officers found a 46-year-old woman who was shot in the leg and a 13-year-old boy suffering from a graze bullet wound to his arm. Both victims were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Earlier Report: Man Killed, Two Others Including 13-Year-Old Injured In Albany Shooting …
Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security' Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security'
Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security' Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that New Yorkers can now have a digital version of their state-issued driver's license or identification right on their smartphones. Hochul and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles announced on Tuesday, June 11 that the new program, New York Mobile ID, was now available to all New Yorkers. Available to anyone with a smartphone, New York Mobile ID (or MiD) is a highly secure digital version of a state-issued driver's license, learner’s permit, or non-driver identification card that can be used at nearly 30 TSA security checkpoints across the country. …
Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided
Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided Eight New Yorkers who owned, operated, or were employees of several transportation companies have been accused of scamming the government out of millions of dollars for services never provided. The indictments were unsealed on Long Island at federal court in Central Islip on Tuesday, June 11. Seven of the eight are from Long Island and the other from New York City: Noman Ahmed, age 37, Port Jefferson Station; Adnan Arshad, also known as “Eddie,” age 45, Mount Sinai; Rehman Diwan, age 24, Hicksville; Jessica Hendrickson, age 36, Patchogue; Jose Marte, age 33, …
2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At Capital Region Home, Jury Finds 2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At Capital Region Home, Jury Finds
2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At Capital Region Home, Jury Finds A protection order was no match for a disgruntled 21-year-old armed with an AK-47 rifle and set on murdering his own mother and stepfather in upstate New York, a jury found. Schenectady County resident Nicholas Fiebka, of Schenectady, was convicted of two counts of murder and related charges on Friday, June 7, in the deaths of his mother Alesia Wadsworth and stepfather, William Horwedel. Prosecutors said Fiebka entered his mother’s Princetown home on Nov. 21, 2022, armed with an AK-47 rifle with an illegal drum magazine capable of holding 75 rounds of ammunition and firing two shots with ev…
Girl Accused Of Setting Fire That Killed 58-Year-Old In Capital Region Girl Accused Of Setting Fire That Killed 58-Year-Old In Capital Region
Girl Accused Of Setting Fire That Killed 58-Year-Old In Capital Region A 15-year-old girl is charged with murder after allegedly setting a residential fire in the region that killed a man. Emergency crews in Columbia County responded to a Livingston home on State Route 9 on Friday, June 7, for a residential fire with people trapped inside. A male resident was pronounced dead at the scene, according to New York State Police. On Monday, June 10, investigators identified the victim as 58-year-old Edmund Metz. Following an investigation, police determined that the fire was deliberately set by a 15-year-old girl.  The teen was arrested on suspicion of second…
Cyberattack Limits City Services In Region: Here's What Cyberattack Limits City Services In Region: Here's What
Cyberattack Limits City Services In Region: Here's What A cyberattack on a Hudson Valley city's network security is preventing residents from numerous functions, including paying their water bills or property taxes, and many others. The incident occurred in Orange County in the city of Newburgh on Monday, June 10.  According to Mike Neppl, spokesman for Newburgh, officials identified a network security incident that is causing the temporary disruption of some city services.  "We have retained outside IT experts and other professionals who are working around the clock with the city to restore operations fully," Neppl said.  At th…
ShopRite In Region To Close This Summer ShopRite In Region To Close This Summer
ShopRite In Region To Close This Summer After over 30 years in business, a popular ShopRite store in the region will close this summer. The 55,500-square-foot store, located in Ulster County in Ellenville, at 1 ShopRite Boulevard off Route 209, was opened in 1993 by Wakefern Food Corporation in New Jersey. According to Karen O'Shea, the corporation's spokeswoman, the store did not renew its lease and will close on Saturday, Aug. 31. "We thank our associates for their service and continue to offer staff positions at nearby ShopRite stores," O'Shea said. The store is the only major grocer in the village. O'Shea did not offe…
Quadruple Murder Case: Former New York Police Officer Receives Sentence Quadruple Murder Case: Former New York Police Officer Receives Sentence
Quadruple Murder Case: Former New York Police Officer Receives Sentence A former police officer at several municipalities in Westchester and Dutchess counties has received his sentence for killing four men in the Hudson Valley over missing drug money.  Orange County resident and former cop Nicholas Tartaglione of Otisville, age 56, was sentenced on Monday, June 10 to four consecutive life sentences for the killings in the town of Chester in Orange County following a botched cocaine deal in April 2016 at the Likquid Lounge.  The four victims were: Martin Luna, age 41,  Urbano Santiago, age 32,  Miguel Luna, age 25,  Hector G…
'I Hope He Haunts You': Slain Capital Region Father's Family Confronts Killer Before Sentencing 'I Hope He Haunts You': Slain Capital Region Father's Family Confronts Killer Before Sentencing
'I Hope He Haunts You': Slain Capital Region Father's Family Confronts Killer Before Sentencing Nearly three years after a father was gunned down in a residential neighborhood in the region, his relatives confronted his killer face to face. Nicholas Anderson, age 30, of Albany, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars in Albany County Court on Friday, June 7, in the death of Rashad Nicholson. It followed his guilty plea to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Nicholson in the city’s West Hill neighborhood, near Third and Oaks streets, on July 24, 2021. Earlier Report: Suspected Gunman Charged In Killing Of Rashad Nicholson In Albany Medics found Nic…
Man Forces Way Through Door To Rape, Assault Victim In Milton, Police Say Man Forces Way Through Door To Rape, Assault Victim In Milton, Police Say
Man Forces Way Through Door To Rape, Assault Victim In Milton, Police Say A man from the region is facing sexual assault charges after reportedly forcing his way through a door to reach his alleged victim. Saratoga County resident Anthony Collins, age 42, of Ballston Spa, was arrested Saturday, June 8, on rape and related charges. According to sheriff’s officials, deputies were called to a Milton home on Lilith Fair on Friday, June 7, for a sexual assault. Investigators found that Collins pushed his way through a door, injuring the victim’s finger, before forcibly raping them, deputies said. Additional details, including the victim’s gender and age, were not i…
Fatal Crash: Drunk 28-Year-Old From Clifton Park Caused Head-On Wreck Killing Woman, Police Say Fatal Crash: Drunk 28-Year-Old From Clifton Park Caused Head-On Wreck Killing Woman, Police Say
Fatal Crash: Drunk 28-Year-Old From Clifton Park Caused Head-On Wreck Killing Woman, Police Say More than a month after a beloved wife and mother was killed in a head-on highway crash in the region, the man allegedly responsible has been arrested. In Albany County, Bethlehem Police arrested Saratoga County resident Matthew Monthie, age 28, of Clifton Park on Friday, June 7, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and related charges in the death of Shawna Marzahl. Investigators said Monthie was driving westbound on Route 85 near the Albany city limits when he crossed over the center line and struck the 53-year-old Marzahl in the eastbound lane just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 1. E…
$185M Scheme: NY Trio Nabbed For Defrauding 1,400 Investors, Feds Say $185M Scheme: NY Trio Nabbed For Defrauding 1,400 Investors, Feds Say
$185M Scheme: NY Trio Nabbed For Defrauding 1,400 Investors, Feds Say Three New York men have been charged in connection with a $185 million fraud scheme involving over a thousand investors, federal authorities announced. The three are Long Island resident Mario Gogliormella, age 47, of Manhasset; and New York City residents Steven Lacaj, age 27, of Manhattan, and Karim Ibrahim, age 34, of Queens, also known as “Chris Hayes." “By allegedly raising approximately $185 million from over 1,400 investors, Mario Gogliormella, Steven Lacaj, and Karim Ibrahim left a trail of shattered trust and financial ruin," US Attorney for the Southern Distric…
Capital Region Mom's Poisoning Death Remains Mystery 6 Years Later Despite 'Hundreds Of Leads' Capital Region Mom's Poisoning Death Remains Mystery 6 Years Later Despite 'Hundreds Of Leads'
Capital Region Mom's Poisoning Death Remains Mystery 6 Years Later Despite 'Hundreds Of Leads' Six years have passed since Megan Dyer-Maclean was found dead along an old railroad bed in upstate New York and police are no closer to catching her killer. The Rensselaer County mother of two was 31 years old when a friend discovered her body in a wooded area behind her Johnsonville home, located off Route 67, in June 2018. An autopsy concluded that she was poisoned to death by strychnine, a highly toxic, odorless pesticide commonly used to kill rodents and birds. Since then, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s officials have followed up on hundreds of leads and interviews but no suspects have be…
'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says 'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says
'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says New details are shedding light on the lengths that accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann went to in hopes of getting away with his alleged murder spree. The 60-year-old Long Island resident, of Massapequa Park, was arraigned on two more charges of second-degree murder in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, June 6, in the killings of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla. Heuermann was previously charged with the murders of four Gilgo Beach victims: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Earlier Report: Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect …
MMA Fighter's GF Charged In 5-Year-Old Girl's Starvation Death At Capital Region Home MMA Fighter's GF Charged In 5-Year-Old Girl's Starvation Death At Capital Region Home
MMA Fighter's GF Charged In 5-Year-Old Girl's Starvation Death At Capital Region Home A woman from the region is facing charges in connection with the starvation death of her MMA-fighter-boyfriend’s 5-year-old daughter. Schenectady County resident Brandi Terhune, age 22, of Schenectady, was arrested Monday, June 3, on suspicion of tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child. Her arrest comes months after Schenectady Police were called to a residence on Elmer Avenue near Poplar Street at around 3 a.m. Sunday, April 14, for a young girl who was unconscious and not breathing. Medics pronounced the girl dead a short time later. Earlier Report: Chi…
Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women
Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was formally charged with the murders of two additional women, bringing his alleged victim count to six and expanding the timeline of killings by two decades. Click here for a new, updated story - 'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says The 60-year-old Long Island resident, of Massapequa Park, was arraigned on two more charges of second-degree murder in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, June 6, in the killings of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla. Taylor’s decapitated remains were dis…
Bill Adding Fencing To Bridges In Region To Prevent People From Deadly Jumps Moves Forward Bill Adding Fencing To Bridges In Region To Prevent People From Deadly Jumps Moves Forward
Bill Adding Fencing To Bridges In Region To Prevent People From Deadly Jumps Moves Forward A bill aimed at stopping suicides by adding preventive fencing to five Hudson Valley bridges has passed the New York State Senate unanimously. Now, the bill introduced by State Sen. Pete Harckham (D, Mount Kisco), will move to the State Assembly, whose session ends on Friday, June 7, for consideration. The bill mandates that climb deterrent fencing be installed on all bridges under the New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) jurisdiction. The five Hudson Valley bridges are: Bear Mountain Bridge. Rip Van Winkle Bridge,  Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge,  Mid-Hudson Bridge,  Newbu…
$2M Scheme: NY Accounting Firm Partners Admit To Tax Fraud Conspiracy $2M Scheme: NY Accounting Firm Partners Admit To Tax Fraud Conspiracy
$2M Scheme: NY Accounting Firm Partners Admit To Tax Fraud Conspiracy Two New York accounting firm partners have pleaded guilty to a multi-million dollar tax evasion scheme.  Click here for a new, updated story - Update: Scarsdale-Based Accountant Nabbed In Tax Fraud Scheme Was Longtime Firefighter Westchester County resident George Sanossian, age 70, of Scarsdale, and New Jersey resident Jack Sardis, age 66, of Englewood Cliffs, both certified public accountants, admitted to conspiracy to defraud the IRS by scheming with clients to reduce tax liabilities through a shell company, leading to over $2 million in unreported cash transactions.  The tw…
Gilgo Beach Murders: Major Development To Be Announced By Investigation Task Force Gilgo Beach Murders: Major Development To Be Announced By Investigation Task Force
Gilgo Beach Murders: Major Development To Be Announced By Investigation Task Force The joint task force investigating the Gilgo Beach serial murders is set to announce a major development in the case. Click here for a new, updated story - 'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says On Long Island, Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney, the lead investigator on the case, will announce the “significant development” at a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, outside the courthouse in Riverhead, his office announced. The announcement will follow a scheduled court appearance by accused Gilg…
Man Killed, Two Others Including 13-Year-Old Injured In Capital Region Shooting Man Killed, Two Others Including 13-Year-Old Injured In Capital Region Shooting
Man Killed, Two Others Including 13-Year-Old Injured In Capital Region Shooting A man was killed and two others, including a 13-year-old boy, were injured in a late-night shooting in the region. Albany Police were called at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, for shots fired in the West Hill neighborhood, near Second and Quail streets. Officers found a 46-year-old woman who was shot in the leg and a 13-year-old boy suffering from a graze bullet wound to his arm. Both victims were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A short time later, hospital employees contacted police saying a 30-year-old man had come to the emergency room wit…
Giant, Flying, Multi-Colored Spiders With 4-Inch-Long Legs Head To Northeast: What To Know Giant, Flying, Multi-Colored Spiders With 4-Inch-Long Legs Head To Northeast: What To Know
Giant, Flying, Multi-Colored Spiders With 4-Inch-Long Legs Head To Northeast: What To Know Large yellow-and-gray spiders with 4-inch-long legs that can fly through the air are heading to the Northeast and could show up this summer, according to multiple reports. Sightings of the Trichonephila clavata species known as "Joro spiders" have already been reported in 10 Eastern states, CBS News says. A New Jersey pest control company in January had warned that this might happen. 4NJ Pest, based in Flanders, said the spiders act as "pest controllers" in their natural habitats, however, their introduction to not-native species could be detrimental to the balance of local ecosystems.…
Memorial Weekend Busts: Hundreds Arrested In NY For DWI; Here's Breakdown By Region Memorial Weekend Busts: Hundreds Arrested In NY For DWI; Here's Breakdown By Region
Memorial Weekend Busts: Hundreds Arrested In NY For DWI; Here's Breakdown By Region New data from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office unveiled that state police arrested hundreds of people for drunk driving over Memorial Day weekend - and issued tens of thousands of tickets. Hochul released the data on Tuesday, June 4, just over a week after Memorial Day weekend, which saw extra state police enforcement and sobriety checkpoints in anticipation of drunk and distracted driving. “New York State has zero tolerance for drunk and impaired driving, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent the senseless tragedies that result from it,” Hochul said in a statement, adding that he…
Ex-School Counselor In Capital Region Filmed Sexually Explicit Content Of Child For Years Ex-School Counselor In Capital Region Filmed Sexually Explicit Content Of Child For Years
Ex-School Counselor In Capital Region Filmed Sexually Explicit Content Of Child For Years A former middle school guidance counselor in the region confessed to repeatedly taking sexually explicit photos of a child beginning when the victim was just 9 years old. Albany County resident Kristy Koldis, age 46, of Latham, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in Albany federal court on Monday, June 3. Koldis, a former counselor at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany and professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, admitted that she repeatedly took sexually explicit content depicting the victim’s genitals. The abuse continued until the child was 13. Earli…