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'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly 'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly
'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly Two years after a young mother from New York was stabbed to death by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, state lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at closing the dangerous loophole that led to her killing. On Tuesday, May 21, the New York Assembly passed “Melanie’s Law,” allowing judges to expand orders of protection for immediate family members or household members of named victims of domestic violence, regardless of their age. The legislation is named after Melanie Chianese, who was stabbed to death on May 29, 2022, inside the Dutchess County residence in Wappingers Falls that she shared with …
Poughkeepsie Crack Dealer Busted By Drug Task Force, Police Say Poughkeepsie Crack Dealer Busted By Drug Task Force, Police Say
Poughkeepsie Crack Dealer Busted By Task Force, Cops Say A Hudson Valley alleged drug dealer is behind bars after being busted for crack cocaine sales by a drug task force. Dutchess County resident Ronald Davis, age 47, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Wednesday, May 22, by the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force. According to Det. Sgt. Adam Harris of the Drug Task Force agents began investigating Davis after receiving complaints from residents and government officials of open dealing in the area of Main Street between Hamilton and Clinton Streets.  Task Force agents began purchasing cocaine from…
Popular Poughkeepsie Bar Closing Permanently Popular Poughkeepsie Bar Closing Permanently
Popular Poughkeepsie Bar Closing For Good A popular Hudson Valley bar known for some wild nights as it changed hands over the years but always stayed a "go-to spot" is closing permanently. Refinery 51 in Dutchess County on Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie announced it would close for good with a farewell party on Saturday, June 1. "From Mad Hatter to Union Tavern and now Refinery 51, we Thank You for all your patronage, good times, and memories over the last quarter of a century," said the owners of Refinery 51. "It’s been an incredible run, so let’s toast to the memories and milestones together one last time!" The party …
Woman Parks Car On Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge In Rhinebeck, Jumps To Death Woman Parks Car On Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge In Rhinebeck, Jumps To Death
Woman Parks Car On Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge In Rhinebeck, Jumps To Death A woman was killed after jumping from a bridge in the region. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19, in the town of Rhinebeck.  According to Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge for a report of a woman who had parked her car mid-span on the bridge, exited her car, and then jumped off the bridge. Marine Units from the sheriff's office and other agencies then responded to the area, after which the woman's body was recovered from the Hudson River by the Ulster County Hose Ma…
FedEx Sued After Former Poughkeepsie Driver Raped, Assaulted Teens FedEx Sued After Former Poughkeepsie Driver Raped, Assaulted Teens
FedEx Sued After Former Poughkeepsie Driver Raped, Assaulted Teens One of the victims of a former delivery driver in the region who was convicted of sexually assaulting three teens while on the job is now suing FedEx and the local parcel service for negligence. The lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, May 6, alleges that FedEx and the Dutchess County Parcel Service were negligent in the rape of a teen girl by Poughkeepsie resident Joshua J. Ginyard. This new suit comes less than four months after Ginyard, age 33, was released from prison on parole concerning the 2021 incident. Original Story: FedEx Driver Accused Of Raping, Sexually Abusing Teens…
Dutchess County High School Student Killed, 2 Others Injured In Crash Dutchess County High School Student Killed, 2 Others Injured In Crash
Dutchess County High School Student Killed, 2 Others Injured In Crash  A high school student from the region was killed, another is in critical condition, and two other passengers were injured following an alleged high-speed crash in the region. Related: Hudson Valley Teen Killed In Crash Remembered For His Love Of Fishing The incident occurred in Dutchess County shortly before noon on Wednesday, May 15, on South Quaker Lane in Hyde Park. According to Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, Hyde Park officers responded to reports of a crash on South Quaker Lane near Honeywell Lane. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the collisi…
Poughkeepsie Man Convicted In Fatal Stabbing of Roommate Poughkeepsie Man Convicted In Fatal Stabbing of Roommate
Poughkeepsie Man Convicted In Fatal Stabbing of Roommate A 33-year-old Hudson Valley man is facing up to 25 years behind bars after being found guilty of fatally stabbing his roommate in the skull.  Related: Arrest Made In Gruesome Murder Of Poughkeepsie Man Stabbed In Head Dutchess County resident Andrew Alex Fraser of Poughkeepsie was convicted of murder on Monday, May 13, after two days of jury deliberations. According to the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Fraser killed Dontay Brown, age 24, during a knife attack, which resulted in a fatal stab wound into  Brown’s skull, on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at…
Drug Dealer Linked To Fatal Overdose In Hudson Valley Gets Prison Time: Here's His Sentence Drug Dealer Linked To Fatal Overdose In Hudson Valley Gets Prison Time: Here's His Sentence
Drug Dealer Linked To Fatal Overdose In Hudson Valley Gets Prison Time: Here's His Sentence A 47-year-old Hudson Valley drug dealer who sold a dangerous drug concoction connected to a fatal overdose will spend years in prison, officials announced.  Putnam County resident William Mancusi III of Kent was sentenced to nine years in state prison for selling a dangerous combination of heroin and fentanyl on two occasions, Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced on Tuesday, May 14.  Earlier Report - Drug Dealer From Kent Convicted After Being Linked To Fatal Overdose: 'Career Criminal' According to Tendy's office, the events leading to Mancusi's sentencin…
2 Poughkeepsie Police Officers Hit, Seriously Injured By Car 2 Poughkeepsie Police Officers Hit, Seriously Injured By Car
2 Poughkeepsie Police Officers Hit, Injured By Car Two police officers were injured after allegedly being hit by a red Lexus that fled the scene during a traffic stop in the region. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 10 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Main and Church Streets in the City of Poughkeepsie. According to Poughkeepsie PD Det. Sgt. Sean Fitzgerald, a 2007 red Lexus, initially pulled into a parking space but backed into marked police vehicles.  The Lexus then rammed the passenger’s side of one of the marked police vehicles, causing it to strike one of the officers, sending him airborne and landing on the&…
Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Nabbed With Drugs, Gun For Second Time In 3 Weeks, Cops Say Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Nabbed With Drugs, Gun For Second Time In 3 Weeks, Cops Say
Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Nabbed For Second Time, Cops Say An alleged drug dealer has been nabbed for the second time in three weeks by a drug task force in the region, police said. Dutchess County resident Jaylen Shaw, age 22, of the town of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Friday, May 10, in Poughkeepsie by the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task. According to Det. Sgt. Adam Harris of the task force, a continued investigation into Shaw's activities led to his arrest following a search of his home where "dangerous" drugs, a gun, and ammo were seized. Shaw was first arrested by the task force on Thursday, April 18, after a search of …
2 Dutchess County Jail Inmates Arrested Again For New Crimes 2 Dutchess County Jail Inmates Arrested Again For New Crimes
2 Dutchess County Jail Inmates Arrested Again For New Crimes Two inmates at a Hudson Valley jail have been charged with new crimes while behind bars. Dutchess County residents William Green Jr., age 30, of Poughkeepsie, and Craig Albrecht, age 41, of East Fishkill, were charged on Wednesday, May 1. According to Capt. John Watterson with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Green and Albrecht were arrested separately for the same crime. Both men were charged with felony criminal attempt and are accused of violating orders of protection by calling the protected people, Watterson said. After being charged, Green and Albrecht were both r…
Police ID Man Whose Body Washed Ashore In Poughkeepsie Police ID Man Whose Body Washed Ashore In Poughkeepsie
Police ID Man Whose Body Washed Ashore In Poughkeepsie The New York State Police and the State Medical Examiner's Office have confirmed that the remains of a missing area man washed ashore in the Hudson Valley over the weekend. Related: Seen Him? Missing Man Last Spotted In Poughkeepsie According to Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police, the body of Nicholas Faust, age 43, formerly a resident of both Ulster County (Marlborough) and Northern Westchester (Peekskill), has been identified as the body found on the Poughkeepsie shoreline on Saturday, May 4.  The investigation has determined that there was no evidence of foul play…
90 Cats Rescued From 'Deplorable' Dutchess County Home 90 Cats Rescued From 'Deplorable' Dutchess County Home
90 Cats Rescued From 'Deplorable' Dutchess County Home Police are investigating after 90 cats were in poor health and deplorable living conditions in a home in the region. Dutchess County Sheriff's Office members discovered the cats at a home in Dover on Saturday, May 4. According to the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to the home for a report of animal cruelty. Upon investigation, 90 cats were in poor health and were rescued by deputies and volunteer animal rescue workers. Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary assisted the sheriff's office at the scene and will provide medical care. This investigation is ongoing. T…
Man Shot On Beacon Basketball Court, Police Searching For Suspects Man Shot On Beacon Basketball Court, Police Searching For Suspects
Man Shot On Beacon Basketball Court, Suspect On Run Police in the Hudson Valley are investigating after a man was shot on a popular basketball court. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 11 p.m., Thursday, May 2, on South Park Avenue in Beacon. According to Det. Sgt. Jason Johnson of the Beacon Police officers responded to South Davies Terrace for a report of shots fired. Johnson said officers located a 20-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to an area hospital via ambulance, where he was treated and later released, Johnson said. "This agenc…
School Superintendent From Nearby District Accepts Post At Arlington School District School Superintendent From Nearby District Accepts Post At Arlington School District
School Superintendent From Nearby District Accepts Post At Arlington School District After six years, a Hudson Valley superintendent has announced his upcoming move to a nearby district to remain closer to his family. Superintendent Phil Benante of Putnam County's Haldane Central School District announced on Tuesday, April 30 that he was appointed head of the Arlington Central School District in Dutchess County, according to a letter written to the district community.  In his letter, Benante wrote that he chose to move to the Arlington district because it would allow him to work closer to his family.  The Arlington district includes parts of Beekman, La Gran…
Suspect On Run After 2 Teens Shot In Neck Near Poughkeepsie High School, Police Say Suspect On Run After 2 Teens Shot In Neck Near Poughkeepsie High School, Police Say
Suspect On Run: Teens Shot Near Poughkeepsie High School Police are searching for a suspect after two teens were shot in the neck near a high school in the region. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, close to Poughkeepsie High School in the area of Fox Terrace and South White Street in Poughkeepsie. According to Det. Lt. Matt Clark of the Poughkeepsie Police officers responded to numerous calls of shots fired. Responding officers found one 17-year-old boy shot in the neck and "bleeding profusely." Clark said officers rendered first aid to the victim until EMS arrived and transported him to a local hospital.…
Beacon Man Charged With Sale Of Drugs To Undercover Agents For Second Time Beacon Man Charged With Sale Of Drugs To Undercover Agents For Second Time
Beacon Man Charged With Sale Of Drugs For Second Time A Hudson Valley man is behind bars after allegedly selling drugs to undercover agents from a drug task force for a second time. The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force arrested Raequan Keemer, age 29, of Beacon, on Tuesday, April 30, for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. According to Det. Sgt. Adam Harris of the task force, Keemer's arrest is related to an unsealed Dutchess County Grand Jury indictment for those charges. In June of 2023, Keemer pled…
Severed Remains: 2 Charged With Murdering Hudson Valley Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed Severed Remains: 2 Charged With Murdering Hudson Valley Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed
Severed Remains: 2 Charged With Murdering Hudson Valley Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed Months after the mutilated remains of a Hudson Valley couple were found strewn across Long Island, prosecutors have charged two suspects with their murders. Jeffrey Mackey, age 36, and Alexis Nieves, age 33, both of Amityville, were arraigned on additional charges of murder and related offenses in Suffolk County Court on Friday, April 26 in the killings of Malcolm Brown and Donna Conneely. Prosecutors said the couple was stabbed to death after entering Mackey and Nieves’ Amityville residence on Railroad Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Earlier Report: Dismembering Dead Body Would Be Fel…
Overturned Kayaker Rescued By Tour Boat, Firefighters In Beacon Overturned Kayaker Rescued By Tour Boat, Firefighters In Beacon
Kayaker Rescued By Beacon Tour Boat, Firefighters An overturned kayaker was rescued from the waters of the Hudson River by a tour boat and firefighters. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, near Dennings Point and Long Dock Park. According to the Beacon Professional Firefighters, IAFF L-Beacon Fire Units, Beacon Volunteer Ambulance, Ambulnz, New Hamburg Fire, and the City of Newburgh firefighters with their boats were dispatched for an overturned kayak with the victim in the water.  Firefighters responded to Dennings Point and Long Dock Park to locate the victim, who was seen in the water.…
Dutchess County Woman Dies In House Fire Trying To Save Cats Dutchess County Woman Dies In House Fire Trying To Save Cats
Dutchess County Woman Dies In House Fire Trying To Save Cats A 46-year-old woman died in a house trailer fire in the region, reportedly attempting to save her cats. The incident occurred in Dutchess County at 125 Reagans Mill Road in Dover around 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 25. According to Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, Ellen R. Travis of Dover, died as a result of the fire and was pronounced dead at the scene. "At this time, her death does not appear to be criminal in nature," Watterson said. "However, the investigation is continuing." The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division and the Dutchess County Medical Exa…
Poughkeepsie Man Busted With 'Large Quantity' Of Fentanyl, Police Say Poughkeepsie Man Busted With 'Large Quantity' Of Fentanyl, Police Say
Poughkeepsie Man Busted With Fentanyl, Cops Say A Hudson Valley alleged drug dealer has been charged with possession of a large quantity of fentanyl following an investigation. Dutchess County resident Shaquille Heirs, age 29, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested Thursday, April 25, after he was captured in the town of Poughkeepsie.  According to Det. Sgt. Adam Harris of the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office Drug Task Force, Heirs became a target after a raid on a South Clinton Street home in March.  During the raid, Harris said Heirs had a large quantity of fentanyl packaged to sell.  "This area of South Clinton …
Dutchess County Hudson Valley School Bus Driver Of The Year Named Dutchess County Hudson Valley School Bus Driver Of The Year Named
Dutchess County Hudson Valley School Bus Driver Of The Year Named With a smile and a shiny plaque in her hands, a Hudson Valley school bus driver was named Driver of the Year. Dutchess County resident, Linda Lawlor of the Hyde Park Central School District, was recently named School Bus Driver of the Year by the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board.  County representatives presented Lawlor with a plaque on Wednesday, April 24, in front of Haviland Middle School. Lawlor has nearly 20 years of experience driving buses, with 10 years at Hyde Park. While getting the recognition was initially overwhelming, Lawlor considers it a great honor. “I…
Beacon Police Use Force To Control Man Who Threatened To Shoot People, Cops Say Beacon Police Use Force To Control Man Who Threatened To Shoot People, Cops Say
Beacon Police Use Force To Control Man Who Threatened To Shoot People, Cops Say Police are reporting using force against a man who allegedly threatened to shoot people on a major roadway in the region. The incident occurred in Dutchess County on Sunday, April 21, on Main Street in Beacon. According to Lt. Thomas Figlia of the Beacon Police, officers responded to a call for a man wearing gray sweatpants, a grey hoodie, and sunglasses who was threatening to shoot people on Main Street. Reviewed body camera footage showed that an officer located the man, pulled out his patrol rifle, and attempted to get him to put his hands on the wall, Figlia said. T…
Loaded Handgun Recovered At Scene After 15-Year-Old Shot In Poughkeepsie Loaded Handgun Recovered At Scene After 15-Year-Old Shot In Poughkeepsie
Teen Shot In Poughkeepsie, Handgun Recovered At Scene An investigation is underway after a 15-year-old was found shot in the region. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 2:44 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in the area of 86 Smith St., in Poughkeepsie. According to the City of Poughkeepsie Police, officers responding to the report of a shot fired found a 15-year-old suffering from a severe gunshot wound to the leg. Responding officers secured the scene and immediately rendered medical aid, including applying a tourniquet.  The victim was transported via EMS to an area hospital and is expected to recover.  During a search of …
Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Drug Sales, Possession of Gun Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Drug Sales, Possession of Gun
Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Selling Crack 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…
ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County
ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County The identity has been released of a man who was killed after being struck by a Metro-North train in the Hudson Valley.  The incident happened on the railroad's Harlem Line in Dutchess County at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Appalachian Trail station in Pawling, according to the MTA. On Sunday morning, April 21, MTA Deputy Communications Director Aaron Donovan identified the man who was struck as being from Connecticut: Fairfield County resident James Hare, age 62, of Newtown. Original report - Person Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Hudson Valle…
Person Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County Person Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County
Person Struck, Killed By Metro-North Train In Dutchess County A person was killed after being struck by a Metro-North train overnight in the region. Click here for a new, updated story: ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Train In Hudson Valley The incident happened on the railroad's Harlem Line in Dutchess County at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Appalachian Trail station in Pawling, according to the MTA. The identity of the person has not yet been released. Service was suspended between Wassaic and Southeast from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Dutchess Man Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases: Police Dutchess Man Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases: Police
Dutchess Man Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases: Police A man faces a grand larceny charge after allegedly using his former employer's company credit card to make tens of thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized purchases in the Hudson Valley, police said. Dutchess County resident Joshua Queen of Hyde Park, age 42, was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 10 on charges connected to his alleged unauthorized use of a company credit card belonging to his former Philipstown-based employer, the Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday, April 16. According to authorities, in July 2023, a Putnam Sheriff's deputy responded t…
Series Of Threats To Police: 48-Year-Old Year Nabbed In Dutchess County Series Of Threats To Police: 48-Year-Old Year Nabbed In Dutchess County
Series Of Threats To Police: 48-Year-Old Year Nabbed In Dutchess County A Hudson Valley man was charged with making a terroristic after allegedly repeatedly calling a police department and making threats of violence, police said. Dutchess County resident Michael A. Cavagnolo, 48, of Hyde Park, was charged on Tuesday, March 5, with making threats against the town of Hyde Park Police, said Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. According to Watterson, the Sheriff's Office was requested to investigate and found that on several occasions, he threatened to shoot officers and destroy their facility. Cavagnolo was charged with making a terroris…
Dutchess County Porch Collapse: Person Rescued After Being Trapped Dutchess County Porch Collapse: Person Rescued After Being Trapped
Dutchess County Porch Collapse: Person Rescued After Being Trapped A porch collapse at a Hudson Valley home left one person injured. The incident occurred in Dutchess County around 2 p.m., Monday, April 15, at 5 Boxwood Court in Hyde Park. According to Mitchell Shron, spokesman for the Roosevelt Fire District, responding firefighters and EMS found a porch from an upper story had collapsed with one person trapped in the wreckage. The victim suffered injuries to the lower leg and was bleeding, Shron said. Firefighters moved the victim to safety, who was then transported to MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie for treatment. Due to the nature of the…
Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Busted for Second time, police say Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Busted for Second time, police say
Poughkeepsie Drug Dealer Bused For Second Time A Hudson Valley fentanyl dealer recently released from jail has been busted again, this time with alleged drugs and a gun. Dutchess County resident Jose J. Cruz, age 22, of Poughkeepsie, was charged multiple drugs and a weapon charge on Monday, April 15, in the town of Poughkeepsie. According to the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office, Drug Task Force agents had been investigating the sale of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs in the Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park areas.  The investigation led to the Drug Task Force identifying Jose J. Cruz, age 22, of the town of Poughkeepsie…