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Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11 Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11
Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11 A Hudson Valley man is facing years behind bars after formally confessing to sexually abusing a young child. Orange County resident Justin Babb, age 41, of New Hampton, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual act in Orange County Court on Thursday, May 23. According to prosecutors, Babb admitted that he engaged in anal sexual conduct with the victim, who was under the age of 11, in August 2023. “This defendant’s unspeakable actions demand a lengthy prison sentence,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “It is inconceivable that a child could be subjected to the horrific acts perpe…
Tornado May Have Touched Down In Hudson Valley During Round Of Severe Storms Tornado May Have Touched Down In Hudson Valley During Round Of Severe Storms
Tornado May Have Touched Down In Hudson Valley During Round Of Severe Storms An investigation is underway to determine if a tornado touched down in the Hudson Valley during a round of severe storms on Thursday, May 23. The probe is focusing on the Orange County village of Greenwood Lake. Starting at around 7:20 a.m., a total of 34 calls were received reporting various issues related to the storm such as downed trees and power lines, alarm activations, vehicle rescues, gas leaks, structural damage reports and other fire type call, according to Orange County Emergency Services. The department said it is working with the National Weather Service to identify …
Hudson Valley Village Hit Hard By Severe Storm Hudson Valley Village Hit Hard By Severe Storm
Hudson Valley Village Hit Hard By Severe Storm Trees are down, and power to more than 2,000 homes and businesses is out following heavy winds during a thunderstorm in a Hudson Valley village. Click here for a new, updated story: Tornado May Have Touched Down In Greenwood Lake During Round Of Severe Storms The severe storm occurred in Orange County around 7:20 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Village of Greenwood Lake, a hamlet of Warwick. The Orange County Emergency Services Division of Emergency Management is currently on scene in the village, assisting the Village of Greenwood Lake Police Department, Fire Department, and EMS wi…
Hudson Valley School Bus Aide Charged With Sex Abuse Of Student Hudson Valley School Bus Aide Charged With Sex Abuse Of Student
Hudson Valley School Bus Aide Charged With Sex Abuse Of Student A Hudson Valley school bus aide has been charged with sex abuse for allegedly touching an 8-year-old on the bus for more than a week. Orange County resident Nicola Loguerico, age 76, of New Hampton, was arrested on Monday, May 20, stemming from an incident on a Minisink Valley Central School District bus. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, on Thursday, May 16, investigators were notified by the Minsink Valley Central School District administration of an incident involving Loguerico and an 8-year-old female victim.   An investigation by the State Polic…
Man Hit, Killed Walking In Hudson Valley Auto Dealership Parking Lot Man Hit, Killed Walking In Hudson Valley Auto Dealership Parking Lot
Man Hit, Killed Walking In Hudson Valley Auto Dealership Parking Lot A 41-year-old man was hit and killed while walking in an auto dealership parking lot by another man attempting to park. The incident occurred in Orange County on Monday, May 20, at Hudson Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Route 17K in the town of Newburgh. According to Newburgh Police, A 2024 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 68-year-old man was entering a parking space at the dealership when the vehicle suddenly accelerated, striking the pedestrian walking directly in front of the Jeep. The Jeep then continued across Route 17K with the man trapped under the vehicle, police said. The unidentified…
18-Year-Old Admits Accidentally Shooting GF During Family Fight In Hudson Valley 18-Year-Old Admits Accidentally Shooting GF During Family Fight In Hudson Valley
18-Year-Old Admits Accidentally Shooting GF During Family Fight In Hudson Valley An 18-year-old Hudson Valley man has formally confessed to accidentally shooting his girlfriend during a family fight. Orange County resident Joseph Lightfoot, of Wallkill, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon in Orange County Court on Tuesday, May 14, stemming from a shooting that occurred in the Village of Walden on Thursday, April 25. According to prosecutors, Lightfoot, his girlfriend, and another man exited a truck and began physically fighting with a man during a family argument over property that was allegedly stolen from the relative’s driveway. During the fight, Lightfoot pul…
Hudson Valley Child Sex Abuser Who Fled Police, Crashed Car Into River Pleads Guilty Hudson Valley Child Sex Abuser Who Fled Police, Crashed Car Into River Pleads Guilty
Hudson Valley Child Sex Abuser Who Fled Police, Crashed Car Into River Pleads Guilty A Hudson Valley man who crashed his car into a river while attempting to flee from police formally confessed to sexually abusing a child. Orange County resident Craig Merlock, age 45, of Goshen, pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault against a child in Orange County Court on Wednesday, May 15. According to prosecutors, he admitted that he engaged in oral sex with a child who was under the age of 13 in July 2023. Earlier Report: Hudson Valley Man Wanted For Child Sex Assault, Flees, Drives Car Into River Months later, on Sunday, Feb. 25, troopers spotted Merlock driving around G…
Body Recovered After Person Jumps From Bear Mountain Bridge Body Recovered After Person Jumps From Bear Mountain Bridge
Body Recovered After Person Jumps From Bear Mountain Bridge A body was recovered after a person jumped from the Bear Mountain Bridge. The incident happened around 1 p.m. Friday, May 17. The body of the victim was recovered from the Hudson River near Stony Point, according to Trooper A.J. Hicks of the New York State Police. The identity of the person has not yet been released. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The bridge carries Route 6/202 over the river between Orange County and Northern Westchester. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Contract Killing: Man Paid Friend To Stab Hudson Valley Neighbor To Death, Jury Finds Contract Killing: Man Paid Friend To Stab Hudson Valley Neighbor To Death, Jury Finds
Contract Killing: Man Paid Friend To Stab Hudson Valley 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…
Man Sets Fire To Hudson Valley Home Of Trooper's Father After Getting Traffic Tickets: DA Man Sets Fire To Hudson Valley Home Of Trooper's Father After Getting Traffic Tickets: DA
Man Sets Fire To Hudson Valley Home Of Trooper's Father After Getting Traffic Tickets: DA A 26-year-old has been accused of setting fire to the Hudson Valley home of a state trooper’s father after being issued traffic tickets. According to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, the man, Tyler Williams, was pulled over and issued traffic tickets by a trooper while driving in Middletown on the evening of Dec. 20, 2023.  Early the next morning, a fire was started at the home of the trooper’s father in Warwick.  After a five-month investigation and the execution of over 20 judicially-authorized search warrants, largely focused on digital forensics, as well as n…
Update: Hudson Valley Shooting, 25-Year-Old Dead, Another Critically Wounded Update: Hudson Valley Shooting, 25-Year-Old Dead, Another Critically Wounded
Update: Hudson Valley Shooting, 25-Year-Old Dead, Another Critically Wounded This story has been updated. A 25-year-old man is dead, and another was critically wounded during a shooting in the Hudson Valley. The incident occurred in Orange County around 11:30 p.m., Monday, May 13, in the area of 33 Hasbrouck St., in the city of Newburgh. According to Mike Neppl, spokesman for the city of Newburgh, officers responded and found two victims: a Rock Tavern resident, a hamlet of New Windsor, dead from a gunshot wound, and a 20-year-old resident of New Windsor in critical condition. Neppl said the 20-year-old's injuries are considered life-threatening, and treatment is …
ID Released For 38-Year-Old Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway ID Released For 38-Year-Old Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway
ID Released For 38-Year-Old Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway The identity has been released of the victim of a fatal crash on a busy Hudson Valley roadway. The incident happened around 11 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Orange County on Route 211 near Route 17 in the town of Wallkill. New York State Police say that a preliminary investigation revealed that Connecticut resident Mary C. Shea, age 38, from the town of Naugatuck in New Haven County, was walking on Route 211 when she stepped off the curb and into the right lane of traffic when she was struck by a 2017 Ford Escape that was traveling west. The operator of the vehicle stopped, called 911 and attemp…
Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway
Woman Struck, Killed By SUV On Busy Hudson Valley Roadway Police are investigating a fatal crash on a busy Hudson Valley roadway. Click here for a new, updated story: ID Released For Woman Struck, Killed By SUV In Wallkill It happened late Friday night, May 10, in Orange County on Route 211 near Route 17 in the town of Wallkill. Police at the scene confirmed a woman was hit by a Ford Escape SUV on the westbound side and pronounced dead at around 11 p.m., according to Mark Lieb of Rockland Video Productions. The driver of the Escape remained at the scene, and the stretch of Route 211 was closed for several hours during the accident investi…
Man Crushed, Killed In Freak Accident At Hudson Valley Business Man Crushed, Killed In Freak Accident At Hudson Valley Business
Man Crushed, Killed In Freak Accident At Hudson Valley Business A 61-year-old man was killed in a freak accident when he was struck by a Freightliner cab that was attempting to hook up to an empty trailer at a Hudson Valley business. The incident occurred in Orange County around 9:15 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at YRC Freight, 1000 Homestead Ave., in Maybrook. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, a preliminary investigation found that Stanley Weglarz, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was assisting in the yard directing trucks to trailers when he was struck by a 2014 Freightliner cab that was attempting to hook up to an empty trailer.&nb…
Hudson Valley Sex Offender Headed To Prison For 'Severely' Beating And Robbing Man Hudson Valley Sex Offender Headed To Prison For 'Severely' Beating And Robbing Man
Hudson Valley Sex Offender Headed To Prison For 'Severely' Beating And Robbing Man A Hudson Valley Level 2 sex offender has been sentenced to prison for robbing and beating a man unconscious. Related Story: Middletown Sex Offender Charged With Violent Assault, Police Say Orange County resident David Johnson, age 47, of Middletown, was sentenced on Tuesday, May 7, to six years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision for the Sunday, March 12, 2023 incident, said Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. According to documents filed and statements made in court, Johnson approached a man entering a grocery store in the City of Mi…
Hudson Valley Man Admits Driving High, Causing Crash That Paralyzed Teen Hudson Valley Man Admits Driving High, Causing Crash That Paralyzed Teen
Hudson Valley Man Admits Driving High, Causing Crash That Paralyzed Teen A Hudson Valley man is facing three to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to driving high on pot and causing a crash that paralyzed a teen. Orange County resident Chauncey Smith, age 22, of Pine Bush, admitted his guilt on Monday, May 6, for causing the Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 crash, said Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, on Aug. 14, 2023, Smith was driving westbound on Route 17K in Newburgh when his car crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with another vehicle. As a result of the crash, a 15-y…
Attempted Murder: Former Hudson Valley HS Football Star Indicted For Stabbing Man Attempted Murder: Former Hudson Valley HS Football Star Indicted For Stabbing Man
Attempted Murder: Former Hudson Valley HS Football Star Indicted For Stabbing Man A former Hudson Valley high school football star has been indicted for allegedly stabbing a man without provocation, seriously wounding him. Related: Suspect Nabbed After Victim Stabbed Outside Home In Quiet Hudson Valley Neighborhood Elijah Dean, age 23, who grew up and graduated from high school in Rockland County and is now a resident of Orange County, was charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault, and criminal possession of a weapon on Friday, May 3, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II. The incident occurred in Rockland County shortly after 8:30 …
Hudson Valley Veteran Lies About Earning Purple Heart To Defraud Gov't, Charity Donors: Feds Hudson Valley Veteran Lies About Earning Purple Heart To Defraud Gov't, Charity Donors: Feds
Hudson Valley Veteran Lies About Earning Purple Heart To Defraud Gov't, Charity Donors: Feds 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…
Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Mom, Aunt In Fit Of Rage Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Mom, Aunt In Fit Of Rage
Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Mom, Aunt In Fit Of Rage A 32-year-old Hudson Valley man has been charged with allegedly attempting to kill his mother and aunt in a fit of rage by stabbing them numerous times.  Orange County resident Donnie Smith of Newburgh was charged on Tuesday, April 30, with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, on Sunday, March 31, Smith violently attacked his mother in a residence in the city of Newburgh, stabbing her repeatedly with a sharp object in the neck and back.  As Smith was leav…
Mega Millions Player Wins $1 Million At Popular Hudson Valley Store Mega Millions Player Wins $1 Million At Popular Hudson Valley Store
Mega Millions Player Wins $1 Million At Popular Hudson Valley Store A Mega Millions player walked away with a cool $1 million cash after winning the second-place prize on a ticket purchased at a lucky Hudson Valley store. The winner picked all five numbers -- 10-18-27-37-61 and a Powerball of 5 -- but failed to pick the Powerball to win the large haul of cash for the Tuesday, April 30 game, said New York Lottery officials. The ticket was purchased in Orange County at the Smokes 4 Less store on Plank Road in Newburgh. No word yet on who the winner is. The winning numbers for the Mega Millions game are drawn from a field of one to 70, and the Mega Ball is d…
Hudson Valley Man Headed To Prison, Admits Rape Of Child, DA Says Hudson Valley Man Headed To Prison, Admits Rape Of Child, DA Says
Hudson Valley Man Headed To Prison, Admits Rape Of Child, DA Says A Hudson Valley man is headed for prison after pleading guilty to rape of a child under the age of 13. Orange County resident Liborio Nieto, age 28, of Middletown, was sentenced on Monday, April 29, to 10 years in prison and 10 years post-release supervision. He will also be registered as a sex offender. According to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, Nieto admitted to the rape of a child under the age of 13. Hoovler thanked the Orange County Child Abuse Investigation Unit for their investigation and the arrest of Nieto. “The sexual abuse of a child is always an intolerab…
Seen Him? Hudson Valley 18-Year-Old Reported Missing Seen Him? Hudson Valley 18-Year-Old Reported Missing
Seen Him? Hudson Valley 18-Year-Old Reported Missing Police are asking for help in locating an 18-year-old Hudson Valley man who was reported missing. Orange County resident Tyler Rivera was last seen at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the village of Washingtonville on Emerson Drive. Rivera is considered a vulnerable adult with autism and may be in need of medical attention, according to the Washingtonville Village Police Department. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a light gray sweatshirt, blue sweatpants, white sneakers, and was carrying a black backpack. Police said he may have traveled to Ulster County. Anyone…
Drunk Driver Leaving Bar Admits Causing Deadly Hudson Valley Crash Drunk Driver Leaving Bar Admits Causing Deadly Hudson Valley Crash
Drunk Driver Leaving Bar Admits Causing Deadly Hudson Valley Crash An admitted drunk driver is facing years in prison for causing a fatal crash on a Hudson Valley highway that left another person injured. Nicholle Hoke, age 45, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in Orange County Court on Wednesday, April 24. Orange County prosecutors said Hoke, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, was leaving an Ulster County bar in New Paltz on the night of June 24, 2023, when she crashed into another car on Route 9W in Newburgh at around 10 p.m. The impact killed one passenger in the other car and seriously injured another. An admitted drunk driver is facing years …
Hudson Valley Man Found On Fire Dies After Jumping In Lake To Douse Flames Hudson Valley Man Found On Fire Dies After Jumping In Lake To Douse Flames
Hudson Valley Man Found On Fire Dies After Jumping In Lake To Douse Flames A 29-year-old Hudson Valley man died after being found burned at an area park. The incident occurred in Orange County around 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Wickham Woodlands Park, near the sports complex on State School Road in Warwick. According to Chief John Rader of the Warwick Police, officers responded to the area near the kayak launch for a reported burn victim. Officers found the Warwick resident on a dock with severe burns, and first aid was initiated. EMS caring for the injured man.  Rockland Video Productions The victim was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in…
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Possession Of Gun, Drugs Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Possession Of Gun, Drugs
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Possession Of Gun, Drugs A Hudson Valley man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and possession of drugs. Orange County resident Steven Bostic, age 41, of Middletown, was sentenced Monday, April 22, to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court on the evening of April 30, 2023, City of Newburgh Police Officers responded to a domestic incident at a residence in the City. Upon arriving, officers heard yelling inside…
Hudson Valley Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash Hudson Valley Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash
Hudson Valley Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash A 65-year-old Hudson Valley man was killed during a single-vehicle crash. The crash occurred in Ulster County around 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20, in Mamakating on Mamakating Road near the intersection of Sky Top Road. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Harley Davidson, driven by Orange County resident Kevin Epstein of Pine Bush, was traveling West on Mamakating Road when he lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected.  Epstein was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investiga…
Hudson Valley Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills Hudson Valley Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills
Hudson Valley Man, 64, Charged With Selling Drugs/Pills A Hudson Valley man was charged with allegedly selling drugs in the region following a five-month investigation. Orange County resident Thomas McDonnell, age 64, of Deerpark, was arrested on Thursday, April 18, by members of the Deerpark Police Department and the City of Port Jervis Police Department. His arrest comes after a five-month investigation into the sale of narcotics in Deerpark and the City of Port Jervis, said Deerpark Police Chief Richard Sztyndor. Following a search of his home, McDonnell was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controll…
Hudson Valley Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders Hudson Valley Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders
Hudson Valley Man Charged In Brutal Double Stabbing Murders A Hudson Valley man has been with the brutal double stabbing murder of two men. Related: Double Fatal Stabbing: Middletown Men ID'd As Victims Orange County resident Kenol Bapetise, age 30, of Middletown, was arrested on Wednesday, April 17, for the crime that occurred on Monday, April 1, in the area of 33 Ruth Court in Middletown. Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said Bapetise was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, on April 1, Baptiste engaged i…
Hudson Valley Man Steals $30K In Workers' Compensation Intended For Late Mother, DA Says Hudson Valley Man Steals $30K In Workers' Compensation Intended For Late Mother, DA Says
Hudson Valley Man Steals $30K In Workers' Compensation Intended For Late Mother, DA Says A Hudson Valley man is among two defendants accused of stealing thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation intended for his late mother. Orange County resident Bryan Dunn, age 51, of Maybrook, and Hunter Diaz, age 26, of Port Richey, Florida, were arraigned on insurance fraud and related charges in Orange County Court on Tuesday, April 16. According to prosecutors, Dunn and Diaz conspired to steal more than $30,000 in workers’ compensation checks that were issued to Dunn’s late mother. The two were arrested following an investigation by the multi-agency Orange County White Collar Crime …
Large Hudson Valley Fire Destroys Several Townhomes, Leaves Residents Homeless Large Hudson Valley Fire Destroys Several Townhomes, Leaves Residents Homeless
Large Hudson Valley Fire Destroys Several Townhomes, Leaves Residents Homeless Several residents were left homeless after a fire ripped through a popular Hudson Valley townhouse complex. The incident occurred in Orange County shortly after 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in Chester at the Whispering Hills Complex. Chester Fire Chief Tom Marchiano told Mark Lieb of Rockland Video Productions that when firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting through the roof of one of the buildings in the center of the complex. Marchiano told Lieb the building was completely destroyed when the roof eventually caved in. Firefighters are on the scene.  Rockland Video Produc…
Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers
Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers If you enjoy a quiet working environment and don’t mind rubbing elbows with a few ghosts, this could be the opportunity for you. The New York State Department of State is looking for volunteers to take part in the first annual “Caring for Your Cemetery Day,” on Saturday, April 27. Organizers said the idea is to raise awareness of the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for and preserving cemeteries, especially heading into the spring season. The department is also hoping to gin up more interest in cemeteries among younger people and recruit future volunteers or even officers and…