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Hudson Valley Man Charged With Murder Hudson Valley Man Charged With Murder
Hudson Valley Man Charged With Murder A Hudson Valley man is behind bars for allegedly killing another person. Ulster County resident Damon Foy, age 50, of Kerhonkson, was charged with felony murder on Wednesday, April 3, and arraigned in the town of Esopus Justice Court. According to Capt. Joseph Sciutto of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, Foy, was arrested following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. Police did not release details surrounding the homicide including where it took place and the gender or name of the victim. Scuitto sai…
Ulster/Sullivan County Earthquake Update: No Injuries, Damages Reported Ulster/Sullivan County Earthquake Update: No Injuries, Damages Reported
Ulster/Sullivan County Earthquake Update: No Injuries, Damages Reported People across the region are abuzz about the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook both Ulster and Sullivan counties on Friday morning, April 5. 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New York, Northeast The US Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred at 10:23 a.m., said the quake had a depth of 0.62 miles. It reportedly originated in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, about 60 miles west of midtown Manhattan. Following the news, Ulster County officials said residents' safety "is our top priority, and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available." In Sullivan County…
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…
Seen Him? Missing Man Last Spotted In Poughkeepsie Seen Him? Missing Man Last Spotted In Poughkeepsie
Seen Him? Missing Man Last Spotted In Poughkeepsie The New York State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Hudson Valley man who hasn't been since Sunday, March 24. Nicolas Faust, age 43, formerly of Ulster County in Marlborough, and Westchester County in Peekskill, was reported missing by his family, said Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police. Faust was last seen by friends in the Mill Street area of Poughkeepsie on Sunday, March 24 around 2 a.m. He is described as being 5-foot-9, 175 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police at 845-677-7300…
Saugerties Estate Listed For $1.59M Includes Converted Church, Stained Glass Windows Saugerties Estate Listed For $1.59M Includes Converted Church, Stained Glass Windows
Saugerties Estate Listed For $1.59M Includes Converted Church, Stained Glass Windows If you are on the market for a home that offers something different, and perhaps a little quirky a new listing in the Hudson Valley might be the one. Located in Ulster County in Saugerties, the one-acre, 10,000-square-foot estate is owned by renowned Woodstock artist Justin Love. Known as Loveland Studios, the property is for sale for $1.59 million and includes a live/work-converted church, a farmhouse, a two-car garage, and a saltwater pool, according to Zillow. The artist studio.  Zillow Zillow said the transformed church features cathedral ceilings with the original stained gla…
Gardiner Man Charged In Death Of SUNY New Paltz Student Gardiner Man Charged In Death Of SUNY New Paltz Student
Gardiner Man Charged In Death Of SUNY New Paltz Student A man has been arrested for allegedly hitting and killing a 22-year-old SUNY student in the region and then leaving the scene and trying to cover up the crime. Related: SUNY New Paltz Student Killed In Hit-Run Crash Near Campus The Ulster County District Attorney’s Office and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office announced the indictment and arrest of Ulster County resident Ty Kobelt, age 33, of Gardiner, on Friday, March 22 for the death of 22-year-old SUNY New Paltz student Raymond Rattray in January.  Ray Rattray SUNY New Paltz The Ulster County Sheriff’s…
These Albany County Housing Projects To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding These Albany County Housing Projects To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding
These Albany County Housing Projects To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding More than a quarter billion dollars in federal and state funding will go toward addressing New York’s housing crisis. Over $260 million has been awarded to 29 housing developments across the state through tax credits and subsidies meant to create or preserve over 1,800 affordable and sustainable homes, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday, March 18. The projects will upgrade and modernize public housing and further local economic development initiatives, according to the governor’s office. Each one includes sustainable features meant to advance the state’s climate goals. “The only way to add…
New Paltz Restaurant License Suspended For Selling To Underage Drinkers, Authorities Say New Paltz Restaurant License Suspended For Selling To Underage Drinkers, Authorities Say
New Paltz Restaurant License Suspended For Selling To Underage Drinkers, Authorities Say The license of a popular restaurant in the region has been suspended for allegedly selling alcohol to minors. Ulster County's P&G Restaurant at 91 Main St., in New Paltz license was suspended on Thursday, March 31 by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) following a visit on Friday, March 15. During the visit, investigators from the SLA, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office conducted a compliance inspection following numerous complaints of underage drinking. According to the SLA, it is alleged an estimated 120 of some 200 patrons inside the res…
Kingston Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threat Kingston Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threat
Kingston Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threat A Hudson Valley man has been charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly threatening to blow up a building. Ulster County resident Marc Whittaker, age 47, of Kingston, was charged on Monday, March 11. According to Sgt. Collin Reynolds of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, officials notified deputies assigned to the Ulster County Department of Social Services that Whittaker had threatened to blow up the building during a telephone call. Whittaker was located in the town of Ulster and taken into custody. He was charged with making a terroristic threat and released to appear in…
These Albany, Rensselaer Co. Properties Nominated For State, National Historic Registers These Albany, Rensselaer Co. Properties Nominated For State, National Historic Registers
These Albany, Rensselaer Co. Properties Nominated For State, National Historic Registers They tell the history of New York, and now these landmark properties could soon have the paperwork to prove it. Fifteen properties across the state have been nominated for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. The registers serve as the official list of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and sites that are deemed significant to the history, architecture, archaeology, and culture of New York State and the country. Of the 15 nominees statewide, the following Capital Region and Hudson Valley s…
Convict Charged With Lloyd Larceny Spree Convict Charged With Lloyd Larceny Spree
Convict Charged With Lloyd Larceny Spree A Hudson Valley man, in prison for another crime, has been charged with a larceny spree in the region. Dutchess County resident William Pascal, age 49, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Thursday, March 7 in Ulster County in Lloyd.  Pascal is accused of going on a larceny spree from June and July 2023 stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Lowes Store in Highland and on two other separate occasions stealing $300 and $125 worth of merchandise from the Hannaford Store in Highland, said Lloyd Police Chief James Janso. Pascal, who has been arrested 51 ti…
Trio At Large After Targeted Shooting At Apartment Complex In Ellenville Trio At Large After Targeted Shooting At Apartment Complex In Ellenville
Trio At Large After Targeted Shooting At Apartment Complex In Ellenville Police are searching for three suspects who allegedly attempted to force their way into an apartment in the region and then shot one person, seriously wounding the victim. The incident took place in Ulster County around 10:20 p.m., Friday, March 8 in Ellenville at 122 Canal St. According to Ellenville Police Chief Philip Mattracion, responding officers found one man who had been shot and was bleeding uncontrollably. Officers performed first aid and the man was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla. An investigation revealed that three suspects armed with guns attempted to forc…
Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure
Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure Funnyman Jimmy Fallon ginned up plenty of online buzz after crashing a college party in upstate New York. The 49-year-old “Tonight Show” host and “Saturday Night Live” alum made a surprise appearance at what appears to be a frat party at a house near the UAlbany campus on Saturday, March 9. Video shared on TikTok shows dozens of students screaming with excitement while trying to snap selfies as Fallon is led through a crowd and into the residence. It was not immediately clear how long he stayed at the party. @victoriaspadaro Kegs & Eggs 🍀 #jimmyfallon #ualbany #upstateny #capital…
21-Year-Old Town Of Ulster Man Killed In Crash 21-Year-Old Town Of Ulster Man Killed In Crash
21-Year-Old Town Of Ulster Man Killed In Crash This story has been updated. A 21-year-old man was killed during a two-car crash after allegedly losing control of his vehicle in the region. The crash occurred in Ulster County around 3:55 p.m., Saturday, March 9 in the town of Ulster on Route 209 south of Sawkill Road. According to Ulster Police Chief Kyle Berardi, an investigation found that Noah Ortman, age 21, of Ulster, was driving a 1997 Ford Mustang southbound when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the grass median into the northbound lane of Route 209, and was struck by a 2022 Jeep Wrangler, driven by a 24-year-old man. …
Man Nabbed For Stealing Chainsaw From Yorktown Store: Police Man Nabbed For Stealing Chainsaw From Yorktown Store: Police
Man Nabbed For Stealing Chainsaw From Yorktown Store: Police A 32-year-old man from the region faces larceny charges after stealing a chainsaw from a store in Northern Westchester, police announced. Ulster County resident Christian Bang of Highland was arrested in Northern Westchester County after surrendering himself to Yorktown Police on Monday, March 4 in connection with a theft committed in May 2023, the department announced.  According to police, on May 13, 2023, at around 5:30 p.m., officers were alerted of a past larceny at the Lowe's at 3200 Crompond Rd. (Route 202). A responding officer determined that days earlier, on May 7, Bang had t…
Husband, Wife Nabbed For Fatal Saugerties Hit-Run Crash, Police Say Husband, Wife Nabbed For Fatal Saugerties Hit-Run Crash, Police Say
Husband, Wife Nabbed For Fatal Saugerties Hit-Run Crash, Police Say A 42-year-old woman and her husband have been charged in connection with the alleged hit-and-run death of a SUNY student in the region. Related: Update - Fatal Hit-Run: 21-Year-Old Saugerties Woman Identified As Victim Ulster County residents Lacey Maxwell and Ryan Maxwell, age 43, both of Malden, were arrested on Tuesday, March 5 for the incident that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 10 on Route 9W in the town of Saugerties. According to the Saugerties Police, an extensive investigation determined that Lacey Maxwell was driving her 2021 Subaru south on Route 9W when she struck Starllie …
Man, Woman From Kingston Killed In 9W Hit-Run Crash In Marlboro, Driver Caught, Police Say Man, Woman From Kingston Killed In 9W Hit-Run Crash In Marlboro, Driver Caught, Police Say
Man, Woman From Kingston Killed In 9W Hit-Run Crash In Marlboro, Driver Caught, Police Say A man and a woman were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while attempting to cross a busy roadway in the region. The crash occurred in Ulster County around 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1 in the town of Marlboro. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed that Donna Cristallo, age 72, was pushing Stephen Celuch, age 75, both of Kingston, in his wheelchair attempting to cross Route 9W.  As they entered the southbound lane of traffic, a vehicle traveling south, later identified as a 2020 Kia Forte, struck them both, Nev…
Plattekill Man With 27 Arrests Busted Again For Robbery, Police Say Plattekill Man With 27 Arrests Busted Again For Robbery, Police Say
Plattekill Man With 27 Arrests Busted Again For Robbery, Police Say A man with 27 prior arrests who is on parole has been busted again for allegedly robbing a Hudson Valley gas station. Ulster County resident Michael J. Brooks, age 62, of Plattekill, was charged on Friday, Feb. 23 in the town of Lloyd. According to Lloyd Police Chief James Janso, Brooks robbed the Mobil gas station on Grand Street in Highland of $2,800 on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Brooks was charged with: Robbery Grand larceny Criminal possession of stolen property  He was remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail.  Lloyd Police were assisted by the Town of Newburgh Polic…
Monticello, Swan Lake Parents Charged For Allegedly Not Paying Thousands In Child Support Monticello, Swan Lake Parents Charged For Allegedly Not Paying Thousands In Child Support
Monticello, Swan Lake Parents Charged For Allegedly Not Paying Thousands In Child Support Sheriff's deputies in the region charged three people for allegedly failing to pay their child support. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the following individuals on Family Court warrants for child support violations: Melissa A. Lynch, age 36, of Swan Lake, was charged on Thursday, Feb. 15 for not paying $2,500 in child support. Lynch ran from deputies to avoid apprehension and was caught a short time later, said Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Eric Chaboty.  Lynch was sent to the Sullivan County Jail pending future court appearances Kenneth L. Sanders, …
Lost Hikers Rescued By Forest Rangers In Shandaken Lost Hikers Rescued By Forest Rangers In Shandaken
Lost Hikers Rescued By Forest Rangers In Shandaken Two lost hikers in the region were guided to safety by forest rangers as darkness set in the region. The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Ulster County in the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area in the town of Shandaken. According to officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the two hikers, ages 28, and 31, lost the trail and called 911 as darkness began to fall. Forest Ranger Horn called one hiker’s cell phone and helped guide the pair a short distance back to the trail. The hikers shared tracking information with Ranger Horn to en…
Kingston Man Admits 'Straw Purchasing' Guns, US Attorney Says Kingston Man Admits 'Straw Purchasing' Guns, US Attorney Says
Kingston Man Admits 'Straw Purchasing' Guns, US Attorney Says A Hudson Valley man pled guilty to conspiring with others to unlawfully obtain firearms from a licensed dealer by allegedly making false statements, also known as “straw purchasing” firearms. Ulster County resident Oryin McLeod, age 23, of Kingston, admitted on Wednesday, Feb. 14, that he entered into an agreement with Rylan Peterson, a native of Kingston then serving in the Marine Corps at a base in North Carolina, for Peterson to acquire six semi-automatic handguns on behalf of McLeod and others, according to US Attorney for the Northern District of New York Carla Freeman. According to co…
Ulster Woman Woman Drives Into CSX Train By Mistake, Suffers Injuries Ulster Woman Woman Drives Into CSX Train By Mistake, Suffers Injuries
Ulster Woman Woman Drives Into CSX Train By Mistake, Suffers Injuries A Hudson Valley woman suffered minor injuries after she allegedly mixed up backing out and accidentally pulled forward and drove into a CSX train. The incident took place in Ulster County around 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14 near the Leggs Mills Road railroad crossing. According to Chief Kyle Berardi of the Ulster Police Department, Vivian McKeithan, age 72, of the town of Ulster, was driving a 2011 Cadillac sedan when she attempted to back out of a parking spot and put the car in drive by mistake, accelerated through the parking lot and collided with the side a passing CSX train. Her vehi…
Saugerties Court Clerk Accused Of 'Fixing' Tickets For Friends Saugerties Court Clerk Accused Of 'Fixing' Tickets For Friends
Saugerties Court Clerk Accused Of 'Fixing' Tickets For Friends A court clerk in the region has been charged with allegedly falsifying business records for "fixing" tickets for friends. Ulster County resident Haley Whalen, age 25, of Ulster Park, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 13 following an investigation by state police. According to Trooper Steven Nevel, of the New York State Police, an investigation revealed that Whalen, a court clerk with the Town of Saugerties Court, unofficially used her credentials to dismiss tickets on behalf of acquaintances. Whalen was charged with: Four counts of falsifying business records Four counts of tampering with pu…
Popular Bagel Shop Set To Open Location In Poughkeepsie Popular Bagel Shop Set To Open Location In Poughkeepsie
Popular Bagel Shop Set To Open Location In Poughkeepsie Bagel lovers will soon have a chance to sample one stuffed with all kinds of fillings including pizza, chicken parmigiana, or even a Reuben when a cult favorite opens a second shop in the Hudson Valley.  Moonrise Bagels, which opened its first shop in Ulster County in 2021 in Woodstock, announced its stuffed bagels have been such a success that it now plans to open a Dutchess County location in Poughkeepsie.  The new hotshot bagel shop that was featured on the Today Show, and can even be shipped across the country through Gold Belly will be located within the Hudson Heritage Deve…
Ulster County Sheriff's Employee Shoots, Kills Self At Work in Kingston, Police Say Ulster County Sheriff's Employee Shoots, Kills Self At Work in Kingston, Police Say
Ulster County Sheriff's Employee Shoots, Kills Self At Work in Kingston, Police Say An employee of a sheriff's office in the region died by suicide, according to authorities. The incident occurred in Ulster County around 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in Kingston. According to Capt. Joseph Sciutto of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, the employee was located in the center with a a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Members of the Sheriff's Office attempted to provide emergency aid to the employee who was transported to the Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston, where the person died from the injuries, Sciutto said. The incident is be…
Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police
Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police A Hudson Valley man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly robbing and stealing a woman's car at a gas station. The incident took place in Ulster County around 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Mobil Station on Route 209 in the town of Wawarsing. According to Trooper Steven Nevel, a preliminary investigation revealed that Shirley Clayton, an 84-year-old woman from the hamlet of Kerhonkson was pumping gas when she was assaulted by Christopher Doulin, age 37, of Lake Katrine.  Nevel said Doulin shoved Clayton to the ground and entered her vehicle.  As he was going thro…
Highland Woman Feuding With Neighbor Beats Him With Baseball Bat, Police Say Highland Woman Feuding With Neighbor Beats Him With Baseball Bat, Police Say
Highland Woman Feuding With Neighbor Beats Him With Baseball Bat, Police Say A Hudson Valley woman who had been fighting with a neighbor allegedly beat him with a baseball bat and then busted out his car windows. Ulster County resident Genesis Spatola, age 42, of Highland, was charged on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Highland. According to Chief James Janso of the town of Lloyd Police, Spatola is accused of assaulting her 72-year-old neighbor with a baseball bat causing injuries to the victim’s face and legs.  Spatola is also accused of smashing out the victim’s car windows with the baseball bat causing extensive damage to the vehicle, Janso said. She was…
NY Vacation: Chevy Chase Spotted At Historic Saratoga Springs Hotel NY Vacation: Chevy Chase Spotted At Historic Saratoga Springs Hotel
NY Vacation: Chevy Chase Spotted At Historic Saratoga Springs Hotel It wasn’t exactly Walley World, but actor Chevy Chase still had a good time on his vacation to Upstate New York. The 80-year-old “Saturday Night Live” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” star was spotted in Saratoga County on Monday, Jan. 22 at the historic Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs. Flanked by his wife Jayni and their actress daughter Caley, Chase posed for a family photo on a staircase in the hotel’s lobby. “Wonderful weekend in Saratoga Springs,” he captioned the photo, which was shared on his verified Instagram account. View this post on Instagram …
SUNY New Paltz Student Killed In Hit-Run Crash Near Campus SUNY New Paltz Student Killed In Hit-Run Crash Near Campus
SUNY New Paltz Student Killed In Hit-Run Crash Near Campus A college student was killed in and hit-and-run crash near campus in the Hudson Valley. The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Ulster County outside SUNY New Paltz where the victim, Ray Rattray, age 22, was a student. The Ulster County Sheriff's Office said the crash occurred on Route 208 in the town of New Paltz between the area of Hawk Drive and Cross Creek Road. When deputies arrived, they located Rattray, a New York City resident, in a wooded area approximately 20 feet from the road.  Rattray was a Philosophy major, an Educational Opportunity Program student, …
Man Charged With Possessing 1K Grams Of Cocaine During Ulster Traffic Stop Man Charged With Possessing 1K Grams Of Cocaine During Ulster Traffic Stop
Man Charged With Possessing 1K Grams Of Cocaine During Ulster Traffic Stop A 35-year-old man is behind bars for allegedly possessing more than 1,035 grams of cocaine found during a routine traffic stop in the Hudson Valley. The incident took place around 5:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 in Ulster County on I-87 in the town of Ulster. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, Lloyd Craig, of Providence, Rhode Island, was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop, a probable cause search was conducted and turned up the cocaine, Nevel said. Craig was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal posse…
Former LaGrange Fire Chief, Owner Of Catering Business Dies At 70 Former LaGrange Fire Chief, Owner Of Catering Business Dies At 70
Former LaGrange Fire Chief, Owner Of Catering Business Dies At 70 A popular lifelong Hudson Valley former fire chief and catering business owner known for his love of cooking has died at the age of 70. Ulster County resident Michael B. Hackett, of Highland, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15. He was born on Sunday, June 7, 1953, in Poughkeepsie, to the late Francis and the late Rita (McGrath) Hackett, according to his obituary.  He was a resident all of his life. He was a graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls and a member of St. Martin de Porres Church in Poughkeepsie, his obituary said,  Retired from Geodis/IBM of Poughkeepsie…