Crime
Pathologist testifies at Nunez's murder trial

Pathologist testifies at Nunez’s murder trial

  The discovery of Thomas Kolman’s body in his car in a gym parking lot was the beginning of an exhaustive effort to find out what killed him. Nine months later, after two exhumations and multiple rounds of toxicology screening, pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica determined that the 44-year-old Saugerties resident likely died after ingesting coffee...
Opening arguments in Nunez murder trial

Opening arguments in Nunez murder trial

Obsession. Manipulation. Deception. According to prosecutor MaryEllen Albanese, those three motives are what drove Kingston dentist Gilberto Nunez to kill his best friend and romantic rival Thomas Kolman Jr. with a lethal dose of a sedative in a Town of Ulster parking lot back in November 2011. But Nunez’s defense counsel, Gerald Shargel, pushed back,...
State troopers: Man used cell to video female co-workers using bathroom

State troopers: Man used cell to video female co-workers using bathroom

According to state police, a 31-year-old Kingston man used a cell phone to take videos of his female co-workers using the workplace bathrooms at a Town of Ulster business. Raul DeJesus Alarcon Martinez, said state police, was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, a Class E felony. The restroom where the videos were shot was not...
Kingstonian Devin Gray among three charged with prison-yard slay

Kingstonian Devin Gray among three charged with prison-yard slay

A Kingston man serving 15 years behind bars for his role in a June 2014 shootout at a city housing complex is one of three men accused of a prison yard murder at an upstate correctional facility. Devin Gray, 22, has been in prison since February 2015 when he was sentenced to 15 years following...
KPD’s undercover unit getting body cams

KPD’s undercover unit getting body cams

The Kingston Police Department is taking an unusual approach to its efforts to make body cameras standard equipment for its officers. Instead of cops on routine patrol, the first KPD personnel to hit the streets wearing cameras will be members of the detective squad who handle some of the department’s most sensitive investigations. The first...
KPD officer charged with DWI

KPD officer charged with DWI

An officer with the Kingston Police Department is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, state police say, after he flipped his car on Lucas Avenue in the Town of Ulster on Sunday. According to state troopers, 36-year-old Nicholas P. Kozack of Stone Ridge was going south on Lucas when he failed to make a left...
Guard, woman charged with sneaking drugs into jail

Guard, woman charged with sneaking drugs into jail

A county corrections officer and a Saugerties woman are both facing felony charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, the two had been working to smuggle drugs into the Ulster County Jail. According to deputies, corrections officers had “developed information” that a woman had been passing drugs to a CO, who in turn would bring...
Bat attack leads to charges

Bat attack leads to charges

A Kingston man is facing felony charges after he allegedly tried to settle a dispute with a baseball bat. Tyrone S. McMillian, 45, was arrested on Jan. 23 at noon following the incident in the Town of Ulster. According to Ulster town police, McMillian confronted an acquaintance with a baseball bat following an earlier dispute....
New federal status opens world of connections for cops battling heroin

New federal status opens world of connections for cops battling heroin

Local law enforcement officials say Ulster County’s new designation as a “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area” will give them new tools to cope with the heroin epidemic ravaging Hudson Valley communities. The HIDTA program dates back to 1988 when it was launched in five regions, including New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, as part...
Two charged after toddler found in middle of road

Two charged after toddler found in middle of road

Two men are facing child endangerment charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies said, a toddler in their care ended up in the middle of Lucas Avenue and almost got hit by traffic. According to deputies, on Saturday, Jan. 16 at about 4:50 p.m., they responded to several 911 calls reporting a small child in the...
Sheriff’s office looking to get a drone in the sky

Sheriff’s office looking to get a drone in the sky

Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum says his department is ready to join the growing list of police agencies which employ aerial drones for everything from reconstructing traffic accidents to resolving armed standoffs. “We’re looking into it,” said Van Blarcum this week. “I definitely think it’s something we could use.” Van Blarcum said the department’s...
Deputies charge Kingston man with abandoning dog

Deputies charge Kingston man with abandoning dog

A Kingston man who, sheriff deputies say, dumped his dog in the Town of Rochester on New Year’s Eve, is now facing animal cruelty charges. Deputies on Sunday, Jan. 10 arrested Ryan McIntosh and charged him with the state Agriculture and Markets Law misdemeanors of abandonment and animal cruelty. According to deputies, on Jan. 5, they...