Crime
Felony charges for drone enthusiast

Felony charges for drone enthusiast

A Lake Katrine man is facing a felony charge after, state troopers say, he flew a camera equipped drone close to examination room windows at a Town of Ulster Medical Facility. But David “Front Row Dave” Beesmer, who’s charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, said in a Facebook post that the incident was a misunderstanding. Beesmer...
Man shot by deputy intends to sue, says he was unarmed and trapped in vehicle

Man shot by deputy intends to sue, says he was unarmed and trapped in vehicle

A High Falls man claims that he was shot by an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy while he was unarmed and pinned inside an overturned vehicle — after police had been ordered to discontinue the pursuit. Those allegations are contained in a notice of claim filed last week by Brandon Rifenburg. The document is the first...
Human remains found near creek

Human remains found near creek

Police from multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the discovery of human remains Wednesday, June 18 near the Esopus Creek in the Town of Ulster. According to state police Captain Robert Nuzzo, the partial, skeletal remains were discovered by a worker cutting brush near the creek on Wednesday. Nuzzo said police had so far been...
Document reveals identity of deputy in April shooting

Document reveals identity of deputy in April shooting

In the nearly two months since an Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and wounded an apparently unarmed man following a high speed chase. Law enforcement officials in two counties have steadfastly declined to identify the officer who fired the shots. But a document obtained by Kingston Times identifies the deputy as David Hughes a decorated...
Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

For retailers nationwide, it’s a $30 billion a year problem. For Town of Ulster cops it’s a — literally — everyday call. For dozens of “loss prevention” workers at big-box stores on the Ulster Avenue commercial strip, it’s a living. Shoplifters, from impulsive teenagers to well-organized traveling boosting crews, are drawn to the strip which...
Ulster DA may seek cooperation with Dutchess cops

Ulster DA may seek cooperation with Dutchess cops

In response to a surge in Ulster crimes with links to Poughkeepsie, Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said that he’s exploring the possibility of forming a task force to link law enforcement efforts on both sides of the Hudson. The proposal is still in its earliest stages but Carnright said a series of violent...
Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

A three-member panel of the State Parole Board has turned down a disgraced former city detective’s bid for early release. The decision means that former Kingston Police detective lieutenant Tim Matthews will spend at least another 10 months in state prison where he is serving a three to nine year sentence for grand larceny. Matthews...
Deputy shoots driver after chase

Deputy shoots driver after chase

Law enforcement officials say a wild car chase that began in Marbletown Tuesday night and left car parts scattered on the streets of Kingston ended on Route 28 in Glenford when an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy shot the driver. Authorities Wednesday weren’t releasing many details of the incident, which began around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, April...
Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

The widely expected rematch between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore for state senate was officially launched at a pizza parlor in midtown Catskill Monday morning. The race is not official until the incumbent officially announces. She will, probably right after the legislature adjourns in mid-June. Attack-dog surrogates will serve up the politics for...
Man charged with murdering own mother

Man charged with murdering own mother

Kingston police have charged a  53-year-old Kingston man with murdering his mother. According to a release posted on the Kingston Police Department’s Facebook page, Mark S. Carpino, 53, is accused of killing his mother, Audrey J. Carpino, 86. According to the release, at about 9:25 Saturday morning, April 5, a routine police patrol was flagged...

‘Suspicious death’ reported on West Chester Street

The Kingston Police Department is investigating what they’re calling a “suspicious death” at a home Saturday morning on West Chester Street, according to a KPD press release posted on their Facebook page. The release stated the victim was “an elderly white female” but did not identify her by name or indicate that a suspect had...
Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Kingston police and Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright confirmed this week that they’re investigating allegations that an off-duty city cop assaulted a man in an Uptown bar. Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti confirmed an incident took place involving an off-duty KPD officer at the Uptown establishment, but would not confirm the officer’s name or...