Crime
Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

A well-known Midtown Kingston community activist is accused of recruiting gang members into a black radical group, selling illegal guns and advocating violence against police in a case with roots in the four-decades long hunt for an alleged cop-killer from an earlier era of American radicalism. But friends and neighbors of Ismail Shabazz say they...
Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

A Friday, May 29 undercover sting with cops posing as johns and using websites such as the infamous hooker-hookup site backpage.com resulted in four prostitution arrests – all of out-of-towners – and a man getting busted for pot, the Kingston Police Department and the Town of Ulster Police Department said. According to police, the KPD’s Special...
KPD: Decorated force veteran one who shot Jeffries

KPD: Decorated force veteran one who shot Jeffries

Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28, the Kingston Police Department identified the officer who shot 18-year-old Alex Jeffries as Officer Steven Fellows, a decorated 22-year policeman and 14-year KPD veteran. Its release also stated that Fellows has been reassigned to “an administrative assignment” until the state police and Ulster County District Attorney’s Office finish...
Troopers ID man shot by KPD

Troopers ID man shot by KPD

The state police have identified the man shot by a Kingston Police officer late Wednesday night as 18-year-old Alex Jeffries of Kingston. According to troopers, who are running the investigation into the shooting at the request of the Kingston Police Department, KPD officers responding to a burglar alarm at the Chase bank at the Kingston...
KPD officer shoots man at Kingston Plaza

KPD officer shoots man at Kingston Plaza

A Kingston Police Department officer shot a man after the man pointed “what appeared to be a handgun” at officers responding to a burglary report at the Chase Bank in the Kingston Plaza late Thursday night, according to a release posted on the department’s Facebook page. The release stated that at about 11:50 p.m. on...
Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

A dog trapped in an unventilated car at the Hudson Valley Mall on Sunday, May 17, was rescued by Ulster town police after a tip from an alert passer-by. The owner, 24-year-old Joshua Rivera of Palenville, was arrested and charged with confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle during extreme temperatures, a violation under New York...
KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

It didn’t take long for the KPD’s Sherlock Gnomes to bust a pair of Kingston teens who allegedly stole “numerous” lawn ornaments from city yards. According to the KPD, shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, they received a report of the theft of lawn ornaments from a home on Clifton Avenue. Patrol Division personnel...
Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

Jail inmate phoned in Hannaford bomb threat and mailed in another market threat, police allege

An inmate at the Ulster County Jail is facing a felony charge after, Kingston Police said, he phoned in a bomb threat Wednesday which led to the temporary evacuation of the Kingston Plaza Hannaford. According to the KPD, Kristopher J. Surdis, 42, phoned in the bomb threat (from jail) at about 4:13 p.m. Wednesday, May...
Massage parlor sting nets six

Massage parlor sting nets six

Six people are facing charges after a multi-agency bust of several massage parlors in the towns of Ulster and Esopus. According to a press release from the Town of Ulster Police, on Tuesday, May 6, the UPD, state troopers and the URGENT task force conducted an undercover operation looking for prostitution in spas in the...
Criminal surveillance, or innocent droning?

Criminal surveillance, or innocent droning?

“Front Row” Dave Beesmer says he was just looking for a potential client for his fledgling drone video business back in July when he recorded aerial footage of a new medical office building in the Town of Ulster. But police saw things differently. Now, the 49-year-old videographer — previously best known as a fixture at...
Man shot by deputies files lawsuit

Man shot by deputies files lawsuit

A Marbletown man who was shot and seriously wounded by an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy following a high speed chase has filed a lawsuit accusing police of violating his civil rights and using unnecessary force. In the suit filed in state Supreme Court on April 10, Brandon Rifenburg names 32 individual officers, police departments and...
Blaber busted on drug rap

Blaber busted on drug rap

Jeremy K. Blaber, an ex-city employee, former mayoral henchman, blogger and political operative, has again been arrested, this time on drug charges. Kingston police said in a release posted Wednesday evening to its Facebook page that Blaber had been arrested by the KPD’s Special Investigations Unit on April 28 after reports of drug-related activity on...