Crime
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...
A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

Crime in Kingston dipped slightly during the first 11 months of 2014, continuing a trend towards a safer city. Nearly as important, said Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti, the public perception of city crime seems to be keeping pace. “That’s definitely the feeling I’m getting when I go to meetings and talk to people,” said...
Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Police are investigating whether a suicide pact was behind a case of carbon monoxide poisoning that left a Kingston woman near death and her partner charged with promoting a suicide attempt. Kingston cops responded to a home on West Chestnut Street around 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 after family members asked them to check...
Holiday hackjob: Total Grinch saws Uptown family’s special spruce in half

Holiday hackjob: Total Grinch saws Uptown family’s special spruce in half

An Uptown homeowner believes someone with a deeply flawed understanding of the term “holiday spirit” is behind the mutilation and theft of her family’s beloved baby blue spruce. Molly Wilson noticed the vandalism on Saturday when she went into the front yard of the family’s Washington Avenue home around noon and saw, to her horror,...
City police seek meter thieves

City police seek meter thieves

Kingston cops are looking for the person or people who ripped out, broke open and discarded at least a dozen parking meters in Uptown Kingston. The thefts occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday, Dec. 2 on Fair, John and other streets in the Stockade District. Kingston Police Department Lt. Thierry Croizer said the next day that...
Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

A Red Hook man is facing felony abortion and strangulation charges after a Town of Rosendale incident in which, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, he attempted to force a woman to take a pill which would terminate her pregnancy. Thomas A. Pfeiffer, 44, was arrested 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, according to the sheriff’s office...