Crime
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...
Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

A 23-year-old Cottekill man is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, while driving drunkenly he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Jeep, killing a 50-year-old woman and seriously injuring a 19-year-old man. According to deputies, Tyler J. Grable, was driving a 1999 Subaru Legacy and travelling west on Cottekill Road at...
Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Mayor Shayne Gallo said Wednesday, Sept. 10 that he will meet with the city’s police commission next week to discuss the circumstances surrounding the arrest of City Court Judge Lawrence Ball by Kingston Police. Ball was arrested by city cops on Aug. 6 based on a complaint filed by his estranged wife, Ward 6 Alderwoman...

Jahson Marryshow cuffed in Oregon

Jahson Marryshow’s four-year run as one of Ulster County’s most wanted fugitives ended Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon when local police and U.S. Marshals caught up to him while he was playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city park. “We’re glad to have him in custody,” said Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum of the arrest. “We’re...
MMA fighter, gym owner face fraud charges

MMA fighter, gym owner face fraud charges

Two Kingston men, one a noted local amateur mixed martial arts fighter, the other the owner of a city fighting gym, were arrested and charged with defrauding a local scrap-metal business. Michael J. Colon, 30, of Kingston, the mixed martial artist, and Thomas A. Finch, 27, owner of the TNT gym in Midtown, were arrested...
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...