Crime
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...
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...