Crime
What’s on the streets? KPD’s Brian Robertson knows

What’s on the streets? KPD’s Brian Robertson knows

Detective Sgt. Brian Robertson has been with the Kingston Police Department for 22 years. He is a detective sergeant for the Special Investigation Unit — a department dedicated to investigating narcotics, homicide, prostitution, vice cases, gambling, human trafficking and more. Robertson is personable, playful, upbeat, fun and easy-going — and covered in tattoos — not...
Everyone loves Molly. Or do they?

Everyone loves Molly. Or do they?

Molly is so sweet. Wholesome. Clean. Untainted. She’s the girl next door whose very name implies purity and parental approval. Some say Molly even has a good influence on those who have post-traumatic stress disorder. Everyone loves Molly. Others know a darker side of Molly. They say Molly just messes with your head, fries your...
Training to help locals ID and crime-proof sketchy spots

Training to help locals ID and crime-proof sketchy spots

A community group is taking a new approach to public safety, training cops, city officials and citizens in methods for crime-proofing streets, parks and other public spaces. For two and a half days next month, participants will gather at the Everette Hodge Community Center to for in-depth training in Crime Prevention Though Environmental Design (CPTED)...

Two held in swimming hole stickup

Cops say a Woodstock man robbed at knifepoint a bather at a local swimming hole, then made his getaway with a drunk buddy behind the wheel. According to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 at a swimming hole in High Falls. Cops say Justin L. Kelley, 26,...

Heroin surge: Old nemesis finds new users

Police and substance abuse professionals say that heroin, which in recent years has taken a backseat to prescription narcotics as the Hudson Valley’s opiate of choice, is once again resurgent in the region. While authorities can only speculate on what’s behind the drug’s comeback, some say that a new generation of addicts introduced to opiates...
Let’s work together … to a point

Let’s work together … to a point

In recent weeks, Town of Ulster and City of Kingston police have launched a series of joint investigations targeting drug dealers who operate across municipal boundaries. But Ulster Town Supervisor James Quigley III says liability and labor issues make any formal consolidation of police services between the adjacent communities unlikely. On March 26, members of...
Deadly déjà vu

Deadly déjà vu

On Nov. 30, 1994, Paul DeGraff Jr., then 23, spent a Wednesday evening drinking beer, doing shots and shooting darts with his league buddies at a bar on Broadway. His girlfriend, Debra Scism, drove him home, he told police later. Around 11:30 p.m. at his residence in Boice’s Trailer Park in the Town of Ulster,...

Audelis Cruz indicted on murder charge, was on suicide watch at jail

An Ulster County grand jury has handed up an indictment against a parolee accused in the murder on a Ponckhockie woman. Audelis Cruz has been indicted on a single count of second-degree murder and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny in the death of Anita Jacobs-Royer. The March 1 indictment comes exactly one month after...
Town of Ulster PD seeks 'suspicious male'

Town of Ulster PD seeks ‘suspicious male’

A release from the Ulster PD issued Tuesday afternoon: “The Ulster Police Department is investigating a complaint received on February 24th 2013 at around 7:30 p.m. regarding a suspicious male at the Budget 19 Motel, on Route 28 in the Town of Ulster. Information received is that an unknown white male approached a 7-year-old child...
Cops, feds target local head shop selling 'bath salts'

Cops, feds target local head shop selling ‘bath salts’

When local police found their attempts to bust a local head shop for selling synthetic drugs stymied by loopholes in state drug laws, they turned to federal authorities. Now the shop’s owner and an employee are facing a potential 20 years in state prison following a six-month investigation into the sale of the synthetic dope...
Accused killer no stranger to violence, prison

Accused killer no stranger to violence, prison

A parolee with a long history of violent crime is under arrest for the murder of a woman found dead in her Ponckhockie house last week. On Sunday, Feb. 10 around 2 p.m., Audelis Cruz, 49, was arrested as he stood on a subway platform on 96th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Cruz’s arrest ended...
Current mayor says ex-mayor let ex-chief get extra pay

Current mayor says ex-mayor let ex-chief get extra pay

In a City Hall press conference last Friday, Mayor Shayne Gallo claimed his predecessor, James Sottile, knew that former Kingston fire chief Rick Salzmann had been paid for days he did not work — and that Sottile condoned the practice. Gallo leveled the accusation one day after Salzmann was arrested on misdemeanor charges, alleging that...