Crime
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...
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...