Crime
Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Lifelong Kingstonian Richard Cahill has spent half a lifetime investigating a dead subject: the 1932 kidnapping and killing of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Recently, the attorney, ex-alderman and two-time mayoral candidate published his thoughtful analysis of what was perhaps the crime of the 20th century, called Hauptmann’s Ladder:...
Accused killer: Victim was 'stalking me'

Accused killer: Victim was ‘stalking me’

The man accused of gunning down a co-worker at a New York City Department of Environmental Protection facility in Kingston last week allegedly told police that the victim was “stalking him.” And, according to a DEP Police lieutenant, there had been at least one reported workplace altercation between the men in the months prior to...
Accused killer in DEP shooting has Friday court date

Accused killer in DEP shooting has Friday court date

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection worker accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his coworker is due in Ulster County Court Friday, Feb. 7. David N. Reese, 53, of Gilboa was arrested without incident at the scene of the Monday morning shooting. Police were called to the DEP headquarters at...
Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti credited public outreach and new patrol strategies and an Internet-based anonymous tip line for contributing to a decline in serious crime in the city last year. According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services based on reports from the KPD “index crimes” — which include murder,...
New Jim Crow here in Kingston?

New Jim Crow here in Kingston?

It’s Friday, one day after Kingston police rounded up 21 alleged drug dealers in “Operation Mop Up” and the first floor of the Ulster County Courthouse on Wall Street is bustling. In the lobby, friends and family members of the accused mill around talking on cell phones, speculating about the charges and waiting for their...
Photo from Operation Mop-Up

Photo from Operation Mop-Up

Early Thursday morning, in raids dubbed Operation Mop-Up, Kingston Police conducted raids on numerous city residences, arresting 40 suspects on dealing and possession charges. Seen here is one of the suspects, Gene Brodhead, being taken from his Bruyn Avenue home by a KPD Special Investigations Unit team lead by KPD Detective Eric Van Allen. Brodhead,...
An attempt to help ends with a chilling murder

An attempt to help ends with a chilling murder

It started with one of those random acts of kindness you read about on bumper stickers and Facebook walls. Anita Jacobs-Royer’s life first intersected with that of Audelis Cruz sometime last winter, when the jewelry maker met the homeless ex-con as he was panhandling at Kingston’s traffic circle. Over the next few weeks or months...
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...