Crime
Saugerties PD gets a bomb-sniffing dog

Saugerties PD gets a bomb-sniffing dog

The most popular new addition to the Saugerties Police force is here to fight domestic terrorism. Miky, a handsome 20-month-old German Shepherd trained in the Czech Republic to sniff out bombs, was obtained using a $50,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Along with his handler, Officer Jeremy Rushkowski, he’ll work at large events...
Key Bank robbery suspect nabbed

Key Bank robbery suspect nabbed

It’s taken more than a year, but today members of the Saugerties Police Department, the State Police, Herkimer Police, Hunter Police and New Paltz Police arrested Collin T. Lambert, 48, of Tannersville and charged him with robbing the Key Bank on Main St., Jan. 11, 2013, and the robbery of the First Credit Union on...
Saugerties Police Beat

Saugerties Police Beat

Sexual abuse David T. Wood III, 20, of Saugerties was arrested Feb. 19 and charged with sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. An investigation revealed that approximately three years ago, while at a residence in Saugerties, Wood had sexual contact with a girl who was...
Stoned in Saugerties

Stoned in Saugerties

“Here was the secret of happiness, about which philosophers had disputed for so many ages, at once discovered; happiness might now be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat-pocket; portable ecstasies might be had corked up in a pint-bottle; and peace of mind could be sent down by the mail.” -Thomas de Quincey,...
Saugerties crime rate falls sharply

Saugerties crime rate falls sharply

Saugerties is following the trend. “Nationally crime is down,” said Police Chief Joe Sinagra, “and even the city of Kingston reported less overall crime.” And though most associate a poor economy with increased crime, Sinagra said sometimes, as in our case, the opposite is true. “People realize that there is nothing to steal here,” he...
Some Barclay Heights residents want more police patrols

Some Barclay Heights residents want more police patrols

With a local park the subject of repeated vandalism and parked cars a frequent target for break-ins, some Barclay Heights residents are demanding more patrols from the police. Amy Sullivan believes the village gets more coverage than her neighborhood. She used to operate a home daycare, and says the signs advertising her business were stolen...
Police: Same burly bandit hit Saugerties and New Paltz banks in early 2013

Police: Same burly bandit hit Saugerties and New Paltz banks in early 2013

Police are seeking help from the public in solving two bank robberies from earlier this year: Key Bank in Saugerties in January and Chase Bank in New Paltz in April. Detectives believe the same man committed both crimes. The suspect is between 5’8” – 6’, in his mid- to late-40s, bald or balding and slimmer...
Ulster Savings robbery suspect in custody

Ulster Savings robbery suspect in custody

Adam K. Putnam, 49, of Elizabeth Street, Saugerties, was arrested Sunday evening and charged with the Oct. 17 robbery of $1,050 from Ulster Savings Bank’s Main Street branch in Saugerties. Police said Putnam was picked up at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 after being reported missing since Friday. During the interview, police say Putnam...
Ulster Savings Bank robbed (UPDATED)

Ulster Savings Bank robbed (UPDATED)

Saugerties police are looking for a man who walked into the Ulster Savings Bank branch on Main St.  at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Video obtained by police indicates the perpetrator was armed with a black colored handgun. The suspect is described as a white male,...
Seven-foot Gumby swiped from West Saugerties property

Seven-foot Gumby swiped from West Saugerties property

You would think taking off with a seven-foot replica of Gumby would be no easy feat for stealth robbers, but that is exactly what happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 13. The fifty-pound creation, a collaboration between Bob Malkin and Saugerties sculptor Ze’ev Willy Neumann, delighted passersby with its whimsy as it stood...
Police chief calls intersection ‘accident waiting to happen’

Police chief calls intersection ‘accident waiting to happen’

It’s taken 11 years and two mayors, but the long-anticipated Streetscape project has finally gone to bid. The $870,000 project calls for improved crosswalks, curbing and ramps at many of the intersections along Main and Partition streets. Work is expected to take place this fall. But according to Police Chief Joe Sinagra, the project leaves...
Vehicle break-ins plague Saugerties neighborhoods

Vehicle break-ins plague Saugerties neighborhoods

Another summer, another wave of vehicle break-ins and property thefts in Barclay Heights and Glasco neighborhoods, followed by the teen perpetrators being caught and charged. This happened again just recently, when three teens were apprehended on Aug. 7 after a call was made about suspicious activity. The suspects, all males aged 14–17, were charged with...