Crime
Police Beat (July 24-31)

Police Beat (July 24-31)

Tased after groin-kick to officer Cody J. Valenti, 20, of Cottekill was arrested July 23 and charged with resisting arrest, four counts criminal mischief, and three counts harassment. The arrest followed a police call for a domestic dispute at Clove Apartments in Saugerties. Police said when officers tried to take Valenti into custody, he resisted,...
Police: Woman encouraged teen girls to fight

Police: Woman encouraged teen girls to fight

April L. Joyce, 36, of  Washington Ave., was arrested June 20 and charged with three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say on May 23 Joyce drove three teenage girls — one of whom was her 14-year-old daughter — to the Cow Flop field on Washington Ave. in the village so...
Police to use old candle factory for training

Police to use old candle factory for training

The rehabilitation of the American Candle Factory on Kings Highway continues to take shape, with a shooting range, police training center and film prop warehouse planned. Earlier this year, Willis Williamson received Planning Board approval to convert a portion of one of the buildings into a 35,000-square-foot shooting range. On a recent tour of the...
That’s the ticket!

That’s the ticket!

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra announced last month the department would be ticketing motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and, later this summer, jaywalking pedestrians. As described, the enforcement of these laws will mark a significant change for Saugerties, making it one of the strictest towns in the area. Regarding the requirement that...
Saugerties cops best at spotting drunks

Saugerties cops best at spotting drunks

Two Saugerties police officers were named Ulster County’s 2013 Top Stop DWI Cops. Officers Ryan Hampel and Jonathan Tiernan received their awards in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson Region 31st Enforcement/Prosecution Conference held April 3 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Photo (l-r) Chief Joe Sinagra, officer Jonathan Tiernan, officer Ryan Hampel, Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel.
Saugerties police get license plate readers

Saugerties police get license plate readers

Saugerties police will be adding a new tool to their crime-fighting arsenal in the coming weeks when they install two fixed license plate readers with cameras in the village. The department received a $50,000 grant from the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services for the purchase of the two license plate readers that will be...
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...