The lean times continue in Sullivan County as the legislature voted on March 21 to cut the amount of money it gives to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) by 20% or roughly $83,000. Before the vote, members of the CCE board addressed county legislators in an attempt to persuade them not to approve the cut. Read more
Two Monticello men, Lance Tate Jr., 19, and Johnny B. Davis, Jr., 22, who is a reputed member of the Bloods street gang, were sentenced on March 28 to significant prison terms for participation in a violent robbery, during which they stole a lawfully possessed handgun from its registered owner. Read more
Ivan Martinez, 45, has been arrested for welfare fraud and other charges including grand larceny and misuse of food stamps. The charges, which were brought on March 29, come as the result of a joint investigation by the Sullivan County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Read more
In a move that lawmaker Cindy Gieger has been pursuing for some time, a press conference was held at the government center on April 2 to announce the appointment of detective Gerald Dietz to the position of chief fraud investigator serving the Sullivan County Division of Family Services. There was also the announcement of the formation of Sullivan County’s first fraud investigation team, which includes not only Dietz, but all branches of law enforcement in the county. Read more
Sullivan County Philatelic Society will meet at the Ted Stroebel Recreation Center, 1pm. Door prizes and giveaways. Refreshments served. 845/794-2586.
The New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit on March 21 in federal court against the recently passed gun law in New York State. Court papers say the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE), runs afoul of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which affords citizens the right to own “commonly possessed” guns for defense purposes.
On the same day, hundreds of people gathered for a rally against NY SAFE, which is primarily aimed at the sale of assault weapons. Read more
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after conducting an investigation into internal thefts at the Monticello High School. Read more
Monticello police arrested Edward M. Jackson (39) of Mount Vernon, NY on Friday 3/22/13. Edwards was charged with the following felony offenses: criminal possession of a controlled substance; tampering with physical evidence; forgery in the 2nd degree; fugitive from justice - he is wanted by the Tazwell county sheriff department in the State of Virginia) Read more
District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Jensy Delacruz, 20, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced to a total of 30 years in state prison and 5 years post release supervision for his role in shooting at another man and an occupied home in the Village of Liberty in August of 2011 and threatening a witness to the shootings. Farrell said that Delacruz was convicted by a jury in Sullivan County Court in June of 2012 of all charges arising out of two incidents involving gunfire, including a drive-by shooting, that occurred in Liberty on Carrier Street. Read more
8th annual ThunderBash presented by Thunder 102, The Town of Thompson and Concord Associates at the Monticello Casino & Raceway, 5:30pm. Free. Visit www.thunder102.com.