News in brief
“Before any decisions on drilling are made, it is our responsibility to follow the facts and understand the public health and safety effects posed by potential natural gas development,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “The federal government has an obligation to undertake the necessary studies, and as I made clear last month, this office will compel it to do so.”
Pond Eddy repair work complete
POND EDDY, NY — Emergency repairs on the Pond Eddy Bridge, which started on April 18 and were expected to be complete in mid-June, have already been completed. The repairs allow the weight limit on the bridge to be raised to seven tons.
Plans are in the works to put up a replacement bridge, with work expected to begin in 2013.
Apparent suicide at county jail
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred Sunday, May 29 at the county jail in Monticello. Kerry Castello, 45, was being held as a fugitive from justice on a warrant from the state of Massachusetts charging six counts of armed robbery. Castello was arrested by state police and U.S. Marshals on May 19 at a relative’s residence in the town of Liberty. He waived an extradition hearing and was awaiting return to Massachusetts.
A deputy discovered Castello hanging in his cell by a bed sheet at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. He was transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death as asphyxia. Sheriff’s detectives and the New York State Commission of Corrections are continuing the investigation.