LIBERTY, NY — New York State Police at Liberty arrested Grace Belmont, age 31, of Napanoch after an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Unit. The arrest took place on January 8. The investigation determined that Belmont applied for and received benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Health and Family Services that she was not entitled to. These benefits totaled more than $10,000. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Lawmakers Jim Cox (D-Berks/Lancaster) and Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) plan to reintroduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The legislation would allow PA doctors to recommend cannabis to patients who would medically benefit from such a treatment. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have similar laws. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The heads of organizations that issue monthly reports to the Sullivan County Community and Economic Development Committee agreed that since the awarding of a casino license to the Montreign/Adelaar project near Monticello, activity has increased significantly. Read more
ELDRED, NY — By a three-to-one vote, the Town of Highland’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on January 8 denied the parking variance application of Primax Properties LLC, which has a controversial proposal to build a store to house the chain retailer Dollar General in Eldred. Read more
When you reach the age of 66, as I have, you find that very few of the elders you learned from and respected as a child still survive. Fewer still continue in the same efforts they had in your youth. Then there was Chuck Myers.
Chuck helped found the American Legion Ambulance Service in 1948. I don’t recall whether he helped get my mom to the hospital when I was born, but I do know he drove the ambulance that got me to the hospital after I banged my head in an accident in 2007. Read more
GULF OF ADEN —Naval Air Crewman Third Class Kyle Daggett, a native of Milford, PA, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, observes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island aboard a MH-60S Sea Hawk as it patrols around the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Any number of factors could reasonably explain the lack of attendance at the Cochecton town board’s January 2 reorganization meeting, including bitingly cold weather and holiday week scheduling, but it was probably driven primarily by voter complacency. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — For some veterans, getting around in Sullivan County is a problem. The Veterans’ Administration provides transportation from two pick-up points in Sullivan County but it’s difficult for some vets to get to those locations.
Thanks to students at BOCES the vets have a new van, which will be used to help get them to move around the county. The van was an out-of-service 2000 Ford E350 ambulette donated by Albee Bockman, owner of MobileMedic EMS, to the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition. Read more
NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Congressman Chris Gibson, who in November soundly defeated Democratic opponent Sean Eldridge, released a statement on January 6 saying he would not seek another term in office after the current one, which expires at the end of 2016. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello police arrested Antonio Corchado, age 22, of Monticello on December 27. Earlier in the day, Monticello police responded to a 911 report of a victim of a stabbing at a residence located at the Fairground Estates on Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When officers arrived, they found that a 24-year-old Monticello man had been stabbed in his left shoulder and also had sustained several lacerations. The victim was subsequently transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The trial of 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla has been moved from adult court to juvenile court in a ruling made on January 5.
Kurilla is charged with killing 90-year-old Helen Novak by pressing a cane to her throat and punching her in the throat. Kurilla’s mother and his court-appointed attorney had sought to have the trial moved to juvenile court, and a psychologist testified that Kurilla could benefit from the move, and that it might help with rehabilitation. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — A Monticello man has been arrested for collecting money on behalf of a local not-for-profit organization that he is not affiliated with. Elgin A. Young, 46, was charged on December 24 after he solicited money for The Creative Dream Tank, a local program that serves “at risk” youth in Sullivan County. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A judge declared that there is enough evidence for accused cop-killer Eric Frein to stand trial. The decision came after prosecutors played a video of the ambush-style slaying of Corporal Bryon Dickson and the serious wounding of Trooper Alex Douglas. The two officers were seen collapsing to the ground at separate locations after being hit by bullets. Read more
REGION — Dollar General currently operates discount stores in Fallsburg, Liberty, Wurtsboro and White Lake in New York; and Honesdale, PA. The company has plans to open four more in our area: in Jeffersonville, Eldred, Beach Lake, PA, and a project for Hawley, PA, that has been put on hold due to issues about truck traffic into the proposed site. Read more