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Monticello man arrested for assault, firearm

On Thursday July 21, 2016 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sheriff’s Detective Peter Ramos and Monticello Police Officer Manuel Leon-Martinez were having breakfast at the Bagel Bakery on Broadway when they spotted Gary Ivory, Sr., 46, who was wanted on warrant. Ivory was wanted for an assault in connection with a domestic dispute that occurred in August of 2015.  Read more

Monticello Man Sentenced to 8 years in Prison for Robbery and Sale of Heroin

District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that Matthew Miller, aka “Kruddy”, 22, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced today in Sullivan County Court to 8 years in state prison and 3 years of post-release supervision for his participation in a January 7, 2016 robbery and his January 6, 2016 sale of heroin in the Village of Monticello.  Read more

Monticello Man Indicted on Murder Charges

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Carlos Serrano, 24, of Monticello, N.Y. was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury on charges of Murder in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, all felonies.  Read more

Man arrested in stolen car in Liberty

On Sunday July 3rd, 2016 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested Jeanmarc Whitehall, 22 of Fallsburg NY after finding Whitehall in a stolen vehicle in the Village of Liberty.

Officers investigating a suspicious vehicle in a hotel parking lot found Whitehall in possession of a 2009 Mercury Milan that had been reported stolen out of New York City. Whitehall had initially given a false name to officers in an attempt to conceal his identity and further investigation resulted in locating a quantity of crystal methamphetamine within the vehicle.  Read more

Liberty man arrested for stealing over $6,000 from landlord

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested David Inman, 33 of Liberty, after an investigation into a theft of over $6,000. Liberty police received a report that Inman had been stealing rent money collected from tenants in his capacity as an apartment building manager. The investigation resulted in Inman’s arrest on June 21, 2016. Inman was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony. Inman was arraigned in the Town of Liberty Court and remanded to Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Liberty man arrested for assaulting 8 year old girl

On Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested Jason Barreto, 34 of Liberty NY after an investigation into an allegation of child abuse. Liberty Police received a report that Barreto had struck an 8 year old female several times with a belt causing injury to the child.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for burglary

The New York State Police in Middletown reported the arrest of Jamil T. Fasenntao, age 30, of Monticello, for burglary in the second degree. Fasenntao was arrested on June 21, 2016 after an investigation into the burglary of a home in the Town of Wawayanda in 2015. Fingerprints recovered at the scene were later matched to Fasenntao by the New York State Police crime laboratory in Albany.  Read more

Missing person Deerpark cold case

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Middletown barracks is seeking the public’s assistance to help solve an 8 year old cold case involving a missing Town of Deerpark man, Paul F. Corso.

Paul Corso was initially reported missing to the New York State Police on October 9th, 2008. Mr. Corso lived on County Route 42 in the Town of Deerpark and the last known contact with him was on September 15th, 2006. All of Mr. Corso’s personal belongings including his car were located at his residence.  Read more

Police seek bank robber; Local veteran was in the branch

Pennsylvania State Police are seeking a man who robbed the Honesdale National Bank, located at 180 Scenic Drive, in Lackawaxen on June 1, 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m.  Read more

County employee arrested for theft

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a county employee after a routine audit by the County Treasurers Office turned up missing funds. Janice Robertson, 60, of Narrowsburg was charged with Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records, both felonies.

A complaint filed in the Village of Monticello Court alleges that Robertson stole approximately $4,500 in cash and then falsified tax payment records to conceal the theft. Robertson was released on $5,000 bail to appear in Monticello Court on June 9th.

Two men arrested in community election fraud in Pike County

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced today that Dmitry Kupershmidt, 42, and Myron Cowher, 53, were found guilty on numerous charges related to a scheme to fix an election in the private community of Wild Acres Lakes in Delaware Township.  Read more

Ulster man indicted for murder

An Ulster County Grand Jury filed an indictment on June 7 in New York State Supreme Court charging Earl Edwards, Jr. with Murder in the Second Degree for killing Rameen L. Perry on May 26th, 2016, in the Village of Saugerties. The indictment charges that Edwards, with intending to cause the death of Rameen Perry, caused his death.

The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and determined the cause of death to be the result of a perforation of the heart due to a stab wound to the chest.  Read more

Two Gang Members Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison For Kidnapping for Hire, Murder

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced last week that two gang members were each sentenced to 25 years to life in prison following their conviction on first-degree kidnapping, second-degree murder and related charges for the forced abduction and murder of a Williamsburg man.  Read more

Eldred woman arrested for stealing from PBA

On May 22, 2016 State Police at Liberty arrested Patti Lovelace, age 60 of Eldred, NY for stealing funds from the Village of Liberty Police PBA during her tenure as treasurer for the union.

At the time of her arrest, Lovelace was employed as a dispatcher for the Village of Liberty Police Department. An investigation by union officials and State Police determined that during the course of the past two years, Lovelace stole approximately $13,000 from union accounts.  Read more

Narrowsburg man guilty of assault

District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Vernon DeGroat, 52, of Lava, N.Y. was convicted after a jury trial in Sullivan County Court of Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree, a class C violent felony, Assault in the 2nd Degree, a class D violent felony, and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, both misdemeanors. The jury deliberated for about two hours before returning its verdict before County Judge Frank Labuda.  Read more

Search for Pike teen leads to body

MILFORD, PA — (update) On May 20, authorities identified the body as being that of Leanna Walker.
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Rescuers searching for Leanna Walker discovered human remains late on May 15. However, they have not yet positively identified the body found on the grounds of a facility known as the llama farm on Foster Hill Road in Milford Township. That’s according to Trooper Connie Devens from Dunmore State Police Barracks who spoke via phone on May 17.  Read more

Two arrested for robbing Fosterdale Minimart

On Tuesday May 10, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM, The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a 911 report of a robbery at the Fosterdale Mini Mart, on the corner of State Routes 52 and 17B in the Town of Cochecton. The owner reported that a male subject had made a purchase and when he rang up the sale and opened the cash register, the male lunged over the counter and removed cash from the till.  Read more

Five defendants charged with robbery and murder In Swan Lake

A superseding indictment was unsealed on May 5 charging five men with various felonies in the October 12, 2015, robbery and murder of Michael Northcote, 34, of Swan Lake, New York.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As alleged, these defendants undertook a violent home-invasion robbery, which resulted in the senseless murder of Michael Northcote."  Read more

Fallsburg man setenced for sex abuse

Sullivan County Court Judge Frank J Labuda has sentenced Robert Dunn Sr., 42 of Fallsburg to 3 years in State Prison and 15 years of post release supervision. Dunn who is a convicted level 2 sex offender previously pled guilty to the felonies of failing to register his Facebook account and disseminating indecent materials to a minor. Dunn had faced a maximum of 4 years in jail.  Read more

State Police at Liberty Make Arrest in Elder Abuse Case

On Thursday April 28, 2016 State Police at Liberty arrested Michael Fedderman, age 43 of Liberty, NY after an investigation into injuries sustained by two elderly persons. The injuries were sustained on different occasions over the course of the past several months, and at least one assault involved a dangerous instrument. Additionally, during the investigation it was learned that Fedderman had endangered the welfare of a developmentally disabled man.  Read more

Wayne men arrested for weapon in Narrowsburg

On Thursday April 21, 2016 Troopers assigned to the Narrowsburg substation effected a traffic stop on Kirk Road in the Town of Tusten. During the traffic stop, an unregistered handgun was located within the vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by three men from Wayne County, Pennsylvania, none of whom possessed a valid permit that would allow possession of the weapon, an H&K 9mm semi-automatic pistol.  Read more

Bloomingburg man guilty of trying to kill his mother

District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on April 14 that Vincent Ryan Jr., 51, of Bloomingburg, was convicted by a jury after a four day trial in Sullivan County Court of the crimes of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree, both class B violent felonies, and other charges. The jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before rendering their guilty verdicts.  Read more

Minisink grow house busted

On Thursday March 31, member of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, Troopers from Troop F Greenville, officers from the Town of Warwick Police Department, executed several search warrants in the Orange County area.  Read more

Liberty probationer arrested for gun possession

On Friday March 25, 2016 State Police at Liberty arrested Joseph E. Somers, age 27 of Liberty after he was found to possess a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer pistol inside his home.  Read more

Drug ring busted in Sullivan

Some 27 people were arrested as local, state and federal authorities apprehended subjects who are accused of distributing heroin and cocaine and other drugs in Sullivan County.

At a press conference at the Sullivan County courthouse on March 11, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said the amount of drugs was significant.

Farrel said, "These drugs destroy lives, they rip apart families, and they fuel a cycle of violence in our communities that threatens our safety and security."  Read more

Two White Lake women busted for heroin

Last month (January 2016), the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Gang Intelligence and Narcotics Unit received complaints of drug sales occurring in and around the State Route 55 business corridor in White Lake.

On the morning of Thursday, February 11, 2016, while conducting surveillance near the Java Love Coffee Café, detectives arrested two women in a Toyota Camry who were observed conducting a transaction.  Read more

Liberty woman arrested for stealing funds from Peck's

On February 6, 2016 State Police at Liberty arrested Lacy Dalrymple, age 34 of Livingston Manor after an investigation into the theft of funds from Peck's Market in Livingston Manor. The investigation determined that over the course of the past year, Dalrymple had stolen over $15,000 in currency while employed by the business.  Read more

White Sulpher Springs man sentenced to 11 years

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that James Letohic, 32, of White Sulpher Springs, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11 ½ years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for Robbery in the 1st Degree and Burglary in the 2nd Degree, both violent felonies.  Read more

Washingtonville man arrested for sexual perfromence, coersion

On 01/07/16 the Orange County Child Abuse Unit. which is comprised of members from the New York State Police, Village of Goshen Police, City of Port Jervis Police and Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested a 21 year old Washingtonville man for Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, Coercion in the and for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Read more

Monticello Man Sentenced to 25 years in Prison for Manslaughter

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on January 8 that Yahya Robinson, 30, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 25 years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for the homicide of 33 year old Shereem Burch, also of Monticello, that occurred on August 7, 2014.  Read more

Group home counselor sentenced on sex counts

Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced on January 8, that Michael Cubero, 39, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing woman in his care in a group home. It is the maximum penalty allowed by law.  Read more

Fallsburg man sentenced to 10 years for selling heroin

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that Shawn Whittaker, 43, of South Fallsburg, N.Y., was sentenced on January 6 in Sullivan County Court to a term of 10 years in state prison, to be followed by 3 years of post-release supervision, for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, class B felonies. Whittaker admitted to selling heroin on two different occasion in May of 2014 in the Town of Fallsburg.  Read more

Liberty man arrested for burglary to Main Street business

On December 12th, 2015 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested Donald Houghtaling, 29, of Liberty after an investigation into a burglary on Main Street. Liberty Police were called around 10:00 p.m. for a report of a burglary in progress to an auto body shop on North Main Street.  Read more

Liberty Man arrested following stabbing investigation

On December 21st, 2015 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested Cain Valencia, 19 of Liberty, after an investigation into a stabbing that occurred on December 11th, 2015. Police were initially alerted that a male with a stab wound had been brought to the emergency room of Catskill Regional Medical Center in the late evening hours of December 11th, 2015.  Read more

25-to-Life for Boyfriend’s Sex Assault of 6-Year-Old

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announces the sentencing of 35-year-old VIRGILIO “David” OCAMPO to a prison term of 25 years-to-life for raping his girlfriend’s six-year-old daughter – discovered when the victim’s mom went through his cell phone and, to her horror, saw he had videotaped the assault.

Following a three-week-long trial ending in December 2015, and a mere two hours of deliberation, a jury found OCAMPO guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (Class A-II felony), and Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (Class C felony)  Read more

Queens youth face 14 years to life for premeditated murder

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Dec. 23, that a 22-year-old Queens man has pleaded guilty to murder in the strangulation death of a woman he met on the street, followed home and then viciously killed with his bare hands in July 2009.  Read more

White Sulpher Springs man pleads guilty

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on December 23 that James Letohic, 32, of White Sulpher Springs, N.Y. pleaded guilty to various charges and is expected to be sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11 ½ years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision. The charges were Robbery in the 1st Degree and Burglary in the 2nd Degree, both violent felonies.  Read more

Eight arrested for tracking weapons across state lines into Brooklynn

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced recently that eight men and women from three states have been charged in a 541-count indictment with conspiracy and other charges for trafficking guns purchased in Atlanta, Georgia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and resold on the streets of Brooklyn.  Read more

Bloomingburg man convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child faces life sentence

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Robert Johnson 51, of Bloomingburg, N.Y. was found guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a class A-2 felony, after a six day jury trial in Sullivan County Court.  Read more

Man sentenced to 12 years in Liberty gun case

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on Dec. 15 that Thorn Wimer, 23, originally of Diana, N.Y., in Lewis County, was sentenced yesterday to a term of 12 years in state prison, to be followed by 5 years of post-release supervision, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony.  Read more