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November 26, 2014
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Monticello man arrested after foot pursuit

Monticello Police arrested Trevor Sasso, age 31, of Monticello on Wednesday 11/19/14. Sasso was charged with Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree and Misdemeanors for Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Sasso was also wanted by New York State Parole as a Parole Absconder.  Read more

Man arrested in Ellenville for stealing credit card

The New York State Police at Ellenville arrested Daniel T Houck, 27 years old from Elmira, for Forgery 2nd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th and Falsifying Business Records 1st, all Felonys.

On March 10, 2014, the State Police at SP Ellenville initiated a investigation into the theft of a credit card. Further investigation revealed that Houck had been shoveling the driveway of an elderly woman and while at the residence he stole her credit card. Houck then used the stolen credit card fraudulently at Rite Aid in Ellenville.  Read more

Arrest in assault at CRMC

On Saturday November 15, 2014 Troopers from the Liberty State Police barracks were called to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris to investigate an assault on hospital staff. The investigation determined that Cassandra Torres, age 35 of Monticello attacked and bit a nurse in the emergency room while she was being treated. The nurse sustained a bite wound to her hand and was treated at the hospital for same.  Read more

Liberty woman arrested for welfare fraud

On Thursday November 14th, 2014 State Police at Liberty, along with the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Unit arrested Jocelyne Lopez age 23 of Liberty, NY after determining that she had applied for and obtained public assistance benefits that she was not entitled to. The investigation determined that Lopez filed false applications for various public services that allowed her to collect more than $12,000 in benefits that she otherwise would not have been entitled to.  Read more

Letter to Frein's parents reveals motivation:

In a letter released by the Pennsylvania State Police, reportedly written by accused cop-killer Eric Frein to his parents, Frein reveals his motivation for killing one trooper and seriously wounding another. Here is the text:  Read more

Spring Glen man arrested for assaulting father

The New York State Police at Wurtsboro announce the arrest of Thomas P. Rebis, age 41, of Spring Glen NY for Assault 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and Criminal Mischief 3rd, all felonies.  Read more

Livingston Manor man arrested for heroin

On November 4th, 2014 State Police at Liberty responded to a report of a domestic involving a gun at a residence in Livingston Manor. The investigation determined that Jose Ocasio, age 31 of Livingston Manor had threatened another occupant of the home with a loaded shotgun. While investigating the domestic incident, Troopers made observations that appeared to show that drugs were being sold from the home. A search warrant was obtained and narcotics including approximately 7 grams of unpackaged heroin were located. Also recovered were items commonly used in the drug trade including electronic scales and baggies. Four long guns were confiscated.  Read more

Couple charged for using deceased mother's debit card

A man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to keeping his dead mother in a freezer, so he could cash her social security checks, has been arrested again.  Read more

Wurtsboro woman arrested for stolen check

The New York State Police at SP Wurtsboro announce the arrest of Teriann Van Winkle, age 32, of Wurtsboro NY for Grand Larceny, 4th, Attempted Grand Larcey 3rd, Forgery 2nd and Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd, all felonies.  Read more

Swan Lake man arrested for assault

On Friday October 31, 2014 State Police at Liberty were called to an address on Stanton Corners Rd in the Town of Liberty for a reported assault. Investigation revealed that Clifford Gildersleeve, age 31 of Swan Lake was being served with eviction papers at his residence when he assaulted the person attempting to serve him.  Read more

Frein captured: Pike to seek death penalty

BLOOMING GROVE, PA – Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin is pictured during a nationally televised, late-night Oct. 30 news conference following the capture of sniper-shooting suspect Eric Frein.  Read more

Accused cop-killer Frein captured

An official from the Pennsylvania State Police released a statement at about 6:40 p.m., which said that after a seven week search, Eric Matthew Frein, the accused killer who is believed to have killed one officer and critically wounded another, has been apprehended.  Read more

Arrests in Jeffersonville laundromat break-in

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged 2 individuals in connection with a burglary at the Jeffersonville Laundromat on Route 52 in Jeffersonville.  Read more

Pike residents sentenced for heroin

Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced that three individuals have been sentenced to state prison for drug dealing and related charges by Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak. All three individuals were arrested by investigators from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office after investigations into heroin trafficking.  Read more

Narrowsburg brothers arrested

On Sunday evening, October 19, 2014 State Police at Liberty were called to a disturbance at a residence in the Town of Lumberland. Upon arrival, Troopers learned from the occupants that two men had forced their way into the home, displayed and threatened the use of a firearm and assaulted one of the occupants. One occupant sustained minor injuries.  Read more

State police update on search for accused cop killer; search area shifts slightly

Pennsylvania State Police press release

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the
shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

“As I indicated from the beginning, our search area remains fluid and is based on the information we have available at any given time.” said Lt. Col. George Bivens,deputy commissioner of operations.

“Based on the information developed over the past several days, our search area is now focused slightly south. It is now in the  Read more

Ten-year-old confesses to killing woman, 90

A 10-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with killing a 90-year- old woman. Officials charge that the boy put a cane around her throat and repeatedly struck the woman. The arrest was announced by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.  Read more

Arrests in Otisville shooting

The New York State Police in Middletown announce the arrest of two New York City men after the investigation of a shooting near the Otisville Metro-North Railroad station on October 9, 2014.  Read more

Notes from the accused cop-killer; PSP update

Pennsylvania State Police Update

Blooming Grove – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

“Our search area remains focused on the Pike/Monroe county border area,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “Based on the latest information available to us adjustments are regularly made regarding the specific search area.”  Read more

Monticello woman arrested for violating Leandra's Law

On Thursday October 2, 2014 at approximately 5:00 PM, The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a woman slumped over the steering wheel of a Chevrolet Avalanche in the parking lot of McDonald's on Route 42 in Monticello.  Read more

Police update on search for Frein

PSP Press Release
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

“As I’ve indicated in the past, our search area is determined by the information available to us at any given point in time,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “The search area remains focused within several square miles near the Pike/Monroe border.”  Read more

Manhunt puts hunting season on hold

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has temporarily closed all hunting and trapping seasons within seven townships in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the search continues for a fugitive wanted in the shooting death of a state police trooper.  Read more

Pennsylvania State Police Update on Eric Matthew Frein Search Operations

PRESS RELEASE
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

Loch Sheldrake man arrested for child rape

On September 26, 2014 State Police at Liberty and the Sullivan County Family Violence Response Team arrested Tyrone Chaneyfield, age 48 of Loch Sheldrake, NY for subjecting a child under the age of 13 to sexual contact over the course of a three year period.

Chaneyfield was charged with Rape in the First Degree and Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, felonies. Chaneyfield was arraigned in the Village of Monticello Court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail with no bail set.

Police update on search for suspected cop killer

PSP Press release

Blooming Grove – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

Middletown man arrested for selling heroin in Sullivan

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Gang and Narcotics Intelligence Unit has arrested a Middletown man after a 5 month investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales in the Towns of Fallsburg and Thompson.  Read more

PTA treasurer arrested for larceny

On September 25, 2014, State Police in Middletown arrested Lysa M. Mercado-Gonzalez, age 43, of Middletown, NY, for Grand Larceny in the third degree, five counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree, and Falsifying Business Records in the first degree.  Read more

Police find AK47 left by suspected cop killer, search continues

PSP Press Release
Blooming Grove – The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

Governor Tom Corbett and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan are closely monitoring this investigation – and the Governor has made all commonwealth resources available for this investigation as needed.  Read more

Shohola petty thief apprehended

At an unspecified time during the night or early morning hours of September 15-16, Christopher Herrera of Happy Hollow, Shohola Township was caught red-handed attempting to remove money from at least three different vehicles in the Walker Lake area of the township.  Read more

School routines impacted by manhunt

The manhunt for the suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein has impacted the school day for teachers and students in the area.

Classes in all schools in Pocono Mountain School District remain cancelled for today

The Delaware Valley School District has added extra security.

Students in the Eldred and Sullivan West districts in New York were not being allowed out of the buildings for outdoor activities.

Suspect’s family-friends not shocked at accusation; Police: ‘there is a very dangerous armed individual out there.’

People who know sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein “weren’t shocked,” when interviewed by police investigating the Sept. 12 shooting of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, PSP spokesman, Trooper Tom Kelly reported Wednesday. Frein was said to have posted comments revealing his hatred of police on his Facebook page.  Read more

Latest press release on suspected cop killer

The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove on September 12, 2014, at approximately 11:00 pm.  Read more

Suspect named in cop killing

Flanked by Deputy Police Commissioner George Bidek, Pike County DA Raymond J. Tonkin, and other law enforcement officials, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan unveiled a photo of the suspect in the September 12 shooting of Cpl. Byron Dickson who was shot dead, and Trooper Alex Douglass who’s in stable condition after hospitalization.  Read more

Monticello woman arrested for assaulting county worker

Monticello Police arrested Tina Esquilin, age 26, of Monticello on Tuesday 9/9/14. Esquilin was charged with Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree.  Read more

Pennsylvania State Police announce investigation of ambush officer shootings at Blooming Grove

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting that
occurred at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove on September 12, 2014 at approximately 11:00 pm. During an early morning news conference, Commissioner Frank Noonan stated that “two Troopers were ambushedwhile leaving the building. One was killed and the other has been operated on and is in stable condition.”  Read more

Corrections officer arrested for sex with inmate

On September 3, the New York State Police, at Catskill arrested Clifford A Rowe, age 57, of Green Island, New York for criminal sexual act 3rd, a felony, sexual abuse 2nd and official misconduct both misdemeanors.

The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Police, the New York State Department of Corrections, Inspector General’s Office and the Greene County District Attorney's Office into allegations of sexual contact between a staff member and an inmate.  Read more

Swan Lake couple arrested for gun thefts

On August 26, 2014 State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Route 55 in Swan Lake after an investigation into the theft of guns from a Livingston Manor residence in April 2014.

The search resulted in the recovery of an AR15 Assault Rifle, a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a pistol-grip shotgun, all of which were loaded. Serial numbers on the recovered weapons matched those reported stolen to State Police in April 2014.  Read more

Bullville man arrested for stealing jewelry

The New York State Police in Wurtsboro announce the arrest of Kevin M. Jewis, age 21, of Bullville, N.Y. for the felony charge of Grand Larceny 4th.

This arrest is the result of Troopers responding to a report of $2,300.00 worth of jewelry having been stolen from a residence in the Town of Mamakating. It is alleged that Jewis was a guest at the residence and while there, entered a bedroom within the residence and removed the aforementioned jewelry.  Read more

More than seven grams of cocaine in Liberty

On Sunday 08/24/14 the Village of Liberty Police Department arrested three men in connection with drug possession. At approximately 6:00 a.m. officers observed three men in the hallway of an apartment building on South Main Street in the middle of a drug transaction.  Read more

Suitcase full of hallucinogenic mushrooms in Wurtsboro

On Friday August 15th, 2014 Wurtsboro Troopers arrested a Long Island man for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Wurtsboro Troopers conducted a traffic stop in the Village of Wurtsboro Friday night on a vehicle for an equipment violation.

Upon interview of the operator Patryk Dabrowski, of Long Island, Troopers smelt a strong odor of marijuana and alcohol. Troopers conducted an investigation and located a suitcase with Hallucinogenic mushrooms in it located in the vehicle.  Read more