What's going on in the Upper Delaware June 11 to June 17
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Wayne County is scheduled to move from yellow to green on Friday, June 12. This reopening is dependent on the county proving that it has properly “mitigated risk” for 14 days. Bars, restaurants, personal care services, gyms and indoor recreation facilities, malls and entertainment venues will all be allowed to open at 50-percent capacity.
One dead in Sullivan County plane crash
WURTSBORO, NY — Police say a single-engine airplane crashed near the Wurtsboro Airport on Friday, June 5, killing Wurtsboro resident Eddy R. Santana, 41, and injuring Raymond Ellery, 42, of Poughkeepsie. Ellery was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with multiple injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene. Police said that an investigation is ongoing and noted that both men were licensed pilots.
HONESDALE, PA — At a June 2 meeting of the Wayne County Cooperative Agricultural Society Directors and Associate Directors, the group decided to cancel the 2020 Wayne County Fair, joining many similar county fairs across Pennsylvania in response to COVID-19. Gov. Tom Wolf’s green phase prohibits events and gatherings with more than 250 individuals. A statement from the fair’s organizers said “this simple fact creates insurmountable challenges in operating the Wayne County Fair, which has attendance above 90,000 paid patrons annually.”
NY minority leaders call for graduation ceremonies
NEW YORK STATE — More than 40 New York State Republican Assembly members, as part of the New York Minority Conference, signed onto a letter last week asking Gov. Cuomo to allow high schools to hold graduation ceremonies. The letter suggests holding the ceremonies outside, later in the summer, with limited guests and social distancing guidelines.
NY Sheriffs’ Association releases statement
NEW YORK STATE — The president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association released a statement this week condemning violence from “opportunists” and leaders who have spoken about “systemic racism” following the murder of George Floyd. The letter calls comments by politicians and community leaders about systemic racism “disgusting conduct, which itself fuels racism on all sides and leads to worse, not better race relations in this country.” Most law enforcement officers, the statement reads, are not comparable to Derek Chauvin.
Police arrest Bethel man in shooting
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Police Department, in conjunction with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Richard C. Olsen, 34, of Bethel on Thursday on three felony charges in the shooting of a man in Monticello. Olsen turned himself in after the shooting took place. The victim was treated at Orange Regional Medical Center and released. Olsen’s bail is set at $30,000 cash, $60,000 secured insurance bond or $180,000 bail bond. He has been remanded to Sullivan County Jail pending further court action.
PA judge overturns death sentence
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA — Walter Ogrod, a man who spent more than 23 years on death row in Pennsylvania, was recently set free after a judge heard “clear and convincing evidence” that he was not guilty. Ogrod had been sitting in jail for the 1988 murder of his four-year-old neighbor, Barbara Jean Horn. Ogrod, who is autistic, confessed to the crime in 1992. His lawyers at the time argued that he was coerced to do so by detectives. One of his lawyers, James Rollins, told the media that Ogrod was “very pleased and relieved” to be out of prison and that his first stop would be at a relative’s backyard barbecue.
Police charge suspect in Monticello homicide
MONTICELLO, NY — A man from Mount Vernon, PA has been charged in connection to a shooting that took place in Monticello in 2017. On Friday, June 5, police announced they had charged Naheem Liles, 22, with second-degree murder, for the death of Shaun Chadwick of Monticello. Liles was arrested in New York City on Thursday and brought back to Monticello. He was arraigned virtually on Friday by Judge Mark Meddaugh and sent to Sullivan County Jail without bail, awaiting further court proceedings. Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan said in a press release, “Together with my law enforcement partners, [we] will continue to commit the time and resources necessary to solve cold case homicides and bring those responsible for acts of violence in our neighborhoods to justice.”