Accident, Personal Injury
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a motorcycle versus pedestrian personal injury motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. on July 28 2012. This occurred on Fairview Avenue near the City of Poughkeepsie border. The pedestrian was a 22 year old Poughkeepsie female who was seriously injured, suffering several broken bones, lacerations a concussion and broken vertebrae. She remains in Westchester Medical Center for treatment. The operator of the motorcycle was a 26 year old Poughkeepsie Male who suffered several facial and mouth lacerations as well as a concussion. He was treated and has been released from Saint Francis Hospital. An unknown passenger fell from the motorcycle after the collision and fled the scene.
The motorcycle involved in the crash was reported stolen from Elizabeth City, New Jersey in 2010. The motorcycle operator, Daniel Rodriguez, 26 years old, from Poughkeepsie, New York, was issued numerous Vehicle and Traffic violations. These violations included Unlicensed Operator, No Insurance, Reckless Driving, and Unregistered Motor Vehicle. Rodriguez was additionally charged and arrested on Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Division at # 845-485-3680.
Defendant: Daniel Rodriguez Jr. 12/22/1985
Address: 19 Cottage Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th PL 165.45
VTL 1212 Reckless Driving
VTL 1120a Failed to Keep Right
VTL 1180a Speed Not Reasonable & Prudent
VTL 381-1a No Plate Lamp / Motorcycle
VTL 381-4 No Reflector Motorcycle
VTL 410-1 Unregistered Motorcycle
VTL 319-1U Operating Without Insurance
VTL 306b Uninspected Motor Vehicle
VTL 411-3 Improper Plates / Motorcycle
VTL 4021 Obstructed Plate
VTL 509-2 Operating Out of Class
VTL 509-3 Operating/Violation of Restrictions (D Permit Only)
VTL 509-8 Failed to Notify DMV of Address Change
The defendant was processed and released on Traffic Tickets and an Appearence ticket due to appear in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 8/14/12 at 4:00pm
July 17, 2012 – Pocketbook Thefts
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports investigating a pattern of pocketbook thefts that have been occurring at grocery stores in the Arlington and South Road areas.
The suspect would observe and then target female shoppers who left their pocketbooks unattended in shopping carts as they shopped. When the victim shopper was looking or standing away from their shopping cart, the suspect would take the purse and leave the store. A possible suspect description was obtained from some of the victims.
On July 11th, 2012 this agency was contacted by the management of one of the grocery stores where these crimes had occurred. The caller reported a male subject matching the description of the suspect in the previous crimes was in the store.
Officers responded and located this subject in the store. Subsequent investigation, including review of surveillance video, witness and victim statements and the suspect interview resulted in the arrest of this subject.
This defendant was charged with two counts of Grand Larceny Fourth Degree( E Felony) and one count of Petit Larceny (A Misdemeanor) for the theft of purses on three separate dates. The investigation is continuing in to other similar thefts and additional felony charges are pending.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reminds residents to always maintain visual contact with their purses, keep their purses closed while shopping and to never wander away from a cart if it contains your purse.
NAME: BENJAMIN P PROTA – AGE: 31
ADDRESS: 139 BERMUDA BV POUGHKEEPSIE (TOWN) NY
GRAND LARCENY-4TH:CREDIT CARD E FELONY
PETIT LARCENY: A MISDEMEANOR
Defendant was arraigned by Judge Paul Banner at Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
July 13, 2012 - Residential Scams
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department warns residents of scams occurring in the town. Individuals are going door to door, posing as employees of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, attempting to gain access into homes.
A town resident was advised by an individual, posing as a Central Hudson employee, that there was a gas leak and he needed to get in the basement. Once inside the house, the individual lured the victim to the basement. After the individual left the residence, the victim discovered cash missing.
A second report involved an individual, posing as a Central Hudson employee, checking on elderly people to see if they were ok, if they lived alone and if they had someone caring for them. Often, this is when someone may enter through another area of the house to search for valuables.
Residents are advised that Central Hudson employees carry identification with them at all times and they must present it when asked.
Also, residents are urged to use caution when being solicited for services offering chimney sweeps, paving and general home repair. Some tips to consider:
1) Do not do business with door to door solicitors, seek out the service yourself.
2) Contractors should be able to prove they have a license and insurance
3) Don’t do business on the spot, get references. Don’t be pressured by a limited time offer or “fantastic deal”.
4) Never pay in cash. Make payment by check (payable to a business name) or by credit card.
5) Make sure you obtain a reputable receipt.
6) Read contracts closely, make sure they are signed and obtain a copy.
7) Anyone soliciting business or selling products door-to-door in the Town of Poughkeepsie must obtain a Peddler’s Permit from Town Hall and provide it when soliciting.
Anytime you feel intimidated or uncomfortable, lock your door and call police. Obtain as much information about the solicitor such as personal description, clothing, vehicle description, license plate and the direction which they left.
If you encounter a similar incident or want the report a suspicious person, contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 485-3666.
July 13, 2012 – Search Warrant Execution
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports conducting an investigation in to quality of life complaints at the Shady Brook Trailer Park, located at 67 Old Manchester Road, Poughkeepsie NY.
The specific complaints involved reports of suspicious activity at one particular trailer. This alleged suspicious activity included narcotics use and sales, possession and firing of handguns and rifles and a large volume of persons coming and going from the trailer.
Subsequent investigation by this agency resulted in the obtaining of a search warrant for the trailer involved, lot #67 Shady Brook Trailer Park.
On July 10, 2012 at approximately 9:00PM members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force executed the search warrant. The following items were recovered as a result:
- one Omega .22 caliber revolver handgun
- one Taurus 9mm semi automatic handgun
- one Kel Tec .40 caliber handgun
- one Remington .22 caliber rifle
- a large quantity of ammunition
- a quantity of marihuana
- a quantity of cocaine
- a quantity of narcotic pills
- drug packaging materials and scales
- one starters pistol
- one alligator
The investigation into additional crimes is ongoing and may result in more criminal charges.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Dutchess County Drug Task Force, Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, Dutchess County District Attorneys Office, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriffs Office, New York State Environmental Conservation Police and the Town of Poughkeepsie Animal Control Office.
Town of Poughkeepsie residents are strongly urged to report any quality of life issues or other suspicious activity to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 485-3666 or via our website at www.townpolice.net Anonymous complaints can also be made via phone or website.
The following defendants were charged and arraigned as noted.
27 years of age
Address: 67 Old Manchester Road, Lot#67, Poughkeepsie NY
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree- C FELONY
Criminal Possession of Narcotic Drug 4th Degee- C FELONY
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree- D FELONY
Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd degree- D FELONY
NYS Environmental Conservation Law 11-0512 – Violation
(Illegally Possessing a Wild Animal)
DEFENDANT #2- SIMMONS, Paul E.
29 years of age
Address: 67 Old Manchester Road, Lot#67, Poughkeepsie NY
CHARGE - Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree- A MISDEMEANOR
Both defendants were arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on July 11,2012 by Judge Paul Sullivan.
John SIMMONS was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on a bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Paul Simmons was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on a bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Both defendants will reappear in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 7/12/12.
July 3, 2012 – Theft of Catalytic Converters
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received numerous reports of thefts of catalytic converters beginning in mid June, 2012. These converters had been removed from vehicles parked at a train tation, local shopping centers and a local auto repair shop.
After a lengthy investigation, four (4) subjects were arrested in connection with these thefts. These defendants would crawl underneath a vehicle and use a battery powered saw to cut the catalytic converters out of the vehicle’s exhaust system. The value of the catalytic converters range in value from $800.00 to $1600.00, depending on the vehicle it was removed from. The defendants would then sell the converters to local area scrap metal recyling centers for the current market value of metal.
The Metropolitan Transporation Authority (MTA) Police assisted in the investigation.
Address: Germantown, N.Y.
Patricia Durling – Arrested July 2, 2012
Address: 36 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Donald Jones – Arrested July 2, 2012
Address: 36 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
All of the above defendants were charged with: Auto Striping, 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree.
Christopher Wade and Ashley Bard were arraigned before Judge Paul Banner. Both defendants were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Donald Jones and Patricia Durling were arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Both defendants were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Christopher J. Wade – Arrested June 29, 2012
Address: 134 Innis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.