2013 February

February 27, 2013 – Larceny from Motor Vehicles

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is investigating a recent pattern of thefts from parked motor vehicles. These thefts are occurring in residential areas, particularly during overnight hours.

Most recently, the southern part of the Town has been affected, including Sheafe Road, Cottom Hill Road, Delavergne Avenue, Carmen Drive, Mainetti Drive and Gertrude Place.

The common thread in all the crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked and coins and/or other valuables were in plain sight.

Vehicle owners are strongly advised to follow basic safety rules to discourage thefts, such as not leaving valuables in your vehicle(s) and always locking vehicle doors.

Persons should also keep a list of serial numbers or identifying marks on their valuables. Should the police recover any stolen property, your property can more easily be matched to what is recovered.

Anyone who observes suspicious persons or vehicles should immediately call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666. Tips may also be left by calling the police department or submitting information at www.townpolice.net

February 22, 2013 –  Fatal Accident Jan. 19, 2013 – UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit has concluded its investigation of the January 19, 2013, fatal accident that occurred on Vassar Road and injured two other people.

Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialists from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department determined that 29 year old Wappingers Falls, NY resident, Stephanie F. Brennan, was traveling northbound on Vassar Road in her 2001 Nissan Sentra and crossed over the double yellow lines, attempting to pass a northbound vehicle that was in front of her.  The Nissan Sentra collided head-on into a southbound vehicle.  Stephanie F. Brennan died of her injuries at the scene.  The two occupants of the southbound vehicle, a 2008 Jeep Liberty, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  According to toxicology reports from the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office, Stephanie F. Brennan was intoxicated by alcohol and had high levels of THC (Marijuana) in her system.  Her blood alcohol content level was .25% which is three (3) times the legal limit in New York State (.08%).

 

February 19, 2013 – Auto Accident involving Pedestrian – UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit has concluded its investigation of the February 8, 2013 accident on East Cedar Street involving the death of a 74 year old pedestrian, Muril M. Hancock.

Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialists from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department determined that the 18 year old operator from Fishkill, N.Y. failed to reduce her speed during inclement weather and hazardous road conditions; therefore, losing control of her 2001 Toyota Corolla and colliding into Muril M. Hancock. The 18 year old operator was charged with failure to reduce speed during special hazards and is to appear in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court at a later date.

ORIGINAL: The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a fatal automobile accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on February 8, 2013 at approximately 12:30pm on East Cedar Street in the Fairview area of the Town of Poughkeepsie.

A male pedestrian was walking near the shoulder of the road heading west on East Cedar St. A female motorist, age 18 from the Town of Fishkill, NY, was operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla westbound on East Cedar St.

The operator of the Toyota stated that she lost control of her vehicle due to snow conditions. The vehicle then struck the pedestrian causing fatal injuries. The pedestrian was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased has been identified as Town of Poughkeepsie resident Muril M. Hancock, age 74.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit is continuing the investigation of this accident. Anyone with information regarding the accident may call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

February 14, 2013 – Attempted Burglary

On February 12, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to an apartment complex located off of Underhill Road for a reported burglary in progress. The caller reported that several males were attempting to force entry to a door and window on a ground floor apartment.

Responding officers located five (5) male suspects in the apartment complex parking lot. A subsequent investigation disclosed that they were in fact responsible for the attempted burglary of the apartment.

Eacf of the five defendants have been charged with Attempted Burglary, 2nd degree, Class D/Felony.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is continuing the investigation. If anyone has information regarding this case you can contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.
 

ARREST INFORMATION

Ryan S. Mahon – Age 18
Address: 22 Kimball Drive, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Justen Delgado – Age 18
Address: 81 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Fuad Haddad – Age 18
Address: 32 Corlies Manor, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Elisha James – Age 17
Address: 104 Hudson Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Trevon Carr – Age 17
Address: 122 Thompson Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

All five defendants were charged with Attempted Burglary, 2nd degree, a class D felony.

All five (5) defendants were arraigned on February 12, 2013 before Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Paul Sullivan. All defendants were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and directed to appear in Town Justice Court on February 20, 2013.

 

 

Law Enforcment Day Announced

Members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s Patrolman Benevolent Association will be volunteering their time to conduct a “Law Enforcement Day” at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The event will run from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and will consist of various police displays, demonstrations, and public services.

 A few examples of the day’s activities include:

 Child Identification Program- You can have a laminated identification card containing fingerprints, photos, and descriptive information made for your child.

 Child Safety Seat Installation Demonstration- Learn how to properly install your child’s car seat to increase their safety.

 K9 Demonstration- Watch an up close and personal demonstration of how the Town of Poughkeepsie K9 teams do their job.

 Pipes Demonstration- Listen to a brief history of the bagpipes and a short musical session played by a member of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

 Meet McGruff the Crime Dog- McGruff will make special appearances throughout the event.

 SWAT Team- The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department SWAT will have a display at the event.

 Additionally displays will include various Police Vehicles, School Resource Officer, Crime Prevention, Crisis Negotiations Unit, and a display from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division.

 Come to the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall this Sunday and share the day with the men and women who take pride in serving and protecting the Town of Poughkeepsie year after year.

 If you have any questions concerning the Law Enforcement Day, please contact Police Officer Steven Leung at (845)485-3666.  

February 9, 2013 – Auto Accident involving Pedestrian

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a fatal automobile accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on February 8, 2013 at approximately 12:30pm on East Cedar Street in the Fairview area of the Town of Poughkeepsie.

A male pedestrian was walking near the shoulder of the road heading west on East Cedar St. A female motorist, age 18 from the Town of Fishkill, NY, was operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla westbound on East Cedar St.

The operator of the Toyota stated that she lost control of her vehicle due to snow conditions. The vehicle then struck the pedestrian causing fatal injuries. The pedestrian was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased has been identified as Town of Poughkeepsie resident Muril M. Hancock, age 74.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit is continuing the investigation of this accident. Anyone with information regarding the accident may call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

February 7, 2013 – Robbery,weapon

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Dept. is investigating a report of a robbery that took place on February 6, 2013 at approx. 9:16pm at the CVS Pharmacy located on Route 44.

A suspect entered the store and proceeded to the pharmacy section where he threatened the use of a weapon and demanded medication. The suspect then left the establishment on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5′8′ tall, aged in his late 20’s- early 30’s with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a dark knit hat and a tan or brownish colored coat with possibly a camouflage design on it.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or leave a tip at TownPolice.net.