2015 January – December

December 2015 – Structure Fire

The investigation into a Wednesday morning house fire at 31 Durocher Terrace in the Town of Poughkeepsie resulted in the fatality of a town resident and is still being investigated by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Arlington Fire District Fire Investigation Division and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The victim has been identified as 75 year-old Stanislaw Soltysiak, who lived in the house. The cause of death and origin of the fire remains under active investigation.
Chief Ronald Spero and members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department extend our heartfelt condolences to the family members and everyone that was affected by this fire.

December 2015 – Burglary, Residence

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department arrested two men for Burglary on December 24, 2015. The two men are believed to be responsible for unlawfully entering occupied homes on December 23, 2015 and December 24, 2015 on Evergreen Avenue and Old Farms Road for the purpose of stealing property.

If you have any information on these crimes, please contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 485-3670.

ARREST INFORMATION
NAME: CARLIL MITCHELL CHERRY DOB:11/09/1998 AGE:17
ADDRESS: 2633 SOUTH RD I1 POUGHKEEPSIE (TOWN) NY
CHARGE(S): BURGLARY 2ND- DWELLING C FELONY

NAME: DEVIN M TAYLOR 07/02/96 AGE: 19
2633 SOUTH ROAD H1 POUGHKEEPSIE (TOWN) NY
CHARGE(S): BURGLARY 2ND -DWELLING C FELONY

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
DEVIN TAYLOR WAS ARRAIGNED BEFORE JUDGE SULLIVAN AND REMANDED TO DUTCHESS COUNTY JAIL ON $10,000 CASH/$20,000 BOND BAIL. HE IS DUE TO APPEAR IN TOWN COURT ON 12/29/15

CARLIL MITCHELL-CHERRY WAS ARRAIGNED BEFORE JUDGE SULLIVAN AND REMANDED TO DUTCHESS COUNTY JAIL ON $10,000 CASH/$20,000 BOND BAIL. HE IS DUE TO APPEAR IN TOWN COURT ON 12/29/15

December 28, 2015 – Arrest

On Monday December 28, 2015, at approximately 9:07 a.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to an apartment at Hudson Harbour Drive to check on the welfare of a resident, at the request of a third party caller. Prior to making contact with anyone inside the apartment, it was determined that a male subject inside the apartment held an active parole warrant for violating terms of his parole. A brief negotiation was established to remove other occupants from the residence. The subject was taken into custody without incident and was sent to the Dutchess County Jail without bail .

ARREST INFORMATION
NAME: NATHANIEL ANTHONY GREEN AGE:37
ADDRESS: POUGHKEEPSIE (TOWN) NY
CHARGE(S): C.P.L. 120.60 ARREST WARRANT

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
REMANDED TO DUTCHESS COUNTY JAIL WITH NO BAIL.

November 30, 2015 – Robbery, Strong-arm

On November 21, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m., to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a report of a woman being knocked to the ground and her purse stolen on Main Street. The suspect, a white male, approximately 5′6′, 160 pounds, was last seen running on Main Street towards the City of Poughkeepsie.

Patrol Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed a strong armed robbery had taken place. The victim and her friend were slightly injured during the struggle for the purse.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police conducted an investigation in the following days and on November 24, 2015 during the early afternoon two (2) Town of Poughkeepsie Detectives spotted the suspect in the same area where the robbery had taken place. After further investigation, he was subsequently charged with Robbery, 2nd degree, Class C/Felony.

ARREST INFORMATION
Defendant: Hector Luis Morales – Age 26
Homeless, Town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Charges:
Robbery, 2nd degree, Class C/Felony

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
Defendant was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Defendant was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Defendant is to reappear in Town Justice Court on November 30, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

November 13, 2015 – UPDATE: Terrorism / Counter Terrorism

2nd UPDATE:
An investigation regarding threatening posts on Twitter towards Marist College has resulted in the arrest of a 16 year old City of Poughkeepsie resident. The male suspect did ‘tweet’ two times within a 7 hour time span. Those ‘tweets’ did threaten to commit an offense which created a fear whereupon Marist College closed the campus for a period of time.

A police investigation determined that the threat was not legitimate and the suspect acted on his own.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted by numerous law enforcement agencies (New York State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, City of Poughkeepsie Police Dept.,FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force), Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Marist College Office of Safety and Security and Marist College officials.

1st UPDATE:
A suspect has been developed regarding the terroristic threat made at Marist College. The investigation is currently ongoing however it has been determined that there is no legitimate threat towards Marist College. An additional press release will be issued later in the day.

At approximately 6:00am on Friday November 13, 2015 the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was notified by the Marist College Office of Safety & Security that an online threat was sent out via Twitter against Marist College.

An investigation is currently under way in cooperation with Twitter, college officials and other law enforcement agencies. In addition, there is a police presence on the campus. Marist College has cancelled classes for today until further notice and will update as necessary.

Anyone with information regarding this threat may call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 485-3666 or leave an anonymous tip at townpolice.net.

October 31, 2015 – Suspicious Article Or Substance

On Saturday October 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM Town of Poughkeepsie Police report being contacted by a parent reporting that her child had received candy today that may have been contaminated. It’s believed that the candy was received while tric or treating at the Galleria Mall.in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Town of Poughkeepsie Police continue to investigate and advise parents to continue to check all candy for any tampering before its consumed. If anyone has information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666.

October 15, 2015 – Gold Award

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was presented with a Gold Award in AAA Northeast’s Community Traffic Safety Awards Program at a ceremony on October 15, 2015.

The Town was cited for its many traffic safety initiatives including their Stop DWI programs, car seat fitting station and enforcement of seat belt usage. They were also presented with a Pedestrian Safety Citation for having one (1) consecutive year without a pedestrian fatality.

AAA Northeast has long recognized communities that make outstanding efforts to make the region’s roads safer for motoriest, bicyclists and pedestrians.

October 14, 2015 – Community Policing

Residents in the Town of Poughkeepsie are reminded of upcoming seasonal related ordinances in the town.

Town Ordinance 195-30a, prohibits vehicles from being parked on any street, road or highway in the Town of Poughkeepsie or a parking lot maintained by the town, between the hours of 12:00 A.M. – 8 A.M. from November 1st-April 1st.

Town Ordinance 174-2, reminds owners or occupants of homes to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within four hours after any snowfall occurring between 6:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. or within six hours thereafter.

Town Ordinance 174-5, reminds owner or occupant to remove snow from around a fire hydrant for a distance of two feet and between the sidewalk or the curb to keep the fire hydrant free from snow throughout the winter.

For more information, go to www.townpolice.net and click on “town ordinances” or contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

October 7, 2015 – Sexual Assault

On September 18, 2015 at approx. 3:00am the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to Dutchess Community College for a report by a student of an alleged sexual assault that took place earlier in the night. It was determined that the incident took place at an off campus residence on Fairview Avenue.

A subsequent investigation revealed that a 19 year old female was sexually assaulted by three male subjects. All three of the male defendants have been identified and arrested by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

ARREST INFORMATION

Defendants:

1) Tyler Bryant – Age 20 – Arrested 10/01/15
150 Glenwood Avenue, Yonkers, N.Y.
Charges: Rape, 1st degree, Class B/Felony

2) Rene F. Hernandez – Age 22 – Arrested 10/02/15
6141 Broadway Street, Apt. 3A, Bronx, N.Y.
Charges: Rape, 1st degree, Class B/Felony

3) Joel Abelardo Herrera – Age 20 – Arrested 10/06/15
11 Amackassin Terrace, Yonkers, N.Y.
Charges: Criminal Sexual Act, 1st degree, Class B/Felony

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

Tyler Bryant, Rene Hernandez and Joel Herrera were arraigned before Judge Stephan Krakower. All defendants were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash / $200,00 bond.

Tyler Bryant and Rene Hernandez were scheduled to reappear in Town Justice Court on October 6, 2015. Joel Herrera is scheduled to reappear in Town Justice Court on October 7, 2015.

August 4, 2015 – Domestic Incident Arrest

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at approximately 8:25 p.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police received a complaint concerning an incident of domestic violence that occurred in the township. The victim reported that she attempted to end a relationship, however, the defendant physically prevented her from leaving their residence. The victim suffered non life threatening injuries during the altercation. In addition, her personal electronic device was damaged by the defendant.

The victim also complained of another domestic violence incident that occurred on July 31, 2015 at the same location. At that time she suffered a burn to her hand with a lit cigarette by the defendant.

ARREST INFORMATION

DEFENDANT: Alexandro Olivader Hidalgo – Age 29, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

CHARGES:
.Assault with Intent to Cause Serious Personal Injury, Class D/Felony (2 Counts)
.Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree, Class E/Felony
.Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd degree, Class A/Misdemeanor

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION:
Alexandro O. Hildalgo was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Defendant was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Defendant is to reappear in Town Justice Court on August 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

July 7, 2015 – Burglary

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a report of a burglary of an occupied dwelling and subsequent robbery which occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Dutchess Apartments complex located at 106 VanWagner Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Police request anyone who may have observed any suspicious person(s) or activity in the area of the Route 44/55 westbound arterial, Taft Avenue, VanWagner Road or Cooper Road, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m,. to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or the Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

June 8, 2015 -Attempted Grand Larceny

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports conducting an investigation regarding a larceny at a local car dealership. On June 8, 2015, at approximately 12:42 a.m. patrol units responded to the Luxury Vehicles of the Hudson Valley, a BMW dealership, located at 2068 South Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Upon arrival. patrol units observed a subject attempting to steal rims and tires from a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers the subject attempted to flee the area and was apprehended after a short pursuit. A Town of Poughkeepsie K9 Unit was dispatched to assist units at the scene. The value of the rims and tires was approximately $5280.00.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case can contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or leave a tip at townpolice.net

ARREST INFORMATION
Defendant: Shaun Milewski
Age 19
Address: 7 Paggi Terrace, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Charges:
Shaun Milewski was charged with the following:
…Attempted Grand Larceny, 3rd degree, Felony
…Criminal Possession of Burglar Tools, Misdemeanor
…Obstructing Governmental Administration, Misdemeanor
…Resisting Arrest, Misdemeanor

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
Shaun Milewski was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Defendant was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000/$20,000 bail. Defendant is to reappear in Town Justice Court on June 9, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

June 1, 2015 – Animal Complaint

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department advises residents of a black bear in the Arlington area of the town. The bear had been sighted near Vassar College, Arthur S. May Elementary School, the Dutchess County Rail Trail and the Ray Boulevard area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) recommends reducing food sources outside by cleaning barbeque grills after use, removing bird feeders and not leaving pet food outside. Garbage cans should be kept inside a secure area if possible and placed outside the morning of pickup rather than the night before.

Residents are urged not to approach or spook the bear. You can report bearing sightings or activity to the New Paltz Office of the D.E.C. at 256-3098 or if there is an immediate emergency, contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 485-3666 or by dialing ‘911′.

May 27, 2015 – Accident, Personal Injury

The Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a three-car personal injury auto accident involving a Wappingers Central School District school bus that occurred at approximately 7:50am on May 27, 2015. The crash occurred at the intersection of Spackenkill Road (State Route 113) and Cedar Valley Road. A 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, operated by a 41 year old Rosendale, NY female, was stopped in an easterly direction on Spackenkill Road waiting for westbound traffic on Spackenkill Road to clear so she could make a left turn onto Cedar Valley Road. The school bus, operated by a 48 year old Wappingers Falls, NY female, was traveling westbound on Spackenkill Road. A 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by a 21 year old female from Poughkeepsie, NY, was traveling eastbound on Spackenkill Road approaching the stopped Chrysler Town & Country. A Preliminary investigation reveals that the Chevrolet Cavalier collided with the rear of the stopped Chrysler Town & Country and then continued to go over the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic and collided with the school bus. The school bus then lost control and overturned landing on its driver side.

The school bus was occupied by the driver and nine students. All of the occupants of the school bus were transported by ambulance to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. The operator of the Chevrolet Cavalier was the sole occupant of the vehicle and sustained non-life threatening injuries and was also transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital by ambulance. The Chrysler Town & Country was occupied by the driver and four passengers. None of the occupants in the Chrysler Town & Country sustained any injuries. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted by the Arlington Fire District and Trans Care Ambulance.

The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

May 19, 2015 – CPSP

Chief Thomas Mauro reports the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department has filed the following charges in reference to this incident and arrest:

Defendant: Jermaine D. Ringler – Age 42 – 77 Cottage Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Charges: Defendant was charged with the following:

1) Criminal Possession of Stolen Property – Class D/Felony
2) Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle
3) Vehicle and Traffic Charges, including speeding, unsafe passing and aggravated
unlicensed operation due to a suspended driver’s license.

Jermaine Ringler was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Defendant was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail with no bail and is scheduled to reappear in Town Justice Court on May 19, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the suspect was taken into custody as a result of an extensive search in a heavily wooded and swamp area in the vicinity of VanWagner Road and Bedell Road. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. on May 18, 2015, Chief Thomas Mauro stated ‘the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was alerted for a possible stolen vehicle reported taken in the course of a violent crime in the City of Poughkeepsie’. Based on that description, minutes later a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officer observed the vehicle being operated on Taft Avenue northbound in the direction of VanWagner Road. The suspect refused to stop and subsequently struck a tree on VanWagner Road and fled the vehicle.

At this time police elements from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and their K9 Unit, Town of Hyde Park Police Department as well as patrol, aviation (helicoptor) and K9 Units from the New York State Police are searching a heavy wooded area near VanWagner Road and Bedell Road.

Residents and persons traveling through that area of the Town of Poughkeepsie can expect temporary road closures as circumstances warrant.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

April 26, 2015 – Accident, Personal Injury

The Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a two-car personal injury auto accident that occurred at approximately 6:59PM on April 26, 2015. The crash occurred at the intersection of Taft Avenue and Maple Street Extension (State Route 44/55). A 2010 Mazda 3, operated by a 21 year old Dover Plains, NY female, was traveling southbound on Taft Avenue and collided with a westbound 2004 Chrysler Town and Country, operated by a 41 year old Poughkeepsie, NY female .

The operator of the Mazda 3 was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester County by the Arlington Fire District with minor injuries. The operator of the Chrysler Town and Country sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester County by the Arlington Fire District. The Chrysler had three children inside the vehicle ranging in ages, 8-13. All of the children were transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester County. An 8 year old child sustained serious injuries and was later flown to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted by the Arlington Fire District.

The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

April 24, 2015 – Accident, Personal Injury

The Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a three-car personal injury auto accident that occurred at approximately 9:25AM on April 24, 2015. The crash occurred on Dutchess Turnpike (State Route 44) near the intersection with Rochdale Road. A 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by a 26 year old Hyde Park, NY female, was traveling westbound on Dutchess Turnpike and failed to keep right by driving over the double yellow lines and side swiping an eastbound 2008 Dodge Avenger, operated by a 23 year old Poughkeepsie, NY male . The Chevrolet Cavalier then continued westbound and collided into an eastbound 1990 Peterbuilt dump truck operated by a 56 year old Salt Point, NY male.

The operator of the Chevrolet Cavalier sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester County by the Arlington Fire District. The operator of the dump truck also sustained injuries and was transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester County by the Arlington Fire District. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted by the Arlington Fire District.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

April 24, 2015 – Bank Robbery

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports that on Friday, April 24, 2015, at approximately 9:05 a.m. a bank robbery at the TD Bank North located at 2585 South Road in the Hudson Plaza, Town of Poughkeepsie.

A male suspect entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanded money from a teller. The male suspect was reported to be approximately 5′8′, 150 to 160 pounds, wearing a black mask, black sunglasses, faded blue jeans and a dark gray jacket with royal blue colored side panels and zipper. The suspect fled the bank with an undermined amount of cash. He left in a compact silver or gray colored vehicle

There were no injuries reported during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or go to www.townpolice.net and leave a confidential ‘tip’.

March 7, 2015 – Criminal Possession of Heroin with Intent to Sell

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department concluded a brief investigation concerning a suspect in the possession of heroin.

Anthony G. Burris, age 37, was taken into custody at a local motel where he was found to be in possession of 230 glassine envelopes containing a total of 12 grams of heroin that had been packaged for sale.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in the investigation by members of the Dutchess County Drug Task Force. The investigation is ongoing.

Chief Thomas Mauro stated that ”local law enforcement agencies continue to work in collaboration with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and the Dutchess County Drug Task Force to agressively investigate all drug cases, particularly the possession and sale of heroin”.

Anyone wishing to report any illegal narcotics activities is urged to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or the Dutchess County Drug Task Force at 845-463-6040.

Anthony G. Burris, age 37, 172 South Avenue, Apt. 1, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, 3rd degree, a Class B/Felony. Burris was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Defendant was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear in Town Justice Court on March 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

JANUARY 28, 2015 Felony Assault

On January 28, 2015 at approximately 1:40 a.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to Fairview Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie for a report of several men fighting in the street. Upon arrival of police patrols, witnesses reported that one male was injured and was found lying in the street. Two male suspects were reported to have fled the scene.

After a brief search, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officers located the two suspects at a nearby house. A subsequent investigation disclosed that the victim, a male, age 22, had become involved in a verbal argument with the two male suspects during a cab ride. The dispute then continued after leaving the cab and led to the victim being assaulted and injured. The victim sustained facial fractures and multiple abrasions and bruises. He was treated at Mid Hudson Regional Hospital and released. The two suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department for further investigation.

ARREST INFORMATION

DEFENDANTS:

Albert Berishaj, Age 20
271 Devon Farms Road
East Fishkill, N.Y.

Kevin Gerald Lennox, Age 22
50 Locust Drive
Brewster, N.Y.

CHARGE(S):
The above two defendants were charged with:
Assault, 2nd degree, Class D/Felony

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

Albert Berishaj and Kevin Gerald Lennox were arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan. Both defendants were remanded to the Dutchess Count Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond. Defendants are scheduled to appear in Town Justice Court on February 3, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

JANUARY 19, 2015 – Auto Fire / Accident

The subject involved in the below listed accident has been identified as Steven M. Hart, age 39, from LaGrange, N.Y. An autopsy will be conducted later this week by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating one car fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred at 6:52AM this morning at the intersection of East Cedar Street and Violet Avenue.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle left the roadway at a high rate of speed entering a wooded area and striking a tree. After impact with the tree the vehicle caught fire. The operator was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted on scene by the Fairview Fire Department, Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office, New York State Department of Transportation and Town of Poughkeepsie Highway Department.

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call 845-485-3666.