2017 News

May 25, 2017 – Personal Injury Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a single motorcycle personal injury accident, which occurred at approximately 10:54pm on May 24, 2017. This occurred on Spackenkill Road in the area of State Route 9. a 39 year old Poughkeepsie male, operating a 2013 Suzuki motorcycle, was traveling east bound on Spackenkill Road, when he lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected into the roadway.

This accident resulted in the operator being transported to Vassar Brothers Hospital for serious but not life threatening injuries. Spackenkill Road was closed for approximately 6 hours while the accident scene was being investigated. Town of Poughkeepsie police were assisted at the scene by the Arlington Fire District and Mobile Life Ambulance service. The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

May 18, 2017 -Citizen’s Police Academy Graduation

On May 16, 2017, 13 participants graduated from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s first Citizen’s Police Academy. The ten-week academy met on Tuesday’s from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and consisted of classroom instruction and practical exercises.

The program offered participants an insight into how police officers perform their duties and serve the community. The goal of the program was to create a better understanding, enhance communication, and develop a partnership between the citizens and police through education. Participants gained an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and had an opportunity to discuss these issues with the officers. Academy participant, Robert Simpson, stated “After taking this course, I now realize that I actually had no idea just how difficult it must be (to be a police officer). Having the opportunity to take an inside look at the workings of our police department was both educating and rewarding”.

Chief Ronald Spero expressed his gratitude to the participants who took time out of their busy lives to learn more about their police department. Chief Spero stated “the academy was a great forum to better educate the community on the many dynamics of modern policing and also gave officers the chance to learn from the community they serve in a positive way.

The instructors for the academy were certified police instructors from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department that covered various topics including patrol functions, criminal investigations and crime scene processing, accident investigation, use of force, special weapons and tactics team, crisis negotiations, firearms simulator course, and K-9.

The Citizen’s Police Academy was open to Town of Poughkeepsie residents and persons owning a business in the Town that were 19 years of age or older. With the success of the first citizen’s academy, the police department will be offering it again in early 2018.

The next opportunity offered by the police department, similar to this program, will be the Youth Police Academy on June 26-30, 2017. This one-week program is 40-hours and is open to students who are town residents, entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. For more information on this program, go to www.townpolice.net or contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Juvenile Division at 845-485-3688.

May 4, 2017 – Serious Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit reports the investigation of a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident, which involved a pedestrian, at approximately 5:20 p.m. on May 3, 2017. The accident occurred on Creek Road, in front of Dutchess Community College.

A preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Mercedes Benz, operated by a 74 year-old female from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was travelling south on Creek Road. A 20 year-old female pedestrian from Red Hook, N.Y. was crossing in the cross walk, from the west side of Creek Road to the east side, when the accident occurred. The pedestrian was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital and later transported to Westchester Medical Center, with serious but not life threatening injuries. The vehicle operator was not injured.

A section of Creek Road was detoured through the college parking lot, between Cottage Road and Pendell Road, for nearly three hours during the accident reconstruction. The police department was assisted by the Fairview Fire Department and Mobile Life Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation and anyone that may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

May 4, 2017 – Town of Poughkeepsie Police Youth Police Academy

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Police Academy. This 5 day program will begin on Monday, June 26, 2017 and end on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Applicants must be Town of Poughkeepsie residents who will be entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in September of 2017. There is no fee for this program. Class size will be limited to twenty (20) students.

The Youth Police Academy is designed to be a hands-on interactive experience for motivated youth. Attendees will be introduced to the core 3 functions of policing, including criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, K-9 familiarization, SWAT, Reality Based Scenarios, etc. Each session will be taught by highly trained, certified instructors. Applications may be obtained in person at the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department located at 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or by calling the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Juvenile Unit at 845-485-3688, or by downloading from the Town of Poughkeepsie website at www.townofpoughkeepsie.com

Completed application packets must be returned to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Any questions should be directed to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Juvenile Unit at 845-485-3688 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, or via email at training@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov

May 2, 2017 – The passing of retired K9 Reagan

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department regrets to announce the passing of K-9 Reagan on April 30th, 2017. K-9 Reagan was an 11 year-old German Shepard, who spent her eight (8) year career with Police Officer Vanja Mikelic.

Officer Mikelic and K-9 Reagan completed Basic Patrol School in November of 2007, and Narcotics Detection in March of 2008. In both 2009 and 2010, the team earned certification from the North American Police Work Dog Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association in both patrol and narcotics detection. In 2011, they earned certification from the Eastern Police Canine Association (EPCA) in Patrol and Street Ready Patrol Dog and Patrol Narcotics Dog Level 1. K-9 Reagan was also one of five (5) dogs, over a 22-year period and over 200 teams competing, that earned the EPCA Tracking Title. This title is considered one of the most difficult tracking tests given anywhere in the world by any K-9 organization. In 2012, Officer Mikelic and K-9 Reagan earned the advanced titles of Certified Police Dog Level 1, and Patrol Narcotics Dog Level 2. Most recently in 2013, K-9 Reagan earned the most advanced patrol dog title in the country, EPCA’s certified Police Dog Level 2. Twenty-six K-9 teams in the Northeast vied for this level of certification, and they were one of two teams that received the high standard for certification. K-9 Reagan retired from active duty in 2015.

During K-9 Reagan’s career with Officer Mikelic, she recovered over 20 pounds of illegal narcotics, 99 pieces of evidence, which included four guns, and tracked and located 32 criminal suspects. In addition to all her years of service as a “Police K-9” doing basic Police functions, she had been the showpiece at over 100 K-9 Demonstrations for many community groups, schools, and churches.

K-9 Reagan passed away at home with her partner, Officer Mikelic, and the rest of the loving Mikelic family. She will be missed terribly by the Mikelic family and friends, as well as all the members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, and the entire community that had the pleasure of her many years of service.

April 27, 2017 – Armed Robbery Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of a subject for an armed robbery that occurred March 3, 2017 at approximately 9:30am. At that time a male subject wearing a black hoodie, gray pants, a mask, and armed with a handgun entered the establishment and stole an undetermined amount of money. The subject fled the scene.

On April 27, 2017, a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Detective observed a subject walking in the area that matched the description of the suspect. The subject, later identified as Bryan J. Hicks, was interviewed at Police headquarters and subsequently charged with Robbery 2nd degree. As a result of the investigation, the gun used in the commission of the crime was recovered.

ARREST INFORMATION:

Bryan J. Hicks
Date of birth 09/24/89
10 Congress Court
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Robbery 2nd degree, PL 160.10 C/Felony

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION:

Arraigned before Judge Sullivan and remanded to DCJ in Lieu of $100,000/$$2000,000 bail

April 26, 2017 – Suicidal male at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at approximately 4:00am, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a call through Dutchess County 911 of a Suicidal male armed with a gun in the Parking lot of Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital.

Upon arrival, the Patrol Officers encountered a 40 year old male subject sitting in a vehicle in the Emergency Room parking lot that was threatening the use of a handgun to commit suicide. Members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s Crisis Negotiations Unit, along with The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiations Unit made contact with the male subject. After approximately 2 hours the subject surrendered, and was immediately taken into custody without incident, and safely escorted into the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital for Mental Health evaluation and treatment. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fairview Fire Department.

April 25, 2017 – Life-saving incident on Walkway

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 7:30am, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a private residence in the Town of Poughkeepsie for a reported suicidal 19 year old female. Upon arrival the female was discovered face down and unresponsive. Arlington Fire Department along with Mobile Life responded and transported the female to MHRH (Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital).

A short while later the female fled the hospital on foot. She was located a short distance from the hospital in the City of Poughkeepsie, where she refused an Officer’s commands to stop. The Officer gave chase as the female entered the staircase onto the “Walkway Over the Hudson”. The Officer continued to chase the female onto the walkway and as the Officer approached closer the female attempted to climb the railing over the Walkway. Just as she had one leg over the railing, the Officer was able to grab her and prevent her from jumping. With the help of a Town of Lloyd Police Sergeant, the Officer was able to restrain the female. She was returned to MHRH for a mental health evaluation and treatment. The Officer sustained a minor injury and was treated and released at MHRH.

April 7, 2017 – Suspect Charged in D.W.I. Incident

On April 3, 2017, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department arrested 37 year-old Robert M. McCoy Jr., a Town of Poughkeepsie resident, on numerous criminal and traffic related charges. Officers were dispatched to a business at 40 Vassar Road for a customer causing a disturbance. An officer located the defendant in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was in the plaza parking lot.
When the officer initiated conversation with the defendant, a strong odor of alcohol was detected. During the interview, the defendant began to drive away, dragging the officer a short distance. The defendant entered the roadway, travelling on several roads and failed to comply with an attempt by officer’s to stop the defendant from driving. During this time, the defendant’s vehicle did strike a detective’s vehicle, causing minor injury to the detective. The defendant continued to drive to his residence, where he parked the vehicle in the backyard, and he was taken into custody by officers that were in the area of his residence.
As a result of this incident, the defendant was charged with the following:
Reckless Endangerment (D-Felony)
Assault 2nd Degree (D-Felony)
Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (D-Felony)
Resisting Arrest (A-Misdemeanor)
Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle (A-Misdemeanor)
Obstructing Governmental Administration (A-Misdemeanor)
Driving While Intoxicated (Misdemeanor) and Numerous Traffic Tickets

McCoy was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond.

March 22, 2017 – Thefts from Parked 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 northeast part of the Town has been affected, including the following streets and other streets nearby: Dutchess Turnpike, Overocker Road, DeGarmo Road, Taft Avenue, Marple Road, and North Grand Avenue.

The common thread in all the crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked and coins 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 and always locking your vehicle.

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 get a description and direction of travel, and 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.

March 16, 2017 – Bank Robbery – Suspect charged

On March 15, 2017, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department arrested 32 year-old Adam S. Malavase, a Town of Poughkeepsie resident, for Robbery 1st Degree (B-Felony). Malavase was arrested following the investigation of a bank robbery on March 15, 2017 at 10:40 a.m., at the Citizen’s Bank, 32 Vassar Road in the town.

A call was received from bank personnel reporting the robbery, and it was reported that the suspect threatened the use of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. Responding officers were provided with a vehicle description, obtained by a bank security officer, which the suspect was possibly operating. While officers were conducting an initial investigation at the bank, other officers located the vehicle matching the reported description at a residence in the town. As a result of the investigation, Malavase was charged with this robbery and it was determined that he is also responsible for a previously reported bank robbery from March 8, 2017, which occurred at the same bank. Charges from the previous incident are pending.

Malavase was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond and he is scheduled to reappear on March 20, 2017. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

March 8, 2017 – Bank Robbery

On Wednesday, March 8th, at approximately 1:17 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a call for a reported bank robbery at Citizens Bank on Vassar Road in Red Oaks Mill. First responding patrols conducted an area check and interviews of any potential witnesses. The investigation is ongoing at this time. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Patrol, K9 and Detective units are still on scene as of 2:30 p.m. As more information becomes available a revised press release will be issued. If anyone has any information on the robbery, please contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

March 1, 2017 – Arrest of Home Health Care Aide

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of 56 year-old Cheryl Thomas, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for Grand Larceny 3rd Degree (D-Felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree (E-Felony). The investigation was initiated upon a complaint by a town resident on February 3, 2017, reporting unauthorized charges on her debit card at area businesses and items were missing from her residence. A subsequent investigation by the Detective Division identified the person responsible for the thefts as a home health care aide that was working in the victim’s home for a period of several months.

Thomas was arrested on February 27, 2017 and arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and released under the supervision of the Dutchess County Probation Department, and is scheduled to reappear on March 1, 2017.

March 1, 2017 – Sex Offender Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of 41 year-old Juan A. Rodriguez, a New York State registered Level-3 sex offender, on February 28, 2017, for failure to report a change of address and failure to verify his address every 90 days, in violation of New York State Corrections Law. An investigation by the Town Police, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Office of Probation and the City of Newburgh Police Department, revealed that Rodriguez has been residing at 45 Spackenkill Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie without reporting such. His last registered address was in the City of Newburgh.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services designates an offender with a Level-3 status when it has been determined that the person poses a “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists”. Rodriguez was previously convicted for failing to register as a sex offender in 2002. He was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail, and is scheduled to reappear on March 6, 2017.

February 6, 2017 – Citizens Bank, Attempted Bank Robbery

On February 6, 2017 at approximately 12:27 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to an attempted bank robbery at the Citizens Bank, 32 Vassar Road in the town. No weapon was threatened or displayed during the incident and the suspect was last seen leaving the bank on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 70 years of age; 5’8” and slim; wearing glasses and a plaid shirt with a dark zip up jacket and a baseball cap with a logo similar to the Houston Astros star. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed someone in the area fitting this description is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

January 24, 2017 – TEG Bank Robbery – Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department announces the arrest of 37 year-old Aldeimian S. Woolcock, a City of Poughkeepsie resident, for First Degree Robbery (B-Felony). Woolcock was arrested following an investigation into two robberies, the first on December 22, 2016 at a TEG Federal Credit Union in the Town of Poughkeepsie and the second on January 5, 2017 at a Chase Bank in the Town of Newburgh.

Woolcock was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail for the crime that occurred in the Town of Poughkeepsie. He is scheduled to reappear on January 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Additional charges are pending in the Town of Newburgh.

The arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation that included the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Newburgh Police Department, F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force, and the New York State Police.

January 11, 2017 – New Stop Signs – Collegeview Avenue

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department advises motorists of two new stop signs that will be installed on Collegeview Avenue, at the intersection of Fairmont Avenue, on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The new signs will require motorists to stop when travelling eastbound and westbound on Collegeview Avenue at the intersection of Fairmont Avenue.

January 10, 2017 – Police Department to Host Citizen Police Academy

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is hosting a Citizen Police Academy. The ten-week program will run from March 14, 2017 through May 16, 2017 and will meet each Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Police Department employees will offer attendees insight into how police officers perform their duties and serve the community. The purpose of this program is to allow attendees to become familiar with their Police Department through classroom instruction and practical experience. It is the Police Department’s intent to share with participants “who we are and what we do”, in an effort to enhance police-community relations.
The Citizens Police Academy will be held at the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Training Room located at the 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
The Citizen Police Academy is open to Town of Poughkeepsie residents and persons owning a business in the Town. Class size is limited and there is no cost to attend the program. Eligible applicants will be subject to a background investigation before consideration for the program and participants will be selected based upon a successful background investigation. Attendees are required to sign a Background/Photo Release, Liability Waiver and Medical Release.
Interested persons may obtain an application by sending a request to: training@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov; or by visiting www.townofpoughkeepsie.com or www.townpolice.net. Completed applications must be submitted on or before Friday, February 24, 2017. Complete instructions are included in the application packet.

January 4, 2017 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit reports the investigation of a fatal two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. on January 3, 2017. The accident occurred on State Route 44 at Tamarack Hill Drive. A 2006 Volkswagen GTI, operated by 22 year-old Andrew V. Davis from Poughkeepsie, NY, was travelling westbound on State Route 44. A 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, operated by a 68 year-old male from Millbrook, NY, was travelling eastbound on State Route 44; with a 68 year-old female passenger also from Millbrook, NY.

A preliminary investigation revealed the operator of the Volkswagen lost control of the vehicle, causing it to cross over the double yellow line, into the oncoming lane and strike the Nissan. The operator of the Volkswagen was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The operator and passenger of the Nissan were transported to Vassar Brothers Hospital, where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A section of Route 44 was closed for nearly 6 hours during the accident reconstruction. The police department was assisted by the Arlington Fire District and Mobil Life Ambulance. Anyone that may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

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