2018 News

April 20, 2018 – UPDATE Bank Robbery

On April 19, 2018 at 9:27 am The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the TD Bank, 1850 South Road, Poughkeepsie, for a reported bank robbery. It was reported that the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of US currency. A suspect vehicle was identified early in the investigation from area video surveillance. Additional intelligence developed from interviews, anonymous public tips and other police agencies identified a suspect in a matter of hours resulting in the recovery of physical evidence.

The suspect vehicle was observed on South Road (State Route 9) by Town of Poughkeepsie detectives at 4:50 pm. A vehicle stop was conducted and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The Town Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the New York State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center (HVCAC).

The defendant was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $20,000 cash / $40,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Jake R. Oliva, DOB 02/15/91, 808 Hudson Harbour Drive Poughkeepsie NY

CHARGES: Robbery in the 3rd degree D/Felony

ARRAIGNMENT: Oliva was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $20,000.00 cash/$50,000.00 bond.

April 19, 2018 – Bank Robbery

At 9:27 am this date, The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the TD Bank, 1850 South Road, Poughkeepsie, for a reported bank robbery. The suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money and indicating he had a gun. No weapon was displayed. The suspect fled the bank on foot and entered a dark colored late model Acura motor vehicle. No injuries were reported in the incident. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’08”-5’09” tall, medium build, 20-30 years of age, blond or brown facial hair, wearing a black winter cap, gray hooded sweat shirt, dark colored sweat pants with red writing/emblem positioned vertically on the outer seam area of the right leg, and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division a 845-485-3670 or 845-485-3666

April 13, 2018 – 2018 Departmental Awards Ceremony

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department honored some of its members at a departmental Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 9, 2018. Also, recognized were two local businesses that have demonstrated exceptional dedication and support to the community and the members of the police department. This event was held at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Road, at 6:30pm.

The following individuals were recognized for their actions during the time period of January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017:

Police Officer Christopher Gardina was awarded a Lifesaving Award and Meritorious Service Award for his actions in removing a driver from a burning vehicle at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on December 6, 2015.

Detective David Abrams was awarded a Lifesaving Award and Meritorious Service Award for his actions in entering a burning residence and assisting two sleeping occupants to safety before extinguishing the fire on December 14, 2016.

Police Officer Brian Piotti was awarded a Lifesaving Award for his actions in preventing a suicidal subject who had eloped from an area hospital from jumping off the Walkway Over the Hudson on April 25, 2017.

Police Officer Richard Sisilli and Police Officer David Regg were awarded Lifesaving Awards for their actions in performing CPR to a victim of a car-pedestrian motor vehicle accident on June 6, 2017.

Detective Thomas Keith, Detective Jeffrey Queipo, Detective Matthew Orser, and Police Officer Richard Sisilli were awarded the Award of Excellence for receiving at least three (3) Letters of Commendation from the Chief of Police during a twelve month period for creditable acts performed in the line of duty.

Police Officer Kristofer Barnhart, Police Officer Robert Taylor, Police Officer Wayne Ferrine, Police Officer Gregory Drobot, and Police Officer Richard Sisilli were awarded the Chief’s Award for excelling in identified work categories during the two year period.
Detective Darrell Honkala was recognized for exhibiting exceptional knowledge and ability to conduct criminal investigations and overall work productivity during the two year period.

Police Assistant Jenna Coleman-Scott was recognized for her outstanding qualities as an employee of the police department and for demonstrating exceptional achievement in carrying out her duties.

Mike Arteaga’s Health & Fitness Centers and On Location Studios were presented the Chief’s Award for their significant contributions.

April 9, 2018 – Burglary Arrest

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a complaint of a passed occurred burglary at Groggers Bar & Grille located at 1112 Dutchess Turnpike. The owner of the restaurant reported that someone had unlawfully entered the restaurant after closing, during the early morning hours the same day.

Within a few hours of the report, responding patrol officers conducted an investigation and subsequently identified, located and arrested Richard M. Martini. Martini, a former employee, was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree (D-Felony), Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (E-Felony), and Petit Larceny (A-Misdemeanor).

Martini was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond and is scheduled to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court on April 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Richard M. Martini, DOB 12-08-70, 65 Carole Court Hyde Park, N.Y.

CHARGES: Burglary 3rd Degree (D-Felony), Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (E-Felony), and Petit Larceny (A-Misdemeanor)

ARRAIGNMENT RESULTS: Arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

April 3, 2018 – Arrest of Robert W. Johnson on March 30, 2018

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police reports the arrest of Robert W. Johnson Jr. on March 30, 2018 at approximately 2:30am for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree.
Johnson was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police on Maple Street Extension for violations of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. A police investigation found Johnson to be in possession of crack cocaine.

DEFENDANT: Robert W. Johnson, DOB 05-08-1996, 91 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

ARRAIGNMENT RESULTS: Arraigned before Jude Krakower and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5000.00 cash or $10,000.00 bond to appear in Town Court on 4/3/2018.

March 15, 2018 – Serious Personal Injury Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is investigating a three car collision which occurred this morning at approximately 11:24 am, on SR 9 in the area of Old Post Road. Only one lane remains open in either direction. One of the individuals involved in the accident sustained serious personal injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. The roadway will remain partially closed until the investigation is complete. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is asking for all motorists to avoid the area until the roadway has been fully reopened.

February 28, 2018 – Arrest of Ryan M. Anormaliza

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Ryan M. Anormaliza, age 24, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Anormaliza was indicted by a Dutchess County Grand Jury on December 11, 2017 for Identity Theft 1st degree and Grand Larceny 3rd degree, both Class D felonies, as a result of a Town of Poughkeepsie Police investigation alleging that he used credit in another person’s name to purchase electronics at a local store. Anormaliza failed to appear for his arraignment in Dutchess County Court on December 27, 2017 and fled the area.

An investigation by the Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division tracked Anormaliza to an address in Brooklyn, NY. With the assistance of the NYPD Warrant Apprehension Team – Manhattan North Pct., Anormaliza was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Dutchess County Courthouse, where he was arraigned before the Honorable Edward McLoughlin. He was remanded to Dutchess County jail on $75,000 cash and $150,000 bond.

Ryan Anormaliza also has a bench warrant out of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department for Petit Larceny and two additional warrants from the Village of Wappingers Falls Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges.

DEFENDANT: Ryan M. Anormaliza, DOB 01-03-94, 763 43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY
ARRAIGNMENT: Dutchess County Court, Honorable Edward McLoughlin, 02-28-18, remanded Dutchess County Jail, $75000 cash/$150000 bond.

February 26, 2018- Felony Criminal Contempt Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Michael J. Kazimer for Criminal Contempt 1st degree (E/Felony), Criminal Mischief 4th degree (A/Misdemeanor) and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing (A/Misdemeanor). Kazimer was involved in a physical domestic dispute on February 23, 2018 in which he violated a duly served order of protection by grabbing the victim by the neck and applied pressure with such force that the victim would not breath. Kazimer then prevented the victim from contacting the police during the dispute. The victim was able to flee from the area and came to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department to report what had happened. The victim was treated by Arlington Fire Department personnel.

DEFENDANT: Michael J. Kazimer, DOB 11-10-65, 83 Old Post Road, Hyde Park NY
ARRAIGNMENT: Arraigned before Judge Sullivan in Town of Poughkeepsie Court,remanded to Dutchess County Jail on no bail.

February 2018- Police Department to Host Citizen Police Academy – 3nd Release

***Deadline Extended *** Completed applications must be submitted on or before Friday March 2, 2018.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is hosting a Citizen Police Academy. The eight week academy will run from March 20, 2018 through May 8, 2018 and will meet each Tuesday from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Police Department Officers 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 Citizen Police Academy will be held at the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Training Room located at 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
The Citizen Police Academy is open to Town of Poughkeepsie residents and persons owning a business in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older. Class size is limited and there is no cost to attend the program, Eligible applicants will be subject to a backround investigation before considerations and will be selected based upon a successful backround investigation. Attendees are also required to sign a Backround/Photo Release, Liability Waver and Medical Release forms.
Interested persons may obtain an application by visiting www.townofpoughkeepsie.com or www.townpolice.net or by sending a request to: training@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov.

February 19, 2018- Personal Injury Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is investigating a two car collision which occurred on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 5:37 pm, on SR 9 in the area of Sharon Drive. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2006 Dodge Durango, operated by a 42 year male from the City of Poughkeepsie, traveling north bound on S.R. 9, struck a center guard rail/median causing the vehicle to overturn and subsequently struck a 2002 Kia Sedona, operated by a 62 year old female from the City of Poughkeepsie, also traveling north on S.R. 9. Both operators were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. One passenger from the Dodge Durango was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. No other occupants were listed as being involved. S.R. 9 north bound, just north of Sharon Drive was shut down for approximately 5 hours for the accident investigation. Arlington fire and Mobile Life Support services assisted. If anyone witnessed the accident, or has additional information regarding the accident, they are asked to contact Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Leonard at 845-485-3670.

February 9, 2018 – Bank Robbery Arrest (Update)

On August 23, 2017 the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a reported bank robbery at the Trustco Bank located at 2656 South Road. A joint investigation was conducted that included the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, the New York State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As a result of this investigation, Thomas Dougher, age 41, has been federally arrested and charged with this incident. Dougher was additionally charged by the FBI with eight (8) other bank robberies in multiple states. Dougher will be prosecuted through the U.S. Attorney’s Office. No further information is available.

SUBJECT: Thomas Dougher, DOB 12-28-76, no address

February 6, 2018 – FBI-LEEDA Leadership Institute program

Chief Ronald J. Spero Jr. wishes to announce that Lieutenants Michael O’Dowd, Gary Hulbert, and Joseph Cavaliere have recently completed the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) Leadership Institute program. This trilogy, consisting of Supervisor Leadership, Command Leadership, and Executive Leadership programs of study, is a fourteen (14) day innovative, dynamic, and challenging program designed to enhance leadership qualities, provide real life contemporary, best-practices strategies and techniques, and delve into emerging challenges facing the law enforcement profession.

The institute is designed to be student-centered with a high degree of facilitated dialogue and group work. Topics covered include leadership case studies, performance management, risk management, command discipline and liability, leading change within an organization, trends in law enforcement, bias and diversity, social and emotional intelligence, and public trust and legitimacy.

Lieutenants O’Dowd and Hulbert completed the course of study in 2017. Lieutenant Cavaliere completed the course of study in early 2018.

February 6, 2018 – Arrest: Joseph Crocco

On February 5, 2018 at around 7:00pm, members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to Mountain Brook Estates, 134 Innis Avenue, after receiving information that a subject wanted out of Cheshire County, New Hampshire, for Armed Robbery was seen in one of the apartments. After responding officers confirmed the subject’s presence, the building was secured and neighboring apartments were evacuated. Members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Crisis Negotiation Unit attempted to make phone contact with the subject but were unsuccessful. Officers made entry into the apartment and arrested the subject without incident.

The subject was charged with Fugitive from Justice and was arraigned in Dutchess County Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail to await extradition.

Assisting at the scene were members from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Dutchess County Drug Task Force.

DEFENDANT: Joseph M. Crocco, DOB 4/29/76, 134 Innis Avenue M8 Poughkeepsie NY 12603
CHARGES: Fugitive from Justice, CPL570.32 (Felony)
ARRAIGNMENT: Arraigned in Dutchess County Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail.

February 5, 2018 – Accident – New Hackensack Road

On January 27, 2018 at approximately 8:45pm the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a call of a motor vehicle accident on New Hackensack Road (SR376) just north of Heathbrook Drive.

Initial investigation revealed that 2 cars were involved in this accident. The accident involved a 2014 Honda CRV color brown and a 2000 Buick Regal colored white.
This accident investigation is ongoing and the department is seeking witnesses to this accident who may not have spoken to the police to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3680 or 845-485-3666.

February 2018 – FBI National Academy Graduation

Chief Ronald J. Spero wishes to announce the graduation of Captain Kevin Faber from the FBI National Academy’s 270th session on December 15, 2017. This eleven (11) week session consisted of 222 law enforcement executives representing 49 states, 20 international countries, 3 military organizations, and 4 federal civilian organizations.
The National Academy is a professional course of study for law enforcement managers, drawing participants from every state and 150 partner nations. The program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communications, forensic science, and health and fitness to better prepare law enforcement leaders for the complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges of today.

The National Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, where they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.

The FBI National Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia, was founded in 1935 and has graduated more than 50,000 law enforcement leaders from over 170 countries. Applicants to the National Academy are nominated by their agency heads and undergo a detailed selection process. On average, less than 1% of applicants are accepted to attend. Academy costs, including tuition, board, and meals are paid for by the FBI.

January 03, 2018 – Bank Robbery

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 at approximately 6:04pm responded to the TEG Federal Credit Union located at 11 Marist Drive for a reported Bank Robbery. The suspect fled the bank in a vehicle onto Marist Drive heading toward North Road. It was later reported that the vehicle had a minor accident on North Road near Marist College South Gate. The suspect vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department K9 and Patrols conducted an area search. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’10-6’ tall, wearing a black coat with a green scarf and black gloves. No weapon was displayed. The suspect had not been located as of late Tuesday night.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted by City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670, or 845-485-3666.