2018 News

October 10, 2018 – Criminal Possession of Controlled
Substance Arrests

On Tuesday October 9, 2018 Officer Drobot was on routine patrol in the area of Salt
Point Turnpike and Innis Ave in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Officer Drobot observed 2
subjects sitting in a parked vehicle in an area known for illegal drug use.
Officer Drobot approached the vehicle on foot and in plain view observed the 2 subjects
using what Officer Drobot believed to be illegal drugs. Subsequent investigation
revealed this to be cocaine.
Both subjects were taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a
Controlled Substance 5th degree , a class D Felony. Both defendants were arraigned in
Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on
$20000 cash/ $40000 bond to reappear in court on 10/10/18 at 2pm.
Arrested:
Nathan Green, age 31, Wappinger Falls, NY.
Jamie L. Green, age 45, Wappinger Falls ,NY.

October 5, 2018 – Felony DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator 1st Degree arrest

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at approximately 10:06pm, officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the area of Raymond Avenue near New Hackensack Road for a report of a disabled vehicle. Officers located the vehicle, which had a flat tire, on the shoulder of the roadway occupied by a male subject in the driver’s seat. Upon investigation, the male operator was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently arrested. The operator was also found to have a revoked driver’s license due to a previous alcohol conviction.

The defendant was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Class E Felony) and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator 1st Degree (Class E Felony). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Juan C. Corona, Age 32, Wappinger Falls, NY

October 5, 2018 – Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd Degree arrest

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at approximately 8:40pm, officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the area of 1103 Dutchess Turnpike for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked behind a business. Officers located 2 male subjects in the vehicle, which had a strong odor of marihuana emanating from inside. A subsequent investigation revealed an open backpack belonging to the defendant containing a large quantity of marihuana in plain view.

The defendant was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd Degree (Class D Felony). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Lucas J. Ramos, Age 21, Poughkeepsie (Town), NY

October 4, 2018 – Criminal Mischief

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Richard O. Moore on October 3, 2018, following a domestic dispute that occurred at a residence on Jackman Drive in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Moore, a visitor at the residence, was involved in a dispute with a female resident at that location and subsequently broke out a window to the residence causing damage in excess of $250.00.
Moore was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (Class E-Felony). Moore was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court before Judge Sullivan and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $1000.00 cash bail or $2000.00 bond.

DEFENDANT: Richard O. Moore, Age 25, Poughkeepsie (City) NY

October 3, 2018 – Suspicious Activity

On October 1, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm, this department was made aware of a suspicious incident involving possible child luring. The incident occurred on Spackenkill Road at approximately 3:45pm and involved a 14 YOA female and the driver of a white commercial van.

On October 3, 2018 this department identified and located the involved vehicle and individual, a 38 YOA resident of Florida, NY. Upon further investigation, no charges will be filed.

September 19, 2018 – Coffee with a Cop

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department wishes to announce the department’s participation in the 3rd annual National Coffee with a Cop Day which will take place on October 3, 2018.

This is a national effort to enable meaningful conversations with community residents with the goal of strengthening the relationships between police and members of their community. No agendas, no barriers – it just takes the willingness to sit down, listen and have a conversation.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department will be hosting 2 Coffee with a Cop events on October 3, 2018 with the following local businesses:
Crafted Kup at 44 Raymond Ave from 10am – 2pm
Table Talk Diner at 2521 South Rd. from 1pm – 3pm

In addition the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Dept. will be co-hosting a 3rd Coffee with a Cop event October 3, 2018 with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at the Palace Diner at 194 Washington St from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

September 5, 2018 – Burglary 2nd degree Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Kathleen V. Slusz on September 4, 2018 as a result of an ongoing burglary investigation. In August 2017, a residence on Schoolhouse Lane in the Town of Poughkeepsie was entered into and jewelry was taken. Kathleen Slusz was charged with Burglary in the second degree (C/Felony) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree (E/Felony). She was arraigned before Judge Krakower in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on no bail, to appear September 7, 2018.

DEFENDANT: Kathleen V. Slusz, 55 YOA, Poughkeepsie (Town), NY

August 31, 2018 – Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree Arrest

On August 27, 2018, Detectives from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department attempted to interview James McArdelle at a housing facility on North Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie in reference to an ongoing burglary investigation. McArdelle, who is currently on parole with NYS, attempted to flee the area by jumping out of a window of the building and running away. McArdelle was apprehended a short distance away with the assistance of the City of Poughkeepsie Police and Dutchess County Sheriff’s departments.

McArdelle was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, D/Felony. He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail.

DEFENDANT: Jeffrey J. McArdelle, 32 YOA, Poughkeepsie, NY

August 22, 2018 – Felony DWI – Leandra’s Law Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Juliet Powers on
August 21, 2018, for Aggravated DWI (Leandra’s Law) following a traffic stop on
Haight Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie by a member of the Town of
Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Powers was charged with Aggravated DWI with a passenger less than 16 years old
in the vehicle – Leandra’s Law (E-Felony), Operating a Motor Vehicle with .08 of
1% or more of Alcohol in Blood (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Driving While
Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor). Powers was held pending arraignment in
the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 8/22/18 before Judge Paul Sullivan.

DEFENDANT: Juliet Powers, Age 44, Poughkeepsie NY

August 21, 2018 – Grand Larceny Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of David J. Sanchez on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:04 p.m., following a complaint of fraudulent purchases on a victim’s credit card. Responding officers determined the defendant had made fraudulent purchases using the victim’s stolen credit card at Rite Aid, 3350 North Road in the Town.
Sanchez was identified and located nearby a short time following the initial report.
Sanchez was charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree (Class E-Felony) and he was released on an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court on September 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Additional charges for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property (E-Felony) and Petit Larceny (A-Misdemeanor) are pending.

DEFENDANT: David J. Sanchez, Age 39, Union City, New Jersey

August 20, 2018 – Attempted Strong Arm Robbery

On August 20, 2018 at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police
Department responded for a disturbance in the area of Innis Avenue and Delaval
Place. Upon arrival officer’s determined that a strong armed robbery had occurred
where a male suspect had assaulted a female, while attempting to take her personal
property. A passerby who witnessed the suspect assaulting the female stopped and
detained the suspect until police arrived to take him into custody. The suspect was
identified as Robert L. Diggs. The female victim, who was sitting on a bench
waiting for a ride prior to the incident, does not know Diggs.
Diggs was charged with Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a class D Felony
as well as Assault in the Third Degree, an A misdemeanor. The victim declined
medical attention.
Diggs was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 08/21/18 before Judge
Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail with no bail and was scheduled to
reappear in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 08/21/18 at 4:30 PM.

DEFENDANT: Robert L. Diggs, Age 39, City of Poughkeepsie, NY.

August 20, 2018 -Serious Personal Injury Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a
three-car personal injury motor vehicle accident that occurred on Sunday, August
19, 2018, at approximately 4:49pm. The crash occurred on South Road (State Route
9) at the intersection with Beechwood Avenue. A 2009 Toyota Rav 4, operated by a
55-year-old female from Amenia, NY, was traveling southbound on State Route 9
and attempted to make a u-turn onto northbound State Route 9. A 2006 Honda
motorcycle, operated by a 24-year old male from Hopewell Junction, NY, was
traveling northbound on State Route 9. As the Toyota Rav 4 was making the u-turn,
the motorcycle collided into the Rav 4. The impact of the crash caused the
motorcycle to collide into a second vehicle that was traveling southbound on State
Route 9. The third vehicle was a 2015 BMW sedan, operated by a 29-year old
female from Hyde Park, NY.
The operator of the motorcycle sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and
was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The operators of the Toyota Rav 4
and BMW did not sustain any injuries in the crash. There is no suspicion of
impairment by any of the operators. The investigation is ongoing and Town of
Poughkeepsie Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to
contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at
845-485-3680. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted at the
scene by the Arlington Fire District and Mobile Life Ambulance. All lanes of
northbound State Route 9 were closed during the investigation and southbound
traffic was limited to one lane. The road was closed for approximately four-hours
while crash investigators processed the scene. All lanes of State Route 9 were reopened
to traffic at approximately 9:59pm.

August 7, 2018 – Robbery 3rd Degree Arrest

On Monday August 6, 2018 the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a call that a woman was forcibly robbed of her pocket book while entering her vehicle in a parking lot in the area of Main Street. Several witnesses provided a detailed description of the suspect to responding police officers. The suspect was located and after a brief foot chase he was taken into custody without further incident. The woman, a 79 YOA Poughkeepsie resident, was not injured during the incident. The victim’s property, which was discarded by the suspect, was located and recovered with the assistance of Town of Poughkeepsie Police K9 team.
The defendant was charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree (D felony). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash over $200,000 bond. He is to return to Town of Poughkeepsie Court on August 7, 2018 at 4:30pm.
DEFENDANT: Howard Hill, age 41, Poughkeepsie, NY.

July 9, 2018 – Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Tyler Borzowski following a month long investigation into ongoing criminal mischief in the Mountainbook Estates apartment complex, 134 Innis Avenue, Poughkeepsie.

On July 3, 2018, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officers responded to the apartment complex for a report of a resident’s vehicle tires being slashed. Upon arrival, members of the patrol and detective divisions located Borzowski near the scene. As the officers tried to arrest Borzowski, he threw a wooden table and swung a large tree branch in an attempt to strike the officers and resist arrest. Borzowski was subsequently placed into custody without injuries. The damage caused by the criminal mischief incidents is in excess of $1500.00.

Borzowski was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd degree (E/Felony – 3 counts), Criminal Mischief 4th degree (A/Misdemeanor – 2 counts), Attempted Assault 2nd degree (E/Felony), and Resisting Arrest (A/Misdemeanor). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Tyler S. J. Borzowski, age 34, Poughkeepsie NY

June 29, 2018 -Youth Police Academy

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department congratulates 12 town graduates who
successfully completed the 2018 Town of Poughkeepsie Youth Academy. This five
day academy was the third for the department, offered to town residents going into
grades 10, 11 or 12. The academy was designed to provide positive interaction with
police officers; create better understanding and communication between young people
and police officers; and to educate young people about some of the challenges and
responsibilities of police work.
The academy was under the direction of Sergeant Mel Bruschetti who was assisted by
Police Officer Brad Cookinham and Police Officer Cory Kilfoyle. They were further
assisted by other town police officers, who are certified police instructors, to provide
classroom instruction, demonstrations and reality based training scenarios.
During the course of the academy, the attendees received training on the following
topics: History of Law Enforcement, search and seizure, defensive tactics, use of force,
arrest procedures, TASER, baton, crime scene processing, K-9, conducting traffic stops,
room entries, Crisis Negotiation and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
The attendees came from local high schools too include Spackenkill, Arlington and
Ketcham.

The academy concluded on Friday June 29, 2018 with a graduation ceremony and
reception with the graduates and their families. The department plans to again hold the
Youth Academy in June 2019.

June 19, 2018 – Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Rodarius Smith on Thursday, June 14, 2018 following a burglary in progress complaint at Mountain Brook Apartments, 134 Innis Avenue.
Smith attempted to gain entry through a window into an occupied first floor residence. The resident contacted 911 and upon arrival of police, Smith fled on foot. Smith was located a short time later with the assistance of a Town of Poughkeepsie Police K-9 team. During the investigation Smith was found to be in possession of a stolen bicycle belonging to a second victim. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and City of Poughkeepsie Police Department assisted at the scene.
Smith was charged with two counts of Attempted Burglary 2nd degree (D/Felony) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree (A/Misdemeanor). He was arraigned in Town Court by Judge Paul Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 cash/$100,000.00 bond. Smith is scheduled to return to Town Court on June 19, 2018 at 4:30pm.
DEFENDANT: Rodarius P. Smith, age 30, Poughkeepsie, NY

June 4, 2018 – Criminal Contempt 1st Degree Arrest

On Friday June 1, 2018 the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a complaint of a passed occurred violation of an order of protection. The victim stated that the defendant made a verbal threat he was going to kill the victim. The victim currently is the protected party of a Family Court Order of Protection which prohibits the defendant from making contact with the victim.
Within a few hours of the complaint the investigating officer was able contact the defendant and convinced him to turn himself in to the Police Department.
The defendan shortly thereafter surrendered himself to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and was charged with Criminal Contempt 1st Degree (E Felony).
The defendant was arraigned by Town of Poughkeepsie Court Judge Sullivan and remanded to the custody of the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He is to return to Town of Poughkeepsie Court on June 6, 2018 at 2:00PM.

DEFENDANT: Andrew K. Winstel, Age 32, Millbrook, NY

May 30, 2018 – Attempted Robbery 3rd Degree Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Richard P. Fuhrmann for Attempted Robbery 3rd Degree, following an investigation into an attempted robbery of the Citizen’s Bank located at 32 Vassar Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

On Monday, February 6, 2017, Citizen’s Bank reported that a male had entered the bank and attempted to rob a teller. The male had left the bank on foot with no proceeds. No weapon was displayed in the attempt.

On Saturday May 26, 2018, Citizen’s Bank contacted the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department stating that the suspect from the previous attempt was in a vehicle in the bank parking lot. The suspect left the area prior to responding officers’ arrival. After a brief investigation the suspect was located and taken into custody.

Fuhrman was charged with Attempted Robbery in the 3rd Degree (Class E Felony). He was arraigned before Judge Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash/$100,000 bond to appear in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on May 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

DEFENDANT: Richard P. Fuhrmann, Age 74, Highland, NY

May 30, 2018 – Robbery 3rd

On Tuesday, May 29th 2018 at approximately 3:22pm officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the area of Adams Fairacre Farms located at 765 Dutchess Turnpike for a report of a shoplifter fleeing the store. While officers were heading to the area it was further reported that the suspect had threatened an employee that was following him saying that he had a gun in his bag. No weapon was observed or displayed. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. No weapon was recovered.

The defendant was charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree (Class D Felony).

The defendant was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash $20,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Corey Belton, Age 25, Poughkeepsie, NY

May 29, 2018 – Unattended Death

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at about 6:45am, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was advised of an unresponsive male subject near the parking lot of Dutchess Community College off Creek Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Upon officer and EMS arrival, it was determined that the subject was deceased. At this time the investigation is continuing but foul play is not suspected. The deceased’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

May 29, 2018 – Criminal Contempt 1st Degree Arrest (2 Counts)

On Friday, May 18th 2018 the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a complaint of a passed occurred violation of an order of protection. The victim stated that the defendant came within 500 feet of the protected party’s residence in violation of the order on numerous occasions.

Within a few hours of the complaint an officer located the defendant in a vehicle in which he was the passenger. Upon taking the defendant into custody it was found that the driver of the vehicle also had an active stay away order of protection against the defendant. The defendant was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree (Class E Felony).

The defendant was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on no bail.

DEFENDANT: Anthony Guzzardo, Age 28, Hyde Park, NY.

May 29, 2018 – Assault 2nd, Aggravated DWI, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration

On Saturday, May 19th 2018 at approximately 9:55pm an officer with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding on South Road. The officer, subsequent to an investigation, attempted to place the driver in custody for DWI when he began to resist arrest. The driver punched and bit one officer and caused minor injuries to a second officer on scene. The driver was eventually placed into custody.

The defendant was charged with Assault in the 2nd degree (Class D Felony), Aggravated DWI (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeanor) and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd degree (Class A Misdemeanor).

The defendant was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $100,000 cash $200,000 bond.

DEFENDANT: Rony Ariel Ramos-Perez, Age 28, Wappingers Falls, NY

May 25, 2018 – Grand Larceny Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Merlisha Celestin on Tuesday May 22, 2018, following an investigation into the unauthorized use of a Vassar College Credit Card. Celestin, while employed at the college, made numerous unauthorized purchases over a 6 month period in excess of $6000.00.
Celestin was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree (Class D-Felony). Celestin was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court before Judge Krakower and released on her own recognizance to return to the Town Court on June 5, 2018 at 4:30pm.

DEFENDANT: Merlisha D. Celestin, Age 34, Beacon NY

May 21, 2018 – Grand Larceny Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Natalie M. Stack on Saturday May 19, 2018, following a shoplifting complaint at Macy’s in the Galleria Mall, located at 2001 South Road in the town.

Stack was charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree (Class E-Felony), released on bail and is scheduled to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court on June 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Natalie M. Stack, 39, East Fishkill, N.Y.

May 14, 2018 – Felony Drug Arrest

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at approximately 7:45 a.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a complaint about possible drug activity in the parking lot of Dutchess County Mental Health at 230 North Road. Responding officers located a suspect, Justin F. Zambardino, who was arrested on two felony drug charges as a result of the investigation.

Zambardino was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (B-Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (B-Felony).

Zambardino was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond and is scheduled to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court on May 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Justin F. Zambardino, Age 27, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

April 26, 2018 – Youth Police Academy

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Police Academy. This 5 day program will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 and end on Friday June 29, 2018.

Applications must be Town of Poughkeepsie residents who will be entering 10, 11, 12 grade in September 2018. 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 Juvenile Unit at 845-485-3688, or by downloading the Town of Poughkeepsie website at www.towofpoughkeepsie.com or the department website www.townpolice.net.

Completed application packets must be returned tot he Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department no later than 5pm on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Any questions should be directed to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Juvenile Unit at 845-485-3688 between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday, or via email at training@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov.

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.