2019 Recent Arrests and Other News

October 14, 2019 – Arrest: Assault in the Second Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Robert E. Shannon following a report of a male that was assaulted.

On October 13, 2019 at approximately 11:16pm, Town of Poughkeepsie Police responded to the parking lot of 59 Burnette Boulevard for a report of a male with a head injury. Upon arrival officers located the victim who stated that a male struck him in the head with a metal object following a verbal argument. The suspect, Shannon, was located walking away from the scene and taken into custody. The metal object used in the assault was identified as a tire pressure gauge and was located at the scene.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries.
Shannon was charged with Assault in the 2nd degree (Felony). He was arraigned before Judge Sullivan and released to Probation. He is due back in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 10/15/19 at 4:30pm.

DEFENDANT: Robert E. Shannon, Age 38, Poughkeepsie (CITY), NY

October 7, 2019 – Arrest: Assault in the Second Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Rashina McKinnon following a larceny complaint from R and K Grocery located at 737 Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
On October 4, 2019 at approximately 1:52 pm, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police were dispatched to R and K Grocery for the report of a female subject hitting customers and refusing to leave the store. Upon officer’s arrival, McKinnon stole merchandise from the business and fled the store on foot.
Officers attempted to take McKinnon into custody in the parking lot of McDonald’s located at 733 Main Street. McKinnon fought with officers and did strike one officer in the head with a construction brick causing injury to the officer. Following a brief struggle, McKinnon was placed into custody and transported back to the police department for arrest processing. During the arrest process, McKinnon provided false information regarding her identity to officers and on official police documents.
The injured officer was transported to a local hospital for his injuries where he was treated and released.
McKinnon was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Forgery 2nd Degree (Felonies), Resisting Arrest, Petit Larceny, and False Personation (Misdemeanors).
McKinnon was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. She is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on October 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
DEFENDANT: Rashina McKinnon, Age 39, Homeless

October 4, 2019 – Missing Person – Grogan Case Update

The Westchester County Office of the Medical Examiner has confirmed that the body of a deceased female found in a vehicle near Bear Mountain Bridge on September 28, 2019 is that of Audrey Grogan.
On October 3, 2019 members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, New York State Police and additional agencies continued the search in the area of Bear Mountain Bridge for missing male subject George Grogan. Grogan had gone missing on September 27, 2019 and was sought for questioning in regard to the disappearance of his wife, Audrey Grogan.
During the search, law enforcement officers located the body of a deceased male in a wooded area east of Bear Mountain Bridge.
An autopsy of the unidentified male was performed by the Westchester County Office of the Medical Examiner on October 4, 2019. The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the body of the deceased male is that of George Grogan.

September 29, 2019 – Missing Person

On September 27, 2019 at approximately 8:00PM, Town of Poughkeepsie Police received a
phone call from a subject who stated that his father, George Grogan, had told him that he had
killed the subject’s mother, Audrey Grogan.
Town of Poughkeepsie Police responded to the Grogan’s residence located at 6 Shamrock Circle
in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Officers checked the residence and were unable to locate anyone
inside. Information was obtained indicating that George Grogan may be a danger to himself.
An investigation was immediately launched to locate both George and Audrey Grogan. All
surrounding law enforcement agencies were notified and are assisting in trying to locate both
individuals.
On September 28th, 2019 at approximately 7:30PM an employee of Bear Mountain State Park
located a vehicle that was believed to have been operated by George Grogan. The employee
contacted the New York State Park Police who responded with New York State Police and
Westchester County Police and secured the vehicle.
Located inside of the vehicle was the body of deceased female. The identity of the female has
not yet been confirmed.
George Grogan has still not been located at this time. Law enforcement agencies are still
actively attempting to locate him. At this time there is no indication that there is any threat to
the public.
If any person has any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Town of Poughkeepsie
Police Department at 845-485-3666.

September 27, 2019 – Promotion to New Police Chief

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin P. Faber to the position of Police Chief.
Chief Faber joined the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department in 1991, bringing with him a background in engineering and mathematics. He holds many state and federal certifications including Firearms, Defensive Tactics, General Topics Instructor and Accident Reconstructionist. Chief Faber is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (session 270) and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
During Chief Faber’s 28-year tenure with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department he has served as a Patrol Officer, Traffic Enforcement Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Captain

September 24, 2019 – Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Renee T. Middleton following an investigation of a larceny complaint.
On 09/09/19 Town of Poughkeepsie Police received a complaint from a resident who stated that her home health care aid, identified as Middleton, had made numerous unauthorized charges to the victim’s credit card and made unauthorized purchases using the victim’s checks. Middleton was subsequently arrested following a police investigation.
Middleton was charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (Felony). She was released on an appearance ticket and is due back in Town of Poughkeepsie Court on October 8, 2019 at 4PM.
DEFENDANT: Renee T. Middleton, Age 38, Poughkeepsie (City), NY

September 9, 2019 – Arrest: Grand Larceny 3rd Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Stephen F. Garcia following a
larceny complaint from Target located at 2001 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY.
On 09/03/19 at approximately 4:00PM, Town of Poughkeepsie Police were called to Target
where it was reported that an employee, Garcia, had stolen over $4,000 from the store over the
course of three weeks. Garcia was subsequently arrested for the theft following a police
investigation.
Garcia was charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (Felony). Garcia was arraigned before
Judge Stephan Krakower in Town of Poughkeepsie Court. He was released on his own
recognizance to appear at a later date.

DEFENDANT: Stephen F. Garcia, Age 18, Poughkeepsie (Town), NY

September 4, 2019 – Arrest: Criminal Mischief 2nd

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Shea William Kirschbaum
following a complaint of criminal mischief.
On September 3rd, 2019 at approximately 1:30 P.M. Town of Poughkeepsie Detectives arrested
Shea William Kirschbaum following a lengthy investigation of the destruction of an estimated
$150,000 worth of heavy equipment at a construction site located at 3532 North Road in the
Town of Poughkeepsie. During the incident the Defendant was captured on CCTV on the
property, as well as adjoining businesses, as he unlawfully entered the property, entered the
machinery and caused damage to said property.
Kirschbaum was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree (Felony). Kirschbaum was
arraigned before Judge Stephan Krakower and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in-lieu of
$25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department were assisted in the investigation by the Dutchess
County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Maybrook Police Department and the New York State Police.

DEFENDANT: Shea William KirschBaum, Age 32, Maybrook, NY

August 13, 2019 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a car versus
bicyclist motor vehicle accident that occurred on Monday, August 12, 2019, at approximately
6:35PM.
The incident occurred on Vassar Road, near the Dimpy’s Food Mart, located at 401 Vassar Road.
A 2010 Honda, operated by a 63 year old Poughkeepsie resident, struck a 41 year old bicyclist,
also of Poughkeepsie.
The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Dutchess
County Medical Examiner’s Office. The operator of the Honda did not sustain any injuries.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department were assisted at the scene by members of the
New York State Police, Arlington Fire District, and Mobile Life Support. A portion of Vassar Road
was closed while crash investigators processed the scene. The roadway was reopened to
vehicular traffic at approximately 12:30AM.
The investigation is ongoing and the Town of Poughkeepsie Police ask anyone who may have
witnessed the crash to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic
Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

April 29, 2019 – Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports investigating a one car roll over personal injury motor vehicle accident that occurred on April 28, 2019, at approximately 5:00 AM. The accident occurred on Manchester Road (State Route 55) in the area of Spy Hill. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra was traveling west on Route 55 when it veered off the roadway, struck two trees, and then rolled over. The two occupants, a 27 year old male from Poughkeepsie (City) NY and 25 year old female from Wingdale, NY, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Both subjects were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The westbound lanes of State Route 55 were closed during the investigation and eastbound traffic was limited to one lane. The road was closed for approximately 5 hours while crash investigators processed the scene. All lanes of State Route 55 were reopened to traffic at approximately 12:00 PM. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Arlington Fire District, Mobile Life Ambulance, and the New York State Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

March 25, 2019 – FBI National Academy Graduation

Chief Ronald J. Spero wishes to announce the graduation of Lieutenant Michael O’Dowd from the FBI National Academy’s 275th session on March 15, 2019. This eleven (11) week session consisted of 251 law enforcement executives representing 47 states, 26 international countries, 5 military organizations, and 5 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 7, 2019 – Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, at approximately 5:40pm, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on North Road (State Route 9), near Marist College. A northbound 2015 Honda CR-V, operated by a 63-year-old Hyde Park resident, struck a 61-year-old Poughkeepsie resident who was on the roadway, not in a crosswalk.

The pedestrian sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Honda was not injured in the crash. No further information is available at this time. Northbound traffic on North Road was closed for approximately three-hours while crash investigators processed the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Fairview Fire District. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.