2019 Recent Arrests and Other News

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 – Arrest: Burglary 2nd, Criminal Contempt 2nd

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Nathan R. Shook on August
10, 2019 at 11:40 p.m. following a complaint of an order of protection violation.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Shook unlawfully entered and remained in his
ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Shook refused to answer the door when directed to by officers, in an
attempt to avoid arrest. Once officers made entry into the apartment, Shook was found hiding
in a closet, which was in violation of a stay away order of protection.
Shook was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (felony), Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree and
Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree (both misdemeanors). Shook was
arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded
to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to
court on August 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Nathan R. Shook, Age 26, Poughkeepsie (Town), N.Y.

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.