2019 Recent Arrests and Other News

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.

April 29, 2019 – Domestic Violence Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Peggy V. Langella on April 25th, 2019 following a domestic incident that day. During the dispute, Langella allegedly struck another member of the household and damaged property belonging to another valued at $750.00. During the course of the investigation, Langella was threatening and uncooperative with police.

Peggy Langella was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (Felony), Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, and Attempted Assault 3rd Degree (Misdemeanors). She was arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court, remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, and is scheduled to return to court on April 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Peggy V. Langella, Age 47, Poughkeepsie (Town), N.Y.

April 18, 2019 – Domestic Violence Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Jan-Michael W. Mohan on Monday, April 15, 2019, following an investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred at a residence on Innis Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Mohan made entry into his ex-girlfriend’s residence without permission. During an argument Mohan placed his hands around the victim’s neck while applying pressure making it difficult for her to breathe. Mohan refused to allow the victim to leave the apartment during this incident and threatened her with harm if she attempted to leave. Mohan ultimately allowed the victim to leave the apartment at which point she was able to notify police. The victim was transported to an area hospital for evaluation but did not sustain any visible injuries. Mohan was located a few hours later with the assistance of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and was arrested.

Mohan was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (Felony), Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd Degree (Misdemeanors). Mohan was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond to return on April 16, 2019 at 4:30p.m.

DEFENDANT: Jan-Michael W. Mohan, Age 29, Festorville-Trevose, PA.

April 3, 2019 – Robbery 3rd Degree Arrest

On Monday, March 25, 2019 officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to North Grand Avenue for a reported domestic disturbance. During the investigation the victim stated that her ex-boyfriend, who had left prior to police arrival, had forcefully taken her cell phone from her possession. The defendant was located later that evening and taken into custody without incident.

The defendant was charged with Robbery in the 3rd degree (Felony) and Petit Larceny (Misdemeanor). He was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash/$30,000 bond to appear in court on March 26, 2019 at 4pm.

Defendant: Fitzgerald D. Davis Jr., Age 38, Poughkeepsie (Town), NY

April 3, 2019 – Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Lukas M. Politis on March 31, 2019 for criminal mischief. The police department was contacted by Marist College Security who stated that they were detaining Politis in the parking lot of 50 Fulton Street after he was caught causing damage to a parked vehicle. Marist College Security witnessed Politis intentionally damage the driver’s side exterior mirror of a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350 by grabbing onto and twisting the mirror until it broke from its mount causing damage in excess of $250.00.

Politis was not a student of Marist College and was reportedly visiting the campus. Politis was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (Felony). Politis was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice court and remanded to Dutchess County jail in lieu of $1000 bail to return on April 2, 2019 at 4:30pm.

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.