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Area Police News: July 9, 2008

Cars operated by Lisa VanSteenburg of Margaretville and Jordan Soderback, 17, of Arkville collided last week Tuesday on Route 28 in Arkville when an eastbound Soderback turned left off Route 28 toward Church Street into the path of VanSteenburg, who was westbound.


Memorial and highway markers honor slain trooper

By Julia Green
Beneath an American flag flying at half-mast and a solemn gathering of his fellow state troopers, family members and friends, a dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon unveiling a memorial to slain New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff, who was shot to death in the line of duty in Margaretville last April.
The memorial, a five-foot tall jet-black granite stone from India, features Brinkerhoff’s likeness as well as a passage about his life and the events that led to his death. It is located in front of the Middletown Town Hall building on Route 28.


Area Police News: July 2, 2008

John Mason, 55, of Braehead Road, Town of Kortright was arrested by state police Friday and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment after he allegedly fired a rifle at a motorist whose car had stopped in front of his home. Mason was arraigned in Town of Stamford Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.


Brinkerhoff memorial dedication Sunday

A memorial dedication ceremony in honor of the late New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Town of Middletown Town Hall at 42339 State Highway in Margaretville. Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2007 in a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim during which Trim and Trooper Brinkerhoff both lost their lives and another trooper, David Mattson, was seriously wounded.


Area Police News: June 25, 2008

On June 11 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged a Delaware County Correctional Facility inmate with first-degree promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. Cheryl A. Scarth, 50, of Fleischmanns, is accused of possessing dangerous contraband in the Delaware County Correctional Facility on June 5 and attempting to destroy the contraband to prevent its use as evidence.


Area Police News: June 18, 2008

Two Margaretville residents were arrested by state police Thursday on outstanding warrants. Police say they picked up Ellsworth R. Velez, 21, who was wanted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court and Andrew J. Montalto, 33, who was wanted by state police in Princetown for an outstanding warrant charging him with DWI and several traffic violations.


Area Police News: June 11, 2008

A Shokan man, hired to help a Huckleberry Brook couple cut a tree, was seriously injured Saturday when the tree snapped off below where he was cutting and he fell 15 feet to the ground. State police report that Brian M. Poore, 48, was hired by landowners Robert and Judie Terry to cut a tree on their property. Police say Moore was up in the tree while Robert Terry was operating a loader with a rope connected to the tree to assist in directing the fall of the tree. Police say the tree broke off approximately 10 feet below where Poore was cutting, causing him to fall to the ground where he suffered a serious head wound. Poore was transported to Margaretville Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel where he was treated and then transported by helicopter to Albany Medical Center for further treatment. His condition as of yesterday was not known.


Area Police News: June 4, 2008

State police responded to a report of trespassing at the Margaretville CVS on May 23 when a shift manager alleged that Jeremy Morris, 24, of Pine Hill, had trespassed but left the premises before police arrived. The manager reported that Morris had shoplifted from the CVS on a prior occasion, and police discovered that an arrest had not yet been made. Morris was arrested at his residence for petit larceny and on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Court for failure to appear.


Area Police News: May 21, 2008

Alphonse Caselli, 51, of Pine Hill was arrested by state police last week Tuesday on a warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court for failure to pay a fine. Caselli was arraigned in Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $790 cash bail. State police report that while they were in the process of arresting Caselli in his home they noticed the odor of marijuana. Subsequently they charged Caselli and his girlfriend, Kimberly A. Sullivan, 38, with unlawful possession of marijuana. They were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on June 10.


Area Police News: May 14, 2008

Two Arkville residents were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Gordon R. Russell, 59, and Cheryl Y. Russell, 48, both of Arkville, were stopped Thursday afternoon when police noted that the vehicle they were operating had a brake light out. Upon inspection of the vehicle, police say they found a scale containing cocaine residue in the car and a glass pipe in the pocket of Gordon Russell. The vehicle was rented from B&D Motors of Margaretville, the owner of which told police that the couple did not have permission to use the vehicle.


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