Area Police News: April 30, 2008

The death of a 21-year-old Phoenicia woman whose body was found outside her family’s home last week is not considered suspicious and may have been a suicide, according to the Ulster County Sheriff. Kalie M. Herdman was found dead last Tuesday morning in the yard at her family’s home at 31 Station Road, Phoenicia. Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said that authorities believe the death was a suicide. Sources say Herdman did leave a note indicating that was the case. The sheriff’s office said Herdman was discovered about 10:10 a.m. in the yard at the residence. There was no police activity or crime scene tape at the Herdman property Tuesday evening. The sheriff’s office said it was assisted by the state police, the Town of Shandaken Police Department and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police. Anyone wishing to contribute to help pay the funeral expenses for Herdman can do so by contacting the Ulster Savings Bank at 845-688-5695.

SUNY Delhi student Tyshawn Bierria of Queens was listed in critical condition Tuesday at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown following an incident in which he was stabled multiple times. On Tuesday police arrested Olanrewaju Ogunwuyi, 22, of New York City. He was arraigned on charges of first-degree gang assault and second-degree attempted murder and was jailed without bail to await a felony hearing on Monday. According to officials, the stabbing appears to have been the result of a brawl involving four or five attackers at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday near a residence hall on the Delhi campus. A source close to the investigation said that the altercation allegedly began as an argument over a cell phone. Officials said other arrests are pending.
Bierria was a member of the SUNY Delhi basketball team during the 2006-07 season.

Shandaken Police arrested John R. Walley, 20, of Pine Hill last week Tuesday and charged him with one count of felony burglary and one count each of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Police say they received a complaint from Walley’s neighbors that their residence had been burglarized, and after interviewing neighbors, it was found that one had witnessed the incident. Food items and $200 in cash were stolen. Walley was remanded to the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond.