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Dutchess County Man Arrested for Multiple Sexual Felonies

A Dutchess County man is accused of sexually abusing someone younger than 15 multiple times. On Tuesday, New York State Police from the Dover Plains barracks and the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center arrested Peter G. Wassell, 49, of Dover for five counts of criminal sex Act in the second degree


Downed Utility Pole Closes Dutchess County Road

A car collided with a utility pole on Thursday morning, shutting down an entire road. Hudson Valley traffic reporter, Nancy Reamy, is announcing that Benner Road in Red Hook is closed to traffic. The closure comes after a car allegedly crashed into a utility pole, bringing it down on the roadway on


Next shutdown victim: School lunches

Servings of fresh fruits and vegetables are disappearing from school lunch trays in rural Vance County, N.C. The Prairie Hills school district in Kansas is worried about not being able to feed kids at all.


Citizens Preparedness Trainings Coming to Various Locations in Dutchess County in January

Citizens Preparedness Trainings Coming to Various Locations in Dutchess County in January. Poughkeepsie, NY…The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response will host the first two free Citizen’s Preparedness Training Program sessions of 2019 this month. The events are open to the public, but re


Federal grant aids child care program at Dutchess County Community College

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Dutchess Community College has been awarded a four-year $339,840 federal grant to increase the number of students with children who receive support for child care services at the Louis Greenspan Day Care Center on the main campus at 53 Pendell Road.


Clearwater receives funding to implement climate change curriculum in 2019

BEACON — With $70,000 in recently awarded grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program; The Birches Foundation; and the Malcom Gordon Charitable Trust, Clearwater is launching a new Hudson River-based Climate Change Curriculum next month.


Cops: Man Wrote Threatening Letters to Local Police, Judge

A man is accused of writing threatening letters to a Hudson Valley sheriff, police officer and judge. During November 2018, Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr. received a letter via in the mail which threatened to harm him and commit criminal offenses against his family. This was the second


The Madness of George III screens at Upstate and Downing

The Madness of George III will also be shown twice the following day, at 1:15 and 7 p.m., at the Downing Film Center at 19 Front Street in Newburgh. Tickets for the Newburgh screenings cost $12, $10 for Downing members.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ to Execute Sanctions Against Airbnb – Campaign Opposed to Discrimination Against Jews Gains Traction

On Tuesday, January 15th, the campaign calling on the room booking platform Airbnb to revert their ill- conceived decision to place an ban of Jewish hosts in the Judea and Samaria region of Israel gained a formidable sense of gravitas when newly elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that s


DA: Hudson Valley Man Watched Child Porn on Local Church Computer

A Hudson Valley man was found guilty for viewing lots of child porn. He allegedly viewed some of the porn on a church computer. On Tuesday in Orange County Court, a jury found 55-year-old Jesus Rotella of Highland Falls guilty on eight felony counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child.


Super Bowl Spots: 4 Restaurants With Great Game Day Grub

Hudson Valley eateries score touchdowns with sports-style bites to fuel you during the big game. This Beacon joint is a favorite among locals because there’s always something going on: margarita Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays, karaoke on Thursdays. Come Super Bowl Sunday, football fans can take advanta


NYC man dies in Orange County crash

BLOOMING GROVE, N.Y. — A Queens man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Route 17, state police said Thursday. About 1 p.m. Wednesday, Devon Persaud, 20, of Queens Village, was eastbound near Exit 129 in a 2007 Dodge Caliber when the vehicle went down an embankment, police said.


Police Ask Public's Help In Investigation Of Orange County Hit-Run

State Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run crash in Orange County that involved a vehicle and pedestrian, and they’re asking for the public’s help. The crash occurred on Monahan Road in the Town of Greenville on Tuesday, Jan. 8 between 6:35 a.m. and 7 a.m.


ID Released For 20-Year-Old Killed In Route 17 Crash

New York State Police have identified the person killed in a single-vehicle crash on Route 17 on Wednesday. Devon Persaud, 20, of Queens Village, died around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 on Route 17 near Exit 129 in Blooming Grove, said New York State Trooper Steve Nevel.


Retired police officer kills wife, self in Middletown home

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — A retired police officer fatally shot his wife and then took his own life in the garage of their home, police in this Orange County city said Wednesday. Francis J. Pumillo, 55, and Amanda Pumillo, 45, were found dead Tuesday night at 70 Vincent Drive, police said. They said Franci


Four Charged As Heroin, Crack, $9.4K Seized In Poughkeepsie Drug Bust

Four people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant that uncovered heroin, crack cocaine and more than $9,400 in cash. The bust went down on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department Neighborhood Recovery Unit and Emergency Services Unit executed


Longtime Hudson Valley Restaurant Suddenly Closes

A very popular local restaurant which has served the Hudson Valley for over 20 years mysteriously closed down. On a Sunday just after New Year's Day, I decided to stop by Clearwater's Pizzeria in New Windsor to grab a couple of slices. To my surprise, the eatery was closed.


NYSP: 2 From Dutchess Endangered the Welfare of Disabled Person

A pair of Dutchess County women are accused of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. On Tuesday, New York State Police at Kingston arrested LaCher S. Rhodes, 41, and 31-year-old Allysha A. Ebanks, both from Poughkeepsie, for endangering the welfare of an incompeten


How a kid from Newburgh became a mega-best-selling author

Depending on your criterion for measurement, James Patterson is arguably the world’s most successful living author – not bad for a guy who grew up in a working-class Newburgh family. He has sold more than 380 million books worldwide, earning an estimated $700 million over a single decade and topping


Man Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Act With Minor 5 Separate Times

A Dutchess County man was arrested and charged with five felonies following an investigation. On January 15, State Police and the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center arrested Peter G. Wassell, 49, of Dover. Wassell was charged with five counts of Criminal Sex Act second-degree, all class D felonie