Child Abuse Report Sparks Felony Arrest

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Timothy Ryerson

A Washingtonville man was arrested last week, after threatening to harm an underage girl’s family if she did not expose herself to him online.

Timothy Ryerson, 21, was arrested by the Orange County Abuse Unit on Jan. 7, and charged with coercion, endangering the welfare of a child and the felony use of a child in a sexual performance. The arrest was made after a two month investigation, according to the New York State Police Department.

Police said Ryerson befriended the victim through social media over a year ago, using a fake name and picture. He then began to threaten to physically harm the victim’s parents and siblings if she did not expose her private parts to him. Fearing for the safety of her family, she complied.

The New York State Child Abuse Hotline was contacted after the victim disclosed information of the abuse to an adult. Ryerson and the victim have never met, according to police.

Ryerson was remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, $60,000 bond, and an order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

Thousands Lose Power In Cornwall

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About 2,050 homes and business in the Cornwall area lost power Wednesday after a rotted tree downed power lines. Central Hudson restored power in about 2.5 hours. (photo by Jim Lennon)

By Mark Gerlach

TOWN OF CORNWALL – More than 2,000 homes and businesses were impacted by a large power outage Wednesday.

The outage occurred when a rotted tree fell onto power lines at the intersection of Route 9W and Willow Avenue. About 10 power outages were reported in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson. The downed line caused a small brush fire that was extinguished by the Cornwall Fire Department.

For the complete story see the Nov. 20 edition of The Sentinel. 

City Police Hold Community Barbecue

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The City of Newburgh Police Department held a barbecue this week at the intersection of Van Ness and Lutheran streets. The event was held under the direction of Police Sgt. Joseph Cortes. The barbecue is part of an initiative to eliminate gun and drug related crime in the city. The police picked up the tab for the food, condiments, drinks, etc. Mayor Judy Kennedy also stopped by for a hotdog, and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were present. (photo by Jim Lennon)

Land Donated To New Windsor

Seen here is New Windsor Supervisor George Green accepting the property deed from Frank Cavalari. (photo by E. Smith)
Seen here is New Windsor Supervisor George Green accepting the property deed from Frank Cavalari. (photo by E. Smith)

NEW WINDSOR – About 77 acres of land between the Mt. Airy Sports Complex and the Meadowbrook Catering Facility was recently donated to the Town of New Windsor.

The land was owned by Frank Cavalari. It was purchased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cavalari in 1942.

It is speculated the land will be used to create more town hiking trails, among other uses.

Senator Larkin Cuts Ties With Dubaldi

By Mark Gerlach

NEW WINDSOR – Senator William Larkin has severed ties with his treasurer Carmen Dubaldi.

“In June, we noticed irregularities in our campaign account, including funds leaving the committee for transactions that were never made,” Larkin said in a statement Thursday. “As you would expect, I acted immediately and decisively and took a number of steps to address this issue the moment it was brought to my attention.”

Larkin terminated Dubaldi in writing on June 12, he said in the statement. The “appropriate law enforcement officials and the state Board of Elections” were notified, Larkin said. An accounting firm was also hired to conduct a forensic audit.

“It is sad and reprehensible that some people would attempt to make political gains from the victim of a crime,” Larkin continued. “Their statements do not speak well of them. Out of respect for the job that law enforcement authorities need to do we have been unable to comment until this time. We will not take any action that could impede an ongoing investigation.”

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright’s Office is conducting an investigation focused on Dubaldi, a Republican stalwart. The particulars of the investigations aren’t being released at this time.

The investigation is in the preliminary stage and a timeframe for its completion hasn’t been determined, Carnight confirmed this week. The case was handed to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office by Orange County Court due to a conflict of interest, Carnright said.

Dubaldi is still employed for Orange County, and works in the county’s risk management department.

Dubaldi stepped down from various posts in recent weeks. Tom Connolly, a state Board of Elections spokesperson, confirmed in July that Dubaldi resigned as treasurer from a number of committees including: County Clerk Annie Rabbitt; chairman of the Orange County Legislature Steve Brescia; and former County Executive Edward Diana.

Commissioner of the Orange County Board of Elections David Green also confirmed that Dubaldi is no longer chair of the New Windsor Republican Committee. He was replaced by Veronica McMillan. Whether Dubaldi voluntarily resigned is unclear.

Fire At Vacant House

A blaze burned through an abandoned home on Bull Road in Washingtonville last weekend. (photos provided)
A blaze burned through an abandoned home on Bull Road in Washingtonville last weekend. (photos provided)

Late at night on August 1, a vacant two-story house at 258 Bull Rd. caught fire. The structure was fully involved when the Washingtonville Fire Department arrived on scene, and was under control in 20 minutes.

According to Washingtonville fire officials, the fire was suspicious and is under investigation by the Orange County Department of Emergency Service, the Bureau of Fire Investigation and the New Windsor Police Department.

Other area fire departments present were: Salisbury Mills, South Blooming Grove, Cornwall, Vails Gate, Maybrook, Coldenham and Woodbury. The Chester and Coldenham Fire Departments stood by in the Washingtonville firehouse  and New Windsor EMS stood by at the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Ship Sails Into Newburgh

The Kalmar Nyckel ship sailed into port at the Newburgh waterfront on July 24 allowing people to tour the ship and experience what it was like to sail the seas in the mid-1600s.

Kalmar Nyckel is a recreation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware in 1638, just a couple of decades after the Mayflower. During the same period when the Dutch were settling New Amsterdam in what is now Manhattan, Kalmar Nyckel made four successive round trips to supply the colonists of New Sweden, a record unchallenged by any other colonial vessel.

The Nyckel took on passengers for two-hour day tours of the Hudson River, sailing through some of the most scenic parts of the Hudson Valley. The tours departed from the Riverfront Marina at 40 Front Street.

Along with the tours, people came dressed in pirate costumes making the whole experience a little more life-like. Also, in attendance were swashbucklers from the International Fraternity of Privateers , Guild of St. Errol.

Jim Williams, a volunteer organizer, helped put together the event. Williams collaborated with the pirate ladies of Paw Barkery. Founded in 2011, Pirate Paws Barkery supplies a healthy alternative to dog treats.

Mount Coaches Lead Renegades Baseball Camp

Mount Saint Mary College head baseball coach Steve Sosler participated in a baseball camp at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.

About 65 youths aged 8 to 14 took part in the camp, which was held in July. The students learned skills such as batting, hitting, catching and more.

“We’re teaching these guys basic mechanics – out fielding ground balls, swinging, that kind of stuff. We just take that to a higher level with the college teams,” Sosler said.

“These campers are really getting a chance to pick our brains and learn from us,” Sosler said. “We think they’ll take something from this camp that they can use on their summer team, travel team, or anywhere else.”

Several other baseball gurus lent their skills to the camp, including Mount Saint Mary College assistant baseball coach Trevor Purcell. This is the second year the Mount has aided with the summer Renegades baseball camp at the Dutchess Stadium, which is home to minor league baseball team the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Sosler has been head coach of the Mount Saint Mary College baseball team for about six seasons. He previously served as assistant coach.

Elderly Man Struck By Car Dies

By Mark Gerlach TOWN OF NEWBURGH – A 78-year-old Town of Newburgh man is dead after he was hit by a car on Route 17K Wednesday night. Thomas Taylor was walking across Route 17K near the entrance of the Air National Guard Base when he was struck by a vehicle in the westbound traffic lane, police said. Taylor died at the scene. Taylor lived a short distance from the accident and was known to frequently walk in the area, police said. It is unclear where Taylor was headed at the time he was hit. The driver of the vehicle, a 25-year-old City of Newburgh man, was not charged in the incident. “No criminality is suspected at this time,” said a bulletin from police.

Trustees Push For G.E. To Continue Dredging

By Tracy Knochen

CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON – The Cornwall-on-Hudson Village Board passed a resolution to put pressure on General Electric to continue its Hudson River dredging. Chemicals from two GE factories in upstate New York had been dumped into the river until the practice was banned during the latter part of the 1970s.

An agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency led to GE digging up and removing sediment tainted with chemicals. GE had planned to end the dredging by fall 2015, which has been a source of contention to residents and federal officials living along the Hudson River.

There have been over 70 municipalities that have passed resolutions to support the additional dredging in order to remove the remaining chemicals. Many feel that it makes sense and will save money if the procedure is continued while the operations and infrastructure are still in place.

Currently GE is still scheduled to end its dredging operation by early fall. There will be a protest against these plans on the Hudson River banks in both Newburgh and Beacon.

“GE expects to complete the massive dredging project in the upper Hudson this year,” said GE spokesperson Chris Horne. “When the work concludes, we will have addressed 100 percent of the PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) that E.P.A. targeted when it selected dredging in 2002. E.P.A. has called the cleanup ‘enormously successful’ and a national model for others to follow.”

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