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Past articles by Amanda:

Cop injured in crash sues police department

MONTGOMERY — An off-duty police officer who was seriously injured in a December crash has sued the Crawford Police Department and the officer he claims pursued a fleeing suspect, leading to the crash. Kristopher Kolvenbach, the plaintiff, is suing Officer Peter Cunningham, the Town of Crawford and the Crawford Police Department. He is also suing the fleeing suspect's mother, Jennifer Vergona,… → Read More

New Windsor Jewish community celebrates new handwritten Torah

NEW WINDSOR - A Sefer Torah, a handwritten scroll containing the five books of Moses, can take a year to write, costing tens of thousands of dollars. → Read More

Official says 24 horses died in Mount Hope barn fire

MOUNT HOPE - More than 20 horses died in a barn fire at the Mount Hope Training Center early Saturday morning. Vini Tankasali, Orange County’s deputy commissioner for fire services, said the fire at one of the center's barns on Guymard Turnpike killed 24 horses. “All the (horses) in the barn perished,” Tankasali said Sunday. Otisville Fire Department responded to the fire along with 10 other… → Read More

At least 20 horses dead after Mount Hope barn fire

MOUNT HOPE - Several horses died in a barn fire at the Mount Hope Training Center early Saturday morning. Vini Tankasali, Orange County's deputy commissioner for fire services, said the fire at the barn on Guymard Turnpike killed more than 20 horses. An exact number was not immediately available. Otisville Fire Department responded to the fire along with 10 other departments. Tankasali said the… → Read More

Goshen service among many held in region for Memorial Day

VILLAGE OF GOSHEN - “Help us to have in our lives their courage in danger, their steadfastness in trial, their perseverance in difficulty, their loyalty when loyalty was costly,” the Rev. David Kingsley started the service on Monday morning.It wasn’t his usual service at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen.Instead, it was a Memorial Day program held after the Village of Goshen’s parade.The… → Read More

Dozens of families still coping with damage in aftermath of fierce storm

WALDEN - Allister Rivera checks the mailbox each afternoon when he arrives home from work.Then he walks in the front door of his raised-ranch home on Brook Road, where he's greeted by splintered rafters that jut down into the kitchen, pointing at tufts of insulation on the floor.He checks on the home daily, in disarray and unlivable, before heading off to his hotel.The oak tree in Melanie and… → Read More

Two rescued from boat on Rondout Creek

KINGSTON - Two people were rescued from a boat after it hit a tugboat on the Rondout Creek on Saturday evening, according to the Kingston Fire Department. → Read More

Despite storm, school elections held in all but one district

Water poured through a hole in the Cornwall High School roof.A tornado touched down in Newburgh.Tuesday's storm toppled trees, blocked roads and caused → Read More

2 local families seek to turn sons' drug tragedies into hope for others

Mike Beck got the call at 6 a.m. almost a year ago, on May 28. It was the owner of a halfway house in the state of Florida.His son, 26-year-old Ethan, had → Read More

Cops: Newburgh man had loaded gun, 94 bags of pot

CITY OF NEWBURGH - A City of Newburgh man was charged with felony weapon possession on Sunday. Orange County Sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle on Liberty Street in the City of Newburgh shortly after noon on Sunday for traffic violations, according to a news release. The driver, Tyshe Williams Jr., 21, had 94 bags of marijuana in his jacket and a loaded Ruger handgun, the release said.… → Read More

10 candidates for 19th District seat speak at New Paltz forum

NEW PALTZ - Aside from the obvious goal of getting elected, many political candidates aim to have their voice heard and set themselves apart from their → Read More

Kids get a kick out of hands-on science project

TOWN OF NEWBURGH - “I feel like a scientist!” Megan Ameigh said, standing in the Quassaick Creek, donning a set of waders and with a bucket full of eels in hand.Ameigh, 14, took care to count the see-through eels, which are only a few inches long.They’re called glass eels, the youngest life stage of the American eel, a species that is counted annually by the state Department of Environmental… → Read More

President of Hebrew Union College dies in plane crash

TOWN OF WAWAYANDA - The president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion died in a plane crash Saturday morning. Rabbi Aaron Panken, the → Read More

Pet cemetery will apply to be a nonprofit

CRAWFORD - The Abbingdon Hill Pet Animal Cemetery and Crematory in Crawford was in limbo for a while, but that uncertainty is at an end.When the cemetery’s phone line was disconnected recently, pet owners took to Facebook, worried for the future of the Youngblood Road location.Rita Levine, a real estate broker in the region, took on the challenge of reviving the cemetery, having eight pets of… → Read More

Housekeeper charged with stealing jewelry from several homes

MONROE - A Central Valley woman has been charged with grand larceny after police say she stole jewelry from several Kiryas Joel homes. State police arrested Maria Caudillo, 30, on Sunday, according to a news release from state police. Caudillo stole jewelry from several homes in Kiryas Joel while working as a housekeeper, police said. She was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny… → Read More

Treecycle event in Warwick turns junk into art on Earth Day

VILLAGE OF WARWICK - A few smaller trees, neither deciduous nor evergreen, joined the collection of larger ones that graced Stanley Deming Park in the → Read More

Appellate court upholds DWI verdict

KINGSTON - An appellate court has upheld the a November 2015 jury verdict convicting Kevin Warren of driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated → Read More

Local man pleads guilty to helping Tenn. fugitives

SHAWANGUNK - The Pine Bush community was on edge for days last June, keeping their curtains closed and windows locked, waiting for updates on the two fugitives from Tennessee believed to be in the area. On Tuesday, a Shawangunk man pleaded guilty to helping the fugitives. Richard Dana, 55, of Upper Mountain Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor, on Tuesday in… → Read More

Lawsuit filed after crash during police chase in Orange County

A man who claims he was injured after another man led police on a chase from New Windsor to downtown Newburgh is suing the Town of New Windsor, the City → Read More

Pine Bush budget plan will add security at all schools

PINE BUSH - The Pine Bush School District's updated budget proposal adds security personnel at every building in the district, addressing concerns from → Read More