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  1. Durst Wife Officially Declared Dead After Going Missing In Hudson Valley

    Durst Wife Officially Declared Dead After Going Missing In Hudson Valley

    She was last seen at her South Salem home in 1982 and the man she married -- long a suspect in her disappearance -- has been jailed since 2015. On Thursday, Kathie Durst was officially declared dead.While Robert Durst, a Scarsdale native and millionaire real estate heir, has never been charged in connection with his wife Kathie Durst's disappearance, he did appear to confess to killing ...

  2. Dutchess County Welcomes Dozens Of New Citizens

    Dutchess County Welcomes Dozens Of New Citizens

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Dutchess County officials welcomed a new group of United States citizens on Friday during a naturalization ceremony, according to officials.Among those on hand to congratulate the new citizens on taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States was Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, according to the county's Twitter feed.The event, which officially ...

  3. New York Senate, Assembly Approve Testing Of Self-Driving Cars

    New York Senate, Assembly Approve Testing Of Self-Driving Cars

    New York State lawmakers this week agreed to a measure that would bring self-driving cars to the state’s highways for limited testing, according to democratandchronicle.com.Included in a budget bill was a one-year testing measure that would require anyone wishing to test an autonomous car to receive approval from the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to democratandchronicle.com, ...

  4. Hudson Valley Police Departments Warn Of 'Cramming' Phone Scam

    Hudson Valley Police Departments Warn Of 'Cramming' Phone Scam

    Police departments throughout the Hudson Valley are warning of a telephone scam known as "cramming" that begins with a simple question: Can you hear me?Scammers have been calling people the last couple of months, asking the easily heard question and then recording the “yes” answer, according to police.Then, they use the recorded “yes” as a voice signature to authorize charges ...

  5. Hudson Valley Police Departments Warn Of 'Cramming' Phone Scam

    Hudson Valley Police Departments Warn Of 'Cramming' Phone Scam

    Police departments throughout the Hudson Valley are warning of a telephone scam known as "cramming" that begins with a simple question: Can you hear me?Scammers have been calling people the last couple of months, asking the easily heard question and then recording the “yes” answer, according to police.Then, they use the recorded “yes” as a voice signature to authorize charges ...

  6. Poughkeepsie Man, Woman Charged With Shoplifting From Walmart

    Poughkeepsie Man, Woman Charged With Shoplifting From Walmart

    A man and woman from Poughkeepsie have been accused of stealing a combined $105 worth of goods from an Ulster County Walmart, according to authorities.Tamika L. Pascuali, 29, and Jahmal A. Lee, 27, were taken into custody about 10:55 p.m. on Monday, according to police.The pair are accused of stealing $63 and $42, respectively, from the store, according to police.Both Pascuali and Lee ...

  7. Golden Corral Calls Poughkeepsie Closure 'Unprecedented'

    Golden Corral Calls Poughkeepsie Closure 'Unprecedented'

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A spokesman for the Golden Corral corporation has said that the buffet-style chain's first Dutchess County restaurant closed because the business "has fallen out of compliance with expectations" of a franchise agreement, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.The restaurant at 2345 South Road, which opened in January after months of delays, closed abruptly ...

  8. Poughkeepsie Expands Snow Emergency Regulations City-Wide

    Poughkeepsie Expands Snow Emergency Regulations City-Wide

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Poughkeepsie officials on Thursday expanded a snow emergency order to allow for more effective snow removal in certain sections of the city.The new order could remain in effect through the weekend or longer if officials see a need for it, according to a statement.The original order, which was given at a midnight on Tuesday, initially covered only those areas deemed ...

  9. Dutchess Teen, 18, Charged With Forcibly Touching Child, Police Say

    Dutchess Teen, 18, Charged With Forcibly Touching Child, Police Say

    RED HOOK, N.Y. -- An 18-year-old Red Hook man accused of forcibly touching a child is facing multiple criminal charges, police said Saturday.Jacob N. Osban was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation by the Red Hook Police Department and the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Red Hook investigators said in a statement.Authorities provided few details about ...

  10. Lawsuit: Ex-Area Schools Chief Forced Out Over Porn Claims

    Lawsuit: Ex-Area Schools Chief Forced Out Over Porn Claims

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Yonkers schools superintendent who has filed suit against the district claims Mayor Mike Spano and other city officials forced him from his position by threatening to leak allegations that he used district equipment to order pornographic movies, according to lohud.com.Michael Yazurlo denies the charge, but in a complaint filed last week said that ...

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