BABY KILLER? Joshua Barreto, 23, has been arraigned in County Court on charges of manslaughter and murder in connection with death, in Hop-O-Nose Apt. 23, Catskill, of 3-year-old Jada Keyes. The accused was the live-in paramour, according to the police report, of the child’s mother. To that extent the case recalls the death in Coxsackie last year of 3-year-old Egypt Phillips, aged 3.
SOFTBALL SCANDAL. Dolores Gallagher, 29, of Catskill, has been charged with theft in connection with her management of funds collected from members of the Catskill Women’s Softball League, which she founded last March. Ms Gallagher must appear in Village court, but the case will then be shifted to County court, since the estimated mis-appropriation has crossed the $1000 threshold to achieve felony (grand larceny) status.
SPLINTERED BOARD. Tannersville Village Trustee Linda Kline claims in a lawsuit that her putative colleagues are not legal office-holders. Gina Legari isn’t legally the Mayor, Ms Kline claims, because her appointment last March to succeed Glenn Weyant, who had left town and had resigned, was only valid until the end of Mr Weyant’s term, namely, last April. After that, another appointment was required legally but was not obtained. Consequently, Ms Legari was not entitled to fill a village board vacancy by appointing Clifford Bertrand; and the two of them were not entitled to complete the office-filling business on August 9th by appointing, and approving the appointments of, Peter Firmalino and Dale Covey. The case has not come to court. Village attorney Tal Rappelyea, according to Daily Mail reporter Jim Planck, says that since the matter is under litigation, he must not comment.
FREEHOLD FRACAS. State Trooper Patrick Cullen of Freehold has been accused by Greenville Town Board members of two misdeeds, and by a local pub owner of harassment. A friend of the publican has in turn been accused of engaging in harassment.
The compound case has received extensive publicity in The TimesUnion as well as in GreeneLand papers.
From the Greenville Town Board comes a two-pronged complaint: that Sergeant Cullen illegally removed some 6 tons of bluestone paving from in front of his current home, trucking it to the site of his new house-to-be; and that he dumped construction material illegally, on an old site. In addition, publican Wayne Nelsen complains that, in retaliation for the aforementioned complaints, Sergeant Cullen has waged a campaign of harassment against Nelsen and his Freehold Country Pub customers.
The Town Board’s complaints are currently under investigation by Capt. William Ranigan’s Internal Affairs Department of the State Police. They also have been pondered by GreeneLand’s district attorney, Terry Wilhelm. Mr Wilhelm told the Town Board that there doesn’t seem to be enough evidence to warrant prosecution, and that if the Board is not satisfied with that judgment, he will, if they request it, give “serious consideration” to appointing a Special Prosecutor to pursue the matter.
On behalf of that response, Mr Wilhelm cites these considerations. (a) Although blue stone of the cited kind is indeed present on Sergeant Cullen’s second property, the quantity of it exceeds the volume of ‘missing’ bluestone, and there is credible evidence that Sergeant Cullen procured a shipment of that material from a Saugerties quarry. (b) Although Sergeant Cullen did dump construction materials on the ‘wrong’ site, he evidently had permission to do so from a Town employee who has granted that permission, however improperly, to other townsfolk.
The Town Board has not accepted or declined the Special Prosecutor offer.
Conspicuous among the accusing Town Board members was the publican, Mr Nelsen. And Mr Nelsen complains additionally that, in retaliation for his role in the Board’s action, Sergeant Cullen has subjected him (Nelsen) and his customers, directly and indirectly (through other troopers) to a campaign of harassment. That complaint also is under investigation.
There’s more. Robert Meringolo, a friend of Mr Nelsen’s, took an active part in gathering evidence bearing on the harassment claim. And he has been accused of subjecting Sergeant Cullen’s pregnant wife to a pattern of harassment. She reportedly has taken out an order of protection against Mr Meringolo.
The case has spilled over into the Comments section of Seeing Greene. A “Sister Mary Catherine” voiced apprehension about police corruption in GreeneLand, and particularly in the Freehold/Greenville area. Another commentator says “Sister Mary” is in fact Mr Meringolo, who allegedly has been charged with stalking (4th degree) by way of tailing Sergeant Cullen’s pregnant wife, and who also, allegedly, has threatened harm to a man who complained to him about an unfinished paint job.
Could the latter man be the anonymous unmasker of Sister Mary?).
Did you think we were going to resolve it all?
SERIAL SWINDLER? GreeneLand’s Martha Ivery bilked aspiring authors of books. GreeneLand’s Christine Owad has been accused of bilking foreigners who hope to remain and work legally in the