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Father-and-daughter team Bob and Jenny Sobas from East Branch caught this five-pound brown from shore on a Krocodile Spoon last weekend. — Photo by Al Carpenter, Al’s Sport Store

Standoff in Bovina comes to an end

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By Joe Moskowitz
A hostage taking that began Sunday morning, followed by an armed standoff with dozens of police officers in Bovina Center, ended tragically early Monday morning when the hostage taker, Bovina resident Justin Geraghty, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began early Sunday morning. Neighbors of Geraghty say someone apparently ran over his puppy and that incident triggered Geraghty’s rage and the events that followed.


The Scene in Bovina

Police PresencePolice Presence

LINED UP — Police presence was strong in the Town of Bovina on Sunday and Monday after a local resident took a couple hostage. He released the pair, but has remained in their house in a standoff with police. — Photo by Dan Flanagan


FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE

The AftermathThe Aftermath

Peter Mullen and his wife, Victoria Charkut, look over the scene in Bovina on Sunday afternoon shortly after they were freed as hostages. The standoff with a lone gunman began Sunday morning and reportedly ended Monday morning. Check back for updates. — Photo by Dan Flanagan


Hostage stand-off in Bovina

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By Joe Moskowitz

UPDATE: At about 5:30, the husband was brought to the Bovina General Store by New York State Police where he was reunited with his wife. He was unharmed. It is still unclear if the hostage was let go by "Justin" or if he managed to escape.

There is a breaking news story going on in Bovina Center. Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies and New York State Police are being held at bay by a gun wielding man who may or may not have a hostage.


Local communities tabbed for up to $3 million in aid

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville and the towns of Hardenburgh and Shandaken in Ulster County could each receive up to $3 million from the Federal Government, by way of the State of New York.
The money will go for economic development and to prevent the type of physical and financial damage caused two years ago by Hurricane Irene from ever happening again.


County Fair set for Aug. 12-17

The 127th Delaware County Fair will run from Monday-Saturday, Aug. 12-17 at the fairgrounds in Walton.
Among the highlights this season will be:
• Monday, Aug. 12: Amusement rides open at noon. Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 13: Free grandstand all day and night. One hour of free Midway rides from 11 a.m.-noon. 4-H Parade and Firefighters’ Parade at 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 14: Children’s Day – reduced rates on rides until 5 p.m. NYTPA Modified Tractor Pull and Truck Pull.


Reilly/Granito resign from Fleischmann Planning Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Larry Reilly, chairman of the Village of Fleischmanns Planning Board, and planning board member John Granito, resigned from that board on the same day in July.
Plus, an oversight about another member’s term expiration has effectively shut the planning board down, prompting the cancellation of a controversial public hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6.

On Wednesday, July 24 Fleischmanns Village Clerk Lorraine DeMarfio received short but official messages from both Reilly and Granito.


CWC approves funding for Arkville park's septic issue

By Joe Moskowitz
The owner of an Arkville mobile home park, who is accruing fines at the rate of $250 a day in connection with the park’s failed septic system, will probably not have to pay those fines. And, he is going to receive thousands of dollars from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) in previously denied help to solve the park’s septic issues.


Vehicles passing on unmarked roads draw Shandaken resident's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A recent incident on a town road in Shandaken revealed an inconvenient truth about all those nice country lanes that wind through the Catskills. Drivers that illegally pass others can get away with it.
And, according to Woodland Valley resident Barbara Lambacca, they do.

Lambacca came to the Shandaken Town Board Monday night to ask that research be done into ways to hold violators accountable.


Local mechanics say VW, Audi parts may be hard to find

By Joe Moskowitz


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