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Hiker fall fatal at Mohonk Preserve

DEC Forest Rangers accomplish rope recovery

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Timothy Wibisono, 41, of Baltimore, MD died on Sunday, Dec. 23 as the result of a fall while rock climbing at Mohonk Preserve. On December 23 at 4:25 p.m., Ulster County responding agencies requested assistance from DEC Forest Rangers to recover the victim of a rock climbing accident at the privately owned Mohonk Preserve. Investigation at the scene revealed Wibisono was free climbing alone without a rope and fell approximately 50- 100 feet.

Forest Rangers responded to set up a high-angle rope recovery operation. New York State Police Troop C spokesperson Trooper Steven Nevel identified Wibisono as the victim. Mohonk Preserve Rangers, Gardiner Fire Department volunteers, and New York State Police were also involved at the scene. State Police are leading the ongoing investigation.

New York State Police

On December 18 at about 12:40 p.m. State Police at Oneonta arrested Dylan M. Sickler, 24, and Miranda Light, 19, both of Sidney after investigation into a theft November 20 in the Village of Sidney. Both are accused of fraud and asking for money through email to pay for a friend who was detained in Dutch Customs. An investigation revealed that these two were receiving the money grams from the complainant. The victim is actually in Glen Ellen, CA.

On December 18, at about 8:38 p.m., State Police at Sidney, arrested Steven M. Spratley, 61, of Walton, on a criminal summons issued by Walton Court for Criminal Mischief 4th degree for an ongoing neighbor dispute reported December 4 in which Spratley had been previously arrested for tearing down posted signs. Now the complainant claimed Spratley had begun to dig up the neighbor’s driveway and also pushed dirt from driveway and property down into the ditch and the highway department had to shovel some of the dirt out so that water would flow again. Troopers made contact with Spratley who came to State Police Sidney and was arrested and processed with an appearance ticket for the Town of Walton court scheduled for January 2.

On December 19, at about 7:05 p.m., State Police at Oneonta arrested Andrew J. Kreger, 25, of Delhi, on a criminal summons for Petit Larceny for an incident at the Oneonta Walmart reported on December 5. It’s alleged that Kreger came into Walmart to return an item but before returning the item he took two other items from the store, returning all three items. Troopers made contact with Kreger who responded to State Police Oneonta and was arrested. He was released on appearance ticket for Town of Oneonta Court on January 8.

Victim ticketed for harassing assailant

On December 19, State Police at Margaretville arrested Jonathan K. Vasilikos, 22, of Halcott, and a 16 year-old from Fleischmanns, both charged with Assault 2nd degree, a class D felony. On December 10, troopers responded to a fight no longer in progress that occurred on Main Street in Halcott Center reported by a third party. Troopers located the victim who sustained injuries to head and hands. Initially, the victim told NYSP he did not want assistance, nor to make a report. He was transported to Margaretville hospital but then was flown by LifeNet to Albany due to the seriousness of his injuries. Jonathan F. Vasilikos and the 16 yearold juvenile were arrested on December 19. Vasilikos was processed, arraigned in the town of Prattsville Court, posted $2,500 cash bail, and scheduled to return December 20. The 16 year-old suspect was arraigned and ordered to appear in Greene County Family Court. On December 28, after sending harassing text messages to the 16 year-old, the victim, Andrew J. Scarth, 33, of Margaretville was arrested on the class A misdemeanor charges of Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd degree (written/electronic means) and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. He was processed at State Police Stamford, with an appearance ticket returnable to Halcott Court on January 2.

On December 20, at about 9:08 p.m., State Police Oneonta arrested Stephen T. Kiss, 48, of Oneonta, on the class A misdemeanors Assault 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief Reckless disregard for property damage greater than $250. The arrest was the result of an incident on December 19, when troopers responded to Fox Hospital about a domestic dispute that day where a victim was kicked and hit in the face and glasses were broken. Kiss was located, arrested, and arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court.

On December 20, about 3 p.m., State Police at Margaretville responded to a complaint in the Town of Roxbury of criminal mischief when someone left tire marks damaging a lawn and stealing a DISH satellite box which was replaced by the company for free. Police responded again on December 27, when thieves struck, this time taking a mailbox. At this point police have no suspects.

On December 21, at about 12:40 p.m., State Police at Margaretville arrested Steven W. Slater, 41, of Grand Gorge, for Criminal Contempt 2nd degree for an incident on December 20 on Cold Spring Valley Road in the Town of Roxbury. The victim told State Police that Slater had violated an order of protection by showing up at victim’s residence. Victim was at neighbor’s residence when Slater showed up but then came out and they began a verbal argument. Victim wanted Slater arrested. Slater was located, arrested, and arraigned at Roxbury Town Court and was released on own recognizance. Slater’s next court date is January 16.

On December 21, at about 10:52 p.m., State Police at Sidney arrested Mark T. Simmons, 48, of Sidney Center, for DWI with a reportable BAC of .15%. This arrest stemmed from a DWI checkpoint on State Route 7. Simmons was released on appearance tickets returnable to the Unadilla Town Court on January 14.

One car accident leads to numerous charges

On December 23, at about 4:55 a.m., State Police at Oneonta arrested Justin M Bouchard, 31, of Hamden, for DWI 1st Offense, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, and a slew of vehicle and traffic offenses including refusal to take a Breath Test. The charges stemmed from a one car motor vehicle accident where a car crashed into an embankment on County Highway 48 in the Town of Otego. Troopers dispatched by Otsego County 911 to investigate revealed tat Bouchard was impaired. He was arrested but refused to provide a breath sample. Troopers also discovered suspected cocaine in his possession. Bouchard was arraigned in the Town of Otego Court and remanded to Otsego County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. His next court date is January 10.

On December 24, about 8:45 a.m., State Police at Oneonta arrested Robert P. Burns, 33, of Otego for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, both class U misdemeanors, arising from a stop on Route 23 in the town of Davenport. Troopers observed an equipment violation on the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Troopers detected odor of marijuana and observed drug paraphernalia in view. Troopers also determined he was impaired and arrested him for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Burns was arraigned in Town of Davenport Court, and released on his own recognizance.

On the afternoon of December 27, State Police at Margaretville executing separate and unrelated Court Orders removed pistols from residences in the Town of Andes and in the Village of Stamford. Both individuals had legal pistol permits. But Court Orders authorized officials to “take weapons from persons due to a mental health order by a doctor.”

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

On December 23, deputies arrested Terence Ito, 32, of Walton, for Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor. Ito is accused of violating an order of protection that had been put in place by the Delaware County Family Court. He was arraigned in the Delhi Town Court where he was released on his own recognizance to reappear at a later date in the Franklin Town Court.

On December 26, deputies arrested Jamison Galietta, 32, of Hancock, and charged him with Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, Menacing in the 2nd degree, Criminal possession of weapon in the 4th degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, and Harassment 2nd degree. The arrest occurred as a result of an investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred at Galietta’s residence earlier in the day. Galietta was arraigned in the Town of Hancock Court and later remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Faculty in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Galietta is set to return to the Town of Hancock Court at a later date for further court proceedings.


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