Campbell Hall, NY

MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia. The seven defendants all face a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years when they are sentenced in November. The U.S. Attorney’s Officer for the Eastern District of Virginia, which prosecuted the case, announced the jury verdict Friday, According to an FBI affidavit, the girl ran away from a youth home in Fairfax in 2018. She was sex trafficked for nearly two months in that year before she was recovered by the bureau’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task force. The trafficking occurred in Woodridge, Virginia, and Mount Rainier, Maryland. She was also beaten on two separate occasions 26 times on her backside with a baseball bat — once when she was initiated into the gang and once when she was accused of stealing from another gang member. The seven defendants — six men and a woman — lived in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia and ranged in age from 22 to 50.
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Luxurious Hudson Valley Castle with Lagoon Owned by Iconic Yankee

Every time I think I've found the most opulent property for sale in the Hudson Valley, Zillow says "hold my beer". This $9.5 million castle in Orange County NY comes with a waterfall, infinity pool, FOUR kitchens, and even its own lagoon. Oh, and it has been owned by one of the most famous Yankees in history.

Yikes! Traffic Circle: 1, Truck: 0 in Rollover Accident in Harriman, NY

Love 'em or hate 'em, traffic circles are making a big impact in the Hudson Valley. An unfortunate truck driver learned the difficulties of navigating them recently in Orange County, NY. Rollover Accident in Harriman, NY. "Rollover [motor vehicle accident] this morning involving a large moving truck with a possible...

$23M Crannell Square project now ready

Construction of Crannell Square, a $23 million 75-unit affordable housing project at 35 Catharine St. in Poughkeepsie, has been completed and applications to rent apartments were made available online at the project’s website The developers are Kearney Realty and Development Group Inc., which is based in Somers and...

‘Big Mouth’ TikTok Star Raves About Poughkeepsie, NY Deli

The biggest mouth in the world is using it to give big love to one of the most popular Hudson Valley delis. If you've been on TikTok or Instagram lately you might come across Sam Ramsdell. She is the Guinness World Record holder for the largest mouth gape for a female in the world! The Connecticut native's mouth measures 2.56 tall and 4 inches wide according to Guinness record.

Abandoned and Demolished Catskills Resort! What Happened to Grossinger’s?

New York Yankees great Yogi Berra once said "The future ain't what it used to be" and man was he right. There is a place here in New York State that, at one time, attracted Hollywood Stars, legendary athletes such as Berra, comedy kingpins and regular folks like you and me. Well over 100,000 people each year would visit this gem that was an inspiration for the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing. Today this "Queen of the Catskills" is gone but not forgotten.

Dumb or Genius? Rate this Newburgh, NY “Staircase Drawbridge”

"That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen", read the first comment on a photo of my staircase drawbridge. “'How did he die?' 'He went to get a pop tart'”, they continued. Boom. Roasted. But let me explain: I think this odd home improvement that we discovered when we bought our house in Newburgh, NY is actually one of the most genius inventions ever created.

Refreshing Homemade Drinks to Beat the Heat in the Hudson Valley

It's time to rejoice, it's officially summer in the Hudson Valley. With the return of this season, we have so much to look forward to. Most importantly, I'm excited to spend more time in the sun and outdoors. Swimming in local pools, watching the sunset, gazing at fireflies, traveling to the beach, and listening to the nighttime insects are also things that we can enjoy in the Hudson Valley.

Destination Unknown Beer Company Opens Second Location Upstate

Seven years after opening in Bay Shore, Destination Unknown Beer Company (better known as DUBCO) has opened a second taproom on a historic 50-acre farm in the Hudson Valley. The new taproom in Warwick, N.Y., called DUBCO Acres, opened on Memorial Day weekend and a grand opening and ribbon cutting was held on June 10.

Local Brewery and Top Comics Team Up for a Good Cause

It seems as if everyone I know loves a good local brewery. What's not to love? Craft beer made with local products served with a great meal. There is no shortage of great breweries in the Hudson Valley, and each one is different and awesome in its own right. One of the area’s favorite breweries is Newburgh Brewing Company. And there are many reasons for that.

Restaurant Impossible Coming to Hudson Valley

Popular reality tv show Restaurant: Impossible returns to the Hudson Valley, with a stop scheduled in Middletown next week. Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible has seen its share of visits to the Hudson Valley over the years. Hudson Valley visits have included filming on rt 9 in Wappingers Falls at Joe Willy's Seafood House and Chianti Cow in Port Jervis (Orange County). Well, Chef Robert Irvine and the crew will be returning to Orange County next week, and they are looking for workers and guests to eat.

Yet Another New Dunkin’ Drive-Thru Planned For Route 9

The Hudson Valley is one step closer to becoming one big Dunkin' store. Like everyone else living in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster I love Dunkin'. And I guess that's good news because you can't seem to drive for more than a mile without seeing another one of their locations. In fact, New York has more Dunkin' locations than any other state with almost 1,500 stores to date.