Cottekill, 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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Three arrested for robbery in Town of Ulster parking lot

TOWN OF ULSTER – Three Town of Ulster residents were arrested on Thursday, June 23 in connection with a robbery that occurred just before midnight on Wednesday, the 22nd, in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn at 239 Forest Hill Drive in the Town of Ulster. Arrested were...
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$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.

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.

Another Business Announces it’s Leaving Once Popular Hudson Valley Mall

Back in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, this was the place to be, but today not so much. Having first moved into the Hudson Valley in the early 90s I was lucky enough to remember when the Hudson Valley Mall in the Kingston, NY area was THE place to go shopping. Before the explosion of online shopping, if you needed something, clothes, electronics, even haircuts, whatever it was you went to the mall.