Plans are underway for a memorial performance by local musicians on Friday, December 16, to honor virtuoso guitarist Johnny Asia, who died on November 19 at his home in Phoenicia. His wife, Solane Verraine, remains in custody at the Ulster County jail, accused by the sheriff’s department of poisoning her husband with alcohol and prescription drugs.
The most wanted criminals in Saugerties are not the murderers or bank robbers the phrase may conjure up. Instead, the list usually includes people charged with issuing bad checks, driving while intoxicated, and failure to pay fines.
The Kingston dentist was acquitted of murder in a high-profile case featured on two true crime network news shows, only to find himself back in jail after being found guilty of three felonies connected with a false statement made on a pistol permit application.
Solane H. Verraine is charged with killing her husband Johnny Asia by poisoning, a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs. Friends say Asia was ill and may have taken something to ease the suffering, but couldn’t imagine Verraine intentionally harming him.
A Phoenicia woman was charged with second-degree murder Friday night after, Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies said, she killed an as-yet-unidentified victim with what deputies called “a combination of alcoholic beverages and prescription drugs.”
The New Paltz Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning at a bar in the Village
According to police, a 43-year-old woman confronted an 18-year-old in Saugerties earlier today, accusing the teen of spreading rumors about her daughter on Twitter. Both were arrested after the confrontation got physical.
Such tickets have become more frequent in Saugerties following the police department’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the village center, where close calls and pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are frequent.
A long-time Kingston community activist will spend two years in state prison for illegal firearms sales according to the terms of a plea agreement approved in Ulster County Court.
Officials believe a Poughkeepsie-based music company, Outta They League Entertainment, was used to launder the drug money. The company produced virtually no music since 2013 and had a payroll of less than $2000, yet made bank deposits of $1.1 million.