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It took a while to indict Kingston homicide suspect and it’ll be a while before he’s tried

It took a while to indict Kingston homicide suspect and it’ll be a while before he’s tried

Police say the suspect in the Feb. 11 killing of Ashton Dixon was off the street and in federal custody the day after the fatal shooting in the Colonial Gardens apartment complex. But nearly a month would elapse before an Ulster County grand jury handed up an indictment against Corey Q. Smith, and even longer before Smith was arraigned on state charges of second-degree murder.

County exec: Hundreds of Ulster residents likely infected, county needs state help

County exec: Hundreds of Ulster residents likely infected, county needs state help

Confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Ulster County climbed to 38 on Monday. But, in a livestreamed town hall on Facebook, County Executive Pat Ryan said the real total was likely many times higher. Ryan said the surge in numbers threatens to overwhelm local hospital resources and called on state officials to set up temporary medical facilities in the Hudson Valley.

Ulster County is still short of tests for coronavirus

Ulster County is still short of tests for coronavirus

On March 8, at a press conference to report Ulster County’s first case of COVID-19, county Health Department Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith warned that a lack of testing capability was likely to complicate efforts to track and contain the contagion. Ten days later, county officials say testing capacity is ramping up, but remains vexingly short of the need. Instead, public health officials and private medical providers must make hard decisions about who gets tested and who does not.

Ulster COVID-19 case count now eight; Ryan announces food delivery program

Ulster COVID-19 case count now eight; Ryan announces food delivery program

County Executive Pat Ryan announced today an ambitious new program to provide aid to needy residents and help area restaurants stay afloat as efforts to contain the coronavirus have brought life in the Hudson Valley to a near standstill. Ryan’s announcement comes as public health officials announced three new cases of COVID-19, bringing Ulster County’s total to eight — a figure that officials say is almost certainly higher given a lack of testing capacity and the fact that the virus is frequently mistaken for the common cold or seasonal flu.

Suspect indicted in Kingston murder

Suspect indicted in Kingston murder

Authorities say they have solved one of three recent homicides in Kingston. But officials have released few details, including the suspect’s name, citing concerns for the safety of witnesses in the case.