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Members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) report the arrest of Farrad H. Thompson, 30, of Paterson,
Saugerties police have released the identity of a murder victim and his killer on July 9 after waiting months to verify the details of his killing through DNA analysis. The puncture-ridden body of Randall Keith Adels, 58, was spotted by a Saugerties police officer peering through the window of the man’s estranged wife’s home at 1976 Old Kings Highway at approximately 2 a.m. on the evening of March 29.
According to police, a search yielded over 600 “decks” of fentanyl, half an ounce of cocaine, over 120 tablets of methadone, a quantity of heroin, marihuana, and drug packaging materials.
Ulster County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith announced today that an employee at Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston has tested positive this week for the COVID-19 virus. Anyone who has shopped at this Mother Earth store from July 1st to July 5 is urged to promptly contact their primary care physician and seek testing, or contact the Ulster County COVID-19 hotline.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan declared next week, July 12-19, will be “Get Tested Week.” The initiative aims to encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19. “Anyone and everyone is eligible and encouraged to get tested,” said Ryan.
Saugerties will be convening a police reform commission in compliance with governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order ‘New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative’. The governor’s executive order requires local police agencies to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input.
Saugerties recreation and parks director Greg Chorvas said that the American Legion and Dutchmen baseball will play short seasons starting this month. As the teams return to play, the insurance carriers have forwarded a series of guidelines and policies that must be followed.
“Cheers to the Town of Saugerties, Ulster County, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Catskill Mountainkeeper, other groups and the NYS Attorney General’s office for fighting one owner’s illegal construction and demolition debris (C&D) landfills. People have a right to clean air, soil and water,” writes a reader.
A traditional summer highlight in Saugerties has been the annual July 4 parade, with participation from fire departments around Ulster County and floats from many community organizations. The coronavirus pandemic, however, forced the event to be split among the various fire departments within Saugerties, and to travel to all the hamlets, a run of about 31 miles.