July 1 to 7
Officers handled 331 calls, including two vehicle crashes and 14 domestic disputes. This is a selection of their reports.
Friday, July 1
7:30 a.m. – Harold Gaines, 31, of New Windsor, was arrested at Forrestal Heights and charged with exposure and public lewdness.
9:15 a.m. – A caller on Rombout Ave. reported the theft of a gray Trek Mountain Bike with black wheels and black handle bars.
8:45 p.m. – Shatika Gorhan, 23, of Beacon was charged with possession of a forged instrument and impersonation. Craig Roberts, 32, of Beacon, was charged with possession of a forged instrument and possession of forgery devices.
Saturday, July 2
3 a.m. – William Moreno, 39, of Beacon, was stopped on Main St. and charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
4:45 a.m. – Caller reported items missing from residence on Main St.
1:45 p.m. – William Herrera, 27, of Beacon, was arrested on Jordan Road and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a weapon, strangulation, assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
7 p.m. – Pablo Duran, 53, of Beacon, was arrested on Main St. and charged with menacing, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sunday, July 3
10:20 p.m. – After a dispute on Robert Cahill Drive, Sharray Lee, 27, of Beacon, was charged with criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, obstructing governmental administration, criminal impersonation, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.
Tuesday, July 5
5:30 p.m. – Dispute between neighbors on Crescent Drive.
Wednesday, July 6
12:45 p.m. – Officers investigated an incident of road rage on Main St.
1:30 p.m. – Caller to headquarters reported being harassed by neighbor.
10:30 p.m. – After a suspicious auto was reported on Wolcott Ave., Michael Deveaux, 28, of Beacon, was charged with assault, resisting arrest, criminal impersonation and being in park after closing.
Thursday, July 7
7:30 a.m. – A hit-and-run accident was reported on Lydia Drive.
11 a.m. – A caller reported items taken from residence on South St.
Several readers commented on the previous posting of the Beacon police blotter on this site, which includes the names of private citizens accused but not convicted of crimes, asking that those names not be published. I wholeheartedly agree that this is improper, and am very surprised that the Highlands Current, in continuing the practice, has apparently rejected those concerns.
I suggest that if the Highlands Current wants to continue with this practice, in deference to its readers, it should be forthright in presenting its reasons for doing so.
My objection to publishing a police blotter has nothing to do with justifying the need for or value of a police department. It has to do with the standards of the paper, its editorial decisions and the real value to readers. (Publishing names falls within that and I strenuously object to it.)
I am further disappointed by the striking difference between the Cold Spring Police Report and Beacon Police Blotter, with Beacon names continuing to be listed. What are the implications? Is it okay to publish names of people in Beacon but not in Cold Spring? We learn identity along with sordid details from Beacon. Cold Spring incidents get a breezy summary. It seems unfair. It seems biased. Perhaps it allows for more fill articles, with titles, for things that might be better listed in a CSPD summary anyway.
This is not what I want from my news and information source.
Agreed with the past commenters. This seems misguided and unnecessary in this type of publication.