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Issue 38 — April 20, 2017
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Two More Arrested In
Port Anti-Drug Campaign
By Ken Baumel

PORT JERVIS — With drug-overdose deaths continuing to mount, Port Jervis Police and the Orange County District Attorney's office and law-enforcement agencies are going all out to stem the tide of drug dealing and drug use, especially since it can lead to overdose, according to Port Police Chief William Worden. The increased use of sting (undercover) operations is the direct result of agencies banding together more frequently since last year.

Worden said that last week, Port Police Dept., the Orange County Sheriff's Special Operations Group, and Deerpark Police Dept. executed a City Court search warrant at 18 Elizabeth St., Apartment #3 and arrested the following suspects residing in the apartment:

Elizabeth Valles and Kareem Valles, both aged 41. Police charged Elizabeth with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, with Intent to Sell (a Class B felony), Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (a Class B felony), and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (a Class A misdemeanor).

Police charged Kareem with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree with Intent to Sell, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.

Police reported that they recovered heroin and cash during the search. Both defendants were arraigned in Port Jervis City Court and remanded to Orange County Jail without bail pending further court appearances. Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler is prosecuting a case against each defendant.

Worden said, "The arrests are based on continuing undercover investigations into the sales of illicit narcotic drugs in the City of Port Jervis and surrounding areas.

"A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

"Port Jervis Police continue to ask the public for their assistance under the "If You See Something, Say Something," program. If you suspect a person or persons are selling drugs in your neighborhood, please report that to the City Police Dept. [the anonymous and confidential TIPS hotline is (845) 858-4003]."

Faure-In-A-Day Singers Workshop

MILFORD — All singers are welcome to this one day "Faure Requiem" workshop hosted by the Tri-State Chorale on Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Drew United Methodist Church, 49 Sussex St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

We will work with 6 professionals: 3 area conductors: Matthew Rupcich, Richard Horst, and Ruth Ann Gordon, along with featured guests: Soprano, Jennifer Cowgill; Baritone, George Levandowski; and organist, Sheri Melcher.

It's a great opportunity for area singers from different groups to enjoy singing together while learning something about performing Faure's Requiem. Fee includes reception. All funds go toward the cost of our professionals. If you have a Faure Requiem vocal score, please bring it, but if you don't, we will gladly lend you one for the day. (Please email Susan Rustin at tristatechorale@gmail.com for additional information or to reserve a score.)

The Tri-State Chorale is a dynamic collaboration between our professional music director/conductor/vocal coach, Matthew Rupcich, and a group of local singers, of varied abilities, for whom both performance quality and vocal education are our top priority.

We welcome young adult to mature singers with the opportunity to improve their vocal awareness and singing skills through the study of a variety of works from classical to choral, theatrical, folk, gospel. We are a Not-For-Profit organization started in 2016 as a summertime only singing group. Membership is free for students.


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