Juan Ramirez, 20, of New Paltz, has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful imprisonment for allegedly sexually assaulting a co-worker.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 26, New Paltz police received a call for assistance from a 23-year-old female, reporting that she was assaulted and held against her will in the parking lot of a local apartment complex. Further investigation revealed that the two had been socializing earlier in the evening and when Ramirez walked her to her car, he allegedly forced her into it and sexually assaulted her.
Ramirez was later found at his residence and returned to the New Paltz Police Department for further investigation.
Ramirez was arraigned before New Paltz Town Justice James Bacon and remanded to the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 bail. He is being held at the jail on a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of being an illegal alien. That investigation is continuing.
New Paltz man charged with strangulation, assault and burglary
Robert Buther-Jones, 20, of New Paltz, was sent to the Ulster County Jail last Friday after he turned himself in to New Paltz Police and was charged with burglary, strangulation, criminal mischief and assault charges, New Paltz Police said.
On Jan. 26, at approximately 12:30 a.m., New Paltz Police Officers responded to a private residence in the Village of New Paltz for a reported violent domestic dispute in progress. According to police reports, the resident of that home told officers that Buther-Jones forced his way into the home by kicking in the door, police said. Once inside the home, the resident told officers, Buther-Jones physically attacked two women and damaged property.
Buther-Jones was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree burglary, a felony; second-degree strangulation, a felony; third-degree criminal mischief, a felony; and third degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Buther-Jones was arraigned before New Paltz Town Justice James Bacon and sent to Ulster County Jail on $50,000 cash bail and ordered to appear in New Paltz Town Court on Tuesday.
New Paltz Highway Department sponsors
Complete Streets seminar
New Paltz Town Highway Superintendent Michael Nielson has announced that a Complete Streets workshop will be held on Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the New Paltz Firehouse on Plattekill Avenue. Complete Streets is a national movement bringing attention to the need to plan and design streets accessible to everyone.
Lois Chaplin of the Cornell University Local Roads Program will be the program presenter. Chaplin’s background includes 20 years of experience as a bicycle and pedestrian safety expert at Cornell, where she has instructed and designed materials for fellow educators, law enforcement and most recently, planners and engineers.
The workshop will include planning strategies, basic design and maintenance principles used in bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. Additionally, participants will learn how to perform an assessment of their own community’s walkability and bikeability. Other topics covered include traffic laws, essential items for the advocate’s “toolkit,” education strategies, multi-use facilities and enforcement.
The workshop is suitable for citizen advocates, local officials and planning board or council members for villages, towns, cities and counties who are interested in learning the basics of how to safely accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians in their community.
The workshop is free to New Paltz residents and $40 for non-residents. For more information, contact the New Paltz Highway Department at 255-5050. Workshop applications are available online at www.townofnewpaltz.org. For more information about Complete Streets, visit www.completestreets.org.
New Paltz Winter Carnival
on Feb. 5 The New Paltz Winter Carnival will be held this Saturday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Moriello Park. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a performance by the Boundless Edge Ice Ensemble. The skaters will offer free skating lessons to all ages after the show at 11:30 a.m., followed by open skating and music with DJ Krista Jones. Other activities include a puck-shooting contest and a crazy game of broomball. Skates are not required. The event will also feature food and beverages, sledding, an open fire and a smores session during the final hour of the carnival. Please visit www.townofnewpaltz.org for updates or cancellations or call 255-2512.
Soup and salad series
The New Paltz United Methodist Church will hold its Soup and Salad series on Fridays starting Feb. 8 and continuing each Friday through April 8. The lunches will be served “community style” and are open to everyone. A free-will offering will be accepted to help cover costs. Lunch hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Each lunch will have two varieties of homemade soup, with at least one being vegetarian. Also, soups at $4 per quart can be ordered in advance and picked up at lunch time and after church services on Sunday in the church kitchen. The church is handicapped accessible.
For more information, including a listing of schedule of soups, contact Linda Mellor at 691-1182, firstname.lastname@example.org or NPUMC at 255-5210.
High schools to compete at Science Olympiad High school students from throughout the mid-Hudson region will return to SUNY Ulster to compete in the regional division of the nationwide Science Olympiad for top local honors in science, math and technology events this Saturday, Feb. 5.
SUNY Ulster will again host the annual event, featuring individual and team competitions that are open to the public, starting at 8 a.m. with the awards ceremony planned for 3 p.m. in Quimby Theater. The snow date is Feb. 6.
The teams will tackle projects in geology, ecology, forensics, chemistry, astronomy, Sumo-bots, helicopter, mousetrap vehicle, bottle rocket, remote sensing and other sciences. Awards will be presented for the top five teams. The three highest winning teams will advance to the state level and have the opportunity to move onto the national competition.
For more information, visit http://www.sunyulster.edu or contact Jim Perry at 687-5252, email@example.com.
Jazz for dessert concert
If you dig the smokin’ sound of rhythm and blues vocals backed by hard driving horns, head to New Paltz Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 10 for the triumphant return of The New Paltz Rock & Soul Revue. Show time begins at 7 p.m. The Rock & Soul Revue rhythm & blues band is comprised of music-loving teachers and students who play everything from Booker T. & the MGs and Aretha to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.
“Along with my colleagues, Ron Constable on drums and Eli Melamud on bass, I’ve been putting this style of band together for the past ten years,” says middle school music director Charlie Seymour. “We are “pre” School of Rock! Our vocalists are talented and do a great job fronting an exceptional backup band.”
The evening will also feature selected scenes from the middle school’s upcoming production of “Beauty & The Beast,” which will be opening at New Paltz Middle School in the first week of March.
Delicious desserts, coffee and hot chocolate will also be provided courtesy of the Main Street Bistro and the NPMS PTA.
New Paltz School District considers three-hour delays
In light of many school cancellations and numerous delays in the opening of schools due to inclement weather, New Paltz School Superintendent Maria Rice is considering the implementation of a three-hour delay when appropriate. A longer delay to the start of the school day would eliminate the loss of an entire day of instruction, thus allowing the educational process to proceed without the lengthy interruptions that the district has experienced in recent days.
With the forecast of severe weather yet to come, district administrators are finalizing a three-hour delay schedule which would allow students to have a half day of school without jeopardizing their safety by putting them on the roads prior to the highway department’s safely clearing the roads. To assist in making this decision on any given day, the district will use several weather services in addition to the collaborative methods already in place by the district’s transportation department. When a three-hour delay is called, school cafeterias will be open and lunch will be served to students according to each building’s schedule.
This information may be found by going to the district’s website at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us or the individual building websites.
Board of Ed announces change in date of meeting
The Board of Education was scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, but the meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 17. The meeting will take place in the high school at 7 p.m.
Maria Rice, Superintendent of New Paltz Schools, invites residents to attend two upcoming “Superintendent’s Coffees.” Rice’s objective in holding this series of coffees throughout the school year is to offer an informal forum in which parents and residents can share ideas and information, ask questions and get acquainted. No reservations are required. The coffees will be held in the District Office Conference Room at 1 Henry W. Dubois Drive on Feb. 9 and May 4 at 8:30 a.m.
New Paltz-Gardiner Seniors to meet
The New Paltz-Gardiner Senior meetings for February will be held on Feb 9th and 23rd, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The program on Feb. 9 will be a St. Valentine’s Day celebration -- “How did you meet your spouse?” On Feb. 23, nutritionist Barbara Swift will speak about healthy skin.
SUNY New Paltz LLI spring catalog released
The SUNY New Paltz Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI), an all-volunteer educational and social organization for adults aged 55+, has released its Spring 2011 course catalog. A sampling of classes offered includes: “Humor Writing, Astronomy, Oil Painting Basics, Living Hinduism, Opera” and so much more.
The early Spring session runs from March 23 to April 15. The late Spring session runs from April 27 to May 20. Classes are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday classes will be held on the SUNY New Paltz campus and Friday classes will meet at the Reformed Church Education Building, the Jewish Community Center or Woodland Pond.
LLI membership is $115 per year (July 1 through June 30). To request a catalog, call 257-2892, e-mail LLI at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.newpaltz.edu/lifetime, where you can find more information and also download a catalog.
Classes have limited enrollment and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pancake breakfast at the Highland Grange
The Highland Grange will be holding a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage and toast. The cost is $4.50 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free for children five and under. The Highland Grange is located at 620 New Paltz Road. Call 454-4479 for information.
Speech pathologist to speak at SUNY New Paltz
Dr. Phil Schneider, an award-winning speech-language pathologist, will discuss his new video, “Going with the Flow: A Guide to Transcending Stuttering,” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Lecture Center 102 at SUNY New Paltz. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 257-3600, 255-0614 or visit http://www.schneiderspeech.com/media.
The Town of New Paltz Planning Board invites public comment on the Park Point/Wilmorite Inc. (SUNY New Paltz housing project) scoping document now available for review at the Town of New Paltz Planning Department in Town Hall located at 1 Veteran Drive.
The Storycrafters bring tales to the Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library will present the Storycrafters this Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. with Winter’s Tales: Stories and songs to warm the heart through the dark, cold days of winter. This program has been described as a lively, laugh-filled, participation-peppered, heart-warming family performance. It is appropriate for all ages. The event will be held in the library’s community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, contact the library at 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.