Thursday, September 7, 2017



Esopus man charged with menacing cops

TOWN OF ESOPUS – A local man was arrested for allegedly menacing police officers with a rifle.

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said when deputies arrived at 6:30 Wednesday morning, Richard Neese, 51, was standing on the rear deck of his Esopus home armed with a rifle. After a brief standoff, he disarmed himself, but while being taken into custody by deputies and state troopers, he fought, causing minor injury to a trooper.

Neese was charged with three felony counts of menacing a police officer, assault, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by State Police, a State Police K-9 Unit and Town of Rosendale Police.


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