Town of New Windsor Police Press Releases


Please find and view the most up to date news and information regarding the Town of New Windsor Police Department listed below.

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Police assist first person into ‘Hope Not Handcuffs’ program for treatment

Release Date – August 12, 2020:

         The Town of New Windsor Police Department assisted its first person into the Hope Not Handcuffs
program today, just more than a week after the program went live with the department. The person heard
about the program and walked into to the Police Department lobby looking for help with his drug addiction.
He was soon greeted by Officer Anthony Weed and Officer Brian Levy, who began the first steps in the process
with him. As part of the program, the Officers contacted a volunteer ‘angel’ to respond to the police station to
complete the process of locating a treatment facility for the individual.

         Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “It is my hope that this is just the first of many people who will come
to the Police Department for help with their addictions. We all know that there are several people in our
community that are battling with addiction related issues every day. I want people to understand that we are
here to help and to assist them in any way possible. It is a huge moment in a person’s life when they finally
decide that they just can’t live a certain way anymore and they decide to do something about it. This program
works but it can only work with community trust in the Police Department. This man trusted us when he had
nowhere else to turn and we were able to help him begin his journey to recovery. It is truly a wonderful thing
to be able to help people in this way.”

Photo: Officer Brian Levy (L) and Officer Anthony Weed (R) stand near the new Hope Not Handcuffs sign at
Police Headquarters

       The Hope Not Handcuffs organization works with local law enforcement agencies to provide support. A
person struggling with any addiction can voluntarily walk in to a participating Police Department, like in New
Windsor, and ask for help. They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect. A trained Angel
volunteer will be called to the station to help find treatment. The Hope Not Handcuffs program is a
community outreach program designed to reach people struggling with drug addiction to encourage them to
seek recovery and regain control of their lives. It is community members taking care of community members.

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Prescription Drug Drop Box

The Town of New Windsor Police Department is reminding the community that the best way to dispose of most types of old, unwanted, or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop the medicine off at a drug take back site.

The New Windsor Police Department, located at 555 Union Avenue is designated as a permanent drug take back site that is open to the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Anyone can stop off at the police station to place their unwanted medications into a secure prescription drop box in the lobby.

Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “It is so important that we continue to raise awareness in our community about the serious dangers of keeping unused medications in the home, especially when it comes to opioid pain medications.  We know that trouble with opioids often starts at home when the unused medications fall into the wrong hands.  I urge you to do your part in protecting your family by eliminating the risk. Gather them up and get rid of them! ”

Since June of 2016, the New Windsor Police Department has collected and disposed of over 1,300 lbs. of unwanted medicines.  The collected medications are permanently disposed of by incineration at an EPA approved location.  






Sex Offender arrested at private playground


02/27/2020 1:30pm


Prepared by Deputy Chief Michael Farbent


Town of New Windsor Police arrest Mark Edward Nelson age 61 of Newburgh NY,  after investigating a report of a male trespassing in a fenced in playground of a Nursery School in town. Two employees and two children were exiting the Nursery School out of the side door adjacent to the playground when the suspect approached them in the darkened area and attempted to make contact with them while in the playground school property. The women and children then retreated to their vehicle and left the area and police were later notified.

 New Windsor Police then investigated the incident and were able to determine that the suspect was Mark Edward Nelson, a Level 3 sex offender in New York State. Level 3 is the most dangerous level.


Mr Edward was located and arrested for Criminal Trespass in the 3rd Degree.

He was released without bail due to the Bail Reform Laws that prevent him being remanded to Jail.


This is the link to Mark Nelson sex offender webpage:

On January 24, 2020, New Windsor Police Officers Hardy Pierce and Jeremy Arcaro were at Little Britain Elementary School to do an Anti-bullying presentation for the 2nd – 5th grade students. 

The Officer’s presentation went great and there was quite a bit of positive feedback from children on the topic. Officer Pierce and Officer Arcaro are also members of the department’s very active Community Policing Unit.


Dispatcher Stephen A Bedetti was recently presented with the New Windsor Police Department ‘Service Achievement Award’ for recently achieving 30 years of service with the town. Dispatcher Bedetti is currently the town's dispatcher supervisor who works closely with all the emergency service agencies in the town. This includes all police, fire and ambulance services. Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “It’s quite the achievement to work at any job for thirty years. The fact that Stephen worked all of those years dispatching and coordinating emergency service personnel throughout the town under stressful circumstances is commendable and I offer my congratulations to him.”

On January 29, 2020, New Windsor Police Officer Brian McLean spoke with the local Girl Scouts troop about his duties as the department’s K-9 Officer. Officer McLean, who is a 23-year veteran of the police force, has been a member of the K-9 unit for 16 years. His current K-9 partner is named Soto and he is a German Sheppard that is 7 years old. In 2019, Officer McLean and K-9 Sato handled 119 calls for the department. These calls include many areas of responsibility such as: Investigating alarms, building searches, tracking missing persons and sniffing for illegal drugs. Thank you for all that you do for the Town Officer McLean!

Jessica Lopez, also known as Yessica Lopez, was reported missing to the City of Newburgh Police Department on November 3, 2019.  Investigation into her whereabouts has now shown that the last place she was seen was the Windsor Motel on Rt 9W in the Town of New Windsor in the early morning hours of November 3, 2019.  Ms. Lopez has not been heard from since and she is missing under suspicious circumstances.  

Ms. Lopez’s silver 2005 Toyota Camry, NY Registration JDC9597, has been located by police at Showtime Cinema on Rt 300 in the Town of Newburgh, as previously reported.  Police are now asking for the community’s help in determining where her vehicle traveled on Sunday, November 3, 2019 before it was parked at Showtime Cinema.  Anyone having seen Ms. Lopez’s vehicle (see photos) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on November 3, 2019 is asked to contact police at (845)565-7000.  We are also urging local businesses and homeowners to review their security camera footage during this timeframe to see if her vehicle happens to be captured on video.  

The Town of New Windsor Police Department is now the lead agency investigating this missing person report.  Since taking over the investigation, police investigators have followed up on over 200 leads.  In addition to following up on leads, over the past several days an extensive ground search has been undertaken in the Northern New Windsor area including areas in the City and Town of Newburgh.  

Assisting the New Windsor Police in this investigation is: The New York State Police, Town & City of Newburgh Police Departments, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, New York State DEC Police and Forest Rangers, DEA, Orange & Putnam County Sheriff’s Offices, Westchester County Police Dept., and the Ramapo Search & Rescue.

This matter is still under active investigation and police are continuing to follow up on several leads.  Anyone that may know something about Ms. Lopez’s whereabouts is urged to call the New Windsor Police immediately at (845)565-7000.  Additional press releases will be distributed by the New Windsor Police Department when more information becomes available.  See vehicle photos provided.  Thank you.

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The Town of New Windsor Police Department arrested a man today in connection to the September 21, 2019 murder of 21-year old Chelsea Debidin that occurred at The Knox Village Apartments, 835 Blooming Grove Turnpike, New Windsor, New York.  This arrest is a result of the ongoing investigation into this shooting incident by the New Windsor Police Department, along with the New York State Police, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the O.C. District Attorney’s Office and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center. 

New Windsor Police Chief Robert L. Doss stated, “The arrest of this coward is a result of our ongoing investigation into this shooting that has not stopped since the day it occurred.  The multi-agency team of investigators assigned to this case deserve the credit for taking Mr. Rivera off the street today and it is a direct result of their hard work and tenacity.  Chelsea has been in all our thoughts and prayers and I hope this arrest helps bring some closure to her amazing family.” 

Arrested today was:  Carlos A. Rivera, 47 years old, of the City of Newburgh.  He was charged with Murder 2nd Degree and Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, both Felonies.  Rivera was arraigned this evening before Town Justice George J. Meyers and sent to Orange County Jail on no bail.  He is scheduled back in New Windsor Town Court on Thursday, November 14, 2019 for further court action. 

This incident is still under active investigation and this case is NOT closed.  Anyone that may know something about this incident is urged to call the New Windsor Police at (845)565-7000.  

Additional press releases will be distributed by the New Windsor Police Department when more information becomes available.

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


New Windsor Police Sergeant William Ruger was awarded the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chair Award for 2019 for his leadership as our grant project director of the Police Traffic Services (“PTS”) grant.

New Windsor Police Sergeant William Ruger was awarded the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chair Award for 2019 for his leadership as our grant project director of the Police Traffic Services (“PTS”) grant. Sgt. Ruger was recognized for his effective use of NYS grant funds in increasing motorist awareness of vehicle & traffic laws and for reducing personal injury motor vehicle crashes in New Windsor by 21% over the past year. He was also recognized for his innovative and productive use of grant funding to conduct nighttime traffic checkpoints to enforce & educate motorists in the area of child passenger safety. During just two of these nighttime traffic checkpoints conducted in 2019, an astonishing 45 child restraint violations were observed by Officers and enforcement action was taken.

The GTSC Chair Award is presented annually to an individual and their organization for having made efficient use of public resources and for producing programs that are innovative, superior and highly successful in promoting traffic safety. This year’s award was presented on October 24, 2019 at the NYS Highway Safety Symposium in Albany, New York. Pictured in the photo is Sgt. William Ruger (L) and NYS DMV Commissioner & Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder (R). New Windsor Police Chief Robert Doss was also in attendance for the award presentation.