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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.
On March 26, 2021, police detectives from the Town of New Windsor & City of Newburgh Police Departments, along with members of the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, Orange County Sheriff’s Office – Special Operations Group and Federal Probation Officers executed a court authorized search warrant at 80 Continental Drive in the Town of New Windsor. This search warrant was the result of a several month long investigation into the illegal possession of narcotics by an individual residing at the residence.
This search resulted in the seizure of over 500 grams of fentanyl, 125 grams of crack / cocaine and approximately $50,000 in U.S. Currency.
Wilfredo S. Gonzalez Jr., age 41 of New Windsor, was arrested and charged federally with drug possession violations, as well as violation of the terms and conditions of his Federal Probation. He was transported to the Hudson Valley Office of the FBI and is awaiting presentation to the Southern District Court in White Plains later today. He faces a minimum of 10-years in a federal penitentiary if convicted.
New Windsor Police Chief Robert L. Doss stated, “I want to thank our federal, county and municipal law enforcement partners for their assistance in this case. I want to make it clear to the New Windsor community that we are fully committed to aggressively pursuing dangerous drug dealers like Mr. Gonzalez, who chose to supply dangerous drugs like fentanyl to people in our town."
This is a joint press release by the New Windsor Police Dept. and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Release Date – September 23, 2020:
The Town of New Windsor Police Department arrested a man today following an ongoing investigation into a hit and run motor vehicle crash. The crash involved multiple parked cars in a parking lot off of State Route 300 in New Windsor and no one was injured in the crash. Immediately after receiving a report of the crash, New Windsor police officers located the motor vehicle that caused the accident and its operator several miles away after it had fled the scene. As part of their investigation, the officers found the vehicle’s operator to be in possession of substances that they believed to be illegal drugs. The vehicle operator identified himself as a police officer and he stated that he was in possession of the substances in his official capacity as a police officer. Further investigation determined that the driver did not legally possess the substances as part of his police authority and lab confirmation determined that the substances involved were in fact a quantity of cocaine and a hallucinogenic drug known as MDMA.
Arrested was: Carlos Mendez, age 41 of Middletown, NY. Mr. Mendez is employed by the City of Newburgh Police Department as a Police Officer. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree (D-class felony), Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-class misdemeanor), official misconduct (A-class misdemeanor) and leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident (traffic infraction). He was arraigned before Town Justice Noreen Calderin and released as required by state law with no bail and a mandatory appearance ticket to appear in town court on October 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. for further court action.
New Windsor Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “Every police officer takes an oath of office when they are appointed to their position and when that oath is violated, it falls upon other police officers to hold the line and do what is right. That is exactly what happened in this case. No one is above the law, especially police officers. I commend the New Windsor police officers that investigated this complaint to its fullest extent and I would expect nothing less from them.”
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler stated, “I thank the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their professionalism and diligence on this case. It is always disappointing when there is an allegation that a police officer has engaged in criminal conduct, and even more so when it is alleged that an officer has used his badge to attempt to hide from his crimes. No one is above the law. Thankfully, instances of police officers committing the types crimes alleged here are rare, particularly here in Orange County, where the vast majority of our police officers behave honorably and legally in risking their lives every day to keep our residents and property safe. When allegations of criminal police misconduct are made, they must be diligently investigated and acted upon.”
The New Windsor Police Department will not be releasing the booking photograph in this case due to it being prohibited under New York Public Officers Law, Section 89, which was amended in mid-2019 to prohibit the release of booking photographs due to it being an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”.
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.
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
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.
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!
Four time Felon for DWI Arrested again for Felony DWI
New Windsor Police Department arrested Michael R. Burgher age 54 of Washingtonville NY for Felony DWI on September 12, 2020.
Mr Burgher has 4 prior Felony DWI convictions (and 2 prior Misdemeanor convictions for DWI). He was arraigned before Judge Calderin and because of his multiple Felony convictions he was sent to Orange County Jail without bail.
Since the Labor Day weekend New Windsor Police has made 12 DWI related arrests.
2 Were Felony DWI arrests (Mr. Burgher above) and:
Andre Mcleod age 39 of Highland Mills NY
5 were for Misdemeanor Alcohol DWI arrests:
Randy Montero De Oleo, age 33 of New Windsor NY
Corazon Martinez-Garcia, age 45 of Newburgh NY
Danny Feliciano, age 43 of Cornwall NY
Francis Jaca, age 22 of Cornwall NY
Henry Cuatecoreyes, age 23 of Newburgh NY
2 arrests were for Misdemeanor Driving while Ability Impaired By Drugs
Maryann Williams, age 36 of Highland NY
Robert Gerbino, age 33 of New Windsor NY
One other arrest is pending awaiting Lab results
2 arrests for driving with Licenses suspended for DWI offences:
Sean Eusty,Age 33 of Newburgh NY
Joseph Pan, Age 42 of Wappinger Falls NY
Congratulations to New Windsor Police Officer Ryan Sussman who was recognized by Orange County Stop DWI for his outstanding enforcement efforts in the area of driving while intoxicated as well as driving with ability impaired by drugs for the year 2019.