Headlines: $8M fine for illegal dumping, parolee arrested for guns, teen guilty in shooting

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

May 16, 2024, 12:00 PM

Updated 39 days ago

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Two property owners in Ulster County are now facing an $8 million fine after Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit accusing them of illegal dumping. Joseph and Rachel Karolys allegedly disregarded solid waste and water pollution laws at three properties, repeatedly accepting and disposing of construction and demolition debris without the required DEC stormwater pollution control permits. The couple admitted to the actions and have been ordered by the court to pay the fine and completely clean up the three sites.
A Goshen parolee, Justin Babik, has been arrested after several weapons were discovered in his home. Police received a report last week alleging that Babik had made threats against law enforcement. Upon checking his apartment, they found a loaded handgun and subsequently arrested him. Upon further investigation, police discovered three more handguns, three ghost guns, three long guns, body armor, and thousands of bullets in Babik's apartment.Babik faces several charges, including criminal weapon possession and violation of parole.
Joseph Lightfoot, an 18-year-old from Wallkill, could potentially spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon. In April, Lightfoot engaged in a physical altercation with a man in Walden. During the altercation, Lightfoot brandished a loaded, unlicensed pistol and fired, inadvertently striking his girlfriend in the wrist. Lightfoot faces up to 10 years in prison and 5 years of post-release supervision.


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