Headlines: Mount Vernon 1988 homicide victim ID’d, Durst mistrial denied, ATM stolen
Here are some stories making headlines in the Hudson Valley.
The victim of a 1988 homicide from Mount Vernon has finally been identified, according to the Westchester District Attorney's Office. Officials were able to identify "Jane Doe Mount Vernon" as Veronica Wiederhold through DNA testing. The 19-year-old was found dead and naked by Mount Vernon police near Carleton Avenue on Feb. 14, 1988. She was last seen by her family in Brooklyn in late 1987 before she was found dead.
Robert Durst's request for a mistrial has been denied by a California judge. Durst is accused of killing his friend Susan Berman to prevent her from revealing what happened to his wife Kathie, who disappeared from Westchester. Last week, a specialist testified that Durst's health is so poor that his testimony could kill him. However, the judge ruled the significance of the crime was greater than Durst's health.
An ATM has been stolen in Dutchess County. Officials say thieves with crow bars broke into a Beekman deli and left with the entire ATM. Authorities believe this incident may be related to an out-of-state crime ring previously stealing cars.