Headlines: Newburgh bus stabbing, Operation Final Blow, senior living complex fire
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
The defendant in a commercial bus stabbing in Newburgh will now spend 10 years behind bars. Maleek Philips, 38, faces 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision after he pled guilty in January to attempted assault in the first degree.
The knife attack happened on Aug. 26, 2022, while Philips was a passenger traveling from Albany to New York City. Police say when the bus traveled through the Town of Newburgh on Interstate 87, Phillips began threatening passengers on the bus. He then pulled out a knife and cut one victim on the neck and chest, causing a collapsed lung. Phillips fled the bus and cut his own throat before he was located nearby by police.
A drug trafficker could spend more than a decade in prison when he's sentenced in May. The Orange County DA says Christian Shomo, of Middletown, also known as Monster, pleaded guilty to operating as a major drug trafficker. Shomo was arrested after a monthslong investigation known as Operation Final Blow. Police confiscated a long list of illegal narcotics, as well as seven illegal firearms, more than 150,000, eleven vehicles, four motorcycles and two ATVs. The DA plans to recommend 13 years in prison and five years post-release supervision.
Fire officials in the Town of Cornwall are now investigating a fire at a senior living facility. They say crews were called to the Idlewild Creek Senior Living Complex Tuesday night. At least 13 residents in ten apartments were evacuated. No injuries were reported. Those who were displaced received support from the Cornwall Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.