HEADLINES: Pine Island murder-suicide, ‘puppy mill’ busted, 3 residents earn new cars
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
New information has been released about an apparent murder-suicide between neighbors in Orange County. Neighbors on Newport Bridge Road in Pine Island are in shock and upset after police say 35-year-old Timothy Todman Jr. shot his 38-year-old neighbor, Ryan Wendt, during a dispute. Wendt was fatally shot in his driveway and found by police alongside his ATV, according to a neighbor. Authorities say Todman turned the gun on himself before police arrived. Neighbors say the two had been involved in an ongoing dispute about construction at Wendt's property. Warwick police confirm officers responded to the victim's home multiple times for various noise and construction complaints but wouldn't say who called in.
An Orange County woman is facing animal cruelty charges for operating an alleged "puppy mill" out of her home. State police say more than 50 dogs were seized last month from a house on Route 284 in Unionville. They say the animals were covered in feces and living in deplorable conditions. The dog's owner, 41-year-old Golden Iroldi, is now facing three counts of animal cruelty and was released on an appearance ticket. News 12 has been told the dogs were taken to the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society where they are OK.
Three Dutchess County residents got a new set of wheels this week. It was part of a county program called "Way to Work," which helps low-income people get and keep a job, even getting a chance to earn a car to get them to and from work by working hard through the initiative. News 12 spoke to one person about what it means to get a car. "I work a lot and want to be able to provide easier, so having the car and being blessed with getting the privilege to have a car is going to make it a lot easier for me to take care of the family and move forward in careers," says Lisa Vasquez, of Poughkeepsie. County Executive Marc Molinaro says Tuesday's event marked over 900 cars that have been given to county residents since the program began in early 2000.