Headlines: Poughkeepsie fire, money laundering for Russian oligarch, Gun buyback event

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

Apr 27, 2023, 10:44 AM

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Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
City of Poughkeepsie fire officials responded to a house fire on Montgomery Street Wednesday. Responding firefighters found smoke showing and located a fire in a three-story residential house. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, which was contained to an exterior wall of the first floor. The living areas of the house were not damaged. The fire appears to be accidental in nature currently, but an investigation is ongoing.
A Westchester County attorney has pleaded guilty in a scheme to pocket millions in exchange for helping a sanctioned Russian oligarch. Robert Wise, of Pelham, admitted to one count of conspiring to commit international money laundering. Prosecutors say Wise agreed to maintain six properties owned by Viktor Vekselberg in exchange for $3.8 million. Wise faces a maximum sentence of five-years in prison when sentenced in November.
The largest gun buyback event in the state is happening this weekend in Ulster County. Attorney General Letitia James is teaming up with the NYPD, inviting people to turn in guns, no questions asked, in exchange for up to $500 in the form of gift cards. The location for Saturday's event is the American Legion Post at 18 West O'Reilly Street in Kingston from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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