Police Chief Watt’s July 12 report to Goshen Village Board

Goshen. The report includes a week’s worth of activity, including a parade, fireworks warning, accidents and arrests, plus information about upcoming events within the village.

| 12 Jul 2021 | 01:26

The following is Village of Goshen Police Chief James C. Watt’s report to the Village Board and Mayor Peter Smith on July 12:

Grand Circuit racing returns

Grand Circuit racing returned to Historic Track July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Crowds were good and there were no serious problems, only a few medical and public assistance calls.

Heroes Day

On July 3rd, Heroes Day took place with a 5k race with a 132 participants, vendors, food and music in the Church Park, a first responders, veterans and essential workers parade at noon and a first for Goshen, kiddies fun runs on the home stretch at Historic Track between the first and second races.

The Department wishes to thank the Village DPW, NYSP, OCSO and Town of Goshen PD for assistance with the days’ events. Special thanks to Jim and Molly O’Donnell and Goshen Illuminated for sponsoring the event.


The Department received numerous reports of fireworks being set off over the holiday weekend. One person was charged with unlawfully dealing with fireworks and released on an appearance ticket.

Reminder to village residents: Any firework that leaves the ground or causes an audible report is an illegal firework in New York.

Cash found

On July 4th, a quantity of cash was found outside a local business. The owner can call 294-7988 to identify the amount and location it was lost.

Church Park concert series

On Wednesday, June 7th, the first of the concert series occurred in the Church park. The event was well attended and there were no problems.

Concerts are every Wednesday, weather permitting, through July and August

Assault and harassment

On July 8th, a subject was arrested for assault and harassment. That subject was virtually arraigned before a City of Newburgh judge and released with an order of protection served.

Three-car accident, injuries, drug arrests

Also, on July 8th, two drivers received minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident on State Route 17A at Hatfield Lane. The two drivers were transported to Garnet Medical Center for their injuries.

Four subjects ran away from the third involved vehicle and were later apprehended on Lower Reservoir Road with assistance from Town of Goshen Police and NYSP. The driver of that vehicle was charged with reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He was turned over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for criminal impersonation.

A second subject in the vehicle was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hallucinogens), seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (LSD) and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He was turned over to Yonkers Police on a warrant for criminal possession of stolen property.

The third and fourth subjects in the vehicle were charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana released on appearance tickets.

Tour de Goshen

The 34th annual Tour De Goshen is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22.

Residents and motorists are advised to use caution when travelling on the South Street - South Church Street - North Church Street corridor and the West Main - Main Street corridor as there will be a heavy bicyclist presence throughout the day.

Patrols will be assigned on these corridors to enforce traffic laws.