Amanda L. Fries

Investigative Reporter

Poughkeepsie, NY

Amanda L. Fries

Investigative Reporter


Half of local bridges need repairs

Rolling across a bridge in Dutchess County, with your spouse at your side and the kids in the back, how often do you wonder: How safe is this bridge? In Dutchess County, 156 of 333 bridges, or 47 percent, are in need of repairs, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of the New York State Highway bridge data collected through Aug. 31.
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Trump's golf club wants $4 million cut in tax assessment

How much is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s golf club in East Fishkill worth? About one-third of what it is assessed, according to papers filed by the business mogul’s Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, in Stormville. Less than a month before Trump announced his bid for president, Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, filed a grievance in May 2015 with the town to reduce the private golf club’s assessed value by 66 percent.
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City of Poughkeepsie owes $7.8 million and counting

Money owed by the City of Poughkeepsie continues to mount as the new administration unearths unpaid bills totaling more than $7.8 million. In the first month since taking office, Mayor Rob Rolison's administration has discovered Poughkeepsie owes money to various entities, from the state pension fund to Dutchess County to vendors.
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Molinaro: $192 million jail project aids efficiency, saves money

The face of criminal justice in Dutchess County could dramatically change in the next five years. Dutchess County officials are considering a wide-ranging plan that would build a new, bigger jail, a modern, more efficient sheriff's office, increase alternatives to incarceration and examine programs for youths and special populations.
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Tubman Terrace property manager accused of embezzling funds

From airfare to dinners out to phone and dental bills, Carl Immich allegedly used the federally-funded Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments as his personal credit card and checking account for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The 53-year-old Immich is accused of abusing his position of authority and charging on the Tubman credit card, writing checks on the Tubman bank account and padding the payroll to benefit himself and others.
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Britton family killer seeks parole

Imagine the man who killed your mother, father and little brother walking the streets a free man. Now imagine the killer is your brother and he tried to kill you, too. This is the thought that haunts Sherry Shafer — the sister of Brian Britton and the only survivor to the rampage Britton went on nearly 27 years ago.
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Prison staff remain on payrolls despite excessive force lawsuits

When he was assaulted a second time in two weeks at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, Melvin Wells believed it was payback. who received $65,000 in 2011 to settle a lawsuit that grew out of the incidents — had dared to file a complaint, or grievance, against the officer he said had beaten him the first time.
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State probing Folts Homes’ finances

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating “financial irregularities” at Folts Homes. The probe began late last year, the office’s Deputy Press Secretary Michelle Hook said. Hook wouldn’t comment further. Folts Homes Administrator Fortunato Scerbo III said in an email that the facility is aware of the investigation and is cooperating fully.
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Slain 6-year-old's father: 'She cared for everyone'

Still scattered throughout the Camden home of Lauren Belius’ grandmother are two of every toy and piece of clothing – one of each for Lauren, and the others for her twin sister, Erica. But now, this rural dwelling is quietly missing half of what often made it so special: 6-year-old Lauren will never walk through the door again and say, “I want you to call me ladybug, Grandma,” Joyce Danough said as she barely held back tears Thursday morning.
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Judge: Trebilcock lacked criminal responsibility in stabbing

A shaking and teary-eyed grandfather of 6-year-old Lauren Belius watched as two balloons — one from him and another from Lauren’s father — floated above the Oneida County Courthouse on Tuesday. “It’s a travesty of justice,” said John Belius Sr., the grandfather of Lauren. “This monster should never be able to walk the face of this earth again as far as I am concerned.”.
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New Central Valley district shaping identity

When Ilion and Mohawk schools merge next year, the Central Valley Central School District will represent both communities. But it also will have its own identity. “I want to represent something that’s unique,” Matt Joyce, 13, of Mohawk, said. “Not something that is bland or copied.”. Developing that image has been the job of the 23 members of the school identity advisory committee, which is made up of students, community members and faculty.
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Mohawk-Ilion school district merger passes

Despite a lower-than-expected turnout, Mohawk and Ilion school district residents approved the two-district merger 2,092 to 867 Tuesday night. The merger passed by more than a 2-1 margin in both districts: It’s estimated that total votes for Mohawk and Ilion were down about 25 percent from October’s vote, Ilion Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. said.
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