Headlines: Guilty plea in fatal stabbing, Wappinger standoff, BSA sex abuse claims
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A 20-year-old Middletown woman has pleaded guilty in the death of a Middletown high school student. Chelsea Johnson admitted to fatally stabbing 17-year-old Roy Boyd back in January. The incident escalated after Johnson's ex-boyfriend went to her house to pick up his belongings. Boyd was accompanying the victim when an argument broke out. That's when Johnson fatally stabbed Boyd in the neck. Johnson faces up to 18 years in prison when she is sentenced on Jan. 25.
State police have released new information on an incident in which a man barricaded himself inside his Wappinger home over the weekend. Officials say troopers responded to the home on Cooper Road Saturday morning for a welfare check. They talked to 44-year-old Jerry Ford, but he eventually became uncooperative, went inside his home, and grabbed what appeared to be a firearm. Officials say he aimed the firearm at officers before going back inside the home. Ford was arrested and charged with menacing, though the weapon turned out to be a BB gun rifle. Ford is due back in court later this month.
More than 82,000 people have filed sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America, according to the New York Times. Victim lawyers say the claims far outnumber the accusations against the American Catholic Church. The organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in February, saying it plans to use the process to establish a compensation fund for abuse victims. Those claims will now be vetted.