HEADLINES: Peekskill man convicted of murder, Hope Not Handcuffs, Cornwall insect identified
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A Peekskill man has been convicted of fatally shooting a Mohegan Lake man. The Westchester DA's office says 22-year-old Michael Jenkins met Emmanuel Jordan on Paulding Street in Peekskill to purchase drugs last year. During the exchange, Jenkins fatally shot Jordan multiple times, robbed him, and fled the scene. Jenkins was arrested the next day. His sentencing is set for next month. Jenkins faces a minimum of 15 years to life.
Orange County is providing support for those struggling with substance abuse. The county is giving nearly $95,000 to Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley. The program helps find treatment options for those seeking help to reduce dependency on heroin, prescription drugs, and other substances.
There is an update on that large insect that a News 12 viewer in Cornwall thought looked like a "murder hornet." Thankfully, that doesn't appear to be the case. Experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension say "murder hornets" are not found along the East Coast of the United States. They say the insect appears to be Tremex columba, commonly known as a Pigeon Tremex or Pigeon Horntail.