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11/19/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Court rules in favor or new trial for former Beacon cop

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) According to a court document, Sassi testified at the trial he was a law enforcement officer and was at the home of a previous confidential informant. The informant heard someone else starting to enter the home. Sassi was asked by the informant to wait in her closet, states the court document.

Sassi told the court, according to the court document, that he heard the informant arguing with her boyfriend when he left her closet. Sassi told the court the informant’s former boyfriend pushed him and cursed at him. Sassi called the police then on a cell phone. Sassi, it was alleged, told the law enforcement agency that a burglary was in progress.

In its decision, the appeals court ruled that Dutchess County Judge Stephen Greller failed to provide the jury with the legal definition of burglary. That required the reversal and a new trial decided the panel.

Sassi was sentenced to six months in prison and $1,250 in fines by Judge Greller earlier this year. The former Det. Sgt. for the Beacon Police Department, who was also a member of the Dutchess Country Drug Task Force, was released from jail after Appellate Court Judge Jeffrey Cohen put a stay on his six-month sentence.

After a recommendation by a hearing officer earlier this year, Sassi was terminated by the Beacon Police Department.

Sassi, Jr. is the son of former Beacon Police Chief Richard Sassi.

Sassi, Jr.’s lawyer and the District Attorney’s Office did not return inquiries for comment.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Beacon Players to cut “Footloose” this weekend

Ariel, played by Samantha Springer (center), rehearses a scene from “Footloose” along with Maddy Simmonds, Dillion Joseph and Leah Sigel. - Courtesy photo

“Footloose The Musical” will have audience members dancing in their seats at Beacon High School Nov. 21-23.

The Oscar and Tony-nominated score has been augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical. “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Based on the original movie, “Footloose The Musical” tells the story of the lively city boy, Ren, who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned by an anxious reverend.

After the culture shock sets in, Ren tries to gain support from his friends to overturn the extreme ban, and while doing so, he catches the attention of the preacher's daughter. The pop/rock score features such hits as “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out for a Hero” and the hit title song by Kenny Loggins that will bring audiences to their feet.

The Beacon Players have been working extremely hard, both our cast and crews, to prepare this fun musical for you,” said director Anthony Scarrone. “With our large cast, our Youth Cast and the addition of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Youth Choir, this show will take us to our next level.”

The show is Nov. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Nov 19-25, 2014 issue:

  • Participants reader to 'better' themselves.

The BetterU kick-off event was held at Gold’s Gym on Wednesday, Nov. 12 when the 12 participants were announced. Pictured are the participants and sponsors: Adrienne Strother, seated from left, Donna Kosack, Monica Lorca, Melissa McCoy, Melissa Erlebacher, standing from left, Denise Doring Van Buren, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Vice President of Public Relations; Mary Bish; Jennifer Brizzi; Rita Bohlinger; Stephanie Principe; Christina Matthews; Elizabeth Donahue; Kathy Braun; Kim Kenyon, Manager Gold’s Gym LaGrange; John Mack, Director of Surgical Physician Assistant & Cardiology Allied Health Services with Health Quest Medical Practice.
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