2 teenagers in Kiryas Joel charged after $500 window broken
By Chris Mckenna • RecordOnline
KIRYAS JOEL — Two 15-year-old Kiryas Joel boys accused of throwing a rock through a home window Sunday night have been charged with criminal mischief, a felony, and criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
The arrests followed several days of rowdy protests by local students in response to a wedding celebrated by a dissident congregation Wednesday just outside Kiryas Joel. Their activities included overturning the car of a relative of the wedding couple.
The two boys charged with smashing a $500 window on Satmar Drive had earlier been questioned about the overturned car, according to state police. They have been released to await action in Family Court.
Kiryas Joel Sects Clash Over Wedding
North Country Gazette
ORANGE COUNTY—Disturbances throughout Kiryas Joel since last week have resulted in several police responses.
On Wednesday night, State Police responded to the property of the Bnai Joel School located on CR 105 in the Town of Woodbury. Troopers with assistance of the Town of Woodbury PD located a group of Yeshiva students from the main congregation in the Village of Kiryas Joel attempting to trespass onto the property and disrupt a wedding which was in progress.
Police said their investigation determined the wedding was the first officiated without the presence or approval of the main congregation. A rabbi performing the ceremony was not typically recognized by the congregation. The group was dispersed without incident.
During the evening, disturbances continued when several residents from Kiryas Joel were telephonically harassed by Yeshiva students from the main congregation UTA school because of the wedding.
On Thursday evening, Troopers were summonsed to the area of Satmar Drive in the Village of Kiryas Joel. The Yeshiva students from the main congregation had a non-resident rent a small box van. The Yeshiva students then mounted speakers to the van and played an audible broadcast denouncing the wedding from the previous evening. The van with its occupants began to protest throughout Kiryas Joel until it became gridlocked in traffic preventing at least 30 vehicles from moving.
Upon arrival of State Police, a large group from the dissident congregation had gathered around the van. The occupants of the van were taken back to the Monroe barracks and issued several traffic tickets while the vehicles and crowd were dispersed by additional troopers.
On Friday afternoon, another small box van with audible speakers was utilized by the Yeshiva students from the main congregation and parked in the vicinity of the public parking lot located near the synagogue in the Village of Kiryas Joel. An audible broadcast continued until the speakers were removed by a group from the dissident congregation.
On Saturday evening, State Police responded to the parking lot of the main synagogue on Garfield Road. Upon arrival there were several hundred people gathered and a vehicle had been overturned by the disorderly group prior to arrival of troopers.
Troopers, with the assistance of the Town of Woodbury Police and the Village of Monroe Police, were able to disperse the crowd and have the vehicle removed. The owner of the vehicle was determined to be a relative of one of the parties married on Wednesday night.
State Police said they would continue to diligently patrol the area to prevent further activities from occurring and to keep the residents safe.