November 7, 2011

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School board president arrested on felony marijuana possession


NEW PALTZ – The president of the New Paltz School Board has been arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.

New Paltz Police and the US Postal Inspection Service arrested Donald Kerr, 52, of 46 Millrock Road in New Paltz last Friday.

As a result of the charges, he resigned on Monday morning, said school board Vice President Kathleen Tobin Flusser, who said she is now interim board president.

Police said during the course of an investigation into marijuana trafficking into New Paltz via the mails, Kerr accepted a package that contained some eight pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $32,000.

Officer Robert Knoth and his K-9 Rex conducted an external check of the package and when the dog indicated it contained drugs, police secured a search warrant to open it up.

Kerr was charged once police confirmed the contents of the package. He was charged and released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

Police said the investigation is continuing and additional charges may be pending.

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