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Police: Nyack Man Threatened to Stab Cop

Confrontation developed as Orangetown police officers were clearing sidewalk in front of Main Street bar at closing time.

A Nyack man has been charged with harassment and resisting arrest after a confrontation with Orangetown police at bar closing time in downtown Nyack.

Police said that as town officers were attempting to clear the sidewalk in front of 82 Main St., the Black Bear Saloon, at 4:08 a.m. Saturday, Claude Alex Mehu, 29, of 75 N. Broadway, became combative and verbally threatened to stab an Orangetown police officer.

Mehu, according to police, refused to comply with police officers and a brief struggle ensued, with Mehu and police officers falling to the ground. Police said no weapon was involved or was found.

Mehu was charged with harassment, a violation, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was later released on $200 bail pending a Nyack Village Court hearing on Oct. 9.

Randy September 25, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Yes, let's continue to keep the bars open until 4AM. So much good occurs at this hour when very drunk bar patrons are forced to leave the bar and go home. I didn't know that "clearing the sidewalk" was necessary. Why should taxpaying residents of Orangetown be forced to pay higher taxes so that Police Officers work night shift, overtime or whatever to guard against these incidents. Yes, I know, so that the owners of the bars can make more money.
Lisa Snyder September 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
But hey it's a great view. If...you can get past the high taxes, over paid fatcatbschool administrators, cracked sidewalks, bar trouble, poor city planning, zero dog run ( not the heavily polluted so. Nyack morsel they threw us) and what else, oh yea......try, just try opening a new and interesting business here. Nothin but a huge FIXED pain in my ass......
Patrick September 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM
$200 Bail???
Mary Koshak September 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Move.
John Whitley September 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
What a nice "Let's ignore the problems" attitude from Mary Koshak. I have lived in Nyack/S Nyack for 24 years. It has NEVER been "the mess" that it is now. Incompetent Village Administration (tens of thousands of dollars wasted on the revolting "Streetscape", ridiculous new parking initiative); vacant store fronts; constant problems from out of control bar drunks on the street and in their cars; increasing street crime. Nyack once had character, a wonderful variety of stores and more importantly, a sense of community. Now?? Infested by nouveau yuppies with ONE interest. Themselves.
Alan D. September 25, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Randy, I agree with you, but I believe Nyack uses it's tax money to pay for Orangetown Police - overtime and and extra officers on the weekend - we even have police officers patrol on horses! But I agree, the taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill so that Black Bear and Pour House owners can make profit. Let the bars pay for late night police or have them close early.
Joseph J Gannon September 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hours of operation used to be regulated by the State Liquor Authority. The SLA also controls "density" or how many bars can operate in a given area. They also are responsible for disciplining licensees. It used to be S.O.P. for police agencies to notify the SLA of every incident involving a licensee, who can issue suspensions and/or revoke licenses in extreme cases Sounds like the SLA isn't doing their job. If you hurt them in the pocketbook, then they watch the front door and the bar for potential problems. As for bail, it's not supposed to be punitive but $200, give me a break. Bet this isn't this chap's first trip to the bar (of justice).
Stewie September 25, 2012 at 01:46 PM
More Bar bashing....Just remember that the bars pay more taxes than you do. If the bars weren't there, there would be vacant stores and your taxes would go up!
Stewie September 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The bars are the taxpayers, and pay more than you do. Also, when did making a profit become a evil deed? Is this still America?
John Whitley September 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@ Stewie ..... Totally incorrect. The landlords know that they can get shy-high rents from the bar properties. Hence, they (the landlords) have raised and raised and raised the rents on their properties in Nyack. Other small businesses cannot afford those sky-high rents so they don't open in Nyack anymore. Hence, bar businesses=vacant stores, not as you assert.
K.Cobain September 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The large mega type bars should never have been permitted in Nyack. They draw too many people and problems. This along with the passive style of law enforcement in Nyack by the Orangetown police is problematic.. Officers should be walking Main St. showing a strong presence like the Nyack PD did back in the day.. not sitting around inside patrols cars ..
Mary Koshak September 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
If you first read the comments by Lisa Snyder, you can hear her tone. She hates Nyack and just complains in filthy language how bad it is. She should move to someplace where she will be happy. Which is probaly nowhere. She does not do anything but complain and sit on her butt. Does she go to meetings and have her input into what goes on. I am sure she doesn't because she is the one who doesn't care. If you care you do something about it of move. Yes, John there are a lot of things wrong with Nyack but I believe you voice your opinions and work to make Nyack what it once was. I meant that for her personally.Things need to be fixed but nothing will change unless people make the effort to do it. At least the board is trying different things, they may not all work but if others give their input changes may be made. You can't go back and take away the overabundance of bars that are a major part of the problem. Find some other way. At least put in the effort.
John Gromada September 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@Stewie-plus the bars do not pay sales tax to Nyack or Orangetown. We do not benefit from so many bars in the village. And what John Whitley said...
John Gromada September 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
there's a great dog run in Westport
Cheri Coleman September 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
My only question..why is this man's picture posted and not "others" who have done as much and worse...not defending his behavior just questioning why "his" face and not "others"?...

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