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2 charged after Orange County gun incidents

A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012)

A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro

Two Orange County men were charged with gun possession and various other charges in separate early-morning incidents over the last few days in the city of Newburgh, police said Monday night.

In the first, at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, police went to 136 Lake St. to investigate a report of a fight, Newburgh city police Det. Lt. Dan Cameron said in a statement.

A bystander at the scene told Officer Roman Scuadroni there was a man in a nearby minivan with a gun. Scuadroni and Officer Joseph Palermo approached the minivan and found Gavonne Bentley, 19, of the city of Newburgh, crouched on the passenger side and holding a handgun, police said. Scuadroni and Palermo drew their guns and ordered Bentley out of the minivan.

While arresting him, they found he had 11 envelopes of heroin with him, police said. The gun was a loaded .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Bentley was charged with felony weapons possession and misdemeanor drug possession.

At 3:42 a.m. Monday, Palermo and Officer Humberto Perez were sent to the area of Mill and Hasbrouck streets on a report that two men appeared to be committing an armed robbery. The officers heard noises coming from the back of a vacant building at 174 W. Parmenter St. and walked to the backyard, where they found Samuel Lewis, 19, of New Windsor, and an unidentified man trying to hide behind a porch door, police said.

The officers saw Lewis try to hide a gun by rolling it up in a piece of carpet on the back porch, police said. They recovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver that had been reported stolen in the city of Newburgh in 1990. Lewis was arrested on felony charges of weapons possession and possession of stolen property, police said.

The reported robbery is still under investigation and additional charges are possible, according to police.

Bentley was arraigned Monday before Newburgh City Court Judge B. Harold Ramsey and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond. His next court date is Friday.

Lewis was arraigned Monday in city court before Judge Peter Kulkin and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond. He is to appear again in court on Wednesday.

Both men are being represented by the Orange County Legal Aid Society. No further information about representation was available as of Tuesday afternoon.

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