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A 30-year-old man is facing two felony three felony counts and other charges after a report of a suspicious vehicle led to a foot chase that ended with the discovery of weapons and drugs.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, Police in Sullivan County responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at the Sleepy Hollow Apartment Complex located at Terry Lane in the Village of Monticello.

When officers located the vehicle, which was being operated by Luis Cortes-Martinez, he quickly accelerated away in his vehicle and turned into another parking lot, said Lt. Mark Johnstone of Monticello Police Department.

He then bolted on foot from the vehicle and fled into an apartment building, said Johnstone. 

Cortes-Martinez was pursued by a police officer and taken into custody on a third-floor landing without further incident, according to Johnstone. 

Found on Cortes-Martinez person when arrested was a high capacity magazine with 16 rounds, Johnstone said. 

Officers then located a 9MM Smith and Wesson Handgun laying on the backseat floor of the vehicle, which was also loaded with a 16 round magazine, according to Johnstone.

Also located in the vehicle was 36 zip locks, containing 119 grams of marijuana. Cortes-Martinez was also operating the vehicle with a suspended driver's license, Johnstone said.

Cortes-Martinez was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

He was also charged with misdemeanors for resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of marijuana.

Cortes-Martinez was arraigned before Associate Village of Monticello Justice Leo Glass and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bail or $100,000.00 secured bond.

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In-form Horsfield shoots 64, leads Celtic Classic

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Sam Horsfield kept up his excellent form since the resumption of the European Tour by shooting 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Celtic Classic on Friday.

The Englishman has been one of the leading players on the so-called U.K. Swing over the past month, having won the Hero Open and earning a top-10 finish in the British Masters.

With an eagle at the par-5 18th hole, Horsfield moved to 11 under par for the tournament being held at Celtic Manor, the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

First-round leader Thomas Pieters had the chance to retain the lead after heading to the last tied with Horsfield, but the big-hitting Belgian made bogey to drop into outright second place with a 68.

Andrew Johnston, better known by his nickname “Beef,” finished eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie to complete a wild round of 66 that began with a triple bogey and contained seven birdies in all.

Johnston was tied for third — two shots off the lead on 9 under overall — with Thomas Detry (66) and Callum Shinkwin (65).

The Celtic Classic is the fourth event of the six-week U.K. Swing, taking place in an isolated environment, after the tour resumed following a five-month stoppage because of the coronavirus outbreak.


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