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Upstate NY Man Cleared Of Unlawful Surveillance Via Drone

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A 50-year-old Hudson Valley man has been cleared of attempted unlawful surveillance in connection with using a drone-mounted camera to shoot photos and videos of a medical office building.

David Beesmer of Lake Katrine was found not guilty on Monday in Ulster Town Court. He was arrested by state police last July after taking photos and video footage of the new Mid-Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster by flying his remote-controlled drone outside the structure.

Beesmer testified that he knew his drone camera would not be able to see through the building's tinted windows. He said he brought his mother to a doctor's appointment at the building that day and while he was waiting for her flew his drone to take videos and photos of the facade of the structure.

(c) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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