NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Judge Susan I. Kettner ordered Edward Conklin, 61, New Rochelle’s Notorious Panhandler, released Friday after two Westchester County doctors declared Conklin to “have capacity” to stand trial. A new court date was set on January 5th.
Despite Judge Kettner’s order at noon Friday to release Conklin from the Westchester County Jail, as of noon Tuesday, Conklin was still locked up in Valhalla, according to corrections records.
Calls and text messages to the New Rochelle City Court, one of his court appointed attorneys, the White Plains City Court and the Westchester County Jail have not made clear why Conklin is still in jail 5 days after Judge Kettner ordered his release.
Conklin is facing several minor drug charges in White Plains City Court. According to New York Court records he was arrested in January and October of this year – both times for possession 7th and possession of a synthetic drug (a County law). He was ROR’d in January and made bail in October. He had a virtual appearance yesterday in front Judge John P. Collins Jr. which was adjourned. Both the January and October dockets have been combined and Conklin is due back in White Plains City Court on January 15, 2021.