MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – A video released today appears to show a distributor of the Hudson Valley Reporter swapping copies of that newspaper with The Examiner in an alleged incident that occurred on Friday at the newspaper racks outside the Mount Kisco Coach Diner.
The video link was provided to The Daily Voice by Adam Stone, the publisher of The Examiner, and was compiled by Matt DiBiase, a private investigator hired by Stone from Mahopac-based Colonial Investigative Associates. (The alleged incident occurs at the beginning of the 31-minute, 45-second video, which later includes the arrival of a police officer to investigate at about the 20-minute mark.)
Jim Palmer, the Mount Kisco village manager, confirmed to The Daily Voice on Friday that Michael Espinoza was arrested at approximately 6 a.m. that day and charged with criminal tampering.
The arrest has attracted national attention. Gawker linked to The Daily Voice's original story.
Hudson Valley Reporter publisher Faith Ann Butcher referred inquiries regarding the alleged incident to her Carmel-based attorney, Raymond Cote, when she was contacted by The Daily Voice on Friday. Cote said it was too early in the process to comment.
In an audio track of the incident also obtained by The Daily Voice and provided by Stone, Espinoza is heard telling the private investigator that he was told by Butcher, “You can place it (the Hudson Valley Reporter copies) in The Examiner box.”
When told by DiBiase that doing so constituted criminal tampering, Espinoza responded, “She said to do that.”