Area Police News: April 8, 2009

Misdemeanor charges against Arkville resident Jeremiah A. Clark, 27, related to the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle were dismissed on motion of his attorney, Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford, on March 27. Jacobs made the motion to preclude the testimony of the prosecution witnesses on the district attorney’s failure to comply with Jacobs’ production of evidence demands in the Town of Middletown Court.

Fleischmanns resident Matthew C. Galunas, 41, who was arraigned in Delaware County Court in November on eight charges related to two burglaries, appeared in court last week Monday. Galunas was arrested on Oct. 30 and was charged with eight felonies for incidents that allegedly took place in Margaretville in December of 2007 during which police say a large amount of pharmaceutical drugs and cigarettes were stolen from the CVS and a large amount of cash was stolen from the store registers and the ATM machine inside the A&P.
Galunas pleaded innocent on two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – morphine, morphine sulfate, oxycodone, oxycontin and methadone – two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree larceny, and two counts of petit larceny.
Upon his appearance in court, Galunas’ assigned attorney, Richard Gumo of Delhi, said that a recently received DNA report rules out Galunas as one of the parties involved and requested that bail be set. Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup disagreed with the assessment of the report and added that Galunas is awaiting sentencing in Ulster County on charges related to the sale of stolen prescription drugs.
Judge Donald Cerio asked for a written request for bail and said he would render a decision this week.

Donald I. Armlin, 24, and Christopher W. Mullen, 35, both of Grand Gorge, were arrested Wednesday morning after police say they responded to a call to assist with a traffic stop in Grand Gorge. Police say that upon being given consent to search the vehicle, they found a marijuana pipe with unburned marijuana, another marijuana pipe and a baggie with a small amount of marijuana, and four pink tablets later identified as Alprazolam – a Schedule IV controlled substance. Armlin was issued appearance ticket for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on April 20.
Mullen was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on the same date.

State police arrested South Kortright resident Joseph W. Bame, 37, on Wednesday evening after they say he was observed driving through a red light in the Village of Stamford. When police checked his license, they found that the license had been suspended and Bame was placed under arrest for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Upon searching the suspect, police say they uncovered a plastic bag containing approximately 24 grams of marijuana. Bame was remanded to the county jail on $500 cash/$1,000 bond bail to reappear later.

State police arrested Stamford resident David M. Anderson, 34, on a bench warrant received from the Town of Kortright Court Thursday morning for failure to pay a fine. Anderson was arraigned at the Town of Kortright Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear at 7 p.m. with the fine money or face 15 days in jail.

State police arrested Stacey L. Trent, 23, of Grand Gorge, Ashlee Ostrander, 21, of New York, and Charles E. Pavia, 18, of Grand Gorge, on Thursday after they say they observed the three sitting in a parked car in the parking lot of NBT Bank. Police say that upon interviewing the three, they noticed open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. Pavia was charged with one count of underage drinking and one count of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Trent and Ostrander were charged with one count each of having an open container in a vehicle, and Ostrander was charged with one count of unlawful possession of marijuana after police say they found 19 grams of marijuana in her possession. All offenses are returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on April 22.

Jefferson resident Thomas B. Vitale, 21, was arrested and charged with a DWI on Friday after police say they observed a suspicious vehicle parked along Route 23 in Harpersfield. After administering standard field sobriety tests to Vitale, police placed him under arrest and charged him with driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI and an appearance ticket for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on April 27.

Robert Cheser, 60, of Margaretville was arrested Friday afternoon after police say they stopped him on Route 28 in Fleischmanns for doing 70 miles per hour in a 55 zone and a subsequent license check revealed that Cheser had a suspended license. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for speeding, unlicensed operator and aggravated unlicensed operator all returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on April 23.

Glen C. Tompkins, 33, of Stamford, was arrested Friday night and charged with a DWI after police say they observed his vehicle cross the center line and then cross the fog line. Police say that upon interviewing Tompkins they noted an odor of alcohol. Standard field sobriety tests were administered, which he allegedly failed, and police say a positive breath screen was also secured. At the police station in Stamford, police say an alcotest indicated that Tompkins had a .18 blood alcohol content. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for felony DWI, aggravated DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and several other traffic violations and was remanded to the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Police arrested Yvette E. Sanzone, 37, on Saturday and charged her with a DWI after they say they were called to a residence in Halcottsville for a report of someone trying to enter the residence. When a vehicle attempted to leave the scene and the homeowner identified the vehicle as the one that picked up the person trying to enter the home, police stopped the vehicle and say that Sanzone fled on foot. She subsequently returned to the residence, at which point police say they observed a strong odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, and impaired motor coordination. When police attempted to place her under arrest, they said she resisted. Sanzone was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI and an appearance ticket for resisting arrest, all returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on April 13.

Jefferson resident Joel R. Wilson, 23, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after police say they stopped him for a missing brake light. Upon approaching the vehicle, they say they observed him attempting to place both hands toward the bottom of the seat; upon interviewing Wilson they say he had placed a roach clip under the front seat and a marijuana pipe containing burnt marijuana in the glove compartment. After he claimed possession of the items, Wilson was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on May 4.

State police arrested two Stamford men on Monday after they were allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and oxycodone. Charges were filed against Adam S. Bright, 26, and Jonathan R. Hynes, 28, after police say they stopped the vehicle for speeding in the hamlet of Bloomville and a baggie containing marijuana residue was in plain view on the floor of the passenger side. A subsequent search of the vehicle and the occupants allegedly revealed about 10 grams of marijuana in a bag and a glassine envelope with an eight-ball imprint containing 1.1 grams of blue-white powder, identified by Bright as crushed 30-milligram Oxycodone pills. A cigarette pack containing one rolled marijuana cigarette was also said to have been located in the center console. Hynes was issued a uniform traffic ticket for a speeding violation and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Kortright Court on April 28. Bright was issued appearance tickets for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Kortright on the same date.