Area Police News: August 5, 2009

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested John R. Vannostrand, 59, of DeLancey on July 17 for failure to keep right, felony DWI and refusing to take a breath test. Vannostrand was driving on Catskill Turnpike when he was allegedly observed operating his vehicle to the left of the center of the highway. Vannostrand was immediately arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and is to return on August 4 to answer the charges.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a fatal motorcycle accident, which occurred on Beers Brook Road in the Town of Walton on August 1 at approximately 6:22 p.m. William A. Walley, 51, of Walton, was operating his 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle, traveling east on Beers Brook Road, when he lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle left the roadway and came to rest in the brook. Walley suffered extensive head and chest injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Delaware Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Michael Roberts, 33, and Sharon Dayton, 28, both from Delhi on July 31. Each was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that both Roberts and Dayton became involved in a threatening verbal altercation with other persons on Harper Street in the Village of Stamford while a child was present with them in the car. Roberts and Dayton were arraigned in the Village of Stamford in front of Judge Nicholson. Roberts was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $500 cash /$1,000 bond. Dayton was released on her own recognizance. Both are to reappear on August 6 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Two local residents face charges following a domestic dispute last week Tuesday. Charged in the case were Gregory A. Montminy of Fleischmanns and Kayla E. Gavette, both 20, of Margaretville and Fleischmanns. Police say they were called after an argument escalated in front of their 23-month-old son. Montminy was charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Gavette was charged with second-degree harassment. Both were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on August 13.

Raymond Hayes, 50, of South Kortright was arrested by state police last week Monday and charged with DWAI drugs after he was stopped on state Route 10 in the Town of Delhi for speeding. Police say they charged Hayes after they detected the smell of marijuana. Hays was additionally charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in Town of Delhi Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.

A Fleischmanns man has been charged with second-degree vehicular assault after he struck a six-year-old child with his vehicle on the grounds of the Fleischmanns Park on Wagner Avenue Saturday evening. Police say the victim, who has not been identified, suffered massive head trauma and was transported by a private vehicle to Margaretville Hospital. Police say they charged Salomon T. Navarrete, 46, following an investigation at the scene during which they determined that Navarrete had been drinking. He was also taken to Margaretville Hospital where a blood sample was taken. Police say they consulted Delaware County District Attorney Northrup and then charged Navarrete. The defendant was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail without bail.

Robert C. Brophy, 40, of Margaretville was arrested by state police Friday and charged with DWI after he was stopped on Route 30 after troopers say they noticed his vehicle dragging its muffler on the ground causing a loud noise and sparks. Police say they charged Brophy when his blood alcohol level allegedly tested .24 percent, three times the legal limit. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on August 13.

Julie E. O’Hara, 35, of Morris was arrested by state police Saturday after she was stopped on Harper Street in Stamford for a traffic violation. Police say they charged O’Hara after they allegedly detected an odor of alcohol and her blood alcohol content tested .13 percent. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Stamford Justice Court on August 19.

John T. Dropp, 25, of Roscoe was arrested by state police Saturday after he was stopped on Main Street in Stamford for not wearing a seat belt. Police say they charged Dropp when his blood alcohol allegedly tested .15 percent. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Stamford Justice Court on August 19.

State police of the Margaretville station have notified the News that they are currently in possession of three bicycles found in the Margaretville area and are looking for their owners. All three are adult-sized, multi-speed mountain style bikes. Anyone missing a bike is asked to call troopers at 586-3299 or 586-2681.