Area Police News: July 16, 2008

State police arrested a Middleburgh man last Monday after allegedly finding marijuana and open beer containers in his vehicle. Police say they observed a vehicle traveling at 65 mph in a marked 35 mph zone and then located the unattended vehicle at the Grand Gorge Country Store. As they investigated the car, Donald I. Armlin, 23, emerged from the store and attempted to enter the passenger side of the car, claiming he was not the driver. Armlin was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and a traffic ticket for an open container in a motor vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic dispute in Stamford last Tuesday, during which they say Daniel J. Adorno, 18, and his girlfriend got into a physical altercation. Adorno was arraigned before the Town of Kortright judge on one count of harassment in the second degree and was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $500 bail.

Ricky D. Jones, 43, of Hobart, was arrested last Wednesday on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation after police allegedly observed him operating a vehicle on a revoked license. Upon his arrest, police say they detected the smell of alcohol on his breath and issued a field sobriety test, which he failed. Jones was then charged with a DWI and was issued tickets for felony DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was released on recognizance and ordered to reappear before the Town of Stamford Court on July 22.

Police observed Bloomville resident Tammy L. Fairbairn, 39, traveling the wrong way down a one-way street in Stamford Thursday morning. Upon stopping for the patrol car, police say she appeared to be impaired by a narcotic analgesic. She subsequently failed a field sobriety test and upon searching the vehicle, police allegedly found a crack pipe with residue in a wallet under the passenger seat, used crack pipe screens, and a burned marijuana cigarette. During the search, the car’s passenger, Scott A. Burns, 41, of Delhi, became agitated and attempted to leave, despite police advising him that he was under arrest. He was found to be in possession of a baggie of marijuana, and subsequently attempted to flee the scene. During pursuit by the police officer, Burns allegedly assaulted the officer, after which he was subdued enough to be handcuffed. Further inspection of the vehicle unearthed more paraphernalia, including Hydrocone tablets and Morphine pills. Both suspects were transported to the police station in Stamford.
Fairbairn was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and a traffic violation and released with an appearance ticket returnable in Stamford.
Burns was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, second-degree attempted assault, resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was remanded to the county jail on $10,000 bail to return to the Stamford Court on Monday for a felony hearing.

Nathan M. Dougherty, 23, and Henry J. Hitchcock, 25, both of South Kortright, and Zachery J. Townsend, 16, of Kortright, were arrested Friday for disorderly conduct and unlawful dealing with fireworks after they allegedly fired a bottle rocket in the direction of a passing troop car. All three were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Kortright on July 22.

State police responded to Betty Brook Road in the Town of Kortright Friday for a property damage auto accident. Jefferson resident Timothy G. Kinch, 46, was arrested for a DWI after he crashed his vehicle into a tree and subsequently failed a field sobriety test. He was issued tickets for DWI, failure to keep right, and failure to update his address on his license. All tickets are returnable in Kortright August 5.

State police say they observed Jefferson resident Raymond J. Staib, 40, speeding in Stamford Friday, and upon pulling him over observed a strong odor of alcohol and impaired speech. Staib failed standard field sobriety tests and was arrested for a DWI. He was issued tickets for DWI and speeding returnable in the Village of Stamford.

DWI charges against Timothy P. Mudge of Roxbury were dismissed in Village of Stamford Justice Court last week following motions filed by Mudge’s attorney, Michael Jacobs of Stamford. Also dismissed was a felony charge of third-degree criminal mischief and an additional charge of harassment. Mudge pled guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was ordered to make restitution.