Area Police News: July 30, 2008

The Shandaken Police report the arrest Friday of Ricky L. Williams, 52, of Phoenicia. Police say Williams was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Shandaken Justice Court for an incident that occurred on July 13 in Phoenicia during which Williams allegedly threatened another man with a knife. Williams was charged with one count of second-degree menacing and remanded to the Ulster County Jail.

Herman Murphy, 42, of Margaretville was arrested last week Tuesday by state police and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after he was stopped on Route 28 in the Town of Middletown for a traffic violation. Murphy was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and released to reappear at a later date.

Laura L. Beneway, 44, and Jeffrey R. Bouton, 43, both of Fleischmanns, were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance last week Wednesday after state police were called to their residence for a domestic dispute. Police say that while they were at the residence they found a glass smoking pipe containing crack cocaine residue.

Kane R. DiBenedetto, 23, of Halcott Center was arrested by state police and charged with aggravated DWI after he was allegedly found in an intoxicated state next to his truck on the New Kingston Road at 5:03 a.m. Thursday. Police say they charged DiBenedetto when his blood alcohol level allegedly tested .18 percent, three times the legal limit. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court tomorrow.

Paul M. Fontana, 22, of Fleischmanns was arrested by state police Sunday and charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree assault following an incident in a home on Little Red Kill Road in Fleischmanns. Police say Fontana was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and released after paying $750 bail to reappear later.

Patrick M. O’Donnell, 35, of Roxbury was arrested by state police last week Tuesday and charged with nine counts of writing bad checks at the Roxbury Country Store. He was arraigned in Middletown Justice Court where he made restitution.