Area Police News: June 17, 2009

State police arrested Middletown resident John H. Hamil, 36, last Saturday after they responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the home of Hamil’s live-in girlfriend, where they say the dispute escalated to Hamil’s refusing to allow the victim to leave the residence. He was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal mischief and was arraigned before the Town of Middletown Court, where an order of protection was issued and Hamil was released on recognizance to reappear on June 11.

Mount Vernon resident Enrique A. Zaldivar, 39, was arrested last Saturday and charged with a DWI after state police say they initiated a traffic stop after witnessing the vehicle he was driving cross over the yellow line. Zaldivar allegedly failed all standard field sobriety tests and showed a .16 percent blood alcohol content. He was arrested and issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on July 7.

Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the Town of Middletown last Sunday and arrested Margaretville resident Jeremy J. Morris, 25, after his brother alleged that Morris shoved him down and head butted him in the face. Morris was subsequently found to be in possession of approximately .4 grams of marijuana. He was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court, where he pled guilty to the charges of second-degree harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana. He received a $450 fine and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff for 15 days.

Colchester resident Richard L. Leonard, 25, was arrested last Sunday and charged with third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a vehicle belonging to Barbara A. Homovich while he was intoxicated. Leonard was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Walton Court on June 24 and was released.

Linda Edlinger, 47, of Margaretville, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Town of Bovina Court for her failure to appear for arraignment on DWI charges. She was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $500 bail. Edlinger is to reappear in the Town of Bovina Court on July 7.

Hobart resident Nigel D. Aldrich, 18, was arrested by state police on Friday and issued a uniform traffic ticket for failure to keep right and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and drove into a small stream, causing the vehicle to overturn. When emergency responders and police arrived on the scene, police attempted to locate the car’s registration and insurance card and allegedly saw a glass smoking device containing marijuana residue in plain view; a small amount of marijuana was found subsequent to a vehicle search.

Randy O. Cronk, 17, of Downsville, was arrested Saturday and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21 after police stopped him on Main Street in Downsville for having an inadequate muffler, cracked windshield and a broken tail light. Upon interviewing Cronk, police say they observed a 30-pack of Coors Light on the floor of the vehicle and that Cronk refused to provide any information as to who bought him the beer. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for a broken windshield and inadequate muffler and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21, all returnable to the Town of Colchester Court on July 7.
Mountainside Residential Care Center resident Michael D. Ralph, 59, was arrested on June 1 and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person after he allegedly sexually touched another resident who is completely disabled. He was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $2,500 bail. He was scheduled to reappear June 3.

James J. McDevitt, 63, of Delhi, was arrested on June 2 and charged with a DWI and unsafe lane change after police responded to a personal injury auto accident on Crescent Hill Road in the Town of Andes.

State police arrested Stamford resident Lorena E. Chairvoloti, 67, on June 5 and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment after she allegedly shoved a 14-year-old down a set of stairs. She was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Stamford Court on June 17.