Area Police News: June 3, 2009

State police issued uniform traffic tickets to South Kortright resident Raymond Hayes, 50, last Monday after he was observed operating a dump truck/trailer/bulldozer with expired registration and a broken windshield. Upon running a scan of the vehicle, police say it was found to be unregistered, uninspected and uninsured, and that the trailer had inadequate brakes, bald tires and multiple light violations – a violation of Hayes’ conditional license. The tickets issued were returnable to the Town of Stamford Court on June 9.

Fleischmanns resident Howard G. Manon, 40, was arrested last Tuesday and charged with a DWI after police say they were summoned to respond to a call reporting that Manon was allegedly driving while intoxicated. Police stopped the vehicle and interviewed Manon, who allegedly gave off a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and exhibited slurred speech, impaired motor coordination, and glassy eyes, and was unable to submit to standard field sobriety tests. He was transported to the Margaretville police station, where he submitted to an alcotest, which allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be .27 percent. Manon was arraigned at the Town of Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. He was scheduled to reappear later.

State police arrested Hobart resident John W. Winnie, 24, last Wednesday on a warrant from Albany County. Police say Winnie is a sex offender and has an unregistered address, and that numerous attempts to discern his address were unsuccessful. Winnie’s mug shot and warrant were posted in Stamford, and while on patrol, police say they observed Winnie walking along Main Street in Hobart. He was taken into custody and turned over for arraignment.

Police responded to a 911 call on Thursday reporting a single-car motor vehicle accident in the Town of Hamden. Upon arriving at the scene, police found a car operated by Middle Village resident John Trifu that had veered off the right shoulder and into the guardrail. Upon inspecting the scene, police say they observed four open Michelob Light bottles in the car and that Trifu was exhibiting an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and poor motor coordination. After administering standard field sobriety tests, they arrested him for a DWI and transported him to the Stamford police station, where a criminal check showed that Trifu had seven different aliases and that his driver’s license had been revoked for DWI under two of them. Trifu was charged with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, no seat belt, moving from the lane unsafely, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, and refusal of a breath test. He was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court and was remanded to the county jail on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond to reappear on June 1 for a felony hearing.

New Kingston resident Wilder Buerhaus, 18, was arrested Saturday and charged with a DWI after police say they observed his car traveling along Route 28 without a plate lamp. Buerhaus allegedly did not immediately pull over when police attempted to stop him, and instead pulled into the Hess parking lot. Police say Buerhaus exhibited a strong odor of alcohol, and that he failed standard field sobriety tests and was subsequently transported to the Margaretville police station, where a blood alcohol test showed a reading of .11 percent. Buerhaus was issued uniform traffic tickets for no plate lamp and driving while intoxicated returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on June 22.