Area Police News: June 4, 2008
State police responded to a report of trespassing at the Margaretville CVS on May 23 when a shift manager alleged that Jeremy Morris, 24, of Pine Hill, had trespassed but left the premises before police arrived. The manager reported that Morris had shoplifted from the CVS on a prior occasion, and police discovered that an arrest had not yet been made. Morris was arrested at his residence for petit larceny and on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Court for failure to appear.
Shalimar Santiago, 17, of Big Indian, was apprehended May 21 on an active bench warrant following a traffic stop in Middletown. She was released on recognizance and scheduled to appear in the Town of Middletown Court.
Police responded to a noise complaint in Hobart on May 23 and arrested five individuals after allegedly finding marijuana in the apartment and underage drinking taking place. Gwendolynn K. Aldrich, 18, of Hobart, Abby L. Dropp, 18, of Hobart, Michael F. Fairbairn, 19, of Harpersfield, Kenneth W. Palmatier, 16, of Harpersfield, and Teresa M. Stewart, 20, of Hobart were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21. All five were issued appearance tickets.
Lee Burchard, 60, of Central Islip, was arrested and charged with DWI on May 24 after police found his vehicle on its side in the ditch on Mill Brook Mountain Road. Burchard was released on his own recognizance and issued uniform traffic tickets to appear in the Town of Hardenburgh Court.
Police arrested Paul C. Garofolo, 33, of Margaretville, for driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop in the Town of Middletown on May 25. Garofolo will be arraigned at the Town of Middletown Court on charges of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony DWI.
A Farmington man was arrested twice in the same day, both times for driving while intoxicated. Thomas J. Wyatt, 48, was first pulled over shortly after 3 a.m. on May 31 after he allegedly drove across the fog line. According to police, Wyatt appeared intoxicated and a strong odor of alcohol was detected. Following a field sobriety test, Wyatt was arrested for DWI and was issued uniform traffic tickets for felony driving while intoxicated, felony driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content, inadequate right trailer break light, driving across a hazard marking, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, and aggravated unlicensed operator in the first degree. Wyatt was arraigned in the Village of Stamford Court and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond. He was arrested again at 10:05 a.m. after officers were alerted to be on the lookout for his vehicle. When he was pulled over, he again failed a standard field sobriety test and was once again taken into custody. He was charged with felony DWI, first-degree felony aggravated unlicensed operation, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was sent back to the county jail in lieu of $3,000 bail or $6,000 bond.
Nicholas J. Wyatt, 24, was also arrested in the first traffic stop when police allegedly found a glass marijuana-smoking pipe containing marijuana residue. He was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and a uniform traffic ticket for consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.
Fleischmanns resident Robert E. Jones, 42, was arrested May 31 when police noticed his vehicle was missing a front license plate and had a cracked windshield. Upon inspection, Jones was allegedly driving without a license. In addition, police noticed a strong odor of alcohol and Jones allegedly failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested for felony aggravated DWI, first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to notify the DMV of an address change, operation of a motor vehicle without insurance, unregistered motor vehicle, driving without a seat belt, unsafe tire, cracked windshield and no front plate.
Ellsworth R. Velez, 21, of Margaretville was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and inadequate left headlight following a traffic stop on Route 28 in Arkville on June 1. She was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable in the Town of Middletown on June 9.
Stamford resident Eric V. Rossman, 29, was arrested May 21 and issued a uniform traffic ticket for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Gilboa on June 12. Rossman was stopped when police observed him allegedly operating a vehicle without a license.
David J. Briggs, 34, of Prattsville, was arrested May 22 and charged with harassment after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the back of the neck and verbally abused her. The Town of Prattsville Court issued a criminal summons for Briggs and also issued an order of protection to the complainant.
Arkville resident Louis O. Falcinelli, 57, was arrested and charged with harassment after allegedly threatening a woman and her brother on Main Street in Margaretville on May 23. The complainant said that it is an ongoing issue and she wished to file a complaint. Falcinelli was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Middletown.
Police arrested a South Kortright man following a traffic stop during which the driver showed signs of intoxication. Norman C. Epps, 49, was issued uniform traffic tickets on May 23 for felony DWI and first degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was released on recognizance to reappear before the Town of Stamford Court.
On May 27, state police executed an arrest warrant issued by the Town of Roxbury for Michael Kilmer, 25, of Stamford. Kilmer was transported to Roxbury Court and released on his own recognizance. Kilmer was arrested again on May 30 for DWI following a traffic stop in Stamford. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI, driving without a seat belt, and unlicensed operator, all returnable in Stamford Court.
Roxbury resident David M. Anderson, 33, was arrested May 27 and charged with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief following a domestic dispute during which he allegedly pushed his girlfriend, struck her in the face several times, destroyed a dining room table, and ripped the door off a cabinet. Anderson was arraigned in the Town of Roxbury Court and released on his own recognizance to return June 4. An order of protection was served on both parties.
Police arrested Benjamin H. Dorrance, 20, of Grand Gorge on May 28 after they allegedly found a marijuana pipe, a bag of marijuana, an open bottle of rum, and a glass bong in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Dorrance was issued appearance tickets for unlawful possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol returnable to the Town of Stamford Justice Court.
Joseph P. VanLeuvan, 21, of Big Indian, was arrested May 20 for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speeding following a traffic stop in the Town of Middletown. He was arraigned before the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the county jail on $500 bail.
Fleischmanns resident Rafiq K. Dawood, 31, was arrested on June 1 and charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a burglary that took place on Lake Street in Fleischmanns on May 17. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $25,000 cash bail. A felony hearing is scheduled for June 4.
Cheryl A. Scarth, 50, of Fleischmanns, was arrested on June 1 for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to signal, and for driving an uninspected vehicle. She was arraigned and committed to the county jail on $1,000 bail. After she made bail, police executed a burglary warrant on Scarth and charged her with second-degree burglary in connection with the Lake Street, Fleischmanns burglary. She was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail on $30,000 cash bail.
Police arrested three local residents for criminal possession of a controlled substance on June 1. Dawn A. Moxham, 20, of Stamford, Kevin A. Robinson, 22, of Delhi, and Christie L. Ruud, 31, also of Delhi, were arrested when police, who were following a tip, entered the residence and allegedly found cocaine on the premises. All three were issued appearances returnable to the Town of Delhi on June 18.