Area Police News: May 21, 2008

Alphonse Caselli, 51, of Pine Hill was arrested by state police last week Tuesday on a warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court for failure to pay a fine. Caselli was arraigned in Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $790 cash bail. State police report that while they were in the process of arresting Caselli in his home they noticed the odor of marijuana. Subsequently they charged Caselli and his girlfriend, Kimberly A. Sullivan, 38, with unlawful possession of marijuana. They were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on June 10.

Twin brothers Edward M. and James H. Lennon, 70, of Stamford were killed Thursday when their vehicle ran off Route 23 in the Village of Grand Gorge. State police say the vehicle, which was being driven by Edward Lennon, was westbound on Route 23 when it went off the north shoulder. Police say the driver overcorrected and exited the roadway on the south shoulder where it entered a ditch and overturned. Both brothers were declared dead at the scene. The accident was investigated by the state police accident reconstruction unit.

Nicholas Mitchell, 39, of New Kingston was arrested by state police Friday and charged with criminal impersonation after he allegedly gave police an incorrect birth date stemming from an incident on April 20. Mitchell was arraigned in Middletown Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.

Lisa A. Lezamiz, 41, of Margaretville was arrested by state police and charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident following an incident on Main Street in Margaretville. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on May 26.

Bradley V. Grant, 16, of Pine Hill was arrested by state police Friday and charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly destroyed a sign on county Route 17 in Fleischmanns. Grant was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court.

Joel R. Wilson, 22, of Jefferson faces a number of charges after he was stopped for a traffic violation by state police Friday on Route 10 in Stamford. State police say they smelled alcohol and when Wilson’s blood alcohol level allegedly tested .20 percent they charged him with DWI, aggravated DWI, no plate lamp, failure to signal, aggravated unlicensed operation and no seat belt.
He was arraigned in Town of Harpersfield Justice Court and released in the custody of his father to reappear at a later date.

John H. Monroe, 35, of Rensselaer was arrested by state police Wednesday and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after police stopped the car in which he was a passenger and allegedly found a partially burned marijuana cigarette. The driver of the car, Dennis A. Monroe, 55, of South Kortright was ticketed for drawing an unregistered trailer.

Savannah R. Pope, 21, of Stamford was arrested by state police Saturday and faces a number of charges after she allegedly tried to stab a friend following an argument over a car. Pope, who police say was highly intoxicated, was charged with DWI, unlicensed operation, resisting arrest, second-degree menacing, criminal trespass and larceny. She was arraigned in Village of Stamford Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Shila A. Greenwood, 40, of Hobart was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana Saturday after she was stopped by state police on Route 10 in Harpersfield. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Stamford Justice Court.

A report in last week’s Catskill Mountain News incorrectly stated that Jessica Mitchell, 29, of Arkville, who was the driver of a vehicle that overturned on the Dry Brook Road Monday, was an unlicensed operator. A reporting error caused the mistake, which the News regrets.

A DWI charge and several traffic violation charges against Charles R. Tolly, 39, of Grand Gorge, that were made in April of last year, were dismissed recently in Town of Roxbury Justice Court last week. Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford, attorney for Tolly, made various demands for discovery and thereafter made motions to dismiss the case that were granted.