Area Police News: Nov. 12, 2008

Margaretville resident Matthew Galunas was arrested Oct. 30 on a warrant from the Delaware County Court, where he was wanted on two charges of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two charges of third-degree burglary, two charges of third-degree grand larceny, and two charges of third-degree criminal mischief. The charges stemmed from a Dec. 25, 2007 burglary of the CVS pharmacy and the A&P store in Margaretville, during which property valued at over $3,000 was stolen from each store. Galunas also allegedly possessed morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin and methadone. He was sent to jail and is awaiting arraignment. A trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 12.

A Phoenicia woman was seriously injured late Friday afternoon in the A&P parking lot in Margaretville when she was struck by a truck operated by a downstate youth. State police report that Karla R. Reichle, 29, of Phoenicia, was struck by a truck operated by Philip J. Bianchi, 16, of Montauk as she was walking across the parking lot to her car, which contained her daughter. Police say Reichle was transported to Margaretville Memorial Hospital where she was treated for an orbital fracture and abdominal pain. She was later transferred to Albany Memorial Hospital for what police described as nonlife threatening injuries.

State police responded to a complaint of aggravated harassment last Tuesday from a man who alleged that Howes Cave resident John C. Giakoumakis, 48, left threatening messages on his answering machine because he owed him money for fixing his vehicle. According to police, five of the messages on the machine were deemed threatening in nature, and Giakoumakis was arrested for five counts of aggravated harassment. He was arraigned in the Town of Stamford, released on his own recognizance, and issued a temporary order of protection. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Roxbury Court on Nov. 12.

Bloomvile resident Joshua D. Bower, 21, was arrested last Tuesday evening and charged with driving while intoxicated after he was observed driving an ATV on a roadway and was stopped by police. After field sobriety tests and an alcosensor test, he was transported to Stamford, where his BAC was shown to be .13%. Bower was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Kortright Court on Nov. 25.

Taunia A. Regan, 25, of Roxbury, was arrested and charged with petit larceny last Wednesday after a store manager at the Grand Gorge Country Store where Regan was employed reported that there was over $300 missing from the first shift. Surveillance tapes showed Regan putting money in her sweater sleeve. Upon questioning, she admitted to taking the money but said that she hadn’t intended to take so much. Regan was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on Nov. 12.

Arkville resident Gregory A. Reynolds, 39, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son into a wall twice on Nov. 5. He was arraigned in the Town of Roxbury Court, released on $200 bail, and ordered to return to the Town of Roxbury Court on Dec. 4.

State police arrested Bloomville resident Robert J. Boest, 39, on Wednesday after he was pulled over for speeding and subsequently exhibited signs of intoxication. Police initially observed Boest speeding, failing to keep right, and driving across hazardous markings. Upon interviewing him, he exhibited red, glossy eyes and slurred speech and police detected the smell of alcohol. Standard field sobriety tests were administered and Boest was arrested for DWI. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI, speeding, failure to keep right, and driving across hazardous markings all returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on Nov. 17.

Jefferson resident Steven J. Vitale, 17, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Thursday after an unrelated investigation of his residence revealed three grams of marijuana and a burnt marijuana cigarette. Vitale was arrested and issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on Nov. 19.

Shayne P. Shaffer, 44, was arrested Thursday and charged with a DWI after he was observed by state police squealing his tires at the intersection of county Route 38 and state Route 30. Shaffer refused standard field sobriety tests after police detected a strong odor of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI, unsafe start, and failure to notify the DMV of an address change. He was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear on Dec. 11.

State police responded to ONC BOCES in Grand Gorge for a bomb threat and subsequently arrested Arkville resident David M. Martin, 16, on Thursday. BOCES Principal Thomas Santacrose contacted police about messages written inside the men’s room that the school was going to blow up and consequently requested that a bomb dog check the building. Upon review of surveillance tapes, Martin was taken into custody and admitted to writing the messages, adding that he was bored and had no intention of actually building or placing a bomb. He was suspended for five days and released on his own recognizance to reappear in town court on Nov. 19.

Bronx resident Ryan J. Pena was arrested Friday night and charged with DWI after he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road to unload passengers and police approaching the vehicle observed a beer can that had fallen from the car as well as an open bottle of Jaegermeister inside. Upon DMV check, Pena was found to have had his driving privileges suspended. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, and ABC law violation 65-C, which prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing alcohol with the intent to consume it. He was issued uniform traffic tickets and an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Delhi Court on Dec. 3.

Robert W. Oakley, 30, of Prattsville and Black Mountain, N.C., was arrested Sunday and charged with a DWI after state police observed him traveling 48 mph in a 40 mph zone with no plate lamps and an inadequate muffler. He was arrested and a breath test showed his BAC to be .14% and he was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on Dec. 3.