2016-12-21 / Police News

Area Police News

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Delhi Fire Department responded to a personal injury tractor-trailer rollover accident on county Route 16 in the Town of Delhi.

Upon arrival at the scene, the sheriff’s deputy and first arriving Delhi Fire Department members, utilizing a ladder provided by a neighbor, extricated the driver from the tractor’s cab, which was partially suspended, from a bridge over Platner Brook. The driver was subsequently transported to O’Connor Hospital, Delhi, for treatment of minor injuries.

Further assessment of the scene revealed the tractor-trailer tanker’s cargo was spilling into Platner Brook. As a result, members of the Delaware County Emergency Services, Delaware County Haz-Mat Team, Treadwell Fire Department, New York State Department of Environmental

Conservation’s Law Enforcement Division and their Spill Response Team, Delaware County Department of Public Works employees, New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police and their Haz-Mat team were summoned and responded to the scene.

Into the brook

Investigation by deputies at the scene determined that Marcus Franklin, 28, of Houston, TX, was traveling south on county Route 16 when he lost control of the loaded tractor-trailer, which left the roadway and overturned on the bank of Platner Brook.

The tractor-trailer tanker, owned by Indian River Transport of Winter Haven, FL, was transporting a bulk tank of cream from Michigan to the Saputo Dairy plant located in Fraser at the time of the accident. Officials estimate approximately 2,500 gallons of cream and a very limited quantity of fuel oil was spilled into Platner Brook.

Deputies issued Marcus traffic summonses for speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right and a logbook violation.

Marcus was also cited by New York State Environmental Conservation Police in relation to the hazardous material spill into the waterway.

Drug arrests

Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills announced that on Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office “Special Response Team” executed a search warrant and subsequently arrested two residents in the Town of Colchester.

Investigators and deputies arrested and charged Douglas C. James, 57, and Karen D. James, 57, both of Downsville, with one count of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug (COCAINE) with the intent to sell in the third degree; a class “B” Felony and one count of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 2nd degree a class “D” felony.

The investigation and the search of the residence by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, to include K-9 Ozzie, revealed approximately one and-a-half pounds of marijuana, one and-a-quarter ounces of cocaine, the seizure of $6,026 in cash, a digital scale, several rifles and active NYS Public Assistance Benefit cards issued to both defendants.

They were arraigned in the Town of Colchester Court before Judge Edel and remanded to the county jail in lieu on $100,000 cash bail or $500,000 property bond. This investigation is ongoing.

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