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Busy Day During Late Muzzleloader Season in Delaware County



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DEC Environmental Conservation Police

On the morning of Dec. 16, ECO Nathan Doig received a call from a resident of the town of Franklin. The complainant stated he had just heard two shots fired back-to-back, which indicated that the shots couldn’t be from a muzzle loading firearm. ECO Doig arrived and found an SUV parked in a field with a dead deer nearby. The dead buck did not have legal-sized antlers and had been shot by a woman using a .243 caliber rifle, which is not legal for deer hunting during the muzzleloader season. In addition, the woman did not possess a hunting license. The appropriate tickets were issued and the deer was seized for donation.

Later that afternoon, ECO Doig received a call from a complainant who had witnessed someone shoot a deer from a pickup truck in Masonville. The complainant was able to get the license plate of the truck and found two individuals in the woods who had been dropped off to look for the deer. ECO Doig located two additional individuals who had been in the truck and issued tickets, including trespassing on posted property, possessing a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, shooting across a public highway, illegal take of a deer, and taking deer with the aid of a motor vehicle. All charges are returnable to the Town of Masonville Court.

New York State Police

On December 31, at approximately 1 p.m., State Police at Sidney arrested two California residents for Criminal Possession 7th degree in the Town of Sidney as a result of a two car property damage accident in the Delaware SPCA Parking Lot. Georgeanne Hall, 52, of LaVerne, CA backed into George Kovaluskie, 77, of Stamford, vehicle (which was unattended.) Christina Sanchez, 34, of Victorville, CA was the passenger in Hall’s vehicle. Investigation revealed that Sanchez had suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia in her possession, and she was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. Hall was in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia and also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. Hall’s vehicle was also towed after it was discovered that the vehicle had a suspended registration. Both were arraigned in the Town of Sidney where Hall was remanded to Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. Sanchez was remanded on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Both are to reappear on January 10.

On December 31, at about 7:05 a.m., State Police at Margaretville arrested William H Brybag, 60, of Big Indian, on the class E felony of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree. Troopers were called to check on a victim (by the Shandaken Police Department on December 31) after Brybag and the victim got into a verbal dispute in the Town of Shandaken on December 30. The victim reported to troopers that while at a friend’s house in the Village of Fleischmanns, the victim had witnessed William Brybag throw on object at victim’s car, shattering the rear window. Victim did not wish to pursue charges. Brybag then entered the residence, was asked to leave, then returned and began to physically strike the victim’s friend. That person also did not want to pursue charges. However, because the first victim was at one point in a domestic relationship with Brybag there was a mandatory arrest due to the charges. Brybag was at the Shandaken Police Department reporting the domestic dispute that occurred in Shandaken when NYSP arrested him. He also complained of pain and was taken to Margaretville Hospital for evaluation. After his release, he was processed at the State Police station in Margaretville and arraigned in the Town of Stamford Court. An Order of Protection was issued to the victim and Brybag was released on his own recognizance. He is slated to appear in the Town of Middletown Court on January 10. He was then transported back to the Shandaken Police Deparmtne and turned over to their custody for charges they had in their jurisdiction.

On January 4, at about 4:12 a.m., State Police in Oneonta, arrested Melissa J. Tompkins, 50, of Franklin, on the class E felony Aggravated DWI. Stopped on State Highway 28 for an equipment violation, troopers determined she was under the influence of alcohol and also observed a beer can on the front passenger seat. After standardized field sobriety tests, troopers determined she was unable to safely operate a vehicle. She did not supply an adequate breath sample roadside so she was charged for failing to submit to a breath test but then submitted at the barracks. Tompkins had a reportable B.A.C of .19%., and was unlicensed resulting in the felony charge. Arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court, released on her own recognizance, Tompkins is to reappear on February 7, and was turned over to a sober third party.

On January 3, at 11:53 a.m., State Police at Stamford arrested Charlotte E. Carey, 23, of Grand Gorge, on two counts of the class A misdemeanor of Criminal Mischief intent to damage property and one count of attempted Petit Larceny. She is accused of damaging a supply room door and coin box of one of the drying machines at Angelina’s Laundromat. Troopers determined that on December 28 between approximately 11:45 p.m. and 1:35 a.m. on December 29, she attempted to pry open a coin box and attempted to gain entry to a supply room causing damage to both. Troopers located her on January 3 at her residence and she voluntarily met with troopers at the Stamford barracks. She was arrested, processed and released on appearance tickets.

On January 4, at about 11:30 a.m., State Police at Margaretville, arrested Richard E. Purcell, 34, of Big Indian, for the class U misdemeanor Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. A trooper monitoring traffic on State Highway 28 in the in the Town of Middletown observed his vehicle to have an equipment violation and to be uninspected. When the trooper stopped and investigated Purcell, it was revealed he was under the influence of a drug. He was arrested, released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on January 29, and turned over to a sober third party.

On January 6, at about 12:42 p.m., State Police at Sidney arrested Andrew J. Kreger, 25, of Delhi, on the class A misdemeanor of Petit Larceny. Reported on November 29, 2018, Kreger is accused of taking four tires from a yard on November 15 at a residence in Unadilla. The complainant told troopers he was attempting to sell the tires and realized they were gone. Complainant told troopers a man, now known as the suspect came to look at the tires on the November14 but said he did not want them. The complainant stated he spoke to the suspect who said he would return the tires but never did so he called police. After an investigation, troopers arrested Kreger at his residence. He was released on appearance ticket to the town of Unadilla Court and to appear January 21.

On January 6, at about 8:32 p.m., State Police at Sidney arrested James S. McVey, 33, of Clementon, NJ, for DWI 1st Offence resulting as a result of a reported two-car accident on Interstate 88 in the Town of Sidney. Witness stated a vehicle with NJ plates passed at a high rate of speed, suddenly changed lanes, hit a pickup truck then went off the road into a ditch. An investigation revealed he was impaired and had an open bottle of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. Mc Vey allegedly had a reportable BAC of .17%. He was released on tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on February 14, and turned over to sober third party.

On January 6, at about 6 p.m., State Police at Stamford arrested Erica L. Clifford, 36, of Gilboa, and charged her with Petit Larceny at the Tops Supermarket In the Village of Stamford. An employee accused Clifford of taking a chocolate mousse, consuming it near the deli then discarding the rest in one of the aisles. She was detained by store employees until troopers took custody arrested and processed her. Clifford was released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Stamford Court on January 8.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

On December 26, at approximately 2:05 a.m., deputies arrested and charged Wade M. Johnson, 41, of Davenport, with making an unsafe lane change, leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle, and Driving While Intoxicated, following a report of a vehicle crashing into a utility pole on Charlotte Creek Road in the Town of Davenport. Deputies say Johnson fled the scene of the accident after the collision and was later apprehended at an address in the Town of Davenport. Johnson was arraigned at Davenport Town Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear at a later date.

On December 30, deputies arrested Amy Gancio, 34, of Grand Gorge, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor. Gancio is alleged to have engaged in a physical altercation in the presence of a minor child. She was processed and released with an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Walton Court at a later date.

On January 2, at approximately 7:36 p.m., deputies arrested Crystal A. Gager, 40, of Franklin, on One Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and One Count of Harassment 2nd degree. This arrest stems from an investigation conducted by Sheriff’s Deputies of an altercation which occurred in December 2018 in the Town of Franklin. Upon conclusion of the investigation, it is alleged that Gager knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 years old. During the altercation, Gager also subjected another to unwanted physical contact by striking the individual in the face. Gager was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Court, released on her own recognizance, and scheduled to appear in the Town of Franklin Court at a later date.

Village of Delhi Police

On December 20, police served a criminal summons to Brooke M. Cogshall, 24, of Deposit, directing her to appear in Delhi Town Court to answer a complaint of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree. The complaint against Cogshall was filed with the court by fraud investigators from the Delaware County Department of Social Services.

On December 25, police arrested Karl A. Birkeland, 50, of Delhi, for misdemeanor Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and moved from lane unsafely. According to Village of Delhi Police Chief Mike Mills, “Birkeland’s breath test registered at .29% BAC (.18 or higher is required for an aggravated DWI). He does not have any prior convictions on his record, therefore this Aggravated DWI is a misdemeanor.” Birkeland was issued a traffic summons returnable to the Delhi Town Court.

Village of Walton Police

On December 29, police arrested William W. Weil, 28, of Sidney Center, on the charges of DWI with a BAC over .08%, and two V&T offenses resulting from a traffic stop. He was arraigned at Walton Village Court, released on his own recognizance, and scheduled to reappear on January 22.

On December 29, police arrested Regina L. Hoyt, 32, of Walton, on the charges of DWI with a BAC over .08% resulting from a traffic stop. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Walton Village Court on February 11.

On January 1, police arrested Nicolas R. Vallese, 27, of Walton, on the charges of DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over .08% and having a false inspection certificate. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Walton Village Court on January 22.

On January 1, police arrested Douglas A. Fiedler, 47, of Walton, on the charges of DWI and Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over .08% as a result of a traffic stop. He was arraigned at Walton Village Court, released on his own recognizance, and scheduled to return to Court on January 22.

On January 5, police arrested Leanne M. Norwood, 45, of East Branch, on the charges of Aggravated DWI and DWI 1st Offense following a traffic stop. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Walton Village Court on March 18.

On January 6, police arrested Jacob A. Bouton, 25, of Oneonta, on the charges of 7th degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and DWI with a previous conviction in 10 years. He was arraigned at Walton Village Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear on January 22.


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