Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

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On Tuesday, June 18 at approximately 10:36 a.m., Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 51-yearold Diane Dedominicis, of Treadwell on one count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd Degree, following a traffic stop on Griswold Street, in the Village of Walton. Dedominicis was additionally charged with Speed in Zone, Unlicensed Operator, and was released on tickets returnable to Walton Village Court at a later date.

On the Saturday, June 22 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Richard W. Williams of Downsville, New York on charges of Menacing 2nd Degree, and Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. Deputies allege the defendant unlawfully entered a residence in the Town of Colchester and, after exiting the residence, proceeded to menace another person with a dangerous instrument. Williams was arraigned in the Village of Walton Court by Judge Hall and was released on his own recognizance. Williams was scheduled to appear at Colchester Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. However, On Sunday, June 23 at approximately 11:15 p.m. deputies arrested 63-yearold Richard Williams of Downsville on the charges of Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree and Harassment in the 2nd Degree. Deputies allege Williams violated the terms of a temporary order of protection by threatening to cause serious physical injury to another person. Williams was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court and sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $1000 cash or $2000 secured bond bail and was to appear in Town of Colchester Court on June 25 at 1:00 p.m.

On Friday, June 21 at about 5:45 p.m., Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year-old Amber J. Weaver of Bloomville, New York on an arrest warrant issued by Stamford Town Court charging Weaver with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies say this arrest stems from an investigation into a report of a trespass where the defendant is alleged to have convinced two different children, less than seventeen years of age, to enter and remain unlawfully within a dwelling of another person. Weaver was arraigned in front of Judge Lamport at Stamford Town Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $1000 bail or $2000 bond.

On Sunday, June 23 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 48-yearold Alain Suamunu-Luasu of London, Ontario, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree. Suamunu-Luasu was stopped for speeding on State Highway 17 in the Town of Colchester when further investigation revealed that his driving privileges in the State of New York had been suspended. He was arraigned in the Colchester Town Court where he was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to re-appear in Colchester Town Court at a later date. Fraud schemes continue.

The New York State Police are continuing to warn residents of several fraudulent schemes asking for money. Victims throughout the Troop “C” area have sent large amounts of money to unknown individuals. The reports of these types of cases are increasing throughout the area and dozens of fraud cases have already been reported in 2019. Many of these scammers are out of the country and are untraceable. Money that appears to be sent locally is often delivered to a vacant or unoccupied residence and picked up and it cannot be tracked.

If someone calls claiming to be a friend of family member desperate for money, resist the urge to act immediately, ask questions only that person would know. Hang up and contact your loved one immediately. Never send cash to anyone you don’t know. The scammers are very convincing, they play on your emotions, threaten to call the police and sometimes swear you to secrecy.

In many of these cases, the person on the other end of the phone will demand the victim obtain gift cards such as Amazon, Google Play or Itunes. The scammer will ask to send the gift cards, photograph them or email the code that is used to redeem them. Some of the most recent scammers will tell the victim to go to Walmart to complete a Walmart money transfer, to send cash next day air using UPS or FedEx or they will demand money orders or cashier’s checks sent.

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