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01/24/15 Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

     On 01/24/15 around 3:57 am, deputies responded to the area of Rt.96 just outside of the city of Ithaca for a car vs. pedestrian accident. Upon further investigation at the scene it was determined that the pedestrian was deceased.  At this time, both the driver of the vehicle and the pedestrian's names  will not be released due to the on going investigation into the accident.  Anyone with any information regarding this accident,  please contact the Tompkins County Sheriffs Department.

January 22nd, 2015 - Larceny Arrest

On January 22nd, 2015 at 5:30 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Target, 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a Theft Complaint.  Deputies spoke with Target Security upon arrival and investigated the theft.  At the completion of the investigation, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Bayun Hong, age 19 of Burleigh Drive in Ithaca on allegations of petit larceny. 

Hong was processed and released on an appearance ticket ordering her to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on February 12th, 2015 at 1700 hours.

January 21st, 2015 - Drug Possession Arrest

On January 21st, 2015 Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies along with NYS Troopers responded to True Value, 2309 N. Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a theft in progress complaint.  Upon arrivals, Deputies determined that a female had fled on foot and a male suspect stayed when he was confronted by employees.  Through the investigation, Deputies determined that the male suspect, Kyle G. Clawson, age 37 of Hector had a warrant for his arrest.  Deputies further discovered that Clawson was in possession of a controlled substance when he was searched pursuant to his arrest.

Clawson was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor).  He was issued an appearance ticket ordering his appearance at the Town of Lansing Court on February 5th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  He was later turned over to officers from the Watkins Glen Police Department on the warrant.

01/15/2015 DWI Arrest

On 01/15/2015 at 11:58 P:M, Deputies responded to Graham Road and North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a report of a motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival deputies located approximately twelve damaged mailboxes scattered about Graham Road.  Cayuga Heights Police located a blue Ford Taurus  in the parking lot of Party City with damage that would be consistent with hitting several mailboxes.  Deputies identified the driver as Joshua A. Johnson, age 32 of Syracuse, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Johnson was driving under the influence of drugs and was subsequently arrested.

Johnson was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree (Felony), criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, failure to keep right, moved from lane unsafely, illegal windshield and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  Johnson was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail. 

01/17/2015 DWI Arrest

On 01/17/2015 at 1:25 A:M, Deputies observed a gray Honda Pilot speeding on Danby Road in the Town of Ithaca.   Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as George Thomas Cash, age 22 of Short Hills, NJ.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Cash was intoxicated and subsequently arrested.

Cash was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with .08% or more blood alcohol content and speed in zone.  Cash was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 02/11/2015 at 4:00P:M.

January 12th, 2015 - Petit Larceny Arrest

On January 12th, 2015 at 6:10 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Target, located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a theft complaint.  Deputies conducted a larceny investigation which resulted in the arrest of Stefania D. Chamorro Gonzalez, age 20 of E. State Street in Ithaca.  Chamorro Gonzalez was arrested and processed on allegations of Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor). She was issued an appearance ticket ordering her appearance at the Town of Lansing Court on January 20th, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

January 8th, 2015 - Obstructing/Criminal Contempt Arrest

On January 8th, 2015 at 7:04 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were attempting to execute a bench warrant on Joshua F. Conklin, age 26 of Groton at 105 Peru Road, Village of Groton.  During the course of this attempt, Conklin fled the residence on foot out the back of the apartment.  Deputies identified themselves and Conklin refused to stop after being ordered to do so.  After a short foot chase, Deputies were able to apprehend Conklin and he was taken into custody on the bench warrant.  Deputies further charged Conklin with Obstructing Governmental Administration (Class A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree (Class A Misdemeanor) after the discovery that Conklin was inside the residence with a protected party listed in a superior court order of protection. 

Conklin was processed and arraigned in the Town of Groton Court on the warrants and new charges.  Conklin was remanded with no bail to the Tompkins County Jail and is to return to court at a later date.  Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by the Groton Police Department.

1/11/2015 DWI Arrest

   On January 11, 2015 at 2:11 AM deputies responded to Adams Road in the Town of Newfield for a report of a one vehicle motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival at the scene deputies observed a 2001 grey Volkswagon over the embankment on the west side of Adams Road. Deputies located and identified the operator of the vehicle as Kyle C. Denmark age 40 of Ithaca, New York. Deputies determined Denmark was intoxicated.

   Denmark was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Keep Right. He was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on February 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM.     

Updated Press Release on Barricaded Subject- 1/6/2015

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has concluded the initial investigation of the events that transpired on Hornbook Road in Danby, New York from December 30th to January 2nd, where barricaded subject, David Cady, age 36, fired at police during their attempt to serve a Felony DWI arrest warrant.

Cady was found deceased inside of the residence January 2nd at approximately 8:00 AM. A preliminary autopsy was performed at Lourdes hospital on January 3rd and determined that Cady's cause of death was from a single, self-inflicted, gunshot wound.

From the investigation, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office learned that Cady possessed multiple firearms, ammunition and had been traveling to Pennsylvania to purchase ammunition in preparation for a possible stand-off with police. Cady also reportedly told outside sources that he was not willing to go back to jail.

As the stand-off progressed, law enforcement officers took shifts in order to keep the situation safe and secure for the community. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office contacted several agencies in surrounding counties and states to obtain additional manpower, equipment and expertise in the hope of bringing about a resolution and peaceful outcome. Assistance was also provided by the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office at the scene.

Eventually, law enforcement knew and anticipated needing to enter the residence, in order to take the subject into custody. Based upon the information being developed through interviews and practices used by other agencies in the past, it became necessary to breech part of the outside area of the house to ensure the safety of all involved.

Sheriff Lansing reports that constant efforts were made throughout the ordeal to communicate with Cady through the use of a land-line, cell phone, and other law enforcement equipment. Cady was observed, on several occasions, moving throughout the house carrying a long gun. The last time he was observed was late Thursday. All attempts to communicate with Cady were unsuccessful.

After the discovery of Cady's body on January 2nd, law enforcement located multiple long guns strategically placed throughout the residence.

Sheriff Lansing reports that efforts to raise funds for David Cady's family are being taken on by the Danby Federated Church. Any donations that the community members would like to make should be made out to Danby Federated Church 1859 Danby Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850.

1/4/2015 DWI Arrest

   On January 4, 2015 at 1:37 AM deputies observed a blue 2005 Ford stopped partially in the road on West Danby Road in the Town of Newfield. Upon further investigation deputies found the vehicle occupied and identified the operator as Mark A. Miller age 30 of Hector, New York. Deputies determined Miller was intoxicated.

   Miller was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on January 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM.   

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