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11/25/2014 Narcotics Arrest

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 11/25/2014 at about 1:45 pm, members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, the Ithaca City Police Department and New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested five subjects in connection with narcotics trafficking.  

The arrest stems from a lengthy investigation, by the agencies involved, into narcotics trafficking. A search warrant was obtained during the investigation.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized $695 dollars, 108 pre-packaged bags of heroin, 2.4 grams of packaged crack cocaine.  The estimated street value for the narcotics seized is approximately $1,500. 

Daniel J. Yetsko age 29, of 119 Honness Lane Ithaca was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell in the third degree, a class B Felony. He was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court before Judge Klein and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 secured insurance bond.

Javaun S. Delfyette age 29, of 2044 Strauss Street #1 Brooklyn, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell in the third degree, a class B Felony. He was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court before Judge Klein and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 secured insurance bond.

Naquan T. Stevenson age 27, of 730 Rockaway Ave #2J Brooklyn, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell in the third degree, a class B Felony. He was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court before Judge Klein and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 secured insurance bond.

Jovon L. Monk age 29, of 618 West State Street Ithaca, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree, a class D Felony. He was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court before Judge Klein and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

Lawrence Haskins age 59, of 6335 Perry City Road Trumansburg was charged with being a Fugitive from Justice from the State of California. Haskins is wanted on a Violation of Parole from Placer County California. He was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court before Judge Banfield and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

November 11th, 2014 - DWI Arrest

On November 11th, 2014 at 5:35 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Auburn Road near Peruville Road, Town of Lansing for an Erratic Driver Complaint.  Deputies were responding to a report of a sick or intoxicated driver traveling South on Auburn Road called in by a concerned citizen.  Sheriff's Deputies were able to intercept with the vehicle as it continued to travel South on N. Triphammer Road.  After witnessing further vehicle and traffic law violations, Sheriff's Deputies performed a traffic stop on the vehicle, a tan colored sedan.  After interviewing the driver, Patrick F. Morris, age 54 of Gillespie Ave, Syracuse, Sheriff's Deputies performed a DWI Investigation which resulted in Morris's arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Morris was processed and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated with BAC of at or greater than .08% (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Moving From Lane Unsafely (Violation).  Morris was issued traffic tickets, released and ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on December 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

11/11/14 DWI Arrest

   On November 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM deputies observed a 2007 Volkswagon traveling north on East Shore Drive in the Town of Lansing at a high rate of speed. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Erica C. Obrian age 31 of Lansing, New York. Deputies determined that Obrian was intoxicated.

   Obrian was charged with one count of Driving While Intoxicated. She was also charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breath Screening Test and Excessive Speed in a Speed Zone. Obrian was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM. 

11/9/14 PI MVA DWI

   On November 9, 2014 at 3:08 AM deputies responded to a report of a personal injury motor vehicle accident on Douglas Road in the Town of Newfield. Upon arrival deputies observed a 2013 Ford in the ditch along Douglas Road. Deputies made contact with the operator of the vehicle identified as James M. Thompson age 23 of Cayuga Heights, New York. Deputies determined Thompson was intoxicated. A passenger in the vehicle was transported to the Cayuga Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of a non life threatening injury.

   Thompson was charged with one count of Driving While Intoxicated. He was also charged with Imprudent Speed, Failure to Keep Right, and Refusal to Submit to a Breath Screening Test. Thompson was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on December 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM.    

11/8/2014 DWI Arrest

   On November 8, 2014 at 2:09 AM deputies observed a 2005 Hyundai fail to signal when traveling south on Livermore Road in the Town of Dryden. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Henry F. Cook age 19 of Dryden, New York. Deputies determined Cook was intoxicated.

   Cook was charged with two counts of Drving While Intoxicated and one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was also charged with Illegal Signal, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Improper License. Cook was released and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on December 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM.   

November 4, 2014 Personal Injury MVA

   On Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM Tompkins County Sheriff Deputies responded to the intersection of North Triphammer Road and Asbury Road in the Town of Lansing for a reported two car personal injury motor vehicle accident. Deputies report a 2003 Chevrolet was traveling north on North Triphammer Road when the operator who was attempting to turn left on Asbury Road failed to yield the right of way to a 2012 Cadillac that was traveling south on North Triphammer Road. The 2012 Cadillac collided with the 2003 Chevrolet in the southbound lane of North Triphammer Road. The Chevrolet remained in the road while the Cadillac left the roadway striking a guiderail on the west side of the intersection.  

   The operator of the Chevrolet was flown by helicopter to SUNY Upstate Hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries. The passenger of the Chevrolet was transport by ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital also for evaluation and treatment of injuries. The operator of the Chevrolet was charged with Failure to Yield the Right of Way and Unsafe Turn.   

11/02/2014 DWI Arrest

On 11/02/2014 at 2:00 A:M, Deputies were traveling on Danby Road in the Town of Danby when a tan Jeep Liberty entered the deputies lane of travel almost striking the deputies patrol vehicle head on.  Deputies stopped the tan Jeep Liberty and identified the driver as Antonia C. Hamilton, age 34 of Spencer, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Hamilton was intoxicated and arrested her.

Hamilton was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% or more BAC, aggravated driving while intoxicated .18% or more BAC and two counts of fail to use designated lane.  Hamilton was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Danby Court on 12/16/2014 at 7:00 P:M. 

10/31/2014 DWI Arrest

On 10/31/2014 at 8:52 P:M, Deputies observed a blue Jeep Patriot driving erratically on Mecklenburg Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Floyd A. Peterson, age 54 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Peterson was intoxicated and arrested him.

Peterson was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% or more BAC, fail to use designated lane and aggravated driving while intoxicated .18% or more BAC.  Peterson was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 11/12/2014 at 4:00 P:M.

10/24/2014 DWAI Drugs

On 10/24/2014 at 10:09 P:M, Deputies received a third party call of an erratic driver on Danby Road in the Town of Danby.  With assistance from Ithaca College Public Safety, the vehicle was located on West King Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies identified the driver as Louis A. Gershon, age 40 of Candor, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Gershon was under the influence of narcotics and arrested him.

Gershon was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, speed in excess of the state limit and failure to keep right.  Gershon is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 11/12/2014 at 4:00 P:M.

10/26/2014 DWI Arrest

On 10/26/2014 at approximately 1:20 A:M, Deputies were traveling north on South Aurora Street in the City of Ithaca and observed a black BMW traveling south on South Aurora Street at a high rate of speed.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Benjamin S. Frahm, age 32 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Frahm was intoxicated.

Frahm was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% BAC or more and Speed in Zone.  Frahm was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on 11/19/2014 at 11:00 A:M.

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