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Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
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779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Sheriff Media Releases

01/15/2017 Domestic Arrest

On January 15th, 2017 at about 9:35PM, Deputies responded to an address on German Cross Road in the Town of Dryden for a reported domestic dispute.  Once on scene, Deputies identified one of the parties in the residence as Phillip M Lewis (Age 26 of Dryden).  Lewis had previously been served with a full stay away order of protection which prohibited him from being at the incident location.  Lewis was placed under arrest and transported to the Sheriff's Office.  No Dryden Justices were available, so Ithaca Town Justice Salk was contacted.  Judge Salk requested an appearance ticket be issued in the matter.  Lewis is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on February 6th, 2017 at 5:00PM.

01/09/2017 Domestic Arrest

On January 9th, 2017 at about 6:40PM, Deputies responded to an address on Willow Hill Drive in the Town of Enfield for a domestic dispute.  Subsequent to an investigaiton, deputies charged CHRISTOPHER E CLARK (Age 29 of Enfield) with Assault in the 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  CLARK was arraigned in the Town of Enfield Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $1,000 bail or $2,500 bond.  

01/13/2017 Fatal Crash

**UPDATE**

On January 13th, 2017 at about 8:14PM, Deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to the 1600 Block of Ellis Hollow Road in the Town of Dryden for a fatal motor vehicle crash.  The preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle was traveling east on Ellis Hollow Road when it drove off the roadway and struck a tree.  The operator was the sole occupant in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as BRENT D HANDY (Age 44 of Ithaca).

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Varna Fire Department, Dryden Ambulance, and Bangs Ambulance for their assistance in this investigation.

01/06/2017 DWI Arrest

On January 6th, 2017 at about 9:50PM, Deputies stopped a 2003 Dodge on Asbury Road in the Town of Lansing for an unsafe start.  Deputies report that the operator of the Dodge squealed its tires, which caused a burn mark on the pavement in front of a marked patrol unit.  Deputies then stopped the Dodge in the 600 Block of Asbury Road.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies determined the driver was intoxicated.  The driver was identified as CODY J NIELSEN (Age 30 of Dryden).

NIELSEN was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% BAC or More, and Unsafe Start.  He was later released and is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on January 24th, 2017 at 9:00AM.

12/31/2016 DWI Arrest

On 12/31/2016 at 11:51 P:M, Deputies observed a white 1993 Toyota truck with multiple equipment violations traveling south on Trumansburg Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the Toyota and identified the driver as Walter R. VANDERPOEL, age 41 of Candor, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that VANDERPOEL was intoxicated and arrested VANDERPOEL.

VANDERPOEL was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, inadequate stop lamps, no tail lights and no distinctive license plate.  VANDERPOEL was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 01/25/2017 at 4:00 P:M.

12/30/2016 Comprehensive Roadside Safety Check Results

On December 30th, 2016, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint on State Route 366 in the Town of Dryden and on State Route 34B in the Town of Lansing.  The office was assisted by the New York State Park Police.  A total of 12 citations were issued to operators during the detail.

ERIN C LEIDY (Age 38 of Dryden) was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree.  She was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 01/30/2017 at 5:00PM.  Leidy was also found to hold an active bench warrant.  She was later turned over to the Village of Cayuga Heights Police Department to answer that charge.

MATTHEW S SPANO (Age 47 of Ithaca) was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree.  He was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 01/25/2017 at 4:00PM.

JARED J WARDWELL (Age 24 of Alpine, NY) was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the 4th Degree Greater than 2 oz.  Wardwell was later released on an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 01/25/2017 at 4:00PM.

MICHAEL P ARMSTRONG (Age 26 of Newfield) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was released on an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 01/25/2017 at 4:00PM.

FREDRICK C ANDERSON (Age 57 of Dryden) was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test.  He was released on an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 01/05/2017 at 09:00AM. 

MAX GAETA (Age 20 of Lansing) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was later released on an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 01/16/2017 at 5:00PM.

1/7/17 Burglary Arrests

 At approximately 1:46 AM. on Saturday January 7, 2017 the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to Main Street in the Village of Trumansburg for an incident involving a possible stabbing. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies encountered a female subject standing outside a residence and two male subjects standing inside the residence. Deputies further observed a male victim lying on the floor inside the residence. The male subject lying on the floor appeared to have sustained puncture type wounds and was unresponsive. The victim is identified as Patrick R. Mutter, age 35 of Brewerton, New York and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

As a result of the investigation it is alleged that Mutter, Gregory S. Fish, age 32 of Trumansburg, New York, Jennifer L. Ecker, age 27 of Trumansburg, New York forced their way into the residence and were confronted by the occupant. A physical altercation ensued involving the occupant resulting in Mutter's death. Fish and Ecker were charged with Burglary in the Second Degree a Class C Felony. Fish and Ecker were arraigned in the Village of Trumansburg Court by the Honorable Thomas Schlee. Both Fish and Ecker were remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail and $50,000 bond. The investigation into the incident is continued by The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office. 

Assisting in the investigation is the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit, the Trumansburg Police Department, the Trumansburg Fire Department, and Bangs Ambulance

Community Announcement: Pistol Permit Holders

Pistol permit holders - you will need to recertify your firearms license. You will be receiving a letter from the New York State Police. You may find out more information about the process at http://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/

12/23/2016 Larceny Arrest

On December 20th, 2016, Deputies responded to an address in the Town of Enfield for a larceny complaint.  A victim reported that her wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from her residence.  Deputies located the suspect on surviellance tapes at a local bank turning in the wallet. Once the victim retrieved her wallet from the bank, she discovered the cash missing.  

The suspect was identified as Kathleen Day (Age 52 of Ithaca).  She was charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.  She was released on an appearance ticket for January 16th, 2017 at 5:00PM.  

December 16th, 2016 - DWI Arrest

On December 16th, 2016 at 1902 hours, Deputies were sent to the area of Mecklenburg Road and N. Van Dorn Road, Town of Enfield for a concerned citizen reporting a possible intoxicated driver.  The tip reported that a male passenger was seen exiting his vehicle which was parked in the middle of the roadway and falling into the snow covered ditch.  Deputies located a vehicle matching that description upon arrival and spoke with the driver, Harry L. Hobbs, age 62 of Binghamton, N.Y.  Deputies quickly observed signs of intoxication and conducted a DWI Investigation which led to Hobbs arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Hobbs was charged with a Illegally Parking on the Highway (Violation), Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .18% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor).  Hobbs was released on traffic tickets ordering his appearance at the Town of Enfield Court on January 9th, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

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