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Sheriff Media Releases

February 17th, 2017 - Narcotics Arrest

On February 17th, 2017 at 9:02 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol on Peruville Road in the Town of Dryden.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Pontiac Vibe after observing the vehicle speeding in a state speed zone.  During the course of the investigation, Deputies observed the driver, Dennis W. Heverly, age 55 of McLean Road, Groton attempt to conceal a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine in his hand.  After a short physical confrontation, Deputies were able to take Heverly into custody with out further incident.  A further search of the vehicle yielded several other narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside.  The passenger, Douglas P. Swarts, age 35 of East Seneca Street, Ithaca was also arrested after narcotics were found in his possession.

Heverly was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation), Uninsured Motor Vehicle (Violation), Operating While Registration was Suspended/Revoked (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Speed in State Zone (Violation).  Swarts was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor) and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation).  Both were released on appearance tickets and ordered to appear at the Town of Dryden Court on March 6th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

February 18th, 2017 - Petit Larceny Arrest

On February 18th, 2017 at 9:10 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Topps, 2300 N. Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a Larceny Complaint.  Deputies spoke with employees upon arrival who were following a female who allegedly stole items from the store.  Deputies located and interviewed the female, Moreen W. Robertson, age 35 of Dryden and subsequently arrested her on allegations of petit larceny.

Robertson was charged with one count of Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor) and released on appearance ticket ordering his appearance at the Town of Lansing Court on March 7th, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

02/15/2017 DWI Crash/Arrest

On February 15th, 2017 at about 8:35PM, Deputies responded to Thomas Road in the Town of Dryden for a reported motor vehicle crash involving personal injury.  Once on scene, deputies located a male subject lying on the ground next to an overturned vehicle.  He was identified as JESSE D SIEMON (Age 37 of Dryden).  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined that SIEMON was the driver of the vehicle that was traveling north on Thomas Road when it struck a Nyseg Pole and then overturned.  No other vehicles were involved.

SIEMON was found to be intoxicated and was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  SIEMON was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Operating with an Open Container, and Unreasonable Speed.  He was released to a sober party and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on March 20th, 2017 at 5:00PM.

DWI Arrest 2/11/17

On 02/11/17 around 12:34 am, Deputies made a traffic stop on Warren Rd. in the village of Lansing.  The vehicle, a 2015 Nissan color grey was being operated by a Alexander E. Panhans.  Alexander E. Panhans, age 50, from Texas was arrested for DWI upon further investigation during the traffic stop.  Panhans was processed and released and is scheduled to appear in the town of Lansing court on 03/14/17 at 9:00am.

DWI 2/11/17

On 02/11/17 around 8:29pm, deputies made a traffic stop on Goodwin Drive in the town of Enfield.  The vehicle, 2015 Grey Subaru was being operated by a Chelsea M. Fields.  Chelsea M. Fields, age 23, of Trumansburg NY was arrested for DWI upon further investigation during the stop.  Deputies later found that Miss Fields had prior DWI incidents and also charged Miss Fields with felony DWI.  Chelsea M. Fields is scheduled for court on 03/06/17 at 5:00pm in the town of Enfield.

February 11th, 2017 - Attempted Rape 1st Arrest

On February 11th, 2017, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office concluded an investigation into an attempted forcible rape case that occurred in the Town of Ithaca.  Although case information will not be released at this time, The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office can confirm that Ray J. Dennis Jr., age 47 of West Malloryville Road, Freeville has been arrested and charged with Attempted Rape in the First Degree (Class C Felony).

Dennis was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $15,000 Cash/$30,000 Secured Bond.  Dennis is to appear at The Town of Ithaca Court on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

02/04/2017 DWI Arrest

On 02/04/2017 at 4:49 P:M, Deputies responded to Trumbulls Corners Road in the Town of Newfield for a reported domestic dispute in which a vehicle had crashed.  Upon arrival deputies located a black Dodge Ram pick up that had damage to it.  Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Lloyd A. LAMPILA, JR, age 48 of Newfield, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that LAMPILA was intoxicated and arrested LAMPILA. 

LAMPILA was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated- Blood Alcohol Content .18% or higher and Driving While intoxicated.  LAMPILA was released and is to appear  in the Town of Newfield Court on 02/28/2017 at 5:00 P:M.

02/09/2017 DWI Arrest

On 02/09/2017 at 12:21 A:M, Deputies observed a grey Dodge Dart failing to maintain its lane of travel on Glenside Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Leonard A. LAMPERT, age 53 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that LAMPERT was intoxicated and arrested LAMPERT for driving while intoxicated.

LAMPERT was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated- Blood Alcohol Content .18% or higher, Driving While Intoxicated and Insufficient Turn Signal.  LAMPERT was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 03/08/2017 at 4:00 P:M.

02/04/2017 DWI Arrest

On 02/04/2017 at 3:03 A:M, Deputies responded to Southworth Road in the Town of Dryden for a report of a property damage motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival deputies observed a tan Toyota that had struck two parked vehicles.  Deputies identified the driver of the tan Toyota as Kyle E. BURNS, age 19 of Dryden, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that BURNS was intoxicated and arrested BURNS.

BURNS was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, failed to keep right, Unreasonable Speed/Special Hazards and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.  BURNS was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 03/06/2017 at 5:00 P:M. 

02/07/2017 Menacing a Police Officer Arrest

On February 7th, 2017 at about 3:38PM, Deputies responded to 364 Trumbulls Corners Road in the Town of Enfield for a child custody complaint.  While a deputy was interviewing an involved party, an irate family member initiated a verbal altercation with the complainant, which escalated into a physical altercation.  The suspect brandished a firearm toward the Deputy.  The deputy was eventually able to secure the suspect and the firearm, which was found to be unloaded.  This defendant was identified as KENNETH D BENJAMIN III (Age 37 of Enfield).

BENJAMIN was charged with Menacing a Police Officer, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Harassment in 2nd Degree.  He was arraigned in the Town of Enfield Court and the Hon. Judge Poole remanded Benjamin to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

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