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October 17, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 17, 2014 at 2:30 AM deputies observed a 2005 Chevrolet stopped in the northbound lane on Five Mile Drive in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator as Eric Z. Best age 30 of Spencer, New York. Deputies determined Best was intoxicated.

   Best was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. Best was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

October 15, 2014 UPM/AUO 3 Arrest

   On October 15, 2014 at 1:25 AM deputies observed a white 2008 Lincoln traveling north on State Route 96B in the Town of Ithaca at a high rate of speed. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Julian M. Magee age 23 of Ithaca, New York. Magee was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree and Excessive Speed in Zone. Magee was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

October 12, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM deputies observed a black in color 2008 Subaru traveling south in the northbound lane on East Shore Drive in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Jeannette E. Luther age 29 of Spencer, New York. Deputies determined Luther was intoxicated.

   Luther was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Remain in a Designated Lane. Luther was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

October 11, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM deputies observed a grey 2006 Nissan failing to remain in the designated lane while traveling south on Town Line Road in the Town of Newfield. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Philip R. Halsey age 22 of Newfield, New York. Deputies determined Halsy was intoxicated.

   Halsy was charged with three counts of Driving While Intoxicated including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Moving from a Designated Lane Unsafely. Halsey was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.   

October 3rd, 2014 - Petit Larceny Arrest

On October 3rd, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Target, located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a theft case.  Upon arrival, Deputies spoke with Target Lost Prevention who advised that they had confronted a female walking out of the store with out paying for merchandise from the store.  Lost Prevention was requesting that the female, Danielle T. Fendrich, age 19 of Scarsdale, NY be arrested and charged with Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. 

Fendrich was arrested and released on an appearance ticket ordering her to reappear at the Town of Lansing Court on October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Fatal ATV/Motorcycle Accident 9-26-14

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction team are investigating an ATV vs. dirt bike accident that occurred on Friday September 26, 2014 at approximately 11:17 pm on Decamp Road in Lansing, that so far has claimed the life of one of the operators.  Lynn Eastman, 19 from Lansing was transported from the scene to the Cayuga Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 am.  Billy Radcliffe, 21 and Zachary Radcliffe, 19 both from Lansing were transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and both are listed in critical condition.  The investigation is still ongoing and at this time there are no charges pending. 

Update 10/01/2014

Sheriff Lansing reports that victims, Billy Radcliff and Zachary Radcliff have passed away at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.  Both victims had been at Upstate Medical Center in critical condition as a result of the accident that they had occurred on September 26th on Decamp Road in the Town of Lansing.      

08/23/2014 DWI Arrest

On 08/23/2014, Deputies responded to Campbell Ave in the Town of Ithaca for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival deputies observed a gray 2002 Buick that had crashed into a tree.  Deputies located the driver, Ramel M. Jenkins age 21 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Jenkins was intoxicated before he got into the accident.

Jenkins was transported to Cayuga Medical Center by Bangs Ambulance for his injuries from the accident.  Jenkins was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and moved from lane unsafely.  Jenkins was issued tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/24/2014 at 4:00 P:M.

September 12th, 2014 - DWI Accident Arrest

On September 12th, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies and Officers from the Village of Dryden Police Department responded to the 100 block of Irish Settlement Road, Town of Dryden for a motor vehicle accident.  Deputies located the driver, Michael L. McWilliams, age 51 of Midline Road, Dryden walking from the accident scene.  Deputies on scene conducted an DWI Investigation regarding the accident and McWilliams was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. 

McWilliams was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor, Imprudent Speed (Violation) and Failure to Keep Right (Violation).  McWilliams was processed and released on appearance tickets ordering his return to the Town of Dryden Court on September 29th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. 

September 13th, 2014 - Felony DWI Arrest

On September 13th, 2014 at 12:20 AM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol in the Town of Ulysses when they observed an older model Dodge Ram pick-up truck traveling south on Halseyville Road.  The pick-up truck was subsequently stopped on Swamp College Road for equipment violations and the driver, Paul D. Vorhis, age 39 of State Route 227 in Trumansburg was interviewed.  Sheriff's Deputies then conducted a DWI Investigation and arrested Vorhis for Driving While Intoxicated.

Vorhis was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Class E Felony), Inadequate Brake Lights (Violation) and Inadequated/No Turn Signal (Violation).  Vorhis was arraigned at the Town of Ulysses Court where he was released to a third party.  Vorhis was set up to reappear at the Town of Ulysses Court at a later date.

September 14, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On September 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM deputies observed a purple Plymouth with the rear license plate obstructed traveling west on Pennsylvania Ave., in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator as Jihad D. Barnes age 20 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deputies determined Barnes was intoxicated.

   Barnes was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Operating with an Obstructed View and License Plate Displayed Improperly. Barnes was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on October 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

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