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August 11th, 2017 - Grand Larceny Arrest

On August 11th, 2017 Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Justin N. Lader, age 18 of Freeville for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class E Felony).  The arrest stemmed from an investigation into a theft of a motor vehicle that occurred in the Town of Dryden on July 14th, 2017. 

Deputies released Lader on appearance ticket ordering his return to the Town of Dryden Court on September 4th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Subject Arrested for Criminal Posssession of Stolen Property

   The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has arrested Marchant D. Jolles, 24 of Ithaca, New York in connection with a larceny from a vehicle that occurred in the early morning hours on Tuesday August 8, 2017. At approximately 4:53 AM Jolles was observed walking on North Triphammer Road in the Town of Lansing carrying an unidentified object under his arm. When Jolles was stopped and interviewed by deputies he was also found to be in possession of an electronic device believed to be removed from a vehicle parked at a residence in the Town of Lansing. The electronic device was later confirmed by the owners to be stolen. Jolles was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Jolles was arraigned in the Village of Cayuga Heights Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $500.00 bail. The investigation is continued by the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office.     

Tompkins County Requests One Year Extension of Jail Variance

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has submitted a request to the State Commission of Correction seeking a one-year continuation of a variance allowing the County to operate its jail with 18 beds more than its 82-bed permitted capacity. The request included a commitment to implement recommendations made in a 6-month study by the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research (CGR) that recommended ways to reduce the County’s jail population through alternatives to incarceration, detox and drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities, and other improvements in the criminal justice system. Last year, the Commission of Correction had threatened to revoke the jail variance unless the County demonstrated a good faith effort to address jail overcrowding.

“We are optimistic the State will recognize the tremendous amount of work that has been done by CGR, the Legislature, and the community to identify ways to reduce our Jail population,” said Lansing. “I’m hopeful the Commission will continue to give us time needed to implement the recommendations that came out of this process and for those actions to begin producing results.”

County Legislator Rich John, chair of the Legislature’ s Jail Study Committee, added: “We are grateful to CGR for analyzing the hard numbers that we asked them to consider, while also listening to the many stakeholders in our community. I hope the Commission will understand their report as the solid, well-documented study that it is. I look forward to implementing many of the study’s recommendations for reducing our jail population and creating a safer, more supportive community for all our residents.”

The CGR report included over 25 recommendations ranging from the expanded use of electronic monitoring to the creation of a medical detox facility. Several of the recommendations related to County programs and are currently being reviewed for consideration in the 2018 County Budget. Other items, such as the call for additional detox and rehab beds, are dependent on State funding and approval processes that can take several years.

In a letter to the Commission accompanying the variance request, Legislature Chair Michael Lane assured the State that “the County’s draft 2018 budget to be presented to the County Legislature in September will include a very substantial increase in earmarked funding to get off to a fast, strong start in implementing CGR’s recommendations.”

The Tompkins County Jail has operated with an 18-bed variance since 2009. Its most recent variance was for the 90-day period ending on September 30, 2017.

Contact: Sheriff Ken Lansing, 607-257-1345

08/07/2017 Larceny Arrest

On August 7th, 2017 at about 4:00PM, Deputies responded to the Mcdonald's Restaurant located at 2350 North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny report. Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined that an employee stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the business on the previous day.  The suspect employee was identified as JOSHUA J LEWIS (Age 21 of Dryden).

LEWIS was charged with Petit Larceny and was released on an appearance ticket.  He is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on August 22nd, 2017 at 9:00AM.  

08/03/2017 Larceny Arrest

On August 3rd, 2017 at about 5:30PM, Deputies responded to the Target Store located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny complaint.  Loss prevention staff reported observing a male suspect steal cans of Red Bull and Soup cans and leave the store without paying for the items.  

Nathaniel D Sloughter (Age 21 of Lansing) was charged with Petit Larceny.  He was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on August 22nd, 2017 at 9:00AM.  

08/03/2017 MVA DWI Arrest

On August 3rd, 2017 at about 8:50PM, Deputies responded to the intersection of Auburn Road and Woodsedge Drive in the Town of Lansing for a personal injury motor vehicle accident.  Deputies determined that a female driving a Blue Subaru was traveling west on Auburn Road and attempted to make a left turn onto Woodsedge Drive.  The driver failed to make a safe turn and drove into the ditch.  

The driver was identified as Palmyra M RAMIREZ (Age 63 of Lansing).  RAMIREZ sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.  Deputies observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath.  RAMIREZ was subsequently arrested for DWI, and she refused to submit to a blood test.  

RAMIREZ was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Test, Failed to Keep Right, and No Seat Belt.  She is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on August 31st, 2017 at 3:00PM.

07/28/2017 DWI Arrest

On 07/28/2017 at 2:52 A:M, Deputies stopped a blue Honda on Danby Road in the Town of Ithaca for multiple vehicle and traffic law violations.  Deputies identified the driver as Cecil E. MALONE, age 61 of Victor, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that MALONE was intoxicated and arrested MALONE.

MALONE was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Speed in Zone, Failure to Keep Right, Moved From Lane Unsafely and Failed to use Designated Lane.  MALONE was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 08/24/2017 at 9:00 A:M.

07/29/2017 DWI Arrest

On 07/29/2017 at 10:54 P:M, Deputies responded to the 100 block of Newfield Depot Road in the Town of Newfield for a report of a one car motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival deputies observed a red Hyundai stuck on top of an embankment.  Deputies identified the driver as Heather J. WRIGHT, age 23 of Newfield, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that WRIGHT was intoxicated and arrested WRIGHT.

WRIGHT was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent.  WRIGHT is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on 08/29/2017 at 1:00 P:M. 

Felony Criminal Mischief Arrest

   On Tuesday July 11, 2017 officials at the Newfield Central School District contacted the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office to report damage to the school district's recently renovated softball field. School officials stated that someone had driven a motor vehicle on the softball field causing several thousand dollars worth of damage. An investigation into the incident by the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office revealed that on Monday July 10, 2017  at about 6:00 PM. Devin M. Austen age 18 of Newfield, NY operated a motor vehicle on Newfield Central School District property intentionally causing the damage to the softball field. Further investigation also revealed there were three juveniles in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Austen was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor. Austen was arranged in the Town of Newfield Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail $5,000 bond. Austen is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Newfield Court on August 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM.       

July 29th, 2017 - Larceny Arrest

On July 29th, 2017 at 7:15 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Topps, located at 2300 N. Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a theft complaint.  Deputies interviewed lost prevention officer who alledged observing Stephanie A. Drake, age 24 of Groton steal items from the store and exit with out paying.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Deputies arrested Drake and charged her with Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor).  Drake was issued as appearance ticket ordering her to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on August 8th, 2017 at 9:00 AM.