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Ithaca, NY 14850

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July 22nd, 2016 - Narcotic Arrest

On July 22nd, 2016 at 3:26 AM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol on Trumansburg Road in the Town of Ulysses.  Deputies observed a vehicle acting suspicious on Trumansburg Road and subsequently performed a traffic stop on the vehicle after observing minor traffic violations.  Deputies interviewed the driver, Ashley V. Mitchell, age 26 of Rochester, NY and the passenger, Jonathan D. Heusel, age 45 of Rochester, NY.  During the course of the roadside interview, deputies conducted a search of the vehicle after suspicion of drugs in the vehicle was present.  During the course of the vehicle search, deputies located a considerable amount of drug paraphernalia including scales, bags, cash, etc.  Deputies also located an amount of marihuana, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushrooms and concentrated cannibis. 

Deputies charged Mitchell with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation) and Unlawful Signal - Less Than 100' (Violation). 

Deputies charged Heusel with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation).

Both defendants were issued appearance tickets and released ordering their appearance at Town of Ulysses Court on August 23rd, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

DWI Accident

     On 07/17/16 around 10:50pm, deputies responded to a one car MVA on Harford Slaterville Rd.  Deputies at the scene located the driver of the 2014 red Volkswagon, a Tyler M. Mix, age 25, of Brooktondale NY.  Upon further investigation at the scene, Mix was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.  Mix was taken to the Tompkins County Sheriffs Dept, where he was processed and released to a third party.  Mix was issued several Vehicle and Traffic tickets along with the DWI charge and is scheduled to appear in the town of Slaterville court on 08/15/16 at 5:00pm.

7/26/2016 Animal Cruelty Arrest

On July 26th, 2016 at about 5:40PM, Deputies responded to an address on Danby Road in the Town of Danby for a missing dog complaint.  Upon arrival, deputies found evidence of a physical injury that took place outside the residence.  Deputies interviewed a family member of the home who admitted to fatally wounding the family dog with a firearm for an unspecified reason.  Deputies later located the dog's remains at another location in the Town of Danby.  The dog's remains were transported to Cornell University Veterinary Hospital for a Necropsy report.  

Adam C House (Age 30 of Danby) was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (E Felony).  House was arraigned in the Town of Danby and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 insured bond).

07/27/2016 Second Dam Arrest

On July 27th, 2016 at about 6:15PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office was asked to respond to the Second Dam area located at 911 Giles Street in the Town of Ithaca for several subjects trespassing.  This was the second response on today's date for a similar complaint.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies charged NATHAN M HARENDZA (Age 16 of Johnson City) with Trespass (violation level offense).  HARENDZA was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on August 10th, 2016 at 4:00PM.

07/19/2016 Theft of Service

On July 19th, 2016 at about 3:34PM, Deputies responded to Treman Park located at 105 Enfield Falls Road in the Town of Ithaca for a theft of service complaint.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies determined that a subject accepted a taxi ride from an address in the City of Ithaca to Treman park with no intent or ability to pay the fare.  Labron J Furman (Age 19 of Dryden) was charged with Theft of Services.  He was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on August 4th, 2016 at 9:00AM.

07/13/2016 DWI Arrest

On July 13th, 2016 at about 9:52PM, Tompkins County Emergency Control received a 911 call from a citizen who reported a sick or intoxicated driver on North Triphammer Road in the Town of Lansing.  A short time later, Deputies stopped the Jeep in question on Peruville Road in the Town of Dryden.  Deputies determined the driver was intoxicated and subsequently placed him under arrest.  The operator also didn't hold a valid driver's license, and he had a prior DWI conviction within the preceding 10 years.

The driver was identified as Andrew C MERRITT (Age 40 of Newfield).  Merritt was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), Driving While Intoxicated Wtih 0.085 BAC or More (E Felony), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree (Misd), and Crossing Over Hazard Markings (Violation).  He is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on August 15, 2016 at 5:00PM

07/21/2016 Suspicious incident

On July 21st, 2016 at about 3:00PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office received a report of a suspicious incident at 1825 Slaterville Road in the Town of Dryden.  The caller reported that she parked in the Bethel Grove Church parking lot to pick up a child.  She also had another younger child in the rear seat.  For an unknown reason, she alleges that a black male with a "scruffy" goatee attempted to gain access into the vehicle two separate times.  After she made eye contact with the subject, she states he ran off and eventually was picked up by a tan sedan (possibly a Toyota Camry). Anyone with any information regarding this or other suspicious incidents are encouraged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office immediately. As always, we remind community members to lock your vehicle doors and suggest not leaving children alone in a vehicle. 

The investigation is ongoing.


DWI Drugs

     On 07/19/16 around 3:14 am deputies made a traffic stop on Rt.96 in the town of Ulysses.  The vehicle, 2012 Ford color grey was traveling in a northerly direction on Rt. 96.  Deputies stopped the vehicle for speeding.  The driver, Livia R. Farinageiger, age 23, of Trumansburg NY was arrested fore DWI Drugs upon further investigation at the scene.  Farinageiger is scheduled to appear in the town of Ulysses court on 08/16/16 at 09:30am.

July 16th, 2016 - DWI Drug Arrest

On July 16th, 2016 at 9:52 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were monitoring traffic on NYS Route 13 in the Town of Lansing.  While doing so, deputies observed a Volkswagon sedan traveling at a high rate of speed north bound on NYS Route 13.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Warren Road and spoke with the driver,  Hunter W. Senecal, age 20 of Dryden about the minor traffic infraction.  During the course of the roadside interview, deputies observed signs on impairment.  Deputies conducted a DWI Investigation which resulted in Senecals arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Senecal was charged with Speed in State Zone (violation), Obstructed Drivers View (violation) and Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs (unclassified Misdemeanor).  Senecal was released on traffic ticket and ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on August 9th, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

07/17/2016 Drug Arrest

On 07/17/2016 at 12:03 A:M, Deputies located a suspicious vehicle parked on Burns Road in the Town of Ithaca.  While deputies were interviewing the occupants of the vehicle, deputies observed a clear plastic bag containing a white powder substance.  Through further investigation deputies determined that the white powder substance was cocaine and belonged to Sadiq M. ABNEY, age 26 of Ithaca, NY.  ABNEY was subsequently arrested.

ABNEY was charged with Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.  ABNEY was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 07/28/2016 at 9:00 A:M.