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12/02/2016 Criminal Contempt Arrest

On December 2nd, 2016 at about 6:15PM, Deputies responded to an unnamed address in the Town of Danby for a domestic related complaint. The victim reported that RUSSELL T GOCHENAUR (Age 49 of Danby) entered her property and drove a vehicle out of the driveway, all while a full stay away order of protection existed preventing him from doing so.  

On December 5th, 2016, GOCHENAUR turned himself in and was charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree.  No Danby Judge was available, so GOCHENAUR was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court.  He was released on his own recognizance and is set to appear in the Town of Danby Court tomorrow December 6th, 2016 at 7:00PM.

Update #4- Homicide Investigation

On Monday December 5, 2016, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the New York State Police, the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office, arrested an additional subject in connection with the current homicide investigation involving victim Camden Rundell age 30 of Newfield, New York. Melissa J. Minnick age 39 of Ithaca, New York has been arrested and charged with Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony.

 

Roy L. Clements Jr. of Ithaca, New York, Colleen E. McColgin of Dryden, New York and Jamie N. Gerhart of Ithaca, New York were previously charged with Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the ongoing investigation.

Minnick was arraigned in the Town Of Newfield Court before the Honorable Judge William Chernish. She is currently being held in the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail and $30,000 bond.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272-2444.

Update- Homicide Investigation

On Sunday December 4, 2016 The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the New York State Police, the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office, arrested an additional subject in connection with the current homicide investigation involving victim Camden Rundell age 30 of Newfield, New York. Roy L. Clements Jr. age 39 of Ithaca, New York has been arrested and charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-1 Felony. Clements is the third subject to be charged in connection with the investigation, together with Colleen E. McColgin age 37 of Dryden, New York and Jamie N. Gerhart age 38 of Ithaca, New York. 

Clements was arraigned in the Town Of Newfield Court before the Honorable Judge William Chernish. He is currently being held in the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272-2444.

Update- Homicide Investigation

On Saturday December 3, 2016 The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the New York State Police, the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office, arrested two subjects in connection with the current homicide investigation involving victim Camden Rundell age 30 of Newfield, New York. Both have been charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-1 Felony, and are identified as follows; Colleen E. McColgin age 37 of Dryden, New York and Jamie N. Gerhart age 38 of Ithaca, New York.

McColgin and Gerhart were each arraigned in the Town Of Newfield Court before the Honorable Judge William Chernish.  Both are currently being held in  the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272-2444.

Suspicious Death Ruled Homicide

On Friday December 2, 2016 at approximately 5:02 AM deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to 221 Burdge Hill Road in the Town of Newfield for a reported cardiac arrest. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies found a white male unresponsive lying in the front yard. The male was determined by medical personnel to be deceased at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the death was believed to be suspicious, a joint investigation was commenced to include  the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, Ithaca Police Department, and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office. The Newfield Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, and the Tompkins County Medical Examiner's Office also assisted.  

The victim has been identified as Camden Rundell age 30 of Newfield, New York.

An autopsy conducted on December 3, 2016  determined the death of Rundell was a homicide.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272-2444.

12/01/2016 DWAI/DRUG ARREST

On December 1st, 2016 at about 3:50PM, deputies responded to a two vehicle crash on State Route 13 near Cayuga Heights Road in Lansing.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies determined that a sedan traveling eastbound on State Route 13 rear ended a tractor trailer that was traveling eastbound in front of the sedan.  The driver of the sedan was identified as BRANDON E KARSCHNER-YAGER (Age 25 of Locke).  YAGER was impaired by Drugs and also found to be in possession of a quantity of Heroin.  

YAGER was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Moved From Lane Unsafely, and Following Too Closely.

11/27/2016 DWI Arrest

On 11/27/2016 at 3:05 A:M, Deputies observed a grey Volvo traveling on Peruville Road in the Town of Dryden at a high rate of speed.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Jeffrey S. NASH, age 22 of Freeville, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that NASH was intoxicated and arrested NASH.

NASH was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated .18% or more blood alcohol, Driving While Intoxicated, speed in zone and fail to keep right.  NASH was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 01/09/2017 at 5:00 P:M.

11/19/2016 DWI Accident Arrest

On 11/19/2016 at 5:37 A:M, Deputies responded to the area of Ridge Road and Drake Road in the Town of Lansing for a report of a one car motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival deputies located a white 2004 Audi in the ditch.  Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Jessica L. SMITH, age 24.  Through further investigation deputies determined that SMITH was intoxicated and arrested SMITH. 

SMITH was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and failed to keep right.  SMITH was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on 12/20/2016 at 9:00 A:M.

11/27/2016 Burglary Arrest

On November 27th, 2016 at about 8:28PM, Deputies responded to an address in the Town of Danby for a burglary complaint.  Upon arrival, Deputies located a male laying on a couch. The male was identified as Russell T Gochenaur (Age 49 of Danby).  Gochenaur was prohibiting from being at this location by a full stay away order of protection that was served on him the previous day.  

Gochenaur was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree.  He was arraigned in the Town of Danby Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building with No Bail.

 

11/12/2016 DWI Arrest

On November 12th, 2016 at about 1:15AM, deputies observed a Chrysler Pacifica traveling on Albany Street in the City of Ithaca without head lamps or tail lamps.  The vehicle made other vehicle and traffic violations before being stopped on State Street.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined the operator was intoxicated.  She was identified as Shalena M Crumpler (Age 28 of Ithaca).  Crumpler also held a suspended Driver's Permit.

CRUMPLER was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% BAC or More, Aggravated Unlicensed Operatiojn 3rd Degree, No head lamps, No Tail lamps, Turn Without Signal, and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.  She was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on November 30th, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

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