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Felony DWI 08/02/16

On 08/02/16 around 1:40 am, deputies made a traffic stop on Conifer Drive and Cypress Court for a stop sign violation.  The vehicle, a grey 2002 Honda was being operated by a Reginald L. Way-Vines, age 29 of Ithaca.  Deputies upon further investigation found that Way-Vines was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for DWI.  A criminal history also showed prior DWI conviction making it a felony as well.  Way-Vines was processed and is scheduled to appear in the town of Ithaca on 08/25/16 at 9:00am.

Felony DWI Arrest

On 08/14/2016 at approximately 1:14 AM Deputies were on Route 96, Trumansburg Road, near Perry City Road in the Town of Ulysses. Deputies observed a vehicle traveling North at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, a 1997 Black Subaru Outback, was stopped and the operator was identified as Erica Ungleich, age 36 of 8890 County Road, Interlaken, NY. 

Upon further investigation by Deputies, Ungleich was found to be operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Ungleich was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office for processing. 

During processing, it was discovered and confirmed that Ungleich had previously been arrested and convicted of DWI in 2012 in the Town of Covert, Seneca County, NY.  As a result of this conviction, Ungleich was arrested for Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Driving With .08% or more of Alcohol, Felony Aggravated DWI Blood Alcohol Content .18 % or more and Speed in Zone. Ungleich was issued appearance tickets ordering her appear in the Town of Ulysses Court on September 12th, 2016 at 6:00 PM. 
 

Victim of Drowning on Cayuga Lake Recovered

   On Saturday August 20, 2016 at about 3:37 PM deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to Myers Park in the Town of Lansing for a report of a person in the water north of Myers Park who was no longer visible. Also responding to Myers Park area was the Lansing Fire Department and the Ithaca Fire Department with their rescue boats and crews to assist in the rescue. Once confirmation was established that a person was in the water, rescue crews searched the area where witnesses last observed the victim. The New York State Police Dive Team was contacted and responded to assist. Several other area fire department dive units responded to the Myers Park to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts. The NYSP Dive Team utilized sonar to search the lake until about 3:00 AM on Sunday August 21, 2016.  They were unable to locate the victim, who has been identified as Timothy J. Butler age 58 of McGraw, New York. Search efforts were suspended at that time and scheduled to resume later in the day on Sunday.  

   On Sunday August 21, 2016 at about 11:31 PM the New York State Police Dive Team located and recovered Butler's body in about 63 feet of water in the area north of Myers Park. Assisting in the recovery efforts were the New York State Police and Bangs Ambulance.  Other agencies that provided assistance during the event was Romulus Fire Department, Union Springs Fire Department, Trumansburg Fire Department, Cayuga County Marine Unit, Auburn Fire Department Marine Unit, Onondaga County Dive Team, and the Pine City Fire Department Dive Team.    

        

08/18/2016 Larceny Arrest

On August 18th, 2016 at about 6:20PM, deputies responded to the Target Store located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny report.  Upon arrival, Target Security had a male detained who had allegedly stolen items from the store.  Subsequent to an investigation, MARK F BEATTY (age 28 of Dryden) was charged with Petit Larceny.  He was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on September 6th, 2016 at 9:00AM.  

8-12-16 Felony DWI Arrest

On 8-12-16 at 2:46 AM a Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to keep right as it traveled in an easterly direction on Perry City Road in the Town of Ulysses. The opeartor, Christopher C. Predmore age 39 of N.Tioga Street in the City of Ithaca, when interviewed by the Deputy was found to be intoxicated.  Predmore had a prior DWI conviction and also did not have an Ignition Interlock Device on the car Predmore was operating.  Predmore was arrested and charged with Failing To Keep Right, Felony DWI, Felony Driving with .08% of 1% or More of Alcohol, Felony Aggravated DWI Blood Alcohol Content .18 or Higher and Operating Without a Required Ignition Interlock Device on the Vehicle.  Predmore was issued Uniform Traffic Tickets to appear in The Town of Ulysses Court on 9-13-16 at 0930 Hrs.        

08/13/2016 2nd Dam Arrests

On August 13th, 2016 at about 3:30PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office hosted a special detail at 2nd Dam located at 911 Giles Road in the Town of Ithaca. Also assisting was Ithaca City Police Department, the New York State Police, and the New York State DEC. 

During the detail, 4 subjects were observed swimming in a prohibited area and consuming alcoholic beverages.  Tylor D Braungard (Age 18 of Binghamton) was charged with Trespass.  Matthew R Audette (Age 19 of Windsor) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol with Intent to Consume by a Minor.  Keagen W Braungard-Jackson (Age 16 of Kirkwood, NY) was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Trespass.  Simon A Braungard (Age 20 of Kirkwood, NY) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol with Intent to Consume by a Minor.  All parties were given appearance tickets and are set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on September 7th, 2016.  

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the community that swimming is prohibited in the 2nd Dam Area.  

08/07/2016 Accident

On 08/07/2016 at 1:55 A:M, Deputies responded to a one car roll over in the 900 block of Peruville Road in the Town of Groton.  Upon arrival deputies observed a blue Honda that had rolled over.  With assistance from the New York State Police and Groton Fire Department, the area was searched for the driver of the vehicle, but yielded negative results. 

Through further investigation deputies determined that Desirae L. VORHIS, age 34 of Groton, NY had been operating the blue Honda.  VORHIS was issued tickets for Leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failed to keep right and speed not reasonable and prudent.  VORHIS is to appear in the Town of Groton Court on 08/29/2016 at 5:00 P:M.

08/03/2016 DWAI Drugs Arrest

On 08/03/2016 at 4:51 A:M, Deputies observed a gold Kia speeding on State Route 13 in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Jamel ISRAEL, age 39 of Groton, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that ISRAEL was under the influence of drugs and arrested ISRAEL.

ISRAEL was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, two counts of speed in zone and drivers view obstructed.  ISRAEL was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 08/30/2016 at 9:00 A:M.   

08/05/2016 DWAI Drugs Arrest

On 08/05/2016 at 3:00 A:M, Deputies observed a grey Ford fail to dim its headlights traveling north on State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Darnell HOSPEDALES, age 35 of Brooklyn, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that HOSPEDALES was under the influence of drugs and arrested HOSPEDALES.

HOSPEDALES was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, failed to dim headlights, drivers view obstructed, criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th degree (Misdemeanor) and unlawful possession of marijuana.  HOSPEDALES was released and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 09/19/2016 at 5:00 P:M.

08/11/2016 Burglary Arrest

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 08/11/2016 at about 2:00 pm, Investigators from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested Natasha M. Warner, age 37 of Dryden for Burglary, a class C Felony.  

It is alleged that Warner assisted Christopher Merkley who unlawfully entered an apartment on North Street in the town of Dryden where a gun was stolen and later sold.  Warner was taken before Judge Howel of the Town of Lansing Court where she was arraigned.  Warner has been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash or $5,000 Bond.  Case is to be transferred to the Town of Dryden Court where Warner is scheduled to appear on 08/15/2016.       

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