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Sheriff Media Releases

05/19/2017 Larceny Arrest

On May 19th, 2017 at about 3:10PM, Deputies responded to the Target Store located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny complaint.  SEOK YOUNG JO (age 22 of Ithaca) was charged with Petit Larceny.  She posted police bail and was released with an appearance ticket for Lansing Town Court on May 23rd, 2017 at 9:00AM.

Avoid Utility Company Scam

  The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has received complaints of subjects approaching homeowners at their residences' posing as representatives of a unidentified utility company. These subjects may be dressed in what appears to be an utility company uniform complete with logo and identification cards affixed to their uniforms. It has been reported the subjects will ask to review the homeowners utility bill in an effort to secure a reduced rate for electricity for the homeowner. Once they have reviewed the utility bill the subjects make note of the account number on the bill. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has not been notified of any utility companies providing surveys to residents in Tompkins County.

   Things to do if approached at the your residence; Decline giving any information and close the door. Without making further contact with the subjects attempt to get a physical discription of the subjects, their attire and any vehicles with company name they may be utilizing. If contacted by phone, do not provide any account information and hang up the phone. Contact your local law enforcement agency.    

05/11/2017 Assault Arrest

On May 11th, 2017 at about 5:45PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of 18 Bills Way in the Town of Dryden for an assault.  After interviewing witnesses and the victim, deputies determined that a TORI MONROE (Age 37 of Dryden)  shot her neighbor in the head with a BB Gun from a couple feet away after an argument.  A secondary altercation ensued after the initial assault, where two of MONROE'S juvenile children brandished knives and threatened the same victim.

MONROE was charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (two counts).  MONROE was arraigned in the Town of Dryden Court on the aforementioned charges and was released on her own recoginance.  The juveniles were charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree as juveniles and were issued appearance tickets for the Tompkins County Family Court. 

The identity of the female adult victim is not being released at this time.  Her injuries are reported to be non-life threatening.  The New York State Police also assisted in the investigation.  

The investigation is ongoing.

05/12/2017 Burglary Arrest

On 05/12/2017 Sheriff Lansing reports that deputies responded to Monro Muffler Brake and Service in the Village of Lansing for a burglary complaint.   The complainant reported that an unknown individual entered the business by breaking a window and stole an undisclosed amount of US Currency from inside the business.   

During the investigation, deputies interviewed and arrested Paul R Watkins, age 37 of Trumansburg for Burglary in the 3rdDegree, a class D Felony.   It is alleged that Watkins forced entry into the business and stole money and merchandize during the early morning hours on Friday.  

Watkins was arraigned in the Town of Dryden Court before Judge Ravo and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bail bond.     

DWI Accident

     On 05/06/17 around 2:30am, deputies responded to the area of Pennsylvania Ave. and Kendall Ave. for a two car property damage accident.  Upon arrival to the accident deputies located the driver of the vehicle who struck a parked vehicle.  The driver, Andres J. Velez was arrested for DWI upon further investigation of the accident.  Andres J. Velez, age 31, of Ithaca NY was processed and is to appear in the town of Ithaca court on 05/31/17 at 4pm.

DWI 04/28/17

On 04/28/17 around 12:50am, deputies made a traffic stop on North Triphammer Rd. in the town of Lansing.  The vehicle, 2016 Maroon Toyota was heading in a Northerly direction on North Triphammer Rd.  Upon further investigation during the stop, deputies arrested the driver of the vehicle.  The driver, Lindsay B. Kunkle, age 27, of Ithaca NY was arrested for DWI upon further investigation. The defendant is scheduled to appear in the town of Lansing court on 05/23/17 at 9:00 am.

05/05/2017 Larceny Arrest

On May 5th, 2017 at about 6:00PM, Deputies responded to the Target Store located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny complaint.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined that a female stole items from the store and attempted to leave without paying for the items.  

LEXIE E SMITH (Age 18 of Groton) was charged with Petit Larceny.  She posted police bail and was issued an appearance ticket for May 23rd, 2017 at 9:00AM.

05/05/2017 School Bus Crash

On May 5th, 2017 at about 3:10PM, Deputies responded to the intersection of West Groton Road and Bossard Road in the Town of Groton for a personal injury vehicle crash involving a Groton Central School Bus.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies determined that a Groton School Bus was traveling east on West Groton Road near Bossard Road and had the right of way.  A Black Pontiac Sedan was traveling north on Bossard Road and failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign with West Groton Road.  The sedan pulled out in front of the bus, causing a collision.  

The bus was transporting students at the time of the crash.  Two students were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.  The remainder of the students were safely transported back to the School to meet with parents.  The operator of the sedan, ALEXIS L BLAKESLEE (Age 17 of Newfield), was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  BLAKESLEE was issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign.  Also assisting in the incident was the Groton Village Police Department, Groton Fire Department, and the Groton Ambulance.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

05/03/2017 Criminal Contempt Arrest

On May 3rd, 2017 at about 7:45PM, Deputies responded to an unspecified address in the Town of Enfield for a domestic disturbance.  The victim reported that her ex-boyfriend had entered her residence without permission, engaged in a physical confrontation with her, and was refusing to leave. She reported that there was a full stay away order of protection in place that prohibited the male suspect from being at the residence.  Upon arrival, Deputies confirmed the male had left the scene.  

Later in the evening, deputies located the male who was identified as CHAD L NELSON II (Age 17 of Ithaca).  NELSON was charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree and was released on an appearance ticket per the Honorable Judge Poole of the Enfield Town Court.  

04/30/2017 Domestic Arrest

On April 30th, 2017 at about 6:00PM, Deputies responded to an address in the Town of Newfield for a domestic dispute.  The victim reported being struck by a male suspect during an argument, which caused her to fall in pain.  According to involved parties, the incident took place in front of two children.  Although the victim refused prosecution, New York State Domestic Violence Laws mandated an arrest of the male suspect.

ROBERT P EMERY (Age 56 of Newfield) was charged with 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  EMERY was arraigned in the Town of Newfield Court, where he posted bail.