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08/23/2014 DWI Arrest

On 08/23/2014, Deputies responded to Campbell Ave in the Town of Ithaca for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival deputies observed a gray 2002 Buick that had crashed into a tree.  Deputies located the driver, Ramel M. Jenkins age 21 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Jenkins was intoxicated before he got into the accident.

Jenkins was transported to Cayuga Medical Center by Bangs Ambulance for his injuries from the accident.  Jenkins was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and moved from lane unsafely.  Jenkins was issued tickets and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/24/2014 at 4:00 P:M.

September 12th, 2014 - DWI Accident Arrest

On September 12th, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies and Officers from the Village of Dryden Police Department responded to the 100 block of Irish Settlement Road, Town of Dryden for a motor vehicle accident.  Deputies located the driver, Michael L. McWilliams, age 51 of Midline Road, Dryden walking from the accident scene.  Deputies on scene conducted an DWI Investigation regarding the accident and McWilliams was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. 

McWilliams was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor, Imprudent Speed (Violation) and Failure to Keep Right (Violation).  McWilliams was processed and released on appearance tickets ordering his return to the Town of Dryden Court on September 29th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. 

September 13th, 2014 - Felony DWI Arrest

On September 13th, 2014 at 12:20 AM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol in the Town of Ulysses when they observed an older model Dodge Ram pick-up truck traveling south on Halseyville Road.  The pick-up truck was subsequently stopped on Swamp College Road for equipment violations and the driver, Paul D. Vorhis, age 39 of State Route 227 in Trumansburg was interviewed.  Sheriff's Deputies then conducted a DWI Investigation and arrested Vorhis for Driving While Intoxicated.

Vorhis was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Class E Felony), Inadequate Brake Lights (Violation) and Inadequated/No Turn Signal (Violation).  Vorhis was arraigned at the Town of Ulysses Court where he was released to a third party.  Vorhis was set up to reappear at the Town of Ulysses Court at a later date.

September 14, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On September 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM deputies observed a purple Plymouth with the rear license plate obstructed traveling west on Pennsylvania Ave., in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator as Jihad D. Barnes age 20 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deputies determined Barnes was intoxicated.

   Barnes was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Operating with an Obstructed View and License Plate Displayed Improperly. Barnes was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on October 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

09/05/2014 Burglary arrests

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 09/5/2014, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Mathew A Lukasovich, age 17 of Ithaca and Anthony H. Coyne, age 18 of Trumansburg. Both subjects have been charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C Felony and Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D Felony.  Lukasovich was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class D Felony.    

The arrests stems from an investigation into multiple reported burglaries in the Town of Ithaca.   The Sheriff’s Office responded to and investigated reported burglaries on Warren Road, Winthrop Dive and Sandra Place.

Lukasovich and Coyne were taken before Judge Salk of the Ithaca Town Court for an arraignment.  Lukasovich and Coyne have been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5000 cash or $10,000 bail bond.        

September 5, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On September 5, 2014 at 2:16 AM deputies observed a white Chevrolet traveling erratically at a high rate of speed and crossing the centerline on Uptown Road in the Town of Lansing. Deputies identified the operator as Jason L. Rogers age 35 of Lansing, New York. Deputies determined Rogers was intoxicated.

   Rogers was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Excessive Speed in a Speed Zone and Failure to Keep Right. Rogers was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on September 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

September 5, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On September 5, 2014 at 12:58 AM Deputies observed a dark colored Jeep cross the centerline while traveling north on Auburn Road in the Town of Lansing. Deputies identified the operator as Brittany Ann Morgan age 23 of Lansing, New York. Deputies determined Morgan was intoxicated.

   Morgan was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Keep Right. Morgan was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on September 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

September 4th, 2014 - DWI Accident Arrest

On September 4th, 2014 at 8:43 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 853 Auburn Road in the Town of Lansing for a motor vehicle accident.  Deputies located the driver, James R. Cannon, age 53 of State Route 34 in Locke still behind the wheel.  Deputies interviewed Cannon and as a result conducted an investigation into Driving While Intoxicated.  Cannon was transported to the hospital but was later arrested and charged for Driving While Intoxicated.

Cannon was charged with Driving While Intoxicated - First Offense (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Ability Impaired by Combined Drugs/Alcohol (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Failure to Keep Right (Violation).  Cannan was issued appearance tickets and is ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on September 30th, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

09/02/2014 Commercial and Residential Burglary Arrests

Sheriff Lansing reports that on September 2, 2014 at about 1:24 AM, while doing commercial property checks, members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office located a broken front window at the Subway Restaurant located at 15 Catherwood Road in the Town of Lansing.

There has been an ongoing investigation involving the Sheriff’s Office, The New York State Police and the Ithaca City Police Department in regards to dozens of Commercial and Residential burglaries. During this joint investigation, suspects and suspect vehicles had been developed. One of the suspected vehicles was spotted in the area of the Subway Restaurant a short time after a broken window was discovered.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants Leandre Lovett, age 21 of Ithaca and Nadie Leigh Phoenix, age 24 of Ithaca.

Lovett and Phoenix were interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office where they alleged to have committed over twenty burglaries throughout Tompkins County to include, The City of Ithaca, The Village of Trumansburg, The Village of Dryden as well as two in Chemung County.  Lovett and Phoenix were both charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony and two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony. The investigation is continuing with assistance from the New York State Division of Parole and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. More charges are forthcoming.   

Both defendants were arraigned before Judge Banfield in the Town of Lansing Court.  Lovett has been remanded without bail and Phoenix has been remanded with $25,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond.  Both defendants are scheduled to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on this Friday, 09/05/2014.    

8/31/2014 DWI Arrest

   On August 31, 2014 at 2:05 AM deputies were conducting a routine registration and inspection roadcheck on State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden. Kurt M. Hefner age 20 of Greenwood Lake, New York drove through the roadcheck operating a 2002 Chevrolet. Deputies determined Hefner was intoxicated.

  Hefner was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. He was released and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on September 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

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