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12/15/2014 Scheme to Defraud Arrest

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 12/15/2014 at about 7:30 pm, members from Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas J. Zackoski, age 27 of Liverpool for Scheme to Defraud in the Second Degree, a class A Misdemeanor.  

The Arrest stems from an ongoing investigation of reports filed with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Dryden Police Department of an individual representing a snow removal company who signed contracts with local residents, taking payment upfront and then never returning to do snow removal as agreed upon.  During the investigation, Zackoski was identified as a suspect in this scheme to defraud. Upon Investigators locating Zackoski and interviewing him they learned that he had completed similar snow removal contracts in the Syracuse, Rochester, Cortland and Utica Areas with no service being provided.  Some of the business names used by Zackoski include SR & LM Specialists, Cortland Lawn & Landscaping, Z’s Snow Removal Services, and Ryder Plowscapes.  

Zackoski was taken before Judge Clauson of the Town of Dryden Court where he was arraigned.  Zackoski has been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.  

Tompkins County Residents are urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office or the 911 Communications Center to file a report if they signed a contract with any of the aforementioned businesses.     

12/12/14 Property Damage DWI MVA

   On December 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM deputies responded to Fall Creek Road near Leisure Lane in the Town of Dryden for a one car motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival deputies observed a brown 2005 Ford overturned on the north side of Fall Creek Road. Deputies made contact with the operator of the vehicle, Mark R. Totman age 30 of Cortlandville, New York, Deputies determined Totman was intoxicated at the time of the motor vehicle accident.

   Totman was charged with one count of Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, and Failure to Keep Right. Totman was arraigned in the Town of Caroline Court where he was released to his own recognizance.  

12/8/2014 PD DWI MVA

   On December 8, 2014 at 1:01 AM deputies responded to Coddington Road in the Town of Ithaca for a motor vehicle accident involving one vehicle. Upon arrival deputies observed a grey 2007 Ford in the ditch along the western side of the roadway. Deputies identified the operator as Derek S. Brenon age 25 of Brooktondale, New York who stated he was traveling south on Coddington Road when he encountered a large amount of water in the roadway causing his vehicle to leave the roadway and enter the ditch. Deputies determined Brenon was also intoxicated.

   Brenon was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. He was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on January 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

12/6/14 DWI Arrest

   On December 6, 2014 at 1:36 AM deputies observed a red 2000 Dodge truck stopped in the eastbound lane of Peruville Road in the Town of Lansing. Deputies further observed the vehicle running and the operator identified as William S. Martin age 30 of Freeville, New York sitting in the driver's seat. Deputies determined Martin was intoxicated.

   Martin was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated as well as Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was released and is to return to the Town of Lansing Court on January 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM. 

12/04/2014 Fatal Truck Collision

Sheriff Lansing reports that on December 4, 2014 at about 4:44 AM, members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Bangs Ambulance and Ithaca City Fire Department responded to the 1500 Block of Trumansburg Road in the Town of Ithaca for a report of a pedestrian being struck by a truck.  Upon arrival, deputies located Rosalyn Degraw, age 43 of Ovid on the eastside of the roadway on the ground.  Degraw was pronounced dead at the scene.   

As a result of the investigation, it appears that Degraw was walking north on Trumansburg Road in the north bond lane and was hitchhiking.  While walking in the roadway, Degraw was struck by a box truck owned by Custom Courier Solutions base out of Rochester that was also traveling north bond.  The truck was operated by Eric T Labore of Binghamton.  Labore was not injured. 

At this time, it does not appear that alcohol or speed is a contributing factor for the collision. Trumansburg Road was closed between Iredell Road and Debois Road while the investigation was ongoing.  The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit assisted the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.        

12/4/14 DWI Arrest

   On December 4, 2014 at 1:01 AM deputies observed a tan Honda Accord traveling north on Cinema Drive fail to stop at the stop sign at Uptown Road in the Village of Lansing. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Loren M. Law age 37 of Ithaca, New York. Deputies determined Law was intoxicated.

   Law was charged with two counts of Felony Driving While Intoxicated, and Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was also charged with Failure to Keep Right, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Certified Inspection. Law was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on December 16, 2014.  

November 25th, 2014 - DWI Accident Arrest

On November 25th, 2014 at 9:34 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office was requested to the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident on Lansingville Road near Dublin Road in the Town of Lansing.  Sheriff's Deputies found the vehicle in the ditch and the operator trying to leave the scene upon arrival.  Deputies interviewed the driver, John A. Mell, age 46 of Lansingville Road in Lansing operating the vehicle.  Upon completion of the accident investigation, Deputies arrested Mell for Driving While Intoxicated amongst other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. 

After the vehicle was removed from the scene, Mell was transported to the Sheriff's Office where he was processed on the arrest.  Mell was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Unlicensed Operator (Violation), Failure to Keep Right (Violation) and Failing to Maintain Lane (Violation).  Mell was released to a third party after processing and ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on December 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Phone Scam- December 2, 2014

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints regarding jury summons that have been missed. The caller is requesting that they provide date of birth and credit card information to pay a $250 dollar fine otherwise they will be arrested. This is definitely a scam and you would not be notified by phone but notified by mail if you missed a jury summons. If you receive a call from a person stating they are from any village, town or county court and are trying to receive a payment for a fine; please notify your local law enforcement agency. Additionally, the number 607-229-2844 is NOT the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, this number is part of the scam. For further information please contact the 911 Communications Center 607-272-2444. 

11/27/2014 DWI Arrest

On 11/27/2014 at 1:42 A:M, deputies located a blue Ford Freestar van in the ditch of 4144 South Street Ext in the Town of Ulysses.  Deputies located the driver of the van at the scene, James R. Hickey III, age 26 of Trumansburg, NY.  Through further investigation into the incident deputies determined that Hickey was intoxicated and subsequently arrested Hickey.

Hickey was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% or more blood alcohol content and aggravated driving while intoxicated .18% or more blood alcohol content.  Hickey was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ulysses Court on 12/16/2014 at 9:00 A:M.

11/27/2014 DWI Arrest

On 11/27/2014 at 1:50 A:M, deputies stopped a green Toyota for no license plate lamps on Dryden Road in the Town of Dryden.  Deputies identified the driver as Christina K. Patenaude, age 25 of Rochester, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Patenaude was intoxicated.

Patenaude was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% or more blood alcohol content, insufficient plate lamps and unregistered motor vehicle.  Patenaude was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 12/15/2014 at 5:00 P:M.

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