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05/24/2015 DWI Arrest

On 05/24/2015 at 12:25 A:M, Deputies observed a gray 2008 Chevrolet traveling north on State Route 13 in the Town of Ithaca swerve over the yellow center line.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Lucinda A. Laughlin, age 42 of Elmira Heights, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Laughlin was intoxicated and arrested her.

Laughlin was charged with three counts of driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and insufficient brake lights.  Laughlin was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 06/24/2015 at 4:00 P:M.

05/25/2015 Marijuana Arrest

On 05/25/2015 at 12:36 A:M, Deputies were conducting a property check of a park in the 1000 block of East Shore Drive and observed an occupied vehicle in the park after hours.  Deputies approached the vehicle and identified one of the individuals as Davondre J, Lafave, age 20 of Ithaca, NY.  After interviewing Lafave, Lafave admitted to having a quantity of marijuana in his possession.

Lafave was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree a Class A Misdemeanor.  Lafave was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 06/24/2015 at 4:00 P:M 

5/24/2015 Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

   On Sunday May 24, 2015 at approximately 7:55 AM the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to West Danby Road (State Route 34/96) in the Town of Newfield for a personal injury motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival in the area of 1253 West Danby Road deputies observed a 2003 gray Honda with extensive front end damage in the northbound lane of West Danby Road. According to witnesses the victim identified as Michael P. Goodrich age 36 of Ithaca, New York was crossing West Danby Road on foot when he was struck by the Honda. Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene. Newfield Volunteer Fire Company and the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit also responded to the scene. The cause of the motor vehicle accident is under investigation by the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit. .    

05/17/2015 DWI Arrest

On 05/17/2015 at 12:51 A:M, Deputies observed a blue 2000 Jeep traveling north on Trumansburg Road in the Town of Ulysses with a tailight out.  Deputies continued to follow the Jeep and observed the Jeep cross over the double yellow solid center line and cross over the white fog line.  Deputies stopped the Jeep and identified the driver as Casey E. Soules, age 25 of Trumansburg, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Soules was intoxicated and arrested her. 

Soules was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, inadequate tailights and moving from lane unsafely.  Soules was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ulyssees Court on 06/16/2015 at 9:30 A:M. 

05/12/2015 DWI Arrest

On 05/12/2015 at 10:45 P:M, Deputies responded to the 7000 block of Curry Road in the Town of Ulysses for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival deputies observed a blue 1990 Nissan truck on its side in the ditch.  Deputies identified the driver as Nathan D. Ploss, age 24 of Trumansburg, NY.  Deputies determined that Ploss was intoxicated and arrested him.

Ploss was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and failure to use designated lane.  Ploss was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ulysses Court on 06/16/2015 at 9:30 A:M.  Trumansburg Police assisted at the scene.

05/18/2015 Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident
May 18th, 2015 - Accident

On May 18th, 2015 at 12:55PM, Tompkins County Sheriff Deputies responded to the area of North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a personal injury motor vehicle accident.  It was determined that Alice Colby-Hall, age 83 of Ithaca, failed to yield the right of way when turning left off from North Triphammer Road.  Colby-Hall struck a motorcycle that was traveling north on North Triphammer Road.  The motorcycle was operated by a William Tang, age 48 of Ithaca.  Tang was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical Center by helicopter for his injuries.  Tang is listed in stable condition.  Colby-Hall was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

 

 

Multi-Agency Drug Task Force Special Operation: #11 A.K.A. Clean Sweep

For Immediate Release- Sheriff Lansing Reports Results of a Multi-Agency Special Operation:
 #11/Clean Sweep News Release

Release Date: May 15th, 2015

Ithaca, New York– On May 15th, the Tompkins County Sheriff, Kenneth Lansing, reported on the results of a Multi-Agency Special Operation: “#11 also known as Clean Sweep”. This operation was started in July of 2014 as a result of a rash of community complaints regarding drug sales in Tompkins County.

Sheriff Lansing says, “The utilization of all resources available is one of our main objectives in keeping this community thriving and feeling safe.”

Eleven agencies were involved in the development and resolution of this Special Operation task force; which was constructed in order to identify the people responsible for the selling of illegal narcotics and bringing them to justice. The agencies involved were:

·         Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

·         Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office

·         Ithaca Police Department

·         NYS Police Ithaca SIU Division

·         NYSP CNET Western and CNET Southern

·         NYSP Binghamton SIU Division

·         NYS Division of Parole

·         Cayuga Heights Police Department

·         Dryden Police Department

·         Groton Police Department

·         Trumansburg Police Department

 

The efforts from Special Operation: “#11/Clean Sweep” resulted in a list of approximately 33 individuals suspected of selling narcotics in Tompkins County. Several of these individuals were identified as wanted for other crimes that they have committed. These charges range from criminal possession of controlled substances with intent to sell to murder warrants. The full report can be found here: /files/sheriff/20150515104514491.pdf

In conclusion, Sheriff Lansing said “An operation like this shows the ability of multiple agencies to work together, through economical strain, wide spread law enforcement criticism and the daily challenges of the profession, in order to serve and protect the community.”

Click It or Ticket Campaign 2015

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket Campaign May 18, 2015 to May 31, 2015. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office will have increased patrols during this period to insure all occupants of motor vehicles traveling the public highways in Tompkins County are properly restrained. Please join the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office in our efforts to keep Tompkins County highways a safe place for all.

05/08/2015 Felony DWI Arrest

On May 8th, 2015 at 11:52 P:M, Deputies received a report of a motor vehicle traveling south bound in the north bound lane of State Route 13 near the Triphammer Road exit.  Deputies observed and stopped a grey 2003 Buick traveling south in the north bound lane of State Route 13 near the East Shore Drive exit.  Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Adarius D. Bradley, age 28 of Geneva, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Bradley was intoxicated and subsequently arrested Bradley for driving while intoxicated.

Bradley was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, driving the wrong way on a one way road, driving while using a portable electronic device, crossed divided limited access highway and driving on the shoulder of the roadway.  Bradley was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on May 27th, 2015 at 4:00 P:M.

05/12/2015 Drug Arrest

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 05/12/2015 at about 11:00 am, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Quinn, age 39 of Newfield for Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 2ndDegree, a class D Felony.

The arrest stems from an investigation that started on 02/15/2015 of a burglary in progress at Quinn’s apartment in Newfield.  Deputies responded to Quinn’s apartment after neighbors reported unknown male subjects in the apartment.  Upon arrival, deputies observed damage to Quinn’s apartment and a strong order of marijuana.  A Search warrant was obtained through the Town of Newfield Court and a large amount of Marijuana was seized from Quinn’s apartment. 

Quinn was taken before Judge Chernish of the Town of Newfield Court for an arraignment. Quinn was released on his own recognizance.           

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