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Ithaca, NY 14850

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09/22/2016 Drug Arrests

On September 22nd, 2016 at about 8:35PM, Deputies observed a 2012 BMW traveling north on State Route 13 near Third Street in the City of Ithaca.  They reported that a young black male was hanging out the window vomiting, and the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed for conditions.  When the deputy attempted to stop the motorist, the driver accelerated and failed to yield to an emergency vehicle.  The vehicle was eventually stopped in the parking lot of the Quicke Shop and the Department of Motor Vehicles.  

Once stopped, some of the occupants inside the vehicle were not cooperative with law enforcement.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies identified the driver as DAVID C ABBOTT (Age 28 of Ithaca).  He held a revoked driver's license with 9 suspensions/revocations.  He was also found to be in possession of Marijuana.  Another occupant inside the vehicle was identified as ALVONSEY L MANIGAULT (Age 17 of Elmira), and he was found to be in possession of cocaine.  The subject hanging out the window was reportedly injured from an unrelated incident and was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

ABBOTT was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unreasonable Speed, and Failure to Yield to an Emergency vehicle.  MANIGAULT was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  Both subjects were issued appearance tickets and are set to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on October 12th, 2016 at 11:00AM.

DWI Accident

On 09/07/16 deputies responded to a one car MVA on Dubois Rd in the town of Ulysses.  Deputies upon further investigation of the accident, arrested the driver of the vehicle for DWI.  The vehicle, 2007 red toyota, was being operated by a Zane M. Seubert,age 38, of Trumansburg NY.  Seubert is scheduled to appear in the town of Ulysses court on 10/04/16 at 09:30 hrs.

09/17/2016 Domestic dispute

On September 17th, 2016 at about 9:18PM, Deputies responded to 24 Eden Road in the Town of Groton for a domestic dispute.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies learned that DARYL P METZLER JR (Age 35 of Groton) did push a female victim and take away her cell phone while she was attempting to call law enforcement during a domestic dispute.

METZLER was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and was arraigned in the Town of Groton Court.  He was later released on his own recognizance.

09/17/2016 DWI Arrest

On September 17th, 2016 at about 1:20AM, Deputies stopped a Gray colored Hyundai on the 800 Block of Danby Road in the Town of Ithaca for speeding and failing to keep right.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined the driver was intoxicated.  The operator was identified as Amanda M Catanzarite (Age 30 of Baldwinsville).  

Catanzarite was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% or More BAC, Speeding in Zone, and Failure to Keep Right.  She was later released with an appearance ticket for October 12th, 2016 at 4:00PM.

09/10/2016 DWAI Drug Arrest

On 09/09/2016 at 11:17 P:M, Deputies responded to a one car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Coddington Road and Troy Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Upon arrival deputies observed a tan Chevrolet car that had struck and broke off a utility pole.  Deputies located the driver of the vehicle and identified the driver as Jason M. REZEK, age 25 of Freeville, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that REZEK was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and arrested REZEK.

REZEK was charged with driving while intoxicated (Felony), driving while ability impaired by drugs (Felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Felony), two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, moved from lane unsafely and speed not reasonable and prudent,   REZEK was arraigned in court and released under supervision of the Tompkins County Probation Department.  REZEK is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/15/2016 at 9:00 A:M. 

09/15/2016 Roll Over MVA

On September 15th, 2016 at about 3:39PM, Deputies responded to Danby Road near Alumni Circle in the Town of Ithaca for a motor vehicle crash.  Deputies learned that a 2014 Hyundai was traveling south on Danby Road through the above intersection with the right of way.  A 1999 Mercedes was traveling north on Danby Road and attempted to make a left turn into a private lot.  The Mercedes failed to yield the right of way to the Hyundai causing a crash.  The Mercedes rolled onto its side causing major vehicle damage. No injuries were reported.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Updated 09/15/2016 Mower Accident

On September 15th, 2016 at about 7:39PM, Deputies responded to the 300 Block of Etna Road in the Town of Dryden for a Vehicle and Lawn Mower collision.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies found that a Huskee Lawn Mower towing a small trailer was traveling west on Etna Road.  The trailer was occupied by an adult female in a seated position.  A Black Impala was also traveling west on Etna Road and failed to see the mower and collided with it. 

The trailer did not have proper lighting or reflective markings as required by NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. The driver of the mower was identified as David E Judson (Age 29 of Dryden) and the driver of the Impala was identified as Sharon A Sims (Age 73 of Dryden).  The identity of the trailer occupant is being withheld at this time, as she was airlifted to a regional trauma center.

The investigation is on going and charges are pending.

The operator of the mower, DAVID E JUDSON, was charged with No Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem.  

The passenger riding in the trailer was identified as Adrianne E Judson.  She sustained non-life threatening injuries and has been medically released.

09/04/2016 Assault Arrest

On September 4th, 2016 at about 4:15PM, deputies responded to 26 Penny Lane in the Town of Ithaca for a domestic dispute.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies charged TRISTAN K GEMMELL (Age 29 of Ithaca) with Assault in the 3rd Degree and Menacing in the 3rd Degree.  The victim, who is not being identified at this time, sustained non-life threatening injuries.  

GEMMELL was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 insured bond.  

09/03/2016 Stolen Property Arrest

On September 3rd, 2016 at about 5:45PM, Deputies responded to 39 Ridge Road in the Town of Lansing for a theft complaint.  The victim reported a larceny of a pair of Nike Lebron James sneakers. Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies learned that VERBLE V SHEVALIER (Age 24 of Dryden) had sold the sneakers to the Trader K's Store at 119 East State Street in Ithaca, NY.  The store requires photo ID prior to making such sales and an employee was able to identify SHEVALIER.

SHEVALIER was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree.  She was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in City of Ithaca Court on September 14th, 2016 at 9:00AM.  

September 8th, 2016 - DWI Accident Arrest

On September 8TH, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputes were sent to the intersection of Glenwood Heights Road and Dubois Road, Town of Ulysses for a property damage motor vehicle accident.  Deputies determined that the vehicle had fled the scene upon their arrival however located the vehicle bumper and license plate at the scene.  Deputies responded to the registered owners address and located the driver, Glenn M. Robertson, age 40 of Wolfe Lane in Ithaca.  Deputies also located the vehicle that was involved.  Deputies then conducted a DWI Investigation which lead to Robertsons arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Robertson was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Leaving the Scene of a PD Accident (Violation), Speed Unreasonable and Prudent (Violation) and Moving from Lane Unsafely (Violation).  Deputies released Robertson on traffic tickets ordering his appearance at the Town of Ulysses Court on September 12th, 2016 at 6:00 PM.