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Ithaca, NY 14850


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05/04/2016 Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident

On May 4th, 2016 at about 4:19PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of Auburn Road and East Lansing Road in the Town of Lansing for a property damage motor vehicle accident involving a commercial garbage truck and a commercial bus.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies learned that the bus was traveling north on Auburn Road and it began to make a right turn onto East Lansing Road.  In doing so, the bus made a wide turn and crossed over the center lines.  The garbage truck was also traveling north on Auburn but was behind the bus.  The truck made an illegal pass over double solid lines in anticipation of the bus' right turn.  Both vehicles collided, which caused a large diesel fuel tank to spill.  The fuel spill was contained until the Department of Environmental Conservation directed a private contractor for clean up.  Further action will be required in the near future by the contractor to ensure material has been properly and safely removed.

The 2006 Ford Bus was operated by ALBERT J LURCOCK (Age 55 of Ithaca),  LURCOCK was issued a citation for an improper right turn.  The 2015 Volvo Garbage Truck was operated by RANDY C POMICHTER (Age 43 of Poland, NY).  POMICHTER was issued a citation for improper passing.  

The Sheriff''s Office was assisted by the State Police, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Lansing FIre Department.  The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

04/30/2016 Burglary Arrest

On April 30th, 2016 at about 2106hrs, Deputies responded to an address on North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a burglary complaint. Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies charged RYAN M MIKULA (Age 19 of Lansing) with Burglary 2nd Degree and Petit Larceny.  MIKULA was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.  

05/01/2016 Larceny Arrest

On May 1st, 2016 at about 5:05PM, Deputies responded to 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny report.  Subsequent to an investigation, 2 juveniles were each charged with Petit Larceny for stealing items from the Ithaca Beauty Supply Store.  Both juveniles were issued appearance tickets for Petit Larceny and are set to appear in the Tompkins County Family Court on May 6th, 2016 at 9:30AM. Due to the defendant's ages, no further information will be provided at this time.  

04/24/2016 Petit Larceny Arrest

On April 25th, 2016 at about 11:25PM, Deputies received a report of a larceny complaint. The victim reported that KELLIE L LARKIN (Age 34 of Lansing) made unauthorized charges on her debit card at various locations throughout Tompkins County during the previous day, April 24th, 2016.  Subsequent to an investigation, LARKIN was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny.  She was given an appearance ticket  and is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on May 31st, 2016 at 9:00AM.  

Drug Arrest 04/23/2016

On April 23rd, 2016 at about 7:49PM, Deputies responded to the Shops at Ithaca Mall Parking Lot located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a report of a subject in possession of a weapon on a TCAT Bus.  Deputies located the subject in question still on the bus and found him in possession of a knife.  Deputies also located various narcotics on his person.  The subject was identified as STEFAN M WHITTENBURG (Age 30 of Groton).  

WHITTENBURG was charged with 3 separate counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  No weapon charges were filed.  He was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $500 cash or $1,500 insured bond.  

April 23rd, 2016 - DWI Arrest

On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 1:50 AM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were monitoring traffic on Danby Road (NYS Rt. 96B) in the Town of Ithaca near Ithaca College.  At that time, deputies observed a small passenger vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed.  After confirming the vehicle was speeding with equipped radar and observing items hanging from the drivers mirror obstructing the drivers view, deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Upon interviewing the driver, Cassidy S. Bronsord, age 19 of West Simsbury, Connecticut they began to observe signs of impairment related to alcohol.  Deputies conducted a DWI Investigation which ultimately lead to Bronsords arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Bronsord was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Obstructed Driver View (Violation) and two counts of Speed in Zone (Violation).  Bronsord was released on traffic tickets ordering her appearance at the Town of Ithaca Court on May 19th, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

04/17/2016 DWAI Drugs Arrest

On 04/17/2016 at 1:19 A:M, Deputies observed a red Nissan traveling west on Douglas Road in the Town of Newfield.  Deputies observed the red Nissan driving in the middle of the roadway, speeding and having a loud exhaust.  Deputies stopped the Nissan and identified the driver as Troy A. MALONE, age 51 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that MALONE was under the influence of narcotics and arrested MALONE.

MALONE was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree (Felony), drivers view obstructed, inadequate muffler, insecure license plate, speed over 55 zone and failed to keep right.  MALONE was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on 05/10/2016 at 1:00 P:M.

04/19/2016 DWI Arrest

On April 19th, 2016 at about 8:17PM, Deputies observed a grey colored Nissan on State Route 13 in the Village of Lansing traveling at 76mph in a posted 55mph speed zone and noted an object hanging from the vehicle's rear view mirror.  Deputies subsequently stopped the vehicle and later determined the operator was intoxicated.  The driver was identified as HANNAH J BEARDSLEY (Age 21 of Ithaca).  


BEARDSLEY was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% BAC or More, Speed Over 55mph, and Driver's View Obstructed.  She was released with an appearance ticket to the Town of Lansing Court on May 17th, 2016 at 9:00AM.

April 14th, 2016 - DWI Arrest

On April 14th, 2016 at 9:18 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Cortland Road in the Town of Dryden on a report of a possible intoxicated driver.  Deputies were able to intercept the alleged intoxicated driver and the complainant on Main Street in the Village of Freeville.  Deputies spoke with the driver, Jason R. Parente, age 43 of Sweetland Road, Dryden.  Parente was showing signs of intoxication leading deputies to conduct a DWI Investigation which resulted in Parentes arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Parente was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and for Failure to Keep Right (Violation).  Parente was released on traffic tickets ordering his appearance at the Town of Dryden Court on May 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

04/09/2016 DWI Arrest

On 04/09/2016 at 5:27 A:M, Deputies observed a white Toyota speeding and cross over the center line on Cliff Street in the City of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Vincenzo MERENDINO, age 51 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that MERENDINO was intoxicated and arrested MERENDINO for driving while intoxicated.

MERENDINO was charged with driving while intoxicated, speed in zone and failure to keep right.  MERENDINO was released and is to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on 04/27/2016 at 11:00 A:M.

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