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Subjects Arrested for Disorderly Conduct at Second Dam

On Monday June 27, 2016 at about 5:00 PM the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office arrested three people for Disorderly Conduct at the Second Dam area located in the Town of Ithaca. Gorge Rangers attempted to prevent several people in the area from jumping from the cliffs located on the north and south side of the Second Dam by advising them that it was against the law to be in the water. Their efforts to have the people stop jumping from the cliffs were met with taunts, profanity and personal verbal comments made by three individuals towards the Gorge Rangers. Arrested were;

Richard C. Hokenson, age 26 of Fairport, New York

Stephanie S. Trimaldi, age 26 of Rochester, New York

Britany A. Monpere, age 23 of Penfield, New York

All three subjects were issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on July 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM.  

Ithaca Police Department also assisted at the scene.  




06/17/2016 Traffic Offense ends in Arrest

   On Friday June 17, 2016 at about 4:50 AM deputies observed a red 2009 Kia Optima traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on State Route 13 near Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the operator failed to comply and continued to travel northbound on State Route 13 into the Town of Dryden at speeds in excess of 85 MPH. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police and units continued to attempt to stop the vehicle. The New York State Police deployed a tire deflation device near the 1800 block of State Route 13, but the operator of the vehicle was able to avoid the device. The vehicle continued northbound entering the Village of Dryden, and then proceeded eastbound onto State Route 392.  The vehicle eventually turned onto McClintock Road and came to a stop near a grassy area.  Deputies exited their patrol vehicles in an attempt to remove the driver from the vehicle.  The driver then backed up quickly and rammed into the New York State Police Vehicle.  The suspect vehicle then swerved at a deputy who had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.  The driver then continued on McClintock Road, turned onto South Street, and then turned onto North Street, all while disobeying two stop signs.  The vehicle continued north on North Street and accelerated to 85mph in the 30mph speed zone.  The vehicle failed to signal and quickly turned onto North Road.  It failed to stop at the next stop sign and turned left onto Fall Creek Road.  At this point, the vehicle began traveling southwest on Fall Creek Road and made several abrupt stops in an attempt to cause a vehicle crash with following police units.  Deputies deployed stop sticks near the intersection of Fall Creek Road and West Malloryville Road.  The vehicle maneuvered around the sticks and continued south. Deputies then deployed a second set of stop sticks near the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Cook Street, which did make contact with one of the front tires of the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at Fall Creek Road and Railroad Street and then made a left turn onto State Route 366 (Main Street).  The vehicle's tire began to slowly deflate, which forced the vehicle's speed to decelerate significantly.  After the tire wore off the rim, the vehicle was forced to stop near the Fall Creek Bridge on State Route 366.  Deputies and State Police units were able to surround the vehicle and apprehend the driver. 

The driver was identified as Judith M Heffron (Age 40 of Auburn).  Heffron was charged with Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Flee Officer in Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Speed in zone (3 counts), Speed over 55mph, Moved from Lane Unsafely (4 counts), Unsafe turn (2 counts), Unsafe Backing, Stopping on Public Highway, and Failure to Stop at Stop Sign (4 counts).  Heffron was arraigned in the Town of Caroline Court.  She was remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building on the Lansing Court Charges in lieu of $3,000 cash/$6,000 bond and $5,000 cash/$10,000 bond on the Dryden Court charges.

No injuries were reported by any party during the incident, which was likely due to the actions of investigating Deputies and Troopers.  The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office would like to extend our thanks to the New York State Police and the Cayuga Heights Police Department for their assistance.  The investigation is still on going and further charges are pending.

06/17/2016 PD MVA DWI Arrest

On June 17th, 2016 at about 8:12PM, Deputies responded to the area of Freeville Road and George Road in the Town of Dryden for a property damage motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Deputies observed a White colored Chevrolet sedan off the north side of Freeville Road in a tall grassy field.  Deputies also located the driver leaning against the driver's door.  She was identified as Sharon M Smith (Age 50 of Freeville).

Smith was highly intoxicated and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated.  Smith's Blood Alcohol Content was recorded at 0.25%.  Smith was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated 0.18% BAC or more, Driving While Intoxicated with 0.08% BAC or more, Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Keep Right, and Moved From Lane Unsafely.  She was later released to a sober party and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on July 6th, 2016 at 5:00PM.  

06/08/2016 DWI Drug Arrest

On June 8th, 2016 at about 8:55PM, Deputies observed a Grey Honda traveling north on State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden with a head lamp not functioning.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies placed the driver under arrest for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.  The driver was identified as Jason D Wechsler (Age 20 of Shrub Oak, NY). WECHSLER was also found to be in possession of Marijuana.  

WECHSLER was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, No head lamp, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on July 11th, 2016 at 5:00PM.  

06/18/2016 Public Relations Event

On June 18th, 2016 from 8:00AM-4:00PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and Monro Muffler teamed up to provide Safety Tips, Maintenance Tips, and Car Seat Installations at the 2309 North Triphammer Road Location.  In total, over 45 car seat installations were completed by trained technicians.  The Sheriff's Office would also like to thank the Tompkins County Probation Department for assisting in the detail as well.

06/11/2016 DWI Arrest

On June 11th, 2016 at about 9:20PM, Deputies stopped a grey Subaru on Hanshaw Road in the Town of Dryden for having the driver's view obstructed.  Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined the dirver was impaired.  The driver, Steven W Park JR (Age 25 of Caroline), was charged with Driving While Impaired Ability Impaired by Drugs and Driver's View obstructed.  He was released with an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on July 11th, 2016 at 5:00PM.  

06/17/2016 Drug Arrest

On June 17th, 2016 at about 5:00PM, deputies stopped a gold colored Saturn on State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden.  Subsequent to an investigation, Deputies located a controlled substance and Marijuana in the driver's possession.  The driver was identified as David D Stoudenmyre (Age 37 of Syracuse).  

Stoudenmyre was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and No Seat Belt Driver.

He was released with apperance tickets and is set to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on July 11th, 2016 at 5:00PM.  

06/11/2016 DWI Arrest

On 06/11/2016 at 2:37 A:M, Deputies observed a brown Toyota stopped at the intersection of Elmira Road and Five Mile Drive with its left turn signal on at a green light.  Deputies pulled up behind the brown Toyota and observed that the Toyota did not proceed through the intersection and remained stopped in the roadway through another cycle of the traffic light.  Deputies activated their emergency lights and checked on the driver.  The driver of the vehicle was slumped over and asleep.  Deputies eventually woke the driver and the driver drove off.  After a short pursuit deputies safely stopped the Toyota and identified the driver as Isael L. CRUZ, JR, age 45 of Newfield, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that CRUZ was intoxicated and arrested CRUZ for driving while intoxicated.

CRUZ was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree (Felony), failure to keep right and parked on a public highway.  CRUZ was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 07/14/2016 at 9:00 A:M.

06/12/2016 Grand Larceny Arrest

On June 12th, 2016 at about 1:05AM, Deputies responded to the 600 Block of Wards Blvd. East in the Town of Newfield for a report of a speeding motorist in the area. Deputies also located a license plate left from the vehicle in question.  A short time later, Deputies located the speeding vehicle.  The vehicle swerved into the direction of a uniformed deputy who was standing in the roadway but did not strike him.  The operator failed to comply with the deputy's order and left the area. Deputies located the occupants of the vehicle at an address in the Town of Newfield later in the morning.  The vehicle was also recovered in a private field near Douglas Road and noticable damage was reported.

Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Devin M Austen (Age 17 of Newfield).  Austen was charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, and Menacing 2nd Degree.  He was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on June 21st, at 1:00PM.  Deputies learned that Austen stole the vehicle from a vehicle repair shop in the Town of Newfield on the previous day.

The two additional occupants were identified and confirmed to be juveniles.  They were charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehcile and were given appearance tickets to the Tompkins County Court.  No further information is available regarding the juveniles at this time.

The investigation continues and further charges are pending.

05/27/2016 DWI Arrest

On May 27th, 2016 at about 10:33PM, Deputies received a civilian complaint of a possible sick or intoxicated driver traveling north on State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden. A short time later, deputies made contact with the operator of the vehicle in question on West Main Street in the Village of Dryden.  Deputies identified the operator as Daniel J MARTIN (Age 29 of Dryden).  

Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined MARTIN was intoxicated.  He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Intoxicated 0.08 or More BAC. He was later released with an appearance ticket.  MARTIN is scheduled to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on June 20th, 2016 at 5:00PM.