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Sheriff Lansing Reminds Drivers that Back to School Means Sharing the Road, Provides Back to School Safety Tips

September 3, 2015 -- As the kids head back to school, Sheriff Lansing reminds parents, commuters, kids and teens to make safety a priority and provides the following safety tips to review and share.

Know New York’s School Bus Law:

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights are flashing, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.

You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.

Drive Safely:

-Obey signs, signals, and crossing guards in school zones.

-Slow down, especially around bus stops, and in school zones and during before and after school hours.

-Stay alert behind the wheel. Avoid use of electronic devices and other distracting behaviors while driving.

-Look for and expect to see pedestrians and bicyclists, especially before and after school.

Remind Walkers to:

-Walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic.

-Pay attention when walking. Avoid texting, talking on the phone, and using headphones.

-Look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street. Never cross the street while using an electronic device.

-Cross only at crosswalks.

At the Bus Stop, Remind Children to:

-Stay three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb when waiting for the bus; and wait until the driver says to board.

-Quickly board the school bus, find a seat, sit facing the front, and do what the school bus driver.

-Getting off the bus, wait for the driver to signal it is safe to cross. Then cross at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the front of the bus. Look left-right-left for traffic.

August 30th, 2015 - DWI Arrest

On August 29th into the 30th, 2015 The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office was conducting a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint through out the county.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted with the checkpoint by The Cayuga Heights Police Department.  The following people were arrested for the corrosponding charges.

Jacob M. Kozlowski, age 28 of West King Road in Ithaca.  Koslowski was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor). 

A 17 year old, whose information will not be released was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Unlcassified Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor). 

Several other citations were issued during the checkpoint to include Uninspected Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.

August 29th, 2015 - DWI Arrest

On August 29th, 2015 at 12:56 AM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol on Danby Road, Town of Ithaca when they observed a vehicle speeding on Danby Road.  The vehicle was then observed failing to stop at a red light and subsequently stopped for both violations.  Deputies spoke with the driver, Haley E. Small, age 21 of Coddington Road in Ithaca and observed signs of intoxication.  Deputies conducted a DWI investigation which resulted in Smalls arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. 

Small was charged with Speed in Zone (Violation), Failing to Stop at a Red Light (Violation), Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater.  Small was released on appearance ticket ordering her to appear at the Town of Ithaca Court on September 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

08/30/2015 Safety Checkpoint Results

On 08/29/2015-08/30/2015, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office hosted a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Pennsylvania Avenue and Danby Road in the Town of Ithaca.  During the detail, a total of 8 vehicle and traffic citations were issued.  The following arrests were also made:

Patrick Larussa (age 20 of Ithaca) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/23/2015 at 4:00PM.

Andy Gonzalez (age 18 of Hamilton, NJ) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/23/2015 at 4:00PM.

Dillon Avnet (age 19 of Villanova, PA) was charged with Unlawful Posession of Marijuana.  He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/23/2015 at 4:00PM.

Jacob Kozlowski (age 28 of Ithaca) was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% BAC or More. He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/30/2015 at 4:00PM.

Brendan Murphy (age 17 of Ithaca) was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated With 0.08% BAC or More, and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated With 0.18% BAC or More.  He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/24/2015 at 9:00AM.  

Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident Update

   On Friday August 28 2015 at about 2:09 PM deputies responded to the intersection of State Route 13 and Lower Creek Road in the Town of Dryden for a report of a personal injury motor vehicle accident. An investigation into the motor vehicle accident revealed Charlene A. Miller age 95 of Ithaca, NY was traveling northbound on Lower Creek Road when she failed to yield the right of way at the intersection with State Route 13 and struck a vehicle traveling westbound on State Route 13 operated by Christopher J. Klee age 53 of Elmira, NY. Miller was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY by helicopter and Klee was tranported to Cayuga Medical Center by Bangs Ambulance. Both were treated for non life threatening injuries and released. Miller was charged with Failure To Yield the Yield the Right of Way. She is scheduled to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on October 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM. The Dryden Voulnteer Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance assisted at the scene.  

08/28/2015 DWI Crash Arrest

On 08/28/2015 at  2:42 A:M, Deputies responded to the area of West Jersey Hill Road near West King Road in the Town of Danby for a report of a one car motor vehicle crash.  Deputies located a red 2007 Pontiac rolled over on West Jersey Hill Road.  Deputies identified the driver as Katherine A. Churchill age 29 of Newfield, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Churchill was intoxicated and arrested her for driving while intoxicated.

Churchhill was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.  Churchill was released and is to appear in the Town of Danby Court on 09/29/2015 at 7:00 P:M. 

08/23/2015 DWI Arrest

On August 23rd, 2015 at about 2157hrs, Deputies responded to the 500 Block of Trumbulls Corners Road in the Town of Newfield for a motor vehicle accident.  Subsequent to an investigation, ANNETTE WILSON (age 49 of Newfield), found to be the driver and intoxicated.  She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Keep Right, and Unlicensed Operator.  She is set to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on 09/22/2015 at 4:00PM.

08/28/2015 Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

On 08/28/2015 at about 2:09PM, Deputies responded to the intersection of Lower Creek Road and State Route 13 in the Town of Dryden for a personal injury motor vehicle accident. A motorist was traveling on Lower Creek Road and failed to yield the right of way to another motorist on State Route 13.  The vehicles collided, causing substantial damage to both.  One operator was airlifted to SUNY Upstate Medical Center with suspected internal injuries and the other operator was transported to Cayuga Medical Center by Ambulance with minor injuries.

Investigation Pending.

08/22/2015 Assault 3rd Degree Arrest

On August 8th, 2015 at about 1430hrs, Deputies responded to the University Park Apartments Driveway on Uptown Road in the Town of Ithaca for an assault.  Subsequent to the investigation, DAVID CLARY (age 52 of Lansing) was charged with Assault in the 3rd degree.  He is set to appear in the Town of Ithaca court on September 17th, 2015 at 9:00AM.  

08/15/2015 DWI Arrest

On 08/15/2015 at 3:02 A:M, Deputies located a red Audi in regards to a possible intoxicated driver complaint.  The red Audi was located in a parking lot just off of State Route 13 in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies identified the driver of the red Audi as Nicole E. Kingsbury, age 25 of Erin, NY.  Through further investigation deputies detemined that Kingsbury was intoxicated and arrested Kingsbury for driving while intoxicated.

Kingsbury was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated.  Kingsbury was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 09/16/2015 at 4:00 P:M.

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