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Sheriff Media Releases

06/22/2017 Larceny Arrest

On June 22nd, 2017 at about 5:45PM, Deputies responded to the Target Store located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a shoplifting complaint. Subsequent to an investigation, deputies determined that a female suspect stole clothing items from the store and left all points of sale without paying for the items.  

Deputies charged MIRANDA A ZAMMETT (Age 17 of Locke) with Petit Larceny.  She posted police bail and was released on an appearance ticket.  She is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on July 11th, 2017 at 9:00AM.

06/20/2017 Drug Arrest
On June 20th, 2017 at about 6:10PM, Deputies stopped a red Honda for inadequate 
exhaust and a violation of the tint law on Dryden Road in the Town of Dryden.
The driver was identified as NIEVES, ELIUD J JR (Age 42 of Freeville).  Deputies 
located a small quantity of Marijuana and about 13 bags of cocaine in his

NIEVES was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the
Third Degree, with intent to sell (stimulant) (PL 220.16 Sub 3), Unlawful
Possession of Marijuana (PL 221.05), Loud/Inadequate Exhaust (VTL 375.31) and
No/Illegal Front Windshield (VTL 375.12A). NIEVES was arraigned at the Town of
Dryden Court in front of Judge Ravo and was released on his own recognizance.
NIEVES is scheduled to return to the Town of Dryden Court on June 28th 2017 at
1600 hours.

06/20/2017 Menacing Arrest

On June 20th, 2017 at about 7:45PM, Deputies responded to 364 Trumbulls Corners Road in the Town of Enfield for a dispute.  Deputies learned that involved parties entered into a verbal dispute over property.  DARRYL J WHITTED (Age 54 of Enfield) then brandished a machete and threatened to "cut" the victim in half.  

WHITTED was charged with Menancing 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree.  WHITTED was arraigned in the Town of Newfield Court and ROR.  

June 18th, 2017 - Felony DWI Arrest

On June 18th, 2017 at 8:19 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol on NYS Route 13 in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies were traveling behing a vehicle which was observed striking the guard rail on two occassions and leaving the scene of an accident each time.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop and interviewed the driver, Justin C. Buechel, age 34 of Hanshaw Road in Ithaca.  Deputies interviewed Buechel roadside and after observing signs of intoxication, conducted a DWI Investigation which resulted in Buechels arrest on allegations of Driving While Intoxicated.

Buechel was charged with allegations of Driving While Intoxicated (Class E Felony), Refusal to Take Roadside Breath Test (Violation), Failure to Keep Right (Violation) and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident (Violation).  Buechel was arraigned in the Town of Ithaca Court and released on traffic tickets ordering his return on June 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

June 12th, 2017 - DWI Accident Arrest

On June 12th, 2017 at 1505 hours, Deputies responded to N. Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing on a report of a property damage accident.  During the course of the accident investigation, deputies observed signs of impairment on one of the operators, Patricia M. Russell, age 63 of Lansing, NY.  Deputies conducted a DWI investigation which resulted in Russells arrest on allegations of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Russell was charged with allegations of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Moving from Lane Unsafely (Violation).  Russell was released on appearance tickets ordering her to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on July 18th, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

06/16/2017 Larceny Arrest

On June 16th, 2017 at about 4:50PM, deputies responded to Spencer Gifts located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a larceny complaint.  Deputies determined that two subjects had stolen an item from the store and left without paying for it.  Deputies charged AREANNA D VORHIS (Age 16 of Brooktondale) and an unamed juvenile with Petit Larceny.  Both subjects were released on appearance tickets.  

Subject Arrested on Warrant

   On Thursday June 15, 2017 at about 1:40 PM an off duty deputy sheriff observed Robert H. Predmore age 25 exiting a business located in the City of Ithaca. At the time the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office held an arrest warrant for Predmore stemming from a domestic incident that occurred in the Town of Dryden on June 12, 2017. The off duty deputy observed Predmore enter the rear seat of a red in color pick up truck that proceeded north on State Route 13. The deputy was able to remain in constant visual contact with Predmore while notifying the Tompkins County Communications Center of Predmore's location. The red truck stopped at the intersection of State Route 13 and Clinton Street where Predmore exited the vehicle attempting to flee the area on foot. The deputy and officers from the Ithaca Police Department who were arriving on the scene pursued Predmore for a short distance. Predmore fled south on foot to the bridge that crosses Six Mile Creek on State Route 13 when he climbed over the railing on the east side of the bridge and jumped into the water. Predmore was observed by officers exiting the water and climbing onto a cement pillar under the bridge where he remained.

   Officers from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, the NYS Enviromrental Conservation Police and the New York State Police were able to secure the area and make verbal contact with Predmore. After a short time it was determined that Predmore was not going to cooperate. A deputy from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office was able to safely climb down under the bridge and arrest Predmore without incident. Predmore was transported to the Cayuga Medical Center by Bangs Ambulance where he was treated and released.

   Predmore was transported to the Town of Dryden Court for arraignment on the original arrest warrant. He was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail and $15,000 bond. His next scheduled court date in the Town of Dryden Court is June 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Predmore was additionally charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest for the incident that occurred in the City of Ithaca while attempting to arrest Predmore on the original warrant. Predmore is schedule to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on Friday June 16, 2017 at 1000 AM.  

   Also assisting at the scene was the Ithaca Fire Department.          

06/10/2017 Larceny Arrest

On June 10th, 2017 at about 9:20PM, Deputies responded to the Tops Store located at 2300 North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing for a shoplifting complaint.  Management reported that a male was observed walking into the store restroom carrying an unopened can of beer that he had not yet paid for.  The male exited minutes later but was not carrying the can. Staff later located the beer can in question inside the restroom trash container.  After stopping the suspect outside the store, management reportedly located another stolen item on his person.

SAMUEL L MEYER (Age 25 of Cayuga Heights) was charged with Petit Larceny.  He was issued an appearance ticket and is set to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on June 22nd, 2017 at 3:00PM.

06/08/2017 DWI Arrest

On 06/08/2017 at 1:39 A:M, Deputies responded to the 100 block of White Church Road in the Town of Caroline for a report of a one car motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival deputies located a Chevrolet pick up truck with heavy front end damage.  Deputies identified the driver as Wade A. DOUCETT, age 36 of Candor, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that DOUCETT was intoxicated and arrested DOUCETT.

DOUCETT was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and fail to maintain designated lane.  DOUCETT was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Caroline Court on 07/10/2017 at 5:00 P:M. 

May 25th, 2017 - Criminal Possession of Marihuana Arrest

On May 25th, 2017 at 7:47 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were sent to 630 Millard Hill Road in the Town of Newfield on a reported burglary in progress.  Deputies located a blue sedan occupied by two males upon arrival.  Deputies interviewed the individuals who alleged that they were not burglarizing the residence and were in fact there because they allegedly had been ripped off while purchasing marihuana from a female resident.  During the course of the investigation, Deputies interviewed the homeowner, Joyce L. Riberdy, age 55.  Riberty admitted to operating a marihuana grow operation underground which was accessed through garage.  After obtaining consent, Deputies searched the property to discover the marihuana grow in the described location.

Deputies seized 118 Marihuana Plants ranging in size/age, 8 oz. of dried Marihuana, and all the equipment including halogen lights, inverters, humidifiers, etc.  The following day, Riberty was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Third Degree (Class E Felony).  Riberty was released on appearance ticket ordering her return at the Town of Newfield Court on June 21st, 2017 at 1730 hours.