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10/26/2014 DWI Arrest

On 10/26/2014 at approximately 1:20 A:M, Deputies were traveling north on South Aurora Street in the City of Ithaca and observed a black BMW traveling south on South Aurora Street at a high rate of speed.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Benjamin S. Frahm, age 32 of Ithaca, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Frahm was intoxicated.

Frahm was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated .08% BAC or more and Speed in Zone.  Frahm was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on 11/19/2014 at 11:00 A:M.

October 26th, 2014 - Personal Injury Accident

On October 25th, 2014 at 6:37 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies were requested to respond to NYS Route 34/96 (West Danby Road) at the intersection with Manhattan Drive, Town of Newfield for a report of a two car personal injury motor vehicle accident.  The preliminary investigation into the cause of the motor vehicle accident shows that a Chevrolet S-10, carrying a small trailer with lawn mower on it was traveling North on NYS Route 34/96.  A GMC Envoy was traveling south on NYS Route 34/96.  It appears that the Chevrolet S-10 made a left hand turn onto Manhattan Drive, failing to yield the right of way to the GMC Envoy and crossing into the oncoming lane.  The GMC Envoy then appeared to have collided with the S-10 as it was half way into the turn.  Indications that the point of impact was in the south bound lane of the roadway.

The operator of the GMC Envoy was taken by Bangs Ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment.  The operator of the Chevrolet S-10 was taken by Guthrie Helicopter to Guthrie Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania.  Both operators did not show signs of any life threatening injuries.  Bangs Ambulance and Newfield Fire/Rescue assisted with the scene.

October 24th, 2014 - Petit Larceny Arrest

On October 24th, 2014 at 4:48 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by Cayuga Heights Police Department responded to Target, 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing on a report of a larceny.  Deputies interviewed Target Lost Prevention upon arrival while EMS treated the suspect for undisclosed medical reasons.  Target LPO stated that a female, later identified as Sousan Collins, age 54 of Chelsea Walk in Ithaca, was observed on surveillance stealing merchandise from their store and walking past all points of sale.  Collins was transported from the scene for medical reasons while Deputies continued their investigation. 

Deputies arrested and charged Collins the following day.  Collins was charged with one count of Petit Larceny, Class A Misdemeanor and issued an appearance ticket.  Collins is ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing Court on November 13th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. 

10/26/14 DWI Arrest

   On October 26, 2014 at 2:09 AM deputies observed a black in color 2013 Honda traveling north at a high rate of speed on East Shore Drive in the Town of Lansing. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Jason S. Minor age 31 of Lansing, New York. Deputies determined Minor was intoxicated.

   Minor was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Excessive Speed in Zone. Minor was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  

10/18/2014 Obstruction of Governmental Admin Arrest

   On October 18, 2014 William F. White age 40 of Groton, New York was arrested for Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree when he physically interfered with deputies who were attempting to check the welfare of a person and for providing an escape route for the person. White was arraigned in the Town of Groton Court where he was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 bail.  

October 17, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 17, 2014 at 2:30 AM deputies observed a 2005 Chevrolet stopped in the northbound lane on Five Mile Drive in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator as Eric Z. Best age 30 of Spencer, New York. Deputies determined Best was intoxicated.

   Best was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. Best was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

October 15, 2014 UPM/AUO 3 Arrest

   On October 15, 2014 at 1:25 AM deputies observed a white 2008 Lincoln traveling north on State Route 96B in the Town of Ithaca at a high rate of speed. Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Julian M. Magee age 23 of Ithaca, New York. Magee was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree and Excessive Speed in Zone. Magee was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

October 12, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM deputies observed a black in color 2008 Subaru traveling south in the northbound lane on East Shore Drive in the Town of Ithaca. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Jeannette E. Luther age 29 of Spencer, New York. Deputies determined Luther was intoxicated.

   Luther was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Remain in a Designated Lane. Luther was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on November 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  

October 11, 2014 DWI Arrest

   On October 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM deputies observed a grey 2006 Nissan failing to remain in the designated lane while traveling south on Town Line Road in the Town of Newfield. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Philip R. Halsey age 22 of Newfield, New York. Deputies determined Halsy was intoxicated.

   Halsy was charged with three counts of Driving While Intoxicated including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Moving from a Designated Lane Unsafely. Halsey was released and is to appear in the Town of Newfield Court on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.   

October 3rd, 2014 - Petit Larceny Arrest

On October 3rd, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Target, located at 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a theft case.  Upon arrival, Deputies spoke with Target Lost Prevention who advised that they had confronted a female walking out of the store with out paying for merchandise from the store.  Lost Prevention was requesting that the female, Danielle T. Fendrich, age 19 of Scarsdale, NY be arrested and charged with Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. 

Fendrich was arrested and released on an appearance ticket ordering her to reappear at the Town of Lansing Court on October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

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