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Ithaca, NY 14850


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February 5th, 2016 - Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

On February 5th, 2016 at 4:03 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies along with Groton Fire, McLean Fire, Dryden and Groton Ambulance were requested to the 800 block of Peru Road (NYS Route 38), Town of Groton for a personal injury motor vehicle accident.  After completion of the investigation, deputies determined that a vehicle traveling north bound struck a disabled vehicle alongside the east side of the roadway.  The vehicle had ran out of fuel and did have their hazard lights activated according to witnesses.  The driver of the disabled vehicle was airlifted to Upstate Medical by helicopter for undetermined injuries and the two passengers were transported by ground to Cortland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the disabled vehicle was not transported. 

The driver of the vehicle that struck the disabled vehicle was issued a citation at the scene for Failing to Exercise Due Care When Approaching a Hazard Vehicle, a violation.  The accident is still under investigation at this time and no information will be released about the involved occupants.  Peru Road (NYS Route 38) was shut down for approximately 1 1/2 hours however is back open at this time.

1-29-16 DWI and Criminal Possession of a Controled Substance Arrest

On 1-29-16 at approximaltely 1:48 PM Deputies were dispatched to area of 53 Ridge Road located in the Town of Lansing for a Motor Vehicle Accident.  Deputies arrived and found a 2008 Dodge pick-up in the east bound ditch with significant damage.  Deputies interviewed the operator, Timothy L. Vanbenschoten age 39 of N. Vandorn Road in the Town or Ithaca.  Upon further investigation, Deputies found Vanbenschoten to be intoxicated and in possession of  48 Morphine tablets.

Vanbenschoten was arrested for DWI and DWI Driving with .08 % or more of Alcohol, Moved From Lane Unsafely  and also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in The Third Degree a class B Felony.  Vanbenschoten was arraigned in the Town of Lansing with Judge David Banfield and was remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $50 cash bail or $100 bail bond .       

02/01/2016 DWI Arrest

On 02/01/2016 at 1:24 A:M, Deputies observed a grey Toyota Corolla traveling South on Trumansburg Road with no front license plate.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Steven C. Mayo, age 37 of Ovid, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Mayo was intoxicated and arrested him.

Mayo was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, no front license plate, un insured motor vehile, un registered motor vehicle, expired inspection, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and switched license plates.  Mayo was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 02/25/2016 at 9:00 A:M. 

01/31/2016 Rape 1st Arrest

Sheriff Lansing reports that on 1/31/2016, members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested Leslie M. Youst, age 18 and Jeffrey W. Ponton, age 46 of Main Street in the Town of Newfield with Rape in the First Degree, a class B Felony.  

The arrest stems from an incident that was reported to the Tompkins County 911 Communication Center.  Deputies responded and interviewed a teenage victim who reported that she was sexually assaulted earlier in the day. No additional information will be released.       

 Youst and Ponton were arraigned before Judge Chernish in the Town of Newfield Court.  Youst and Ponton have been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bail bond. They are scheduled to reappear in the Town of Newfield Court on February 4, 2016.      

County Wide Law Enforcement Training

   Recently police agencies from the Tompkins County law enforcement community conducted " Reality Based Training"  Officers and deputies from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, Cornell University Police, Ithaca College Public Safety, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Dryden Police Department, Groton Police Department and Trumansburg Police Department participated in the training that challenged each officer's ability to process through a variety of incidents that he/she may encounter on any given day. Initially each officer received instructional training, then by utilizing practical exercise with role players the officers were able to apply the concepts of the training to real world situations. Officers were trained to enhance their ability to de-escalate volatile individuals, deciding when to use physical force and what level of physical force is justified. The officers also received training in defensive tactics, and high risk vehicle stops.

   This training has been conducted yearly by IPD, TCSO, and CUPD. This years training involved sharing resources amongst the law enforcement agencies in Tompkins County to provide realistic training that will be an invaluable tool to better prepare officers to serve the citizens throughout Tompkins County.  

  

01/27/2016 DWI Arrest

On 01/27/2016 at 1:48 A:M, Deputies observed a grey Subaru speeding on Elmira Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as, Ryan J. Sherry, age 44 of Newfield, NY.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Sherry was intoxicated and arrested him.

Sherry was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, speed in zone, no/inadequate lights and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Sherry was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 02/18/2016 at 9:00 A:M.

01/24/2016 Drug Arrest

On 01/24/2016 at 6:20 A:M, Deputies responded to 30 West Main Street (Sunoco Mini Mart) in the Village of Dryden for a drug complaint.  Upon arrival a Mini Mart employee turned over a baggie containing a white powdery substance found in the store.  Through further investigation into the incident deputies determined that the baggie contained Cocaine and arrested Moriah L. Korba, age 23 of Dryden, NY.

Korba was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh degree, a class A Misdemeanor.  Korba was released and is to appear in the Town of Dryden Court on 02/01/2016 at  5:00 P:M. 

01/21/2016 AUO 1st Arrest

On January 21st, 2016 at about 10:43PM, Deputies stopped a 2006 Cadillac on State Route 13 in the Town of Lansing for a turn signal violation.  The driver was identified as RALPH STEVENS III (Age 30 of Rochester, NY).  He was subsequently found to hold a revoked driver's license with a total of 40 Scoffs (32 on 12 separate dates).  He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree and No Turn signal.  

STEVENS was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building in lieu of $500.00 cash or $1,000.00 insured bond.

01/15/2016 DWI Arrest

On 01/15/2016 at 1:36 A:M, Deputies observed a black Acura speeding on Danby Road in the Town of Ithaca.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Jill L. Dolinko, age 22 of West Orange, NJ.  Through further investigation deputies determined that Dolinko was intoxicated and arrested her.

Dolinko was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, speed in zone and drivers view obstructed.  Dolinko was released and is to appear in the Town of Ithaca Court on 02/04/2016 at 9:00 A:M.

01/16/2016 DWI Arrest

On 01/16/2016 at 1:53 A:M, Deputies responded to 2300 North Triphammer Road (Applebees) for a report of a car stuck on rocks in a ditch.  Upon arrival deputies located a blue 2011 Hyundai stuck in the ditch.  Deputies identified the driver as Min Kyoung Kelly, age 31 of Lansing, NY.  Through further investigation into the incident deputies determined that Kelly was intoxicated and arrested her. 

Kelly was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated.  Kelly was released and is to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on 02/16/2016 at 9:00 A:M.

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