Area Police News: August 13, 2008

State police arrested James T. Miller, 34, of Hamden, and charged him with DWI on August 4. Police say they stopped Miller in Harpersfield for speeding, at which point they observed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him. Miller subsequently allegedly failed a standard field sobriety test and was then arrested and issued uniform traffic tickets. He was ordered to reappear on August 20.

Police arrested Michael E. Omara Jr., 42, of Delhi on August 5 following an alleged physical domestic dispute with his girlfriend. The woman told police that during a verbal dispute, Omara allegedly threw a coffee cup at her, which struck her and resulted in a fracture to her right rear eye socket and cheekbone and a collection of blood behind her eye. Omara was arrested for second-degree assault and was remanded to the Delaware Correction Facility on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. An order of protection was also issued.

Sunoco Country Store employee Dustin E. Frano, 23, was arrested August 5 for a liquor law violation after he allegedly sold alcohol to a person under the age of 21. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Middletown on August 18.

State police arrested Joshua D. Nicol, 19, on August 7 and charged him with theft of service after he allegedly tried to flee without paying a $700 cab fare. Police say a taxi operator called 911 after picking Nicol up from the Port Authority Terminal in New York City and transporting him to Stamford, where he attempted to flee after a credit card was declined. He was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 bail and ordered to return to court on August 20.

Larry E. Hitt, 53, was arrested on August 7 and charged with one count of petit larceny after he allegedly stole a number of catalytic converters from NCOC BOCES in Grand Gorge, which were valued at $100 apiece. Hitt denied having taken the converters. He was arrested and issued an appearance ticket returnable in Roxbury on August 20.

State police arrested Vanessa M. Gualdino, 28, for issuing a bad check to the Delhi Liquor Store on August 7. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Delhi on August 27.

Jason D. Gilchrist, 24, and Lisa M. Ellis, 19, of Margaretville, were arrested Saturday and charged with petit larceny after allegedly taking a tube of facial scrub from the CVS Pharmacy in Margaretville. Gilchrist also allegedly pushed a CVS employee out of his way upon exiting the store. Both parties were arraigned in Town of Middletown Court and posted $750 bail. Both are scheduled to reappear at later dates.

Gregory A. Reynolds, 39, of Arkville, was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree harassment after his neighbor reported that Reynolds had been harassing him and his wife. He requested that police arrest Reynolds and issue an order of protection. Reynolds was arraigned in Middletown, released on $300 cash bail, and ordered to reappear on August 27.

DWI charges were dropped against Arkville resident Gregory Reynolds, 39, last week. Reynolds was charged on July 11 following a dispute with his girlfriend, after which he allegedly drove his car into a ditch. When police arrived at his home, they observed that Reynolds appeared to be intoxicated and subsequently arrested him for DWI. His attorney, Michael A. Jacobs, moved for a dismissal for lack of probable cause, since there existed no evidence that Reynolds was intoxicated at the time he was operating the vehicle.