Area Police News: August 27, 2104

On August 13 the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested Troy Ladlee, 21, of Delhi and Jesse Stefanelli, 24, of Bovina for one count of disorderly conduct. The charges are a result of an incident that took place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Ladlee and Stefanelli were both arraigned in the Village of Walton Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail to await further court action.
William W. Hrazanek, 68, of Fleischmanns was arrested by state police on August 14 and charged with fourth-degree criminal solicitation after he allegedly removed items from a home on Main Street in Andes that he was in the process of buying from Delaware County but had not yet closed the sale.
Police say that Hrazanek had been told by the county treasurer that he could not make entry to the building until such time as he was issued a deed, which had not happened.
He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Andes Justice Court on August 31 at 5 p.m.
Brendon M. Bailey, 24, of Shandaken was arrested by state police on August 17 and charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance after troopers stopped the car in which he was a passenger for a traffic violation on Route 28 in Arkville. Police say they observed a baggie containing cocaine when they approached the vehicle.
Bailey was issued an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Middletown Justice Court on September 3 at 9 a.m.
The driver of the car, Autumn Carter, 18, also of Shandaken, was issued a summons charging her with speeding. That summons is returnable in Town of Middleton Justice Court on September 3 at 9 a.m.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation of a Thursday morning two-car, head-on collision on Cat Hollow Road in the Town of Colchester that claimed the life of one person and seriously injured four others.
The accident, which occurred at approximately 10 a.m., claimed the life of William A. Sharpless, 48, of Ninevah, and seriously injured four Bronx residents.
A preliminary investigation conducted by sheriff’s deputies and members of the New York State Police Troop C Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that Sharpless was driving in a southerly direction on county Route 7, also known as Cat Hollow Road, in the Town of Colchester, when the Isuzu Amigo he was operating was struck head-on by a Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven in a northerly direction by Crest Wood, 30, of the Bronx.
Investigation further revealed that at the time of the accident Wood was traveling in a northerly direction within the southbound lane when it collided with the vehicle being driven by Sharpless.
Delaware County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Ucci, M.D., declared Sharpless dead at the scene.  There were no passengers in the Sharpless vehicle.
Crest Wood, Alnie Chisholm, 34, Georgette King, 19, and Yolanda Jones, 21, all of the Bronx, were each seriously injured and were transported to Harris Hospital in Liberty by Downsville Fire Department Ambulance, Roscoe-Rockland Ambulance, Cooperstown Medical Transport and Mobil Medic.  They were all transferred to Westchester Medical Center later Thursday where they were hospitalized.
No charges have been filed at this time pending conclusion of the investigation.  Deputies are asking any persons who may have witnessed this accident to contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 607 746-2336.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police, Downsville and Roscoe-Rockland fire departments and Delaware County Highway Department crews, who assisted with traffic control while the highway was closed down for several hours during the accident reconstruction investigation and clean up.