Area Police News: Dec. 23, 2009

The Shandaken Police Department, along with members of the state police, report the arrest last Tuesday of Gari L. Gonzalez, 27, of Warwarsing. Gonzalez was arrested after police received a complaint that she allegedly stole property valued in excess of $6,000 from a landlord in Big Indian, where she previously lived. Gonzalez was charged with one count of felony grand larceny and remanded to the Ulster County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

Middle Village resident Bryan A. Weatherall, 34, was arrested last Tuesday after police observed him driving in the Village of Margaretville without a seat belt or adequate inspection. Upon initiation of a traffic stop, police found that Weatherall’s license was suspended in the State of New York. He was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and was released on recognizance to return on Jan. 14.

Dorothy R. West, 25, of Margaretville, was arrested last Wednesday and faces charges on three counts of petit larceny stemming from alleged thefts of beef jerky and Slim Jims from the Margaretville Country Store on Nov. 29, Dec. 5 and Dec. 11. The total loss is estimated to be $11.66. West was processed at the Margaretville police station and issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Jan. 4.

Bloomville resident Shanda C. Whitbeck, 26, was arrested Thursday after police stopped her car for having a low beam headlight out. Upon interviewing Whitbeck, police learned that the inspection was expired and that her license was suspended. She was issued uniform traffic tickets for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected motor vehicle, inadequate headlight, operating while license / registration suspended/revoked, and operating without insurance, all returnable on Jan. 19 to the Town of Kortright Court.

Middletown resident Levi P. Aldo, 64, was arrested Friday and charged with a DWAI after police stopped him for speeding in the Town of Middletown. Police say they issued standard field sobriety tests and that Aldo supplied a breath test that allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of .06 percent. He was issued tickets for Driving While Ability Impaired and speed over 55 miles per hour returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Jan. 4.

A Hobart man faces DWI charges following his arrest in the Town of Harpersfield on Saturday afternoon. Police say they observed James E. Marschilok, 64, fail to stop at a stop sign and that, pursuant to a traffic stop, he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and slurred speech. Following field sobriety tests, police arrested Marschilok for DWI and transported him to the Stamford police station, where an alcotest allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be .08 percent. He was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on Jan. 11.

Derek J. Smith, 25, of Delhi, was arrested Saturday and charged with a DWI after police say they observed him fail to keep right in the Village of Delhi. Upon stopping and interviewing Smith, police say they observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and that Smith exhibited impaired speech, poor motor coordination, and glassy eyes, and that he failed standard field sobriety tests. Smith was transported to the Stamford police station, where an alcotest allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be .17 percent. Smith was issued uniform traffic tickets.

Arkville resident Dawn Hayden, 21, was arrested on two counts of second-degree harassment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a domestic dispute involving Hayden’s two children and their father. Hayden was allegedly at the father’s home, where a verbal argument took place that resulted in Hayden allegedly punching him while holding one of her two children and in the presence of the second child. Hayden was arrested and charged and ordered to reappear on Dec. 30 in the Town of Roxbury.

Police responded to a single-car motor vehicle accident on Roxbury Mountain Road in the Town of Stamford on Sunday, where they say they were advised by a man that he had been verbally threatened and physically harassed by the husband of the woman involved in the accident. Police say that Roxbury resident Joseph M. Bower, 27, drove up to the man, who was at the scene in a firefighter capacity and providing traffic control, and asked him to pass; when he was denied, police say he became angry and verbally threatened the man, which led to him exiting the vehicle and pushing him. Bower was arrested for obstructing governmental administration, third-degree menacing, and second-degree harassment. He was also issued a uniform traffic ticket for speeding and was released on an appearance ticket returnable on Jan. 12.