Area Police News: Feb. 24, 2010

Delaware County Deputies arrested Michael H. Vogel, 17, of Delhi on February 12 on charges of second-degree burglary and petite larceny. It is alleged that Vogel entered and remained unlawfully in a residence in the Town of Delhi and stole approximately $120 worth of silver and gold colored coins. The coins were later exchanged at a local business. The coins were then recovered and secured as evidence with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Vogel was arraigned in the Town of Bovina Justice Court and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 secured bond.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is continuing an investigation into the death of a SUNY Delhi College student who was found deceased in his Scotch Mountain, Delhi residence on Tuesday afternoon. Erik Shook, 22, of Catskill was found unresponsive in his bed Tuesday afternoon by his three roommates. As a result of an autopsy performed at Lourdes Hospital in Johnson City last Wednesday, preliminary cause of death was attributed to pulmonary edema resulting from the use of Methadone. Toxicology screening indicated the presence of Methadone and other illegal substances in Shook’s system. A quantity of Zanax, Methadone, cocaine and marihuana were found in the residence and seized.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jared A. Rice, 28, of Stamford on Feb. 19 on an arrest warrant signed by Delaware County Court Judge Carl Becker.  Rice was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury on one count each of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, felony first-degree criminal sexual act, felony first-degree sexual abuse, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.  Rice is scheduled to reappear in Delaware County Court at a later date.

Juan Nunez, 40, of Middletown was arrested by state police Thursday and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after police responded to a call of a disabled tractor trailer on county Route 26 in the Town of Colchester. Police say they found Nunez’s rig in the middle of the road disabled due to snowy road conditions. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Colchester Justice Court on March 16.

Jeremy P. Wren, 23, of Fishs Eddy was arrested by state police Thursday and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and failure to stop at a stop sign after he was stopped at the intersection of routes 28 and 30 in Margaretville. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on March 25.

Rebecca A. Palmer, 20, of Downsville was arrested by state police Friday and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, passing in a no passing zone and unlicensed operation after she was stopped on state Route 206 in the Town of Colchester. She was issued appearance tickets returnable in Colchester Justice Court on March 16.

Daniel J. Johnson, 39, of Stamford was arrested by state police last week Monday and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and driving without a license after he was stopped on Main Street in Stamford. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Village of Stamford Justice Court on March 15.

Michael W. Lopez, 28, of Stamford was arrested by state police last week Tuesday and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unsafe start after he was stopped at the intersection of routes 23 and 10 in Stamford. He was arraigned in village justice court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

Dominick A. Forte, 49, of Harpersfield was arrested by state police Sunday and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation after he was stopped on South Street in Stamford. Forte was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Stamford Village Justice Court on March 4. Three Brooklyn men were arrested last week in Pine Hill following a burglary and BB gun shooting spree in the hamlet.

According to Gerry Pearlman, who owns the Pine Hill Plaza, three men broke through the glass door of his store last week Tuesday and tripped the burglar alarm. At the same time a snowplow operator was driving past, heard the alarm and pulled into the plaza parking lot to see what was happening. The driver witnessed the three, all wearing ski masks, run from the plaza across Route 28 and down the hill. Pearlman said the men had stolen a BB gun, but in the course of the robbery actually dropped another BB gun one of the alleged perpetrators had purchased just one day earlier. Using the information from the snowplow operator, and the footprints in the snow, Pearlman guessed they were staying somewhere in the hamlet of Pine Hill. After a couple of phone calls he reached the owners of the Pine Hill Lodge, who said that three men matching the description were not only staying there, but were also shooting a BB gun inside the building and causing a disturbance. In the course of the investigation it was determined that the three had also shot out windows in one parked car and at Tanglewood Doors on Main Street. Names of the accused were not available at press time.