Area Police News: Jan. 13, 2010

Shane R. Lepinnet, 22, of Walton was arrested by state police Saturday and charged with DWI following a traffic stop in the Village of Walton. Police say they charged Lepinnet with DWI after he provided a blood sample at Delaware Valley Hospital. He was also charged with inadequate exhaust and failure to obey a posted traffic device.

Zachary T. Thomas, 17, a passenger in the Lepinnet vehicle was issued an ABC violation for underage drinking. Both defendants were issued appearance tickets returnable in Village of Walton Justice Court on Jan. 28.

Jarmila Walsh, 35, of Halcott Center was arrested Thursday by state police and charged with DWI following a property damage auto accident on Lake Street in Fleischmanns. Police say they charged Walsh when her blood alcohol level allegedly tested .15 percent. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on Jan. 18.

Three area 17-year-old boys were arrested Saturday and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after the car in which they were riding was stopped by state police on Route 28 near Margaretville. Charged were Sean Desantis of Bovina and Elijah J. Liddle and Anthony M. Roach of Delhi. They were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on Jan. 28.

Preston S. Lemaster, 22, of Grand Gorge, Nicholas J. Malaxos, 20, of Arkville and Brian Z. Wright, 17, of Gilboa were each charged with unlawful possession of marijuana Sunday after state police stopped the car in which they were riding on Route 28 in the Town of Middletown for a traffic violation. Lemaster, the driver, was also charged with uninspected vehicle, broken windshield and unregistered motor vehicle. All were issued appearance tickets returnable in Town of Middletown Justice Court on Feb. 8.

A charge of DWI, that had been made against Donald G. Schmitt, 27, of Jefferson in October of 2007, was dismissed in Town of Harpersfield Justice Court last week on technical procedural grounds under the Criminal Procedure Law. Stamford Attorney Michael Jacobs of the law firm Jacobs and Jacobs, Esq. represented Schmitt.