Area Police News: July 28, 2010

Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged an area building contractor on July 21 with a felony relating to the filing of a false application for a Town of Delhi building permit.  David B. White, 26, of DeLancey has been charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. White is accused of filing a written application with the Town of Delhi Code Enforcement Officer that contained false information relating to the proposed cost of a building project for which the building permit was issued. White was issued an appearance ticket directing him to appear in the Town of Delhi Court at 9 a.m. on July 27 to answer the charge.
Charges of aggravated DWI and failure to keep right against Delhi resident Larry Hobbs were dismissed in Delhi Town Court last week. The charges were dropped when Hobbs’ attorney, Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford, moved for dismissal on various grounds based on discovery demands made to the prosecutor’s office. The court granted the motion and all charges were dismissed against Hobbs.
State police arrested Margaretville resident Dorothy R. West, 26, last Tuesday and charged her with fourth-degree grand larceny after an incident in which she allegedly stole a woman’s purse off the front seat of a minivan in the parking lot outside the CVS store in Margaretville. West was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Middletown Court on August 5.
Jefferson resident Lolita M. Merwin, 28, was arrested Wednesday and charged with trespassing after police say they found a number of her belongings on the property of the Stamford pool. According to police, maintenance workers arrived for daily maintenance and found some articles of clothing, money, a vehicle key and Merwin’s driver’s license. Police say Merwin confessed to the trespass and was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on August 5.
State police arrested Arkville resident Christina M. Vitale, 18, on Saturday and charged her with criminal contempt after she allegedly violated an order of protection. Vitale was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Thursday.
Michael W. Stacy, 24, of Smithtown, was arrested Sunday after police stopped him traveling along Route 23 in Stamford for speeding and subsequently observed a bag of marijuana on the passenger seat of the vehicle. Stacy was issued a uniform traffic ticket for speeding and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, both returnable in the Village of Stamford Court on August 5.
State police responded to a 911 call reporting a stolen four-wheeler in the Town of Delhi last Sunday and subsequently located a 24-year-old Evan M. Lafferty of Rochester operating the four-wheeler on county Route 16 in Delhi. Lafferty allegedly admitted to taking the four-wheeler because he was lost and scared, and returned the ATV to the owner, who said he wished to pursue criminal action. Lafferty was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was processed at the Margaretville police station. He was issued an appearance ticket as well as uniform traffic tickets for operating an ATV on a roadway, unregistered ATV, and no helmet, all returnable to Delhi Court on August 4.