Area Police News: June 24, 2009

Jefferson resident Thomas B. Vitale, 21, was arrested last Sunday and charged with speeding, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and no left side mirror after he was pulled over in the Town of Harpersfield. Upon running his information, police say they learned that he had a suspended license. Vitale was arraigned in the Village of Stamford and was remanded to the county jail on $500 cash bail. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Harpersfield Court on June 29.

Forrest C. Smith, 28, of Nashville, Tenn., was arrested Sunday and charged with DWAI after police say they observed him traveling the wrong way down a one-way street in the Village of Stamford. Upon stopping him and interviewing him, police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol. Smith was arrested following standard field sobriety tests and a breath screen and was transported to the Stamford satellite office, where he gave a reported blood alcohol content reading of .07 percent. He was charged with DWAI and driving the wrong way down a one-way street; both tickets are returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on July 15.

State police arrested East Meredith resident Joshua A. Sandin, 22, last Sunday after they say they stopped him for driving without a taillight. Upon interviewing Sandin, police say he exhibited a strong odor of alcohol; following standard field sobriety tests and a positive breath screen. Sandin was arrested and transported to the Stamford police station, where an alcotest showed his blood alcohol content to be .06 percent. He was charged with DWAI and issued a uniform traffic ticket for no taillight, both returnable to the Town of Kortright Court on July 21.

A criminal summons was issued to Harpersfield resident Michael F. Fairbairn, 20, and Hobart resident Derik A. Stoesser, 21 for disorderly conduct and exposure of a person after they allegedly urinated in a garbage can located in the parking lot of the Stamford Country Store. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in the Village of Stamford Court on July 2.

Margaretville resident Jeremy T. Aubry, 18, was arrested last Tuesday and charged with menacing after he allegedly threatened a man with a handgun. Police say Aubry was traveling down Route 28 in the Town of Middletown on Sunday when he allegedly pointed a handgun at a man walking along the shoulder. Aubry was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court. He was released on recognizance to reappear in the Town of Middletown Court on July 9.

Arkville resident Frank J. Casey, 43, was arrested last Monday after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in progress. Police say Casey had just been released from the Delaware County Jail, and when his wife picked him up he proceeded to strike her in the mouth, pull her arm, and put her in a choke hold while threatening her life while the couple’s children were in the car. A warrant was issued for Casey’s arrest on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree menacing. Casey was arrested in Albany County and was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court, where he was remanded to the county jail on $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond and scheduled to reappear on June 23. An order of protection was issued.

David R. Madore, 52, of Hobart, was arrested last Monday and charged with a DWI after police say they observed him traveling 50 mph in a 30-mph zone. Upon interviewing Madore, police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. A subsequent vehicle inventory allegedly turned up a brass smoking pipe containing .01 grams of marijuana residue and a plastic bag containing approximately two grams of loose marijuana. He subsequently failed standard field sobriety tests and was arrested for felony DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana and was issued uniform traffic tickets and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, all returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on July 15.

Pine Hill resident Bradley V. Grant, 18, was arrested last Tuesday on a warrant issued by the Town of Delhi Court for charges of criminal mischief and petit larceny. He was transported to the Village of Delhi police department for processing.

Fleischmanns resident Manuel Castillo, 44, was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, no front plate, and unnecessary smoke after police say they observed him traveling along Route 28 in the Town of Middletown without a front license plate in a vehicle emitting unnecessary smoke. Castillo was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court, where he pled guilty to the outstanding uniform traffic ticket and the third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation but not guilty to the no front plate and unnecessary smoke. He was scheduled to return on June 24.

State police arrested Laurence M. Socci, 35, of Jefferson on Friday and charged him with DWI after they say they observed him urinating by the side of the road in the Town of Harpersfield beside his car, which was still running. Police say that upon interviewing him, Socci exhibited red watery eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol. Pursuant to field sobriety tests, Socci was arrested and transported to the Stamford police station, where an alcotest showed a blood alcohol content of .12 percent. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWI returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on June 29.

Lucas M. Brewer, 18, of Denver, was arrested Friday after police say he was stopped in the Village of Roxbury and exhibited red eyes and dilated pupils and slurred speech. He was removed from the vehicle for field sobriety tests, and a pat-down allegedly revealed a baggie of marijuana in his left front pants pocket. A search of the vehicle revealed three marijuana pipes with burnt marijuana residue in a rolled towel by the front seat. An alcosensor administered at the scene showed a .000 percent blood alcohol content; Brewer was subsequently transported to the Margaretville ER for a blood sample. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for DWAI drugs, failure to keep right, and a lighting violation and an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, returnable to Roxbury Court on July 6.