Area Police News: May 6, 2009

State police arrested Fleischmanns resident Joshua A. Smith, 18, on April 25 and charged him with second-degree forgery after he allegedly forged the name of his estranged stepfather, Hans M. Hohn, as a co-sign on a bank loan for a vehicle. Police say Smith’s mother told them she had given her son permission to sign her name, but not Hohn’s, and that upon arrest, Smith admitted to signing Hohn’s name as a co-signer for the vehicle. He was arraigned and released on recognizance to reappear on April 22.

Stamford residents Courtney E. Rossman, 19, and Jodi L. Dillman, 35, and Sweet Valley, Pa., resident Tracy M. Craft, 30, were arrested April 25 for disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment following a dispute at the Stamford basketball courts. Police say that the three women got into an altercation after Rossman visited Dillman’s son at the Delaware County Jail and he refused visitation with his mother and aunt (Craft), and that the altercation was witnessed by at least six other parties. All three women were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on May 7.

Godfrey A. Little, 26, of Stamford was arrested April 26 and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, revoked license, and having a child in the car with improper restraint. He was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,500 bail and scheduled to reappear in the Town of Stamford Court on May 12.

Joseph Smith, 52, of Fleischmanns, was arrested April 28 after police responded to a report of a property damage motor vehicle accident on Route 30 in Roxbury. Police say that upon responding to the scene, Smith appeared to be intoxicated and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. Smith allegedly failed standard field sobriety tests at the scene and was arrested for a DWAI. At the police station in Margaretville, a breath test showed Smith’s blood alcohol content to be .07 percent; he was issued a uniform traffic ticket for Driving While Ability Impaired returnable to the Town of Roxbury Court on May 20.

Hobart resident Shelly S. Tompkins, 28, was arrested April 30 and charged with forgery after police say they responded to a report of fraud at NBT Bank in Hobart and encountered Tompkins’ sister, Darcy Schmid, who said that Tompkins cashed a $500 check on a closed account signed in Schmid’s name. Video surveillance at the bank allegedly shows Tompkins offering the check. Tompkins was charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and was arraigned and released on recognizance to reappear on May 12.