Area Police News: Oct. 22, 2008

Fleischmanns resident Seth H. Finch, 34, was issued appearance tickets for second-degree harassment and one count of Agriculture Market Law for loose horses running the roadway after a neighbor complained to police. Police reported to the scene and found six horses and a donkey grazing on the neighbor’s property. Both appearance tickets are returnable to the Town of Middletown on Oct. 30.

Margaretville resident Kris Perez, 40, was arrested for driving with a suspended license and registration in Fleischmanns on Oct. 8. She was arraigned in the Town of Middletown and remanded to the county jail on $750 cash bail and was scheduled to return today.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, Phoenicia resident Christian Gulick was arrested on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Middletown Justice Court, arraigned, and committed to the county jail on $500 cash bail. He was scheduled to return on Oct. 15.

Police responded to a 911 call to a residence in Margaretville on Oct. 11, and upon arrival discovered an ambulance on the scene and members of the response squad administering CPR to three-month-old Connor A. Lamphere. Lamphere was found unresponsive in his crib by his foster mother, Shirley C. Marangio, at about 5:45 p.m., about a half-hour after he was put down for the night. He was transported to Margaretville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the infant had been picked up by a Delaware Opportunities worker earlier in the day and returned to his foster mother at around 5 p.m., at which point he was crying. A number of people were summoned to the police station for interviews.

Grand Gorge resident Delia A. Hernandez was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with a DWI after a breath-screening test showed a high level of alcohol. She was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $500 cash bail/$1,000 bond.

State police received an arrest warrant from the Town of Middletown for Margaretville resident Joyce A. Finch after she allegedly issued three bad checks on separate dates. Finch was placed under arrest Oct. 15 and transported to the police station and then to court, where she was released on her own recognizance with fines and the case was closed.

Sabrina J. Buerge, 28, of New Kingston, was arrested Oct. 15 and charged with petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly stole Hydrocodone from a residence to which she was delivering a medical bed. Buerge denied knowledge of the pills in interviews with police, but a search of her purse found a Hydrocodone pill, for which she was unable to provide proof of a prescription. Upon threat of further search, Buerge surrendered 55 Hydrocodone pills she had allegedly hidden in her bra.

New York resident Richard Delrio, 56, was charged with trespassing following a dispute with the neighboring Budget Brands gas station that is adjacent to Delrio’s apartment in Stamford on Oct. 15. The woman operating the gas station told police that Delrio had been told repeatedly not to park on the business’s property blocking the alley, and that it has been an ongoing problem. A summons was served on Delrio from the Village of Stamford Court on Oct. 16.

Jefferson resident Michael J. Crandall, 38, was arrested and charged with a DWI on Oct. 16 after a traffic stop during which he allegedly exhibited a strong odor of alcoholic breath and slurred speech. After being transported to the police station in Stamford, where an alcotest showed a .21 percent blood alcohol content, Crandall was issued uniform traffic tickets for felony aggravated DWI, felony DWI, refusal of a breath screen, open container, and insecure plate, all returnable to the Village of Stamford Court on Nov. 6.

Jason B. Briggs, 30, of Stamford, was arrested Oct. 17 after a noise complaint brought police to his residence, where they allegedly found a marijuana pipe with unburnt marijuana on his coffee table. He claimed ownership of the marijuana and was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana returnable to the Town of Stamford Court on Nov. 19.

Kings Park resident John J. Coyle, 36, was arrested for DWI following a traffic stop in Gilboa on Oct. 17. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for speed not prudent, failure to reduce speed, special hazard and DWI, all returnable to the Town of Gilboa Court on Oct. 30.

Roger F. Baust, 61, of Halcott Center, was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with a DWI after he was pulled over for speeding and police allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol and sluggish and delayed speech. Upon interview, Baust revealed that he had consumed two oxycodone and two beers at his residence. He failed standard field sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital for a blood sample. He was issued uniform traffic tickets for speeding and DWI returnable to the Town of Middletown Court on Nov. 24.

Fleischmanns resident Patrick L. Myers was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with a DWI after a traffic stop during which police allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol. Myers told police he had consumed three beers and subsequently failed a standard field sobriety tests. He was transported to the police station, where a breath screen showed a blood alcohol content of .09 percent. Myers was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Middletown on Nov. 17.

State police arrested Walton resident Kenny E. Coss, 45, on Oct. 18 for felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in the Town of Delhi and remanded to the county jail on $3,000 cash/$6,000 bond bail.

State police are continuing their investigation into the death of Herta Auslander of Cooks Falls. On Oct. 14, police were contacted by the attorney representing Auslander’s son, who informed them that the woman had died in April of 2007 and her remains were located in a chest freezer at her residence in Colchester. Upon execution of a search warrant, police located the body. An autopsy conducted in Binghamton found no sign of trauma, with the manner of death being ruled a natural death caused by cardiac disease. Circumstances involving the period of time between the death and the reporting of the death are still under investigation.

DWI charges against Donald P. Smith, 31, of Arkville were dismissed in Town of Middletown Justice Court last week when Smith’s attorney made a successful motion charging that the prosecution failed to announce readiness for trial pursuant to law. The motion was granted by Justice Gary A. Rosa and the charge, originally made by a New York City Department of Environmental Officer on January 22, 2006 following a one-car accident, was dismissed. An additional charge of speed not reasonable and prudent was also dismissed. Attorney Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford represented Smith.

Charges of hindering prosecution in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, made against Jill Bright were dropped last week for a lack of probable cause. Bright was accused of warning another person sought by the police in two felonies and giving false and misleading information to police regarding the person’s whereabouts. She was represented by attorney Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford.