BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — On Nov. 26, at approximately 9:49 a.m., Vermont State Police were notified by New York State Police regarding a Fugitive from Justice identified as Trevor Smith, 32, from Westport, and that he was currently residing in Vermont. Smith was located in Brattleboro and arrested on a warrant for a criminal offense that occurred in New York. Smith was processed at the Brattleboro State Police Barracks and transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility. He was issued conditions of release and is being held on $10,000 bail. Smith was cited to appear in the Windham Superior Court Criminal Division Nov. 27.
LAKE PLACID — On Dec. 8, at approximately 1:30 a.m., State Police responded to Wesvalley Road, Lake Placid for a report of motor vehicle accident. Lake Placid Police who were on scene advised the responding troopers that the operator of the vehicle had the left the scene.
Leland F. Stanton III, 22, had been operating a 1998 Dodge van on Wesvalley Road when he drove off the south shoulder of the road and struck a tree. Stanton had fled the scene on foot and was located at the Wesvalley Housing. Stanton was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Stanton’s blood alcohol content was determined to be .13 percent. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marihuana. He was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear at the Town of North Elba Court Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Stanton was also issued traffic tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident, moving from lane unsafely, and uninspected motor vehicle.
ELIZABETHTOWN — On Dec. 7 at approximately 4:37 p.m., State Police initiated a traffic stop on I-87 in the town of Elizabethtown on a 2013 Volkswagen sedan. The operator identified herself with a false name and stated she did not have her license with her. When the Trooper checked the license of the name given during the traffic stop, it was discovered that person only possessed a New York State identification card and their right to drive was suspended.
The female was taken into custody and arraigned in Town of Elizabethtown Court on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, speeding, and unlicensed operator and remanded to the Essex County Jail.
While being fingerprinted at the jail, the female notified Sheriff’s deputies that she was actually Navasia DeGroate, 28, of Schenectady, who was then arrested and charged with Criminal Impersonation Second. She was also issued new traffic tickets charging her with speeding, unlicensed operation, and aggravated unlicensed operation second degree due to numerous suspensions on her license.
On Dec. 8, DeGroate was arraigned again at the Town of Elizabethtown Court and committed back to Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. She was to re-appear on Dec. 12.
Accident, DWI charge
MINEVILLE — On Dec. 6 at approximately 10:50 p.m., State Police responded to the intersection of Plank Road and Republic Street in Mineville, town of Moriah, for a report of a personal injury motor vehicle accident. The operator, Jason A. Cole, 25, of Mineville had been driving a red Chevrolet Aveo south on Plank Road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle exited the roadway off the west shoulder and struck a utility pole. The vehicle overturned, slid across both lanes of Republic Street, and came to rest right-side-up in a yard on the west side of Plank Road.Cole was transported to Moses Ludington Hospital by ambulance for leg pain.
Upon his release from the hospital, Cole was arrested for driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was determined to be .11 percent. Troopers were notified by the owner of the vehicle that Cole also did not have permission to operate it. Cole was ultimately charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was also ticketed for unlicensed operator, speed not reasonable, no seatbelt and failure to use designated lane.
TUPPER LAKE — On Dec. 11, State Police executed a search warrant at Christopher J. Jessie’s residence in the village of Tupper Lake. They were assisted by the Tupper Lake Police Department. Upon arrival to the residence to execute an arrest warrant for a probation violation, law enforcement found Jessie, 36, attempting to destroy methamphetamine manufacturing materials. Jessie was taken into custody and charged with the probation violation.
Pursuant to the execution of the search warrant, Jessie was additionally charged with Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine Third Degree, a D Felony, and Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Materials, an E Felony.
Jessie was arraigned at the Tupper Lake Town Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash $20,000 bond. The State Police continue to investigate and further charges may be pending.
AUSABLE — On Dec. 11 at approximately 3:30 p.m., State Police responded to I-87 in the town of Ausable for a report of erratic operation of a tractor trailer. Upon locating the tractor trailer, the trooper initiated a traffic stop.
The operator, Eugene S. Schneck Jr., 51, of Pine Grove, Penn., was found to be driving while his ability was impaired. The trooper also observed noticeable damage to the vehicle. Following the trooper’s investigation, he discovered that Schneck had struck a delineator and a concrete drainage ditch in the town of Ausable and then left the scene.
Schneck was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol in a commercial vehicle. He was arraigned at the Chesterfield Town Court and remanded to Essex County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is to re-appear on Dec. 16. Schneck was also ticketed for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and moving from lane unsafely.
Further charges are pending the results of a blood sample which was secured from Schneck at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh.