Waverly NY Man Allegedly Steals Towanda Car, Plows into Two Police Vehicles

A Waverly, NY man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a car in Towanda before crashing into two police cars on Saturday, June 4th.

According to police, they were told via phone on Saturday evening that Steven M. Stubbs, 43, had allegedly stolen a car from Towanda’s Main Street. Police were able to find Stubbs in the alleged stolen vehicle and closed in on him. According to police, Stubbs then drove the alleged vehicle into two police cars. Police used a taser in order to subdue Stubbs so that he could be arrested.

Stubbs faces the following charges: Two counts of felony aggravated assault in the 2nd degree; felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; felony Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop in the 3rd degree; felony Receiving Stolen Property in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Unauth Use Motor/Other Vehicles in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; two counts of summary Reckless Driving; and summary Drg Lic Sus/Rev Purs to Sec 3802/1547B1. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Court 42-3-03.

After Stubb’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy M. Clark on Sunday, June 5th, he was placed in Bradford County Prison. He was able to meet his $75,000 bail. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Portville NY Man Allegedly Leads Coudersport Police on High Speed Chase, DUI Suspected

A Portville, NY man is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase in Coudersport on the evening of Saturday, June 4th.

According to the Coudersport Police Department in a report, 27-year-old Rickey L. Sherman was pulled over by police on East Second Street at about 9:00 p.m. because he was allegedly speeding. While officers talked with Sherman, he allegedly drove away and began speeding. Sherman drove for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and a tree at 109 East Second Street. When officers arrived at the scene, Sherman allegedly fled on foot. Police found Sherman after a short period of time before arresting him.

Sherman faces the following charges: felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; summary Exceed 35 MPH In Urban Dist 22 MPH; summary Reckless Driving; and Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce. Sherman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss. He is currently in Potter County Jail. His bail is set at $25,000. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Monroeton Man, 2 NY Residents Arrested After NY Woman Allegedly Possessed Meth

A Monroeton man and two New York residents are facing drug charges after a Waverly, NY woman allegedly possessed meth on Thursday, June 2nd.

According to the Waverly Police Department, police responded to a residence on Howard Street in Waverly, NY, after suspicious activity was reported in the area. The following three people were located by police: William McClintic, 23, of Monroeton, PA; Derrick Seeley, 32, of Elmira, NY; and Katherine Rhodes, 30, of Waverly, NY. Rhodes allegedly had meth and items related to illegal drug use in her possession. McClintic and Seeley were wanted on active warrants in Elmira, NY.

Rhodes was arrested and faces a felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree charge. She was placed in the Tioga County, NY Jail after her arraignment. McClintic and Seeley were arrested due to the warrants out on them, and they were released to the Elmira Police Department. The charge McClintic and Seeley both face is criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Elmira NY Teen Faces Weapon Charge After Shot Fired Into Apartment

A 16-year-old Elmira, NY, teen is facing weapon and drug charges after a shot was fired in an apartment on Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Elmira Police Department, there were reports of a gunshot being fired at 253 West Hudson Street in Elmira, NY. Police responded to the scene at about half past 9:00 p.m. They discovered that a single round was fired from a lower apartment. The shot went through the apartment above the apartment where the shot was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident.

After police investigated, they allegedly found a semi automatic handgun which was loaded and several caliber rounds of ammunition. In addition, police allegedly found crack cocaine and materials used to package drugs. The 16-year-old teen is facing the following two felony charges: criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Man Accused of Killing 21-Month-Old Maddox Requests Trial in Different County

maddox lawrence ryan lawrenceThe lawyer for the man accused of killing 21-month-old Maddox requested that the trial be moved to a different county on Thursday.

Michael Vavonese, who is Ryan Lawrence’s lawyer, explained that he thought the media coverage of the case may have an effect on the fairness of a jury in Onondaga County, NY. Judge Anthony Aloi denied Vavonese’s request. In addition, Vavonese tried arguing Lawrence’s first-degree murder charge and first-degree kidnapping charge. Aloi denied those motions as well.

In February, Lawrence allegedly killed 21-month-old Maddox. In addition to first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping charges, he also faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

The date of the trial is October 31st, 2016.

 

Elmira Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Exposing Self, Offering Woman Money for Sex

Dakota Yerkes
Dakota Yerkes

An Elmira, NY man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman in Elmira Heights on Tuesday, May 31st.

The woman said that she was followed by Dakota Yerkes, 21, in his vehicle once she pulled out of the 7-11 parking lot in Elmira Heights. When Yerkes pulled up to the intersection of 13th Street, he allegedly offered her money for sex. The woman refused and drove off, however Yerkes allegedly followed her two times. When Yerkes allegedly followed her, he allegedly exposed his genitals to the woman. The woman called police and told them the licence plate number of the car Yerkes was driving.

Yerkes is facing charges including Attempted Patronization for Prostitution and Public Lewdness. He was arraigned on Wednesday, June 1st, in Elmira Heights Court. He is scheduled to reappear in court in the future. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Elmira NY Man Passed Away in May NJ Small Plane Crash

A man from Elmira, NY, was identified as the pilot who passed away in a small plane crash last month.

According to a New Jersey Herald report, 59-year-old Lu Chen passed away in the 1966 six-seat Cessna plane. The plane was found in Wantage, NJ, on Thursday, May 19th. He was the only person in the plane.

According to an initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board, Chen did not file a flight plan and the plane was not reported as being missing. However, according to a New Jersey Herald report, Chen had let an employee know that his trip would last a week. Chen began flying at around 9:43 p.m. on Monday, May 16th. The plane took off from the Rome, NY, located Griffiss International Airport.

The plane crashed about an hour after it took off. Three days after the plane had crashed, it was discovered. The plane was located approximately 200 miles from where it originally took off. The plane was able to be tracked via the emergency beacon that activated when the plane crashed.

The plane’s wings were torn off and it was upside down. According to Bill Martin, a Civil Air Patrol Major, the plane was likely attempting to land in a field when it hit a tree a line.

Chen received his FAA third-class medical certificate on October 26th, 2013. At that time, he had flown for 300 hours total. The FAA registry states that Chen received his private pilot’s certification in November of 2009. At this time, how Chen passed away is not known. The cause of the crash has also not been determined at this time. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased.