The Chronicle Express

Includes reports received from Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Penn Yan Police Department, and New York State Police. It should be noted that these reports merely indicate that someone has been charged with an offense, and the use of the term “arrest” does not always mean someone was put in jail. These reports do not indicate guilt.

The Penn Yan Police Department will be taking part in N.Y. State's Traffic Safety Committee's extra enforcement of speeding in school zones later this month.  We would like to remind residents to slow down and follow the posted speed limit while driving through a school zone.

TASHA J. PRUDEN, 34, and WILLIAM L. NEWTON, both of Bath, were arrested April 11 by N.Y. State Troopers investigating an April 1 larceny from a building in Urbana. The pair were charged with petit larceny, and released with appearance tickets for Urbana Town Court.

JEFFERY A. MCCLAIN, 33, of Hoyt Road, Penn Yan, was arrested April 12 by Penn Yan Police  for 1st degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, endangering the welfare of a child and 2nd degree harassment after they were called to the area of East Main St. for an argument.  It is alleged that during the argument McClain pushed a Penn Yan woman while she was holding a child. This was a violation of a court order of protection for her.  McClain was taken to the PYPD and processed before being taken to the Yates County Jail to await arraignment in the morning.

Yates County Sheriff's Deputies also arrested McClain at the Yates County Jail on a Violation of Probation Warrant issued out of the Town of Starkey Court.  He was held in custody until the next session of Yates County Centralized Arraignment Court.

PAUL E. KING II, 48, of Dundee, was ticketed by Penn Yan Police after a traffic stop for driving a suspended registration.  He was issued a ticket to appear in Penn Yan Village Court at a later date.

LORENZO S. MARIN, 27, of Geneva, was arrested by Penn Yan Police for Criminal Trespass following a complaint of a burglary in progress. Officers responded to a residence and met with the tenant who reported someone was in her apartment without her permission.  Officers checked the residence and found Marin inside. He was taken into custody, charged with 2nd degree criminal trespass, and was held at the Yates County Jail to await centralized arraignment for an order of protection.

STEPHEN, J. SHAY, 19, of State Route 247, Rushville, was arrested April 13 by Yates County Deputies on a warrant out of the Town of Italy Court, stemming from an incident that occurred in August of 2020. Shay was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and held at the county jail to await arraignment.

JERECK D. ABRAMS, 36, of Penn Yan, was issued a criminal summons by Penn Yan Police for a noise ordinance violation.  Abrams was issued the summons after he allegedly played loud music that could be heard from inside a neighboring residence.

KEVIN M. SEARFOSS, 40, of Elmira, was arrested by Penn Yan Police responding to a local establishment for a reported domestic where Searfoss allegedly punched and attacked a woman who had an order of protection against him.  He also threatened her and told her to lie to police about her identity so the order of protection wouldn't be discovered.  He also allegedly pinned the woman to the floor of the establishment so she couldn't get away.  Searfoss was taken into custody on charges of 1st degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, obstructing governmental administration, 2nd degree unlawful imprisonment, and 2nd degree harassment. He was held in the Yates County Jail pending arraignment.

JEREMY R. LEWIS, 22, of County Route 22, Beaver Dams, was stopped for speeding April 13 by Yates County Deputies in the Town of Barrington. A license check revealed an active arrest warrant for a family offense issued out of Campbell Town Court in Steuben County.  Lewis was arrested, issued a speeding ticket, and turned over to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

A one-car personal injury motor vehicle accident occurred at 7:28 a.m. April 14 on State Route 14A south of Bennett Road in the Town of Barrington. Yates County Deputies, Dundee Fire & Ambulance, Medic 55, and NYS DOT responded.  The driver, COLIN M. WEICHENTHAL,19, of Vine St. Dundee, had left the northbound lane striking the end of a guard rail on the east side of the road. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway. Weichenthal was checked over by EMS at the scene and taken by ambulance to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital for a non-life threatening laceration on his left forearm/elbow. He was charged with moving from lane unsafely, and speed not reasonable or prudent.