Yates County Sheriff Report for October 28, 2009

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Justin W. Decausey, 18, of 31 Rae Lane, Norwalk, Conn. was arrested on Oct. 21 at 12:12 a.m. for possession of alcohol under 21. Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Route 54A in the Town of Jerusalem.  Decausey had in his possession an alcoholic beverage and had allegedly consumed alcohol. He was issued an appearance ticket to answer charges in Jerusalem Court.

Branchport/Keuka Park Fire Department responded to a a tractor fire on Prosser Road in the Town of Italy on Oct. 21. Arthur Burke, 58, of 3762 Lake to Lake Rd., Stanley was operating his farm tractor in his field when it caught fire.  Burke called 911 and proceeded to extinguish the fire before it caused damage to the tractor. It was determined the fire was started by a shorted electrical wire igniting a fuel liner.  Burke was not injured.

Adam Webster, 24, of 2390 Hoyt Road, Penn Yan, was arrested on a bench warrant issued by the Yates County Superior Court for failure to appear at court (a felony).  He is being held in the Yates County Jail pending arraignment.

A 15-year-old Town of Middlesex youth and a 15 -ear-old Potter youth were referred to Yates County Juvenile Aid Division for burglary, petit larceny and criminal mischief. An investigation of a burglary on Oct. 4 of a camper trailer at Indian Village Camp Grounds in Middlesex determined that five other campers had been entered and property was stolen. Electronic equipment, DVDs, sporting equipment, tools, food and alcohol were stolen from the various camper units and some were damaged. A number of the stolen items were recovered.  Sr. Investigator Mike Christensen, Lt. Todd Sotir, Sgt. Randy Andrews and Deputy Scott Smith were the investigating officers.

Dundee Fire Department and Yates County Deputies responded to 5129 Lakemont-Himrod Road in Lakemont at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 to the report of a structure fire. A small fire was discovered under the back deck of a residence owned by Joyce A. Dixon. The fire was extinguished by fire personnel with only minor damage to the deck.

Bridget R. Ayers, 31, of 27 Oakwood Estates, Dundee, was arrested on Oct. 21 for offering a false instrument for filing. Deputies received information from Yates County Department of Social Services about a possible false filing, specifically not including all household occupants or their income on her application.  Ayers was charged and issued a ticket for appearance in Penn Yan Village court.

Joanne M. Sinton, 52, of 44 S. Main St., Rushville. was charged on Oct. 23 with unlawfully dealing with a child (first degree) for providing alcohol and allowing persons under 21 to consume it in her presence.  Charged with unlawful possession under 21 were: Quentin J. Morrison, 16, of 4582 Driftwood Lane, Canandaigua; Benjamin T. Wilson, 19, of 5168 State Route 364, Rushville and Brittney J. Giguere, 16, of 26 S. Main St., Rushville.  Deputies received information from an Ontario County Deputy of a possible underage drinking party in the Village of Rushville. All were issued appearance tickets and the three underage individuals were turned over to their parents. More arrests may be pending.

Charles L. Lacey, 47, of 840 Bury Patch Lane, Middlesex, was charged on Oct. 23 with menacing (second degree).  He was arrested following an investigation by Yates Coounty Sheriff's Deputies.  It is alleged that Lacey placed a Town of Middlesex resident in fear of physical injury by threatening and then striking the resident with a baseball bat.  Lacey was arraigned in Middlesex Cout and was released to appear on a later date.

Harold S. Laursen, 64, of 2307 Ridge Road, Penn Yan, was arrested on Oct. 24 for endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse (second degree).  The Yates County Sheriff's Department received a report of Laursen having innappropriate contact with an underaged female from Yates County at his residence.  He was arrested and arraigned before Justice John Symonds and held on $1500 cash or $3000 fully secured bail bond.  An order of protection was served.

Two 16-year-old youthful offenders and a 15-year-old juvenile were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and another 16-year-old youthful offender was charged with petit larceny on Oct. 26 in Dundee, reports Deputy Brad Quayle. The youths were arrested after an investigation into stolen property from a vehicle which was parked at Dundee Central School. There was no information about a court date.