Police reports

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A boat fire occurred July 18 on Keuka Lake in the area of 6500 East Bluff Drive.

Includes reports received from Yates County Sheriff’s Department, 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.

Steven J. Randall, 34, of Naples and a current inmate of the Collins Correctional Facility, was arrested July 6 by N.Y. State Troopers for a burglary in Avoca Dec. 29, 2019. He was charged with two felonies, 2nd degree burglary and 4th degree grand larceny; and one misdemeanor, 4th degree criminal mischief. He remains in custody.

Michael J. Carr, of Rochester, was turned over to Yates County Sheriff’s Office Deputies (YCSO) July 7 on a Superior Court Warrant for failure to appear upon his release from Tompkins County Jail. He was arraigned July 13, and remanded to the Yates County Jail. 

A truck fire occurred July 11 on Valley View Road in Middlesex, where the 1953 Ford pickup was being worked on in the driveway of Tent Snyder. Middlesex and Rushville Fire Depts. and responded quickly, which YCSO reports limited the damages to the engine and cab. No injuries occurred, and the cause was found to be mechanical failure.

Brandon L. Rosser-Newsome, 36, of Benham St., Penn Yan, turned himself in at YCSO on a Superior Court bench warrant for violation of probation. He was held for arraignment and released on his own recognizance to appear later in Yates County Court.

Justin M. VanHouten, 40, of West Sherman Hollow Road, Branchport, was arrested July 15 by Penn Yan Police (PYPD) following investigation of two incidents. Van Houten allegedly entered two separate residences, stole a motorcycle from one, and damaged it. He is charged with 3rd degree burglary, 4th degree grand larceny, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and criminal tampering. He was released with appearance tickets for Penn Yan Village Court later.

Franklin B. Clark IV, 33, of Main St., Penn Yan, was arrested July 16 by PYPD following a report he violated a court order of protection, having been seen walking with the protected parties on Main Street. He was charged with 2nd degree criminal contempt, and released with an appearance ticket for village court.

Tianna M. Davy-Balch, 23, of Church St., Waterloo, was arrested at 1:31 a.m. July 17 by YCSO after bing stopped for an infraction on Rte. 14 in Starkey. She was found with drugs, and was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was released with an appearance ticket for town court.

A hay baler caught fire July 17 at a farm on Milo Center Road. YCSO and Penn Yan Fire Dept. responded. The baler, owned by Marvin Zimmerman, 22, of Penn Yan, was near a barn, but farmer had kept the fire contained with a garden hose. Firefighters extinguished the fire without injury or further property damage.

Yates County 911 received multiple calls for a boat on fire July 18 on Keuka Lake in the area of 6500 East Bluff Drive. First Responders arrived to find the a 19 1/2 foot Searay boat fully engulfed in flames about 50 yards from shore. The boat’s operator, Geoff B. McMurtry, 54, of Fairport, told YCSO it stalled and he attempted to restart when a possible fuel leak ignited. He and passenger Scott Millard, of Largo, Fla., abandoned the boat with life vests after the flames spread to the rest of the boat, and swan ashore uninjured. The fire was extinguished by Branchport Fire Dept. and the Hammondsport Fire Boat, with assistance from Dundee and Dresden Fire Depts., Penn Yan Ambulance Corps, and N.Y.S. DEC. The boat was a total loss.

John E. Johnson III, 38, of Carly Brace Road, Dundee, was arrested July 18 by YCSO responding to a physical domestic incident in Potter. Johnson allegedly made unwanted physical contact with the person protected from him by a court order. He was charged with 2nd degree criminal contempt and 2nd degree harassment, and was released with an appearance ticket for town court.

John D. Carrol, 56, of Branchport, was charged with 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation (AUO) July 19 by PYPD after being stopped for driving with a suspended license.