Police Reports for April 15, 2020

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

A two-car accident occurred at 11:38 p.m. April 7 at the intersection of Pre-Emption and Culhane Roads in Benton. Driver Matthew W. Johnson, 22, of Castle Road, Clifton Springs, was driving south on Pre-Emption Road when his vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole. Driver Ryan K. Martinez of East Elm St., Penn Yan, was following behind Johnson and went around Johnson’s vehicle, striking the broken utility pole and wire that had fallen across the road. Yates County Sheriff’s Office Deputies (YCSO), Penn Yan Fire and Ambulance companies, and Medic 55 responded. Johnson was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital for neck and knee pain. Martinez was uninjured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

James D. Taylor, 65, of Lindley, was arrested at 11:32 p.m. April 7 by State Troopers for felony drunk driving. He was charged with DWI with a previous conviction within 10 years (class E felony) and 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was later released with an appearance ticket for Potter Town Court.

Frank J. Adams, 47, of Urbana, was arrested April 8 by State Troopers responding to a domestic incident. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and will answer in Urbana Town Court.

A tractor-trailer accident occurred in Penn Yan at 6:15 p.m. April 9 on Liberty St./Rte. 14A just north of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Penn Yan Police report the driver, Rene Banke, 59, of Rochester, was driving north when he lost control of the semi, going off the road, striking a utility pole and several trees, and losing its cargo. Penn Yan Fire Dept., Municipal Utility crews, and Featherly’s Garage responded to clear the scene, replace the shattered pole, and remove the tractor trailer. No injuries were reported. The highway remained closed until 3 a.m. Banke was charged with failure to maintain lane.

A house fire was reported to Yates County 911 at 12:34 a.m. April 10 at 3421 Willett Road in Jerusalem, the home of the Frank Hoover family. Branchport, Penn Yan, Benton, Potter Pulteney, and Middlesex Fire Depts. all responded, along with Penn Yan Ambulance Corps and Yates County Deputies and Emergency Management. Upon arrival, the house was fully engulfed in flames. YSCO reports all 11 residents of the home escaped without injury.

Matthew E. Scotchmer, 36, of Dundee, was arrested April 12 by State Troopers responding to a reported shoplifting in the town of Erin. He was charged with petit larceny, and was released with an appearance ticket for Erin Town Court.